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Cynthia A. Sherwood

Domestic violence Attorney at Nashville, TN

5.0   65 reviews

also known as Cynthia Sherwood


Licensed for 22 years

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%

    22 years

  2. Domestic violence
    40%
    Criminal defense and Order of Protection representation.

    22 years

  3. Federal crime
    20%

    22 years

For most of my twenty-year career, I’ve intuitively been practicing the art of story to help my clients reach their goals. It is within the past ten years or so that I began to focus on the science of how and why story works. I started this learning journey out of necessity so I could train the lawyers who work for me to do what I do and to replicate the successes I have had. Through teaching these skills, my own understanding of the science and power of story has grown exponentially.

What started out as something I was doing naturally — storytelling — has now become the cornerstone of Sherwood Boutique Litigation’s systematic processes in defending our clients. Knowing the facts of your case and the relevant law is the bare minimum for our team, and we’ll know them better than anyone else in that courtroom. More than that, my team and I know how to use those facts to tell a compelling story that can win in court. ~ Cynthia Sherwood

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Cynthia's law practice is focused on providing clients with aggressive criminal and civil litigation defense. She is best known for her personal attention, absolute discretion, and fierce representation of her clients.

Ms. Sherwood received her undergraduate degree in Political Science with honors in 1997 from Delta State University. She received her Law Degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where she also received the Carl J. Ruskowski Clinical Legal Education Award. This prestigious award is given to the graduating student who demonstrated excellence in the practice of law and exemplified the highest standards of the legal profession. She is admitted to practice in Tennessee and is a member of the bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee. 

 

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Licensed for 22 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/19/2022

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Cynthia received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Michael | March 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
It was terrifying trying to pick a lawyer in Nashville who I thought would believe me and fight for me. I am beyond thankful I found Sherwood Litigation because Cynthia Sherwood is a top tier attorney. Her knowledge of the law blew me away and the way she conducted herself was nothing less than professional at all times. I needed someone to make me feel comfortable and confident. I got exactly what I was looking for with this office! Setting up phone calls, emails, etc was a breeze with her staff. I would recommend Sherwood Litigation to anyone in the area who is looking to WIN their case. Cynthia is a winner!
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Posted by Holly | March 6, 2022
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If you want the BEST!
If you need an attorney who is honest, thorough, extremely knowledgeable AND YOU NEED THE BEST......look no further than Sherwood Boutique Litigation! I was in a mess and losing what should have been a far simpler case than it ended up being .....a case I certainly would have lost......until I replaced my former lawyer with Cynthia Sherwood! She completely turned my case around and really went right to the heart of my case, and WON an astounding, unanimous verdict.....after having to completely revamp my case in a very short period of time! If your present lawyer isn't cutting it....get out ....and hire Sherwood Boutique Litigation to WIN! She will fix it and WIN! As Cynthia Sherwood so perfectly stTed to me prior to me hiring her...."Losing a case is like death.....and I don't want to die"! She fights like hell for you!!!! And she will WIN!
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Posted by Aratxa Franklin | July 2, 2021
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Domestic Violence Case
I absolutely recommend Sherwood Boutique Litigation, specially Cynthia Sherwood. I had a great experience with Cynthia and everyone in the office. When I first called her and talked to her about my case I was very stressed out and frustrated, and after talking to her she made feel so much better, and calmed me down. Since the first time, all along in the process, until the court date that I talked to her she always made me feel like I was talking to a best friend. There were times that I called her very stressed out almost crying and she always calmed me down, and told me that everything was going to be okay, and always had something nice and positive to say. Excellent communication all along the office, either with emails or phone calls. She always had time to talk to make an appointment and talk to you. And when it came the day of the court date, I was very nervous and stressed, and after talking to her I felt much better. And she was always there updating on every single detail during the court date. I recommend 100% Cynthia and her staff. And my case was dismissed on the first court appearance thank to God first of all and Cynthia Sherwood. Written by Aratxa Franklin
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Posted by Roger | August 16, 2021
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Highly Recommend
I was picked up on a four and half year old warrant where I live in MS. The warrant was out of Murfreesboro, Tn. where a guy filed a complaint against me that I was unaware of due to never being served papers. After interviewing several attorneys I decided on Sherwood Boutique Litigation. I liked Cynthia right off the bat. When she saw the warrant she laughed and said it sounded ridiculous not to mention how old it was at this point. After some negotiation with the DA my whole case was dismissed and I never even had to show up in court. I would highly recommend Sherwood Boutique Litigation!
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Posted by Amanda | June 29, 2022
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10/10 - Best Money Ever Spent!
I am beyond glad that I went with Sherwood!! I am from out of state (I actually move constantly & was heading to ND after Nashville) and my situation was a massive misunderstanding that, of course, came with a hefty charge. I called countless lawyers for help and everyone told me all the awful outcomes to expect and that my life was forever ruined- then I called Sherwood and was immediately put at ease with Austin and Cynthia. They told me first thing that they would handle it and I would get a dismissal and expungement. Here I am on the other side of things with exactly that! I am forever grateful for Sherwood!!!
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Posted by Bobby | May 31, 2022
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Life SAVER
Never in my life thought I would face a situation like this, but I’m so glad I had Cynthia and Austin on my side. Cynthia got all of my charges DISMISSED! Thank you Cynthia and thank you Austin. Sorry you need them but won’t be sorry that you have them!
Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Wonder Woman
Words can’t even explain how amazing this woman and her team is. Ms. Sherwood has officially became like extended family to me. Her expertise is second to none. The professionalism and empathy is very refreshing to someone dealing with legal matters. I didn’t feel like a client but more like a son, nephew etc the way she handled my case. She is a straight shooter and not bs artist like most I’ve dealt with in my turbulent past. She put my mind ast ease through out a four yrs court battle. I highly recommend this remarkable woman to help you or anyone dealing with legal woes. This lady and her team of all stars saved my life in a major way! I’ll forever be grateful for the time and effort Ms Sherwood and team put in my case. Thank you so much for everything and helping me get a second chance. Thank you thank you thank you!
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Posted by Marsha | May 17, 2022
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I Highly Recommend Sherwood Litigation!
Cynthia Sherwood helped me through a very difficult criminal charge I was facing and didn’t deserve. She is a fighter and knows the law! She was able to get 2 Summons that i was facing dismissed! If you need a fighter to get you through a legal issue, hire Cynthia Sherwood! Thank you Sherwood Litigations!
Posted by [email protected] | April 28, 2022
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Sherwood boutique is a Gem
Not only was my case dismissed but the professionalism was superb. I highly recommend this firm to handle any legal needs you might have. Truly grateful to have had such a wonderful experience. Thank you Cynthia for all your hard work.
Posted by Tim | November 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Cynthia Sherwood
Cynthia was essential to the charges being dismissed and the cases dropped. Not only was she extremely knowledgeable regarding the legal aspects, she was very personable and reassuring. I can't imagine having a more committed advocate during such a stressful time.
Posted by Judy | November 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and compassionate
Cynthia Sherwood and her team are knowledgeable and compassionate! They have 2 decades of experience and know how to win. You can rest assure, there is light at the end of the tunnel when they are on your side.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
This is absolutely the lawyer you want representing you.
Cynthia represented me on a very important case regarding my freedom of speech. To keep this concise – I was unlawfully arrested by Tennessee Highway Patrol. THP was absolutely aware that they had no grounds for my arrest, they even commented about how they were just following orders. I was pretty furious. After calling several lawyers, I chose Cynthia to represent me because I could see how upset she was about the unlawful nature of my arrest. The circumstances made her as determined as I was to find some kind of justice. She handled my case with the utmost care and was able to get my charge dismissed. This is the lawyer you want!! She treated my case with such dedication & honestly she did not get much out of it other than getting me off the hook. But for that i am so grateful. Cynthia if you see this thank you again!! I would hire her again or recommend her in a heart beat.
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Posted by Rally | October 2, 2020
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Love Ms. Cynthia, would highly recommend!.
Very nice and understanding, professional and hard working. Love the energy and how concern she is. Very respectful. Would highly recommend hiring Cynthia again!
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2020
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Consummate Professional and Compassionate Person!
Cynthia Sherwood was a great advocate. Her experience reassured me as she explained each step of the process and advocated for truth and justice. I received very thorough guidance. Cynthia was highly professional, respectful, kind and logical. She de-escalated my fears and frustration while representing and seeking the truth. I would highly recommend Cynthia as she does great work and thinks creatively to get a resolution that is fair and acceptable.
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Posted by Sara | August 11, 2020
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Attorney who will fight for you
Cynthia Sherwood was referred to me by another attorney and once I met her I fully understood why? She is everything you want and more in someone you want to be in your side fighting for what is right. Ms Sherwood is fearless. Her office was organized and kept me up to date on everything.
Posted by Homeira Carroll | July 31, 2020
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Review
If you are in need to hire a law firm, you owe it to yourself to read this entire statement. When you feel that you are writing a review of a family member instead of a law firm, you realize that you found a needle in a hay stack , something truly unique. The firm’s and Cynthia’s reputation as the best in Nashville and years of experience speaks loudly of their qualifications which, if anything, are humbly understated. I went through a stressful, very emotional and difficult period of over a year with tumultuous up and downs and Cynthia, and later Davis, were always there supporting, cajoling and advising at a level that sometime even family members are unable to reach. Life, conflicts or even sometime the legal system, can go against you when you least expect it and then is when you need true experts. As a professional executive business coach, I know what personalized attention should be, but the level of support I received was exceptional. The amount of legal work during and after hours including weekends, e mails, texts, phone calls and meetings practically guaranteed winning my (our?) case. Cynthia many times understood what I felt better than I did and was there throughout this whole period with such empathy that made me realize I had someone that cared always available and attentive . A Super Lawyer! Just being greeted by Brook at the front door makes me comfortable, knowing she represents the rest of the team, a firm with a superb leadership, a culture of values and a flexible holistic approach aligned to the client’s needs. When Cynthia was not available for a period of time, I was very nervous but Davis Griffin stepped in with such enthusiasm and hard work that I couldn’t be more satisfied with his performance. I was awarded my Order of Protection against a person that kept stating he always got off because of his money, but there is faith and trust to counter that. When this firm gets involved, the only drive on their mind is winning and justice. The thickness of the folder Davis brought to court got him a snide remark from the opposite lawyer.He found out why it was so thick later when we did win. Cov 19 or not, leaving the court, I wanted to hug all of them. I found real friends. 5 stars plus, plus, plus. I would recommend Sherwood Boutique Litigation to anyone in need.
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Posted by Dyer | June 4, 2020
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The best in Tennessee
This was my first legal experience, and as you can imagine I was filled with anxiety. I met Cynthia within two hours of reaching out to her team regarding my situation, which was an unexpected meeting as others seem to require days in advance to set something up, even a preliminary. Cynthia laid out a plan, listened to my concerns, and told me exactly what would happen within thirty minutes of meeting her, and she more than fulfilled her word. I was due in court on two charges related to a situation two years ago. I thought I was in for a longer legal battle, however Cynthia never wavered, and continuously reminded me that she would take care of everything. Well, she did. The case was retired, and in a few short months we will complete the expungement process. The entire court process took no longer than an hour from start to finish. The plan she laid out within an hour of meeting her for the first time, held true nearly five months later! Brooke was a joy to deal with as well, as she was always happy to fill in and answer any questions I might have. Overall, I could not be more pleased with the performance of the entire team at Sherwood, and I truly feel as if connecting with them was a blessing. I could not thank them enough for the work they’ve done. They have a lifelong referral, and my only advice to anyone seeking legal counsel would be to contact Cynthia Sherwood and then get out of her teams way. They will take care of your situation!
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Posted by Cedrina | February 18, 2020
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Sherwood Boutique Litigation for the win!
I am extremely satisfied with the way that Sherwood Boutique Litigation handled my case. The entire team was very professional. My first meeting with Cynthia Sherwood went incredibly well. She went out of her way to make me feel comfortable through the entire process. I felt that she had my best interest at heart. I left the meeting feeling confident that I would be satisfied with the outcome of the case. In the courtroom, Cynthia handled herself like a veteran. Her years of experience were quite evident. After two days in court, we won my case and I couldn’t have been any happier. Hiring an attorney was an unexpected expense for me, but having the support of a competent legal team is worth the money spent. If you’re looking for a competent legal team that can get you the results you need, Sherwood Boutique Litigation is the way to go.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2020
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Excellent Legal Representation - Case DISMISSED!
Cynthia Sherwood was retained to handle an order of protection case that was based on false allegations. Cynthia was incredibly thorough in investigating the truth, preparing evidence, and guiding us through every legal step required. The outcome of her efforts resulted in the case being dismissed. I have zero doubt that the positive outcome of this case was due to her diligence and expertise. If you need a Criminal Defense Attorney, look no further than Cynthia Sherwood!
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Posted by Ken | January 27, 2020
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Cynthia Sherwood is a lifesaver!
Cynthia Sherwood saved my life. Cynthia is as good of a lawyer as you’ll see on any episode of Law & Order, How to Get Away with Murder, or any TV show. She is sharp, witty, comical, relentless, relational, and pays exceptional attention to detail. 2 months before I was set to graduate from college, I was falsely accused of sexually assaulting an acquaintance of mine. At first the false claims against me were only used to get me thrown out of my fraternity, which was hurtful but not 1000% destructive. Just after the sham fraternity hearing ended, I was informed by the Title IX office that I was under investigation for sexual assault. They told me that if I was found guilty, I could be suspended or expelled from my university, and potentially not be awarded the college degree I worked 4 years for. I was absolutely devastated. My mom and I knew nothing about Nashville defense attorneys, so I went on Google, found 7 different attorneys, and sent them pleading emails asking for guidance. Cynthia told me not to speak to anyone and told me to come to her office the very next day for a free consultation. When I got to her office, I was instantly comfortable. Cynthia’s office manager, Brooke, treated me with such kindness, instantly calming me. Cynthia met with me, asked for the whole story, and took a chance on me. Boy, am I glad. Over the next few months, Cynthia and her team spent countless hours helping me formulate my responses to Title IX, attended my meetings with me, talked to my family and school for me, and worked tirelessly to prove my innocence. Cynthia’s top paralegal, Jaimee, sharply inserted powerful suggestions and made sure that our work was flawless in both content and form. Davis, another lawyer on Cynthia’s team, thought outside the box and came up with a hugely important idea that turned the tide of the investigation 30 minutes before our biggest meeting. We walked into that meeting with over 80 pages of evidence in my defense, compared to about 15 for my accuser. Every angle was covered, and that is a credit to the entire team. One of the best parts about Sherwood Boutique Litigation is that you get the support of their small, yet fiercely feisty team. Cynthia cares about her clients to her core. Sometimes in a lawyer this would be seen as a weakness, but with Cynthia it is her greatest strength. She went the extra mile for me countless times and made sure that my mental wellbeing was taken care of in addition to my case. Cynthia’s communication skills are almost otherworldly. She has the ability to be tough on someone and make them crack under pressure, but she also has the ability to sweetly cajole someone into telling the truth while making them feel so comfortable they don’t know what they just revealed. Most importantly, she has the tact to know when to employ each strategy. Cynthia can truly do it all. She persuades with emotional appeals, establishes credibility in a variety of ways, and builds her cases using mounds of evidence. She’s the furthest thing from a one trick pony! Cynthia Sherwood is my advocate, my lawyer, and my friend. She cares about me as a human being and gave her entire heart, mind, and soul to my case. When I was found innocent, I screamed and cried with such joy, thanking God that He led me to Cynthia Sherwood. She saved my life, and if you make the decision to hire her when you’re in a jam, she just might save yours too.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Sherwood Boutique Litigation, PLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Neal & Harwell, PLC
  • 2000 - 2010

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Delta State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • FEDERAL SENTENCE 14 LEVELS BELOW GOVERNMENT RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES
  • 10.5 month sentence with a 87 month government recommendation
  • Early Termination of Supervised Release Federal Court - GRANTED
  • Early Termination of Supervised Release GRANTED
  • Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia DISMISSED
  • DISMISSED and EXPUNGED
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Associations

  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law
  • Executive Council
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Harry Phillips American Inns of Court
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Steering Committee
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Harry Phillips American Inns of Court
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law
  • Class
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Nashville Lawyers’ Association for Women
  • Executive Committee
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Young Lawyers Division, Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • Board Member
  • 2003 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Carl J. Ruskowski Clinical Legal Education Award
  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • 2000
  • Highest Honors
  • Delta State University
  • 1997

Publications

  • Nashville Bar Journal
  • Booker Makes the Guidelines Advisory
  • 2005
  • Nashville Bar Journal
  • Blakely Bedlam
  • 2004
  • Nashville Bar Journal
  • Challenging Invalid Arrest Warrants
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Faculty member, Southeast Products Liability Forum
  • Products Liability
  • 2011
  • Protecting Companies from Fraud and Corporate Criminal Liability in Tennessee
  • Corporate Criminal Liability
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

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Given (21)
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"My practice focuses mainly on immigration issues. If I have a difficult criminal case, I always send them to Cynthia because she is a tireless, zealous advocate and will fight to the end. Recently, a mutual client told me that "Cynthia is a genius" and that he "owed her his life." I completely agreed with him on both fronts. There is not an attorney that cares more about her clients, and it shows in her preparation and communication. Without reservation, I endorse Cynthia. If you have a difficult criminal case, then she is the person for the job."
Federal crime Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Cynthia Sherwood is a viper: An honest, fair-minded, ethical lawyer who is on top of her stuff. She has worked defense counsel against me, co-counsel with me, and I count her among my friends. -Rocky"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Cyndi and i have worked together as co-counsel on a number of matters. She is a good lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It is my honor to recommend Cyndi Sherwood if you are looking for a criminal defense attorney in the Nashville area. I have worked with Cyndi and found her to be an energetic, intellectual and professional attorney. I have referred several clients to her as well, and she has always be effective in getting good results for her clients."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Nashville Domestic violence Lawyer Cynthia A. Sherwood
Cynthia A. Sherwood
Domestic violence Attorney
Nashville, TN
Licensed for 22 years
Free Consultation
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