BIOGRAPHY OF CYNTHIA A. HAWKINS
4767 New Broad Street
Orlando, FL 32814
Born in Chicago, IL. Hometown: Clearwater
University of Florida B.A. in 1977;
J.D in 1980
Supreme Court of Florida, 1980
United States Court of Military Appeals, 1981
Court of Louisiana, 1985
United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 1985
United States Court
of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1987
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1987
for over 20 years at Martindale.com.
Opened solo law practice in September
2008, Law Offices of Cynthia A. Hawkins, concentrating in the area of federal criminal defense. Named as one of Orlando's
Top Lawyers in October 2012 by Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine. Ms. Hawkins has handled and tried myriad federal
cases ranging from health care fraud, investment fraud, narcotics importation, synthetic marijuana manufacturing under the
Federal Analogue Act, weapons trafficking, and mortgage fraud. Authored and filed appellate briefs appealing criminal convictions
in the Eleventh Circuit Court of appeals.
Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA), Middle District of Florida,
Orlando Division, from 1987 to September 2008. Senior Litigation Counsel from 1994 to 2008.
As Senior Litigation Counsel
between 1994 and 2007, Ms. Hawkins handled complex white collar cases, including money laundering, health care fraud,
defense procurement fraud, securities fraud, Internet-based crimes, official corruption, forfeiture, and tax evasion. Health
care cases and investigations primarily dealt with fraudulent billings to Medicare for medical procedures and durable medical
equipment. Prosecuted cases (all as lead or sole counsel) from intake through trial, several lasting more than three months
in federal court. Supervised federal criminal investigators from FBI, DEA, IRS, ICE, and the U.S. Marshals Service. Coordinated
with other investigative entities, such as the SEC, HUD Inspector General (IG), NASA IG, the Florida Attorney General’s
Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. From January 2008 through August 2008, she requested assignment
to the Civil Division, where she handled affirmative enforcement and labor cases, as well as tort claims.
August 1987 and 2004, Ms. Hawkins was assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. She prosecuted
complex importation and drug distribution schemes, including investigations involving multiple wire intercepts and weapons.
an AUSA, Ms. Hawkins authored briefs and argued numerous cases before the U.S. Eleventh and Fifth Circuit Courts
From June 1985 to August 1987, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Louisiana,
New Orleans, LA, assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Trafficking Task Force.
Ms. Hawkins was a Staff Attorney
at the Veterans Administration in New Orleans, LA, between December 1984 and June 1985. She worked on malpractice and
cost recovery cases, as well as risk management issues.
From January 1981 to October 1984, Captain Hawkins was
an active duty Assistant Staff Judge Advocate in the JAG Corps of the United States Air Force. She prosecuted dozens
of courts-martial. She also handled labor law matters and hearings, procurement actions, risk management issues, and
tort claims, as well as implementing Air Commanders' orders for training on the Law of War and target
selection in light of the Geneva Conventions. From December 1984 through May 2002, she was an Air Force Reservist, rising
to the rank of Lt. Colonel before retiring. She is a member of the Reserve Officers Association. She is a graduate
of the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College.
Ms. Hawkins is a member of the American Bar Association,
the Federal Bar Association, the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense
Lawyers, and the Orange County Bar Association. She is a long-time volunteer with the Legal Aid Society of the Orange
County Bar Association. In the past three years, Ms. Hawkins has served as a court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem, pro
bono, in many cases involving at-risk children in the Juvenile Court in Orange County.
Ms. Hawkins has
tried several reported cases, including United States v. Fischer, 168 F.3d 1273 (11th Cir. 1999), jmt.
aff’d., 529 U.S. 667, (2000) (loan kickback involving Medicare funds); United States v. Maali, 346 F. Supp.
2d 1226 (M.D. Fla. 2004) (tax evasion and immigration fraud); United States v. Pegg, 49 F. Supp. 2d 1322 (M.D. Fla.
1999) (attorney conflict of interest habeas litigation); United States v. Madera, 474 F. Supp. 2d 1257 (M.D. Fla 2007)
(failure to register as a sex offender: first prosecution in the United States under new Adam Walsh Act); United
States v. Curtis, 380 F.3d 1311 (11th Cir. 2004) (with AUSA Matt Perry); and United States v. Mason,
2007 WL 1521515 (M.D. Fla.) (sex offender registration). Also, the appellate brief she filed in United States v. Bonidy
(a multiple defendant drug importation case) can be found on Westlaw at 1993WL13136321.
Ms. Hawkins is the recipient
of numerous awards and commendations from law enforcement agencies. She has taught, and participated in, various training
seminars regarding federal criminal investigations and prosecutions. She also participated in several conferences on
behalf of the Florida Bar, the U.S. District Court, and the National Business Institute. She was appointed to the Federal
Bar Grieveance Committee by the then-Chief Judge. She is heavily involved in civic, charitable, and church activities
in her community. She resides in Orlando with her two children.
Further information and references are
available upon request.