The right to a trial by a jury of our peers is one of the foundations of the American judicial system. More than 50,000 people will serve on juries in the U.S. each year. But how are jurors selected? It varies by state, but in Minnesota, the judicial branch obtains a yearly list of licensed
Cynthia Brown is a founding partner with the Brown Law Offices, P.A. She is an honors graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. Cynthia was admitted to practice in 1998.
After graduating from law school, Cynthia served as the law clerk to the Honorable Timothy R. Bloomquist, retired Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. Upon completing her clerkship, Cynthia practiced with a well-known firm in Cambridge, Minnesota. She founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003.
Cynthia has handled a wide variety of family law matters throughout the Twin Cities, and greater Minnesota, including divorce, custody, child protective services, orders for protection and harassment restraining orders.
Early in her career, Cynthia served as a prosecutor, public defender and criminal investigator. In addition to her family practice, Cynthia routinely represents clients facing criminal charges such as DWI, assault, theft and criminal sexual misconduct.
Cynthia founded the Amigos de Guatemala Foundation in 2007. She is a former Board Member and President of the Foundation.
When she is not practicing law, Cynthia enjoys scrap-booking, soap-making, ATV riding and spending time with family.
Areas of Practice
- Child Protective Services
- Restraining Orders
- Criminal Defense
- Estate Planning
- Minnesota State Bar, 1998
- William Mitchell College of Law, 1998
- University of South Dakota, 1995
Professional Associations & Activities
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Presenter, Various CLE Courses
- Panel Attorney, Anoka County County Family Law Clinic
- Monthly Columnist, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper
- Author, Family Law Forum
- Author, Divorce Magazine
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