Cynthia Richards joined Client Legal Funding after years of practicing criminal law in Florida. Ms. Richards is a long time resident of Pinellas County, having graduated from Dunedin High School, receiving her B.A. in 1989 and M.A. in 1999 from the University of South Florida, where her thesis: “The European Monetary System and Regional Integration” was published in 1999. Ms. Richards then received her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 2003 where she was listed in Who’s Who of American Law Students. Ms. Richards was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2004 and began her career as an Assistant State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, having tried juvenile, misdemeanor, domestic, gang related and felony cases. Ms. Richards was also responsible for high school aged juvenile offenders taken into the COMPASS diversion program, funded by Congressional grant. In 2007, Ms. Richards left the State Attorney’s Office to open her own law practice specializing in criminal defense.
Ms. Richards has traveled extensively, having lived in over six countries and speaks several languages fluently. She serves as a volunteer hearing Magistrate for the Pinellas County Housing Authority and is a Professor of American Government and Conflict Studies at Strayer University. Ms. Richards is an accomplished trial attorney, having practiced at the County, Circuit and Appellate level. She is also admitted to the Middle District of Florida federal court. Ms. Richards is an advocate for children’s issues, having three children herself, and has worked closely with the Pinellas County school system and served as a member of the School Action Committee in the past.