Cynthia provides strategic immigration counsel to various companies, ranging from large Fortune 500 companies to small start-up companies in the firm’s “e-group.” She has worked with numerous companies to establish and manage worldwide immigration compliance programs and is experienced in government investigations and audits. Cynthia also offers legal advice to individual investors.

Cynthia is a longtime Adjunct Professor at Southwestern University School of Law, where she taught for 18 years. She also frequently lectures on corporate immigration and, as a thought leader in the industry, she has written numerous articles on business immigration law matters.

Cynthia previously served as a member of Fragomen's Executive Committee and as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Northern California practice and I-9 Service Center. Cynthia joined Fragomen more than 30 years ago, after beginning her career at the U.S. Department of Justice as an INS trial attorney.


Southwestern University School of Law | J.D., 1985
Brigham Young University | B.A., 1981, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society


Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2006 to 2021

Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2006 to 2013, 2015 to 2020

Listed in Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration, 2006 to 2021

Listed in Super Lawyers, 2005 to 2013, 2015 to 2019

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: California, District of Columbia, New York

Court Admissions: U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Member, American Bar Association

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Member, Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)

Member, Association of International Educators (NAFSA)

Member, California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP)

Member, Northern California Human Resources Association

Member, Santa Clara Bar Association

Member, San Francisco Bar Association

Publications and Lectures

Chairs the Annual Practising Law Institute Immigration Symposium.

Frequent speaker on business immigration topics before bar associations, international trade organizations and human resource groups, including:

  • Practising Law Institute (PLI)
  • Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Immigration Lawyers on the Web (ILW)
  • Council for Global Immigration (CFGI)