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Cynthia Wright

Hon. Cynthia D. Wright, Senior Judge


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Ankur Haldar
T: 404-566-2156
F: 404-588-0905
One Atlantic Center, 1201 West Peachtree, Suite 2650, Atlanta, GA 30309

Biography

Hon. Cynthia D. Wright, Senior Judge, joins JAMS following two decades on the bench in Fulton County Superior and State courts, including two successful terms as chief judge. Judge Wright heard thousands of civil cases involving civil rights, education, employment, business and governmental entities. She also spent 12 years in the family law division.

Prior to serving in the judiciary, Judge Wright had a diverse legal career in both the public and private sectors. As chief counsel and assistant counsel to two Georgia governors, she provided advice on legal issues, drafted legislation and acted as a liaison to many state agencies. Her signature accomplishment as chief counsel was drafting legislation establishing the Georgia Lottery.

Judge Wright’s legal career as a public servant includes service as a hearing officer for the Georgia Office of Fair Employment Practices (now the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity). Judge Wright also was counsel to the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority, a public corporation that sells securities for financing low- and moderate-income apartments and provides funding for first-time homebuyers.

Judge Wright spent time in the private sector at Troutman Sanders and later founded her own firm. Most recently, she expanded the mediation and arbitration practice at Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenbery.

Judge Wright is known for her success in facilitating settlement discussions in even the most contentious and complex disputes by thoroughly preparing and offering creative and evaluative paths forward. She has received accolades for her professionalism, always demonstrating the utmost respect for counsel and litigants.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Presided over hundreds of settlement conferences in business, governmental and family law disputes 
  • Chaired the Fulton County Superior Court’s Business Court and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board for four years
  • Presided over thousands of domestic cases throughout her 12 years of service in the family division

Representative Matters

Judge Wright has substantial litigation, judicial and settlement experience in various civil practice areas, including the following:

  • Contract disputes
  • Personal injury matters
  • Workplace harassment and discrimination in employment claims
  • Medical malpractice
  • Trade secrets
  • Legal and other professional malpractice
  • Landlord/tenant disputes
  • Government subsidized housing issues (between co-owners/ government and owners)
  • Disputes between governmental entities (county boundaries, jurisdictional questions and annexation)
  • Breaches of nonsolicitation, nondisclosure and noncompete agreements
  • Modifications of final judgments in all areas
  • Condominium or homeowners’ association disputes
  • Disputes involving contract letting by governmental entities, including airport concessions
  • Defamation and libel
  • Fraudulent conveyance and fraudulent transfer claims
  • Valuation disputes involving net worth, company values and trust assets
  • Privilege logs in pending court cases

Family Law

  • High-asset divorce cases, often involving family trusts or closely held corporations
  • Custody disputes, divorce and post-divorce, or never married
  • Same-sex family issues, married, unmarried and civil unions
  • Family support and maintenance issues
  • Negotiation, interpretation and enforcement of prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements
  • Transgender issues
  • Trust and estate or will disputes
  • Alimony
  • Annulment
  • Creation and modification of parenting plans
  • Children with special medical or educational needs
  • Parents with special issues (alcohol, drug, anger and mental health issues)

Honors

  • George S. Stern Achievement Award, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2015
  • Emory Findley Award for Outstanding Judicial Service, Council of Superior Court Judges, 2014
  • Logan E. Bleckley Distinguished Service Award, Litigation Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, 2014
  • Public Service Award, Atlanta Bar Association, 2013
  • Family First Award, Family Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, 2011
  • Who’s Who in Law & Accounting, Atlanta Business Chronicle, 2011
  • Appreciation Award for Outstanding Service in Family Law Division in Superior Court of Fulton County, Board of Directors of the Family Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, 2010
  • 500 Leading Judges in America, Lawdragon, 2006
  • Jack P. Turner Award, State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section, 2006
  • Joseph T. Tuggle Jr. Award for Professionalism, State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section, 2000
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, Wesleyan College, 1995

Representative Speaking Engagements

  • “The Art of Negotiation—Effective (and Ineffective) Mediation Strategies,” co-author and co-presenter with William Alexander, Nuts and Bolts of Family Law ICLE seminar, 2018
  • “Hot Topics in Current Legal Challenges Facing LGBTQ Families,” National Association of Women Judges Annual Conference, 2017
  • “What’s So Special About Special Masters and Arbitration,” Dekalb Bar Family Law Section, 2017
  • “Divorce and Jury Trial Seminar, Form of the Verdict and Post-Verdict Issues,”2017
  • “The Frontier of Family Law: Family Issues After Obergefell 35,” Annual Family Law Institute, 2017 (ICLE)
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution in Family Law Cases,” 24th Annual ADR Institute and 2017 Neutrals’ Conference, 2017
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution in Large Cases: When Is It Appropriate, How Is It Best Staged and Who Should Be Present?,” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Family Law Seminar, 2016
  • “Arbitration as an Alternative Dispute Technique in Family Law Matters,”34th Annual Family Law institute, 2016 (ICLE)
  • “Professionalism”; co-presenter; 28th Annual North American Law Summit; Entertainment, Sports and Intellectual Property; 2015
  • “Separating the Unmarried Couple: Legal Remedies, Financial Considerations and Other Helpful Tips,” co-presenter, 33rd Annual Family Law Institute, The Art of Love and War, 2015
  • “Same-Sex Couples in Family Court, With Emphasis on Mediation,” 4th Annual Same-Sex Legal Issues Conference, 2015
  • Presenter/Instructor, Family Law Institute and Joint Conference with the Georgia Psychological Association, 2006

Publications

  • “Georgia’s Same-Sex Adoption is Valid in Alabama, U.S. Supreme Court Says” (co-authored by Amy Saul), Fulton County Daily Report, 2016
  • “More Couples Are Turning to Alternative Dispute Resolution to Prevent Invasive Financial Disclosures in Divorce,” Fulton County Daily Report, 2015
  • “Private Courtrooms for Business Disputes: Justice With Privacy,” Justicia, 2015 
  • Partner, Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenbery, 2015–2018
  • Chief Judge, Superior Court of Fulton County,  2010–2014
  • Judge, Superior Court of Fulton County, 1996–2015
  • State Court Judge, Fulton County, 1995–1996
  • Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Zell Miller, 1991–1995
  • Corporate Counsel, Georgia Housing and Finance Authority, 1984–1990
  • Corlew, Smith and Wright, 1982–1984
  • Associate, Troutman Sanders, 1981–1982
  • Assistant Legal Counsel to Governor George Busbee, 1978–1981
  • J.D., University of Georgia, 1977
  • B.A., magna cum laude,Wesleyan College, 1974

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Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Education Law
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Governmental/Public Agency
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • Intellectual Property
  • Professional Liability
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee

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