She is from Boston, MA and is currently working out of Jacksonville, FL. Born to a Sicilian father who understood well the incredible value of hard work, Cindy realized at a young age the importance of discipline and education. Her tight-knit community, which included her parents’ seven children, a cousin, and assorted neighborhood kids, helped shape her into an ambitious and passionate student. In her youth, she pondered becoming either a nun or a lawyer. When she grew up and college came around, she quickly and confidently chose the latter.
Cindy Laquidara graduated cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Massachusetts. She then earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School where she graduated magna cum laude. At the behest of a mentor from her law school, she entered general litigation, which she still loves. Cindy very much enjoys that litigation offers new challenges all of the time, and that she can represent all kinds of clients, from major corporations to individuals.
A driving force which heavily impacts her approach to her work, however, is her moral compass. Due in large part to her relatively humble beginnings, Cindy has always been very much inclined to stick up for people, especially those who may not know how to advocate for themselves. When she served as the General Counsel of Jacksonville, citizen often did not know where to go for help. Ms. Laquidara was always eager to step in and provide support.
Once, a prospective city commission member became the target of personal attacks and mistreatment based on his religion. This abuse persisted, even though he was a community leader, a professor, and a Rhodes Scholar. Cindy Laquidara stepped up and intervened, committed to helping protect his civil rights. On a separate occasion, she advocated on behalf of an impoverished city community to address incinerator ash that had been damaging their neighborhood.
Cindy’s involvement with the search for Captain Scott Speicher remains, to this day, one of her most formative pro bono work experiences. As an acquaintance of his family, she was personally motivated to do all she good to make a difference. For over a decade, she pushed hard for the government to find Captain Speicher. Thanks in part to her efforts, he became the first person to ever has his status changed from KIA to MIA. By the time Captain Speicher’s remains were found and finally repatriated, the years Cindy spent working with top-tier government officials such as senators and three different Navy Secretaries had severely shaped her understanding of how little resource and support veterans actually receive. As a result, she continues to advocate for military causes pro bono when possible and has since provided pro bono services to U.S. military forces.
Most recently, Cindy Laquidara represented a prisoner pro bono, after accepting a court appointment. The case was in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the appointment was to represent the client in a jury trial – after he had defeated the defendant’s motion for summary judgment on his own. Ms. Laquidara was appointed on December 16, 2015 and tried the case along with Heather Solanka, in early February of 2016.