Attorney Cynthia Conlin is the firm’s founder and lead attorney. In 2010, after litigating at a downtown firm for three years, Cynthia Conlin founded the law firm with a desire to serve clients on a more personal and direct level.
One reason Cynthia became an attorney was to help others
One of the things that drew Cynthia to practicing law was the desire to serve people. As a practicing attorney, Cynthia learned that the practice of law, stripped to its core, means helping people. She has found one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, aspects of being an attorney is balancing a client’s wants with what is in his or her best interest.
Cynthia’s other attraction to law was intellectual. Gifted with an uncanny ability to hyperfocus, Cynthia scrutinizes court opinions, treatises, statutes, and rules with passion. Originally schooled in journalism, Cynthia parlays a finely tuned writing skill into drafting persuasive legal memoranda, motions, and other documents in both federal and state courts.
Cynthia has long held interests in copyright law, business, and new media
Raised by a mother who was an artist, at an early age Cynthia learned to appreciate the visual arts. Before law school, Cynthia wore several hats, including journalist, graphic designer, publisher, and entrepreneur. She obtained a college degree in news journalism and wrote for such publications as the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Weekly. She also learned the ins and outs of small business by running a small publishing, design, and CD-manufacturing company. The publishing industry spawned an interest in computers and technology, which she has continued.
Through these interests and experiences, Cynthia easily turned to the area of copyright law, which focuses on the protection of written and artistic content. Additionally, her experience in journalism and business and interests in technology piqued her interests in defamation, privacy, and First Amendment law. Combined with a love of computers and technology, it was only natural that Cynthia would be propelled into the area of Internet law.
In 2012, Cynthia became one of a small handful of Florida attorneys who defend “copyright troll” litigation, or lawsuits filed in mass against Internet accountholders for alleged unauthorized downloading of videos or other protected content via BitTorrent software. Cynthia has successfully defended dozens of “John Does” as well as named individuals in these cases, many of whom are simply victims of having an unprotected wi-fi.
Cynthia continues to represent individuals and small businesses in a variety of civil matters, including issues such as consumer protection, business litigation, and more.
Interests other than law
Although Cynthia always knew about her Irish heritage, it was not until after she began seeing, and then married, an Irishman when she fully developed her passion for Ireland and Irish culture. She and her husband try to travel to Ireland every year, and each time it’s a new adventure.
At home in Florida, Cynthia began searching for other Irish people in the community and eventually helped found the Irish American Chamber of Commerce Florida. As the Chamber’s president, Cynthia spends much of her free time on Chamber activities.
When she is not working on legal issues or the Irish Chamber, she enjoys trying new activities, meeting new people, participating in Toastmasters, and developing artistic pursuits.
- Florida A&M University College of Law (Orlando Florida)
- Juris Doctor (2007)
- University of Central Florida (Orlando, Florida)
- Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (News/Editorial)
- All State Courts in Florida
- United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
- United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
- United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
- Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals