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Cindy is a trial lawyer focusing on intellectual property litigation. She has tried cases in jurisdictions throughout the United States in actions involving medical devices, software systems, glass, glass coatings, printer cartridges, food processing, printing systems, and various mechanical devices. Cindy has successfully handled multiple Markman hearings before District Court Judges as well as Special Masters, and obtained (or avoided) injunctions in trademark infringement actions in industries as diverse as clothing, food, computers, music, television and other industries. 


  • Duquesne University School of Law, 1985, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Barristers; Executive Article Editor of the Duquesne Law Review
  • Duquesne University, 1976, M.S.
  • Duquesne University, 1974, B.A.

  • Pennsylvania

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • State Supreme Court - Pennsylvania

  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • American Bar Association – Member of Council, Intellectual Property Law Section (2005 to 2011)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania – Member of the Local Patent Rules Committee
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law – Adjunct Professor, Patent Litigation Course (2004-2011)
  • Gateway to the Arts – former Board Member
  • Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater – former Board Member

Awards & Recognition

  • Managing Intellectual Property - Named one of the "Top 250 Women in IP" (Worldwide, 2016)
  • Women's Law Association, Duquesne University School of Law - Woman of the Year 2016
  • Managing Intellectual Property – Recipient of the 2015 North America award in the category “U.S. State Award for Outstanding IP Litigator in Pennsylvania”
  • Law360 – Named a 2014 "Influential Woman in IP Law,” one of only 20 attorneys selected for the honor
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – President’s Commendation (2006) in recognition of efforts to preserve the rights to counsel in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

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