San Francisco Trial Attorney and nationally recognized Personal Injury Lawyer Cynthia McGuinn has been inducted as the National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). During an induction ceremony held at ABOTA’s National Board Meeting in San Francisco, McGuinn took the oath of office from the Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, the Chief Justice of the State of California. McGuinn becomes the second female National President to head ABOTA since the invitation-only organization was first founded in 1958.
As ABOTA National President – which is comprised of more than 7,600 of the nation’s leading trial attorneys – McGuinn will be focused on the organization’s mission to strengthen the American civil justice system, preserve the civil jury trial, and educate the public about the importance of their role as jurors in our democracy. This is a considerable undertaking given long-standing efforts made by those corporations, politicians, and lobbyists that place profits over people and use their leverage to diminish the rights of Americans and strip juries of their important decision making role in our civil justice system.
To combat these issues, McGuinn will work to provide attorney members with the network of support and educational resources needed to promote effective, civil, trial advocacy. She will also expand efforts to enhance partnerships with other legal and public rights organizations across the nation in order to educate American citizens about the importance of their Constitutional right to trial by jury and will continue the organization’s long-standing commitment to support efforts for a fair and impartial judiciary.
McGuinn’s induction as National President stems from a career spent advocating for the injured and the wronged, as well as various leadership roles in professional organizations dedicated to preserving the rights, foundational principles, and judicial system which provide those victims with the ability to make their voices heard. She was previously the first female president of the ABOTA’s San Francisco Chapter, and is a Fellow of other invitation-only organizations, including the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the International Society of Barristers.
Through years of exceptional advocacy, Ms. McGuinn has earned a reputation for her litigation skills and ability to handle even the most complex cases. Her experience and commitment have enabled her to secure a number of eight-figure jury trial verdicts, as well as the largest personal injury verdict in the history of Sonoma County in 2015. More about Ms. McGuinn can be found on her profile.