Cynthia R. Shoss

New York,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Insurance
  • Financial Services
  • Corporate
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Insurance Regulatory and Compliance
  • Insurance M&A and Demutualizations
  • 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 Founding Co-Chair, Diversity and Membership Committees, and former member of the Board of Govenors of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel (ALIC)

Co-chair, Directorships and Corporate Governance Committee and Assistant General Counsel, Financial Women's Association

Adjunct Faculty, Transactional Boot Camp, Intersession Program, Tulane University Law School

Vice Chair, Board of Advisors, and former Chair, Board of Directors, of Lawyers Alliance for New York

Member, International Insurance Society

Former Member, Board of Directors, The Compliance and Ethics Forum for Life Insurers (CEFLI)

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 Founding Chair, Board of Directors, Power of Attorney

Chair, Board of Directors, Economic Mobility Corporation

Former Member, Westchester County Airport Advisory Board


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.

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

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)

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)


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NAIC Adopts Roadmap for Cybersecurity Consumer Protections
Mark D. Herlach,Michael R. Nelson,John S. Pruitt,Stephen E. Roth,Cynthia R. Shoss, December 22, 2015
Except for a new name and new introduction, the Cybersecurity Roadmap is identical to the Cybersecurity Bill of Rights that was adopted by the NAIC Cybersecurity Task Force in October. The Bill of Rights was adopted over objections from industry groups that the document was confusing and...

NAIC Adopts New Cybersecurity Exam Tool
Mark D. Herlach,John S. Pruitt,Stephen E. Roth,Brian L. Rubin,Cynthia R. Shoss, September 24, 2015
On September 21, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (the NAIC) IT Examination Working Group (the Working Group) adopted amendments to the IT section of the Financial Condition Examiners Handbook (the Handbook) to strengthen the Handbook¿s already existing cybersecurity guidance....

NAIC Cybersecurity Forum Focuses on Escalating Threats and Best Remediation Practices
Mark D. Herlach,John S. Pruitt,Stephen E. Roth,Brian L. Rubin,Cynthia R. Shoss, September 15, 2015
On September 10, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) co-sponsored a cybersecurity forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. Featuring an impressive line-up of senior government officials and knowledgeable experts, the forum aimed to...

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Cynthia R. Shoss

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


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