Cynthia R. Shoss

New York,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Insurance
  • Insurance Regulatory and Compliance
  • Insurance M&A and Demutualizations
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Financial Services
  • Securities & Corporate Governance
  • Insurance Finance
Contact InfoTelephone: 212.389.5012
Fax: 212-389-5099
University Newcomb College of Tulane University, B.A., cum laude
Law SchoolTulane University Law School, J.D. Editorial Board, Tulane Law Review; New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation
Admitted1974, Louisiana; 1977, Missouri; 1978, Illinois; 1990, New York

Professional Activities

Member, Board of Overseers and Executive Committee of the School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business of St. John's University
Former Chair, Insurance Section, former Co-Chair, Diversity Committee, and former Board member of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel (ALIC)
Vice Chair, Board of Advisors, and former Chair, Board of Directors, of Lawyers Alliance for New York
Chair, Board of Directors, Economic Mobility Corporation
Member, International Insurance Society
Former Member, Board of Directors, The Compliance and Ethics Forum for Life Insurers
Former Chair, Board of Directors, Power of Attorney
Former Member, Board of Directors, and former Vice President of The Risk Foundation
Formerly certified by the Insurance Marketplace Standards Association (IMSA) as a Qualified Independent Assessor
Former Member, Westchester County Airport Advisory Board


A nationally recognized adviser on insurance regulatory matters, Cynthia Shoss co-leads Sutherland's Insurance Transactions & Products practice. Cynthia guides clients through transformative transactions, including demutualizations, mergers, acquisitions, conversions and other restructurings. She also assists clients with legislation, examinations and investigations and with compliance, governance and investment issues.

For more than 30 years, Cynthia has counseled clients in various sectors of the insurance industry including life insurance, property/casualty insurance, health insurance, title insurance and workers' compensation. She works with Fortune 500 companies, state departments of insurance and attorneys general, investment bankers and multinational clients. In 2014, she was the first woman in the 100-year history of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel to receive its Buist M. Anderson Distinguished Service Award for lifetime service to the life insurance bar and industry.

Cynthia joined Sutherland from Dewey & LeBoeuf where she was co-chair of the Insurance Regulatory Department, formerly Managing Partner of LeBoeuf's London office, and chair of the firm's pro bono practice. She also served on the firm's Diversity Committee, as she does at Sutherland, and was a founder of the LeBoeuf Women's Initiatives Group.

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Selected Experience

Sutherland advises Verizon on the transfer of $7.5 billion pension obligation to Prudential.

Sutherland attorney represented Prudential in its demutualization and in a subsequent acquisition.

Awards and Rankings

Recipient, Association of Life Insurance Counsel Buist M. Anderson Distinguished Service Award (2014)

Recognized in the Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law in Insurance and Reinsurance (2012-2013)

Named among 25 Women to Watch in Insurance, Risk Management and Employee Benefits Worldwide by Business Insurance (December 2010)


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New York Releases Proposed Joint ERM/ORSA Regulation
Justin K. Kitchens,John S. Pruitt,Cynthia R. Shoss, January 23, 2014
The New York Department of Financial Services (Department) has announced that Regulation 203 - Enterprise Risk Management & Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (Proposed Regulation) will be formally proposed in a notice of proposed rulemaking to be published in the New York State Register on...

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Cynthia R. Shoss

1114 Avenue of the Americas, 40th Floor
New YorkNY 10036-7703


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