Cynthia Shoss, co-leader of Sutherland's Insurance Transactions & Products practice, is a nationally recognized adviser on insurance regulatory matters, focusing on transformative transactions such as demutualizations, mergers, conversions, and other restructurings and acquisitions. 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 insurance sectors including life insurance, property/casualty insurance, health insurance and workers' compensation. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies, investment bankers and state departments of insurance and attorneys general. 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 (formerly LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae) where she was co-chair of the Insurance Regulatory Department and formerly Managing Partner of LeBoeuf's London office. She also served as chair of LeBoeuf's pro bono practice and was a founder of the LeBoeuf Women's Initiatives Group. She currently serves on the Sutherland Pro Bono Committee, Diversity Committee and Women Attorneys Group.
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
Recognized as one of New York Business Journal's Women of Influence (2016)
Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of insurance: non-contentious (2015) and financial services: regulatory (2016)
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 (since 2012)
YWCA-NYC Academy of Women Leaders (2011)
Named among “25 Women to Watch” in Insurance, Risk Management and Employee Benefits Worldwide by Business Insurance (2010)
Recognized in Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers in Insurance (since 2003)
Named to the Best Lawyers in America (since 2006)
Named to the Best Lawyers in New York (since 2005)
Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers - Mergers and Acquisitions (since 2006)
Inaugural Recipient, Sutherland Steel Magnolia Award (2014)