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Ms. Cannon commenced her legal career 26 years ago. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with distinction and Southwestern School of Law, where she earned an academic scholarship each year she attended, received [book award], and was listed in Who’s Who Among American Law Students.
Following law school Ms. Cannon learned the practice of civil litigation in a prestigious law firm where she handled cases and trials in both state and federal courts, including jury trials. Ms. Cannon is therefore admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and each of the four United States District Courts in Californi
Ms. Cannon took her federal and state court practice experience to the family arena, certifying as a specialist in family law. This certification has been reserved to approximately two (2) percent of the active licensed attorneys in California. Ms. Cannon has defended the rights of parents to reunify with their children in the juvenile dependency system and has additionally litigated children’s rights when they conflict with those of their parents.
In 2013 Ms. Cannon worked with a local legislator to propose an amendment to the Family Code requiring judges to consider prescription drug abuse as they do illegal drug abuse and alcoholism in family law cases. She testified before both the state assembly and state senate regarding the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse among parents and its impact on families in California. In September of 2013, after the proposed amendment to Family Code section 3011(d) garnered bi-partisan support, Governor Brown signed it into law. The amendment became law in California on January 1st, 2014.
Ms. Cannon has frequently volunteered her time at local domestic violence clinics and always maintains at least one pro bono matter in her ongoing caseload.
In addition to her various bar admissions, Ms. Cannon is a member of the Orange County Bar Association’s Masters Division and Family Law Sections. Contact our office today for a no-obligation consultation with Cindy and learn about the process and your options going forward from a specialist.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certified Specialist - Family Law||State Bar of California||2016|
|Top 100 Lawyers||The National Advocates||2016|
|Certified Specialist - Family Law||State Bar of California||2015|
|Certified Specialist - Family Law||State Bar of California||2014|
|Who's Who Among American Law Students||Summa Publishing||1988|
|American Jurisprudence Award||Bancroft-Whitney||1987|
|Cum Laude (Graduating with Distinction)||University of Maryland||1985|
|Owner, Partner||Cindy Lee Cannon, APLC||2006 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Orange County Bar Association||Mandatory Fee Arbitrator||2015 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association Masters Division||N/A||2014 - Present|
|Better Business Bureau||Affiliated Business||2008 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2007 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Family Law Section||Member||2007 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||Family Law Section||2006 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Family Law Section||N/A||2006 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of California||Admitted to practice||1999 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||Admitted to practice||1995 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Central District of California||Admitted to practice||1993 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of California||Admitted to practice||1990 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of California||Admitted to practice||1990 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit||Admitted to practice||1989 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1989 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Litigation Section||N/A||1995 - 2010|
|Marriage of Padilla||Father reunited with all four children, attended extensive counseling, and ultimately became primary custodial parent. Subsequent marital dissolution dismissed following parents' reconciliation and decision to remain married.|
|In Re I. R.||Mother prevailed and obtained sole physical custody of teenage daughter.|
|Marriage of Lopez||Move away granted to mother in the best interest of the children following successful trial.|
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|California State Bar Labor and Employment Law Quarterly||Extending the Continuing Violation Doctrine||1998|
|Southwestern Univ SOL||Law||law||1989|
|Univ of Maryland, MD||Government||undergraduate||1985|
|Association of Recovery Schools||Juvenile Justice System||2013|
|Hearing, State Senate Judiciary Committee||Prescription Drug Abuse by Parents||2012|
|Hearing State Assembly Judiciary Committee||Prescription Drug Abuse by Parents||2012|
|Hearing - California State Assembly, A.B. 1539||Compassionate release of sick and dying inmates.||2007|
|McGeorge School of Law Mediation Conference||ADR in litigation and civil matters||1995|