Cynthia Leppert is a trusted strategic advisor and advocate for businesses and individuals. After spending many years primarily as a litigator, her law practice expanded significantly at the request of her clients to include General Counsel services. She brings to each representation her vast experience handling a diverse array of issues. Her clients – both businesses and individuals, including fellow lawyers – come to her knowing that she will devote her full energies to their matters. Further, her familiarity and comfort with both day-to-day business issues and the courts, as well as issues that confront clients who are in the public eye, add a perspective that can be invaluable when navigating sensitive matters.
As an advisor, Cynthia provides Outside General Counsel services to start-ups and growing businesses with respect to everything from day-to-day matters to contracts, employment matters, crisis management and strategic plans, and has particularized familiarity with the compliance, HIPAA, IP, and other issues confronting health care and technology companies. Her years of significant success as a business litigator enable her to counsel corporate clients and draft agreements so as to minimize business risk. Her natural affinity for business and financial concepts allows her to understand the practical and contextual impact of legal decisions. Additionally, her experience presenting cases to judges and juries has fine-tuned her ability to effectively persuade in negotiations.
As a litigator, Cynthia handles court cases and arbitrations, but is also keenly aware of the cost of litigation, and thus works closely with clients to negotiate favorable resolutions (including in structured mediations) where appropriate. A strong advocate, she has significant experience handling both small and high stakes cases spanning a wide variety of substantive areas, including contracts, real estate, trademark infringement, unfair competition, partnership disputes, employment, covenants not to compete, defamation, and commercial disputes. Recognized by her peers for her litigation successes, Cynthia is a Fellow in the invitation-only honor society, Litigation Counsel of America, whose membership is open to only one-half of one percent of U.S. lawyers. She is also a well-respected bankruptcy litigator, included among LawDragon’s 500 Leading Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers.
Also listed in Best Lawyers in America and SuperLawyers, Cynthia is a past President of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, the Baltimore Bar Foundation and the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland. She currently Chairs the Baltimore County Ethics Commission. The Daily Record, Maryland’s business and legal newspaper, has named her to its list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women and honored her with its Leadership in Law Award.
Cynthia graduated from Johns Hopkins University (B.A., Economics), completed a one-year Regent’s Fellowship in the UCLA Graduate School in Economics and earned her J.D. from the UCLA Law School where she was Comments Editor of the UCLA Law Review.