Law Offices of Cynthia Hawkins, Orlando, Florida

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EXPERIENCED TRIAL ATTORNEY

BIOGRAPHY OF CYNTHIA A. HAWKINS

4767 New Broad Street

Orlando, FL 32814

(407) 514-2707

Born in Chicago, IL. Hometown: Clearwater Beach, FL

EDUCATION

University of Florida B.A. in 1977;

J.D in 1980

PROFESSIONAL ADMISSIONS

Supreme Court of Florida, 1980

United States Court of Military Appeals, 1981

Supreme 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

AV rated for over 20 years at Martindale.com.

LAW PRACTICE

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.

Between 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.

As an AUSA, Ms. Hawkins authored briefs and argued numerous cases before the U.S. Eleventh and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal.

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.

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