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Cinda L. Scales

Divorce and separation Attorney at Martinsburg, WV

3.3   7 reviews

Licensed for 33 years

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Cinda L. Scales is an attorney practicing in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Ms. Scales was admitted to the practice of law in 1989. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. In additional she has a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Applied Psychology from Shippensburg University. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Shepherd University in Business Administration. She is admitted to practice law in West Virginia and Maryland. In addition to the practice of law, she is an associate professor of business administration at Shepherd University.

  Areas of Practice:
  • Domestic Relations
  • Custody
  • Divorce
  • Adoption
  • Bankruptcy
  • Wills
  • Child Support


Bar Admissions:
  • West Virginia, 1989
  • Maryland, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1989
  • University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    • J.D. - 1989
  • University of Shippensburg, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
    • M.B.A. - 1983
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Business
  • University of Shippensburg, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
    • M.S. - 1983
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Psychology
  • Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
    • B.S. cum laude - 1981
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Business Administration


Professional Associations and Memberships:
  • West Virginia State Bar Association, 1989 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, 1991 - Present
  • Tri-County Family Bar Association, 2008 - Present
  Past Employment Positions:
  • Blue Ridge Outlets, General Counsel, 1991 - 1994
  • Askin, Pill Scales and Burke, Associate, 1991 - 1995
  Ancillary Businesses:
  • Associate Professor of Business Administration at Shepherd University
Licensed for 33 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 07/12/2022
State WV
Status Active
Acquired 1989
Updated 11/28/2022

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Cinda L. Scales


3.3 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, ethical and experienced
Mrs. Scales represented me in my divorce. She did everything she could to help explain the law to me. I received even more than what I thought that I was entitled to. She and her staff were professional and courteous throughout my divorce. I appreciate her help and will use her for any future cases. Her fees were reasonable and I hope my ex-husband is still having nightmares after our final hearing.
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Posted by Brooke | April 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and worth it.
My divorce was complicated. With the help of Mrs. Scales and her excellent staff what seem like impossible obstacles and stalling from the other side was handled quickly and to my great satisfaction. This lady is worth it!!!!! I could not thank her enough for everything she did for my children and I. Now I can look forward to a happier future. Thank you, Brooke
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2015
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Highly Recommend
From the beginning of the process to the end, Ms. Scales was professional, extremely knowledgeable and well prepared. I never once felt uneasy or unsure going into a hearing. She would always let me know beforehand what to expect at that time. Her staff was always professional and when I would call the office to ask a question regarding my case, they were extremely helpful and would call me back promptly with the answer. I found her fees to be fair and reasonable especially after talking with others who had also been through the divorce process with other attorneys. Going through a divorce is a very unsettling time for people. It's important to find someone that will make you feel confident that they are fighting for you. I highly recommend Ms. Scales.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Recommended for most
I feel she handled my case well and the results were more than satisfactory. Yes, she's expensive. Yes, she has a strong personality. No, she won't let you cry on her shoulder (it's really not a lawyer's job, to be fair). But when she says she aggressively represents, she's not kidding (at least in my case). If you need representation in Family Court, it's worth paying for a consultation at the very least.
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2014
Over priced and charges you for everything under the sun
Hired her to be knowledgeable about my circumstances. Then I get charged for her incompetence in not knowing the law. Very upset with her services. Go find another lawyer and save yourself some money. A divorce with her will cost you 5K or more for simple cases. She will charge you for the air you breath.
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Buyer beware - Do your homework -
Divorces are hard. Don't rush into hiring this firm. Cinda will rush you and charge you in full. Works towards agreements with legal community vs. fighting for you. Billing is a nightmare and if question they become very rude. I found we did 90% of the research and provided all paperwork needed and still were charged even charged for work redone because if there errors. Cinda will leave uou feeling she understands your case:need and has you covered till court date thennits all about kicking the can down the road to drive billings. Hire outside the area if you want an attorney to focus on your needs vs mediation and billables.
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2015
Cinda Scales was the worst lawyer I have ever had. It felt more like she was representing my ex than she was me. She treated me disrespectfully and extremely condescending . She was expensive and she cost me so much more than money by choosing her. If you are considering hiring her you better know your law because she doesn't have time to explain to you what's going on and will recommend you take the easy path that could screw you in the long run and then charges like she worked on your case for hundreds of hours. She is not prepared when she goes into court so don't be surprised if she doesn't recognize you when you go for hearings.
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Work Experience

  • Professor
  • Shepherd University
  • 1984 - 2015


  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • TriCounty Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 1992 - Present
  • Maryland Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019

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Martinsburg Divorce and separation Lawyer Cinda L. Scales
Cinda L. Scales
Divorce and separation Attorney
Martinsburg, WV
Licensed for 33 years