Cynthia L. Zedalis
Cynthia L. Zedalis spent the first twenty years of her legal career litigating complex civil cases on behalf of Fortune 500 clients at some of the premier law firms in the country. For sixteen years, Ms. Zedalis worked for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, a firm consistently ranked among the best in litigation in the United States, and the largest firm in the world devoted solely to litigation. Ms. Zedalis was Quinn Emanuel’s tenth lawyer and litigated a broad spectrum of matters in both state and federal courts, including employment, intellectual property, consumer fraud, and unfair competition. Her clients included Mattel, Inc., Lockheed Corporation, Litton Industries, Farmers Insurance Company, and Hughes Aircraft Company. She also represented the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in disputes concerning its world-famous Oscar statuette.
Ms. Zedalis also worked for two years in New York, New York for Hall, Dickler, Kent, Friedman & Wood, LLP (now Reed Smith LLP) as a senior litigation associate, representing such clients as Major League Baseball, The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and Priority Records in advertising, intellectual property, and employment/labor matters.
Ms. Zedalis spent the last ten years of counsel to leading plaintiffs’ firms in New Mexico, using her decades of corporate litigation experience to successfully pursue claims in consumer class actions, mass torts, multi-plaintiff actions, medical negligence, pharmaceutical, products liability, and oil and gas royalty litigation.
Ms. Zedalis is also an experienced appellate attorney, having appeared before the Second, Third, Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth United States Courts of Appeal.
Ms. Zedalis was born in Pasadena, California, and grew up in Los Angeles. She graduated from Occidental College cum laude in 1981. Ms. Zedalis attended the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where she co-authored Student Editorial Discretion, the First Amendment, and Public Access to the Campus Press, 16 U.C. Davis Law Review 1089 (1984), and served as an Executive Editor of the U.C. Davis Law Review from 1983 to 1984.
She is a member of the State Bars of New Mexico, California and New York, as well as the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York Bar Association.