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- Consumer Law
- Class Action, Lemon Law
- Communications & Internet Law
- Internet Law, Media & Advertising, Telecommunications Law
- Intellectual Property
- Appeals & Appellate
- Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
- Business Law
- Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
- Construction Law
- Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
- Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
- Credit Cards Accepted
Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
Most agreements will be based on a billable hour, but in some cases we do flat fees. As of 2016, my rate is $285 an hour. The firm works as a team, however, and each attorney's billing rate varies depending on experience.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- 11th Circuit
- English: Spoken, Written
- Lead Attorney
- Cynthia Conlin & Associates
- - Current
- Law firm founder.
- Florida A&M University College of Law
- J.D. (2007)
- Honors: Cum Lade
- Activities: Law Review, Student Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta, Women's Law Caucus
- University of Central Florida
- B.A. (2002) | Journalism (News/Editorial)
- Orange County Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
Websites & Blogs
- Cynthia Conlin & Associates
5 Questions Answered
- Q. Can you sue a family member for defamation or do they have different rules?
- A: You can file a lawsuit against anyone. The rules are the same. However, the outcome, the stress, and experience can be very different when the defendant is a family member. Often, lawsuits should be considered as a last result.
- Q. Is it true that it's harder for public figures to sue for defamation?
- A: Yes it is a little harder because public figures have more factors to prove. The courts tend to distinguish between two types of Plaintiffs in defamation actions: “private individuals” and “public figures.” The difference in the way they are treated depends on the Defendant's knowledge in publishing the defamatory content. Private individuals need only establish that the publisher acted with "negligence." However, where public figures are concerned, the courts have found that there is a lessened interest in protecting the defamed subject's reputation. Therefore, public-figure plaintiffs must allege a higher level of knowledge. The United States Supreme Court case New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964) established that a public figure plaintiff must establish what is known as “actual malice.” To show actual malice, the person who published the statement either had to have known that the statement was false, or published it with reckless disregard despite awareness of the probable falsity. The existence of actual malice must be proven by clear and convincing evidence.
- Q. What should I do if I don't get the letter of settlement before my 2nd pretrial?
- A: I'm guessing that you're talking about a small claims case. First, why not call whoever it was whom you made the payment arrangements to and ask them why you haven't received the settlement letter. Also, as Mr. Thorgaard answered, when you go to the pretrial conference, explain it to the court and to Plaintiff's attorney. Good luck.
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