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Cynthia A. Sherwood

Cynthia A. Sherwood

Sherwood Boutique Litigation, PLC
  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law ...
  • Tennessee
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Cynthia Sherwood is one if the most experienced criminal defense attorneys in Nashville, TN. She has been practicing in Nashville since graduating from Vanderbilt Law School almost 20 years ago.

When asked why she practices criminal defense, Ms Sherwood replied: "I feel a deep satisfaction from freeing my clients, both in the literal sense and figuratively from the mental burden of a criminal charge. I feel empathy for every client, and I cannot stand to lose."

That combination of empathy and competitiveness has proven to be quite powerful.

Her defense strategies have evolved to embody much more than the "normal" defenses. Cynthia excels at picking apart the prosecution’s case by using her vast knowledge of case law to find additional defenses and legal loopholes. Her favorite mantra is – “Whoever knows the facts best- wins!”

Having great relationships also helps. Over the past two decades, Cynthia has built invaluable relationships with judges, prosecutors and fellow attorneys. Her dedication to clients and performance in the courtroom has earned a rarefied kind of respect. If it comes to a trial, no one wants to be on her opposing side.

For the last 10 years Cynthia has owned and operated Sherwood Boutique Litigation, PLC or SBL. SBL is the physical manifestation of Cynthia's mantra. In every case the criminal attorneys at SBL vow to always know the facts better than the other side.

Vanderbilt University Law School
J.D. (2000) | Law
Honors: 2000 Recipient of Vanderbilt Law School Carl J. Ruskowksi Clinical Legal Education Award for excellence in the practice of Law
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Professional Experience
Managing Member
Sherwood Boutique Litigation, PLC
- Current
Neal & Harwell, PLC
Carl J. Ruskowski Clinical Legal Education Award
Vanderbilt University Law School
Awarded to the graduating student who, in his or her representation of clients in the Law School's clinical program, demonstrated excellence in practice of law and best exemplified the highest standards of the legal profession.
Professional Associations
State Bar of Tennessee  # 20911
- Current
Activities: Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Executive Council (2011-Present) Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Steering Committee Member (2008 – 2009) Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2006 Young Lawyers Division, Nashville Bar Association YLD Board Member (2003-2005)
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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6th Circuit
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  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    Juvenile Law
    White Collar Crime
Additional Practice Areas
  • Orders Of Protection
  • Violent Crimes (Assault, Aggravated Assault, Attempted Murder)
  • Drug Crimes
  • Burglary and Theft
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. If a Respondent violates an OOP but the order is dismissed before they're arrested, can the arrest still be made?
A: If a warrant was issued or even just a report made for an alleged violation of an Order of Protection prior to the Order being dismissed, the report would not just expire. A person can be convicted of violating an Order of Protection for acts taken prior to the Order being dismissed even if that Order is dismissed prior to the warrant actually issuing. That being said any warrant should be viewed very skeptically in such situations. You need a good criminal defense attorney to defend you on any alleged violation of the Order of Protection because just because you are charged with violating it it most certainly does not need to result in a conviction. This answer is only to let you know that a dismissal of the Order would not bar an arrest in the circumstances you described. ... Read More
Q. My parents called the police on my boyfriend and he is now charged with domestic assault
A: In Tennessee, there is no way for you to drop the charge because it is the State of Tennessee that has brought the criminal charge against your boyfriend, not you. That being said, there are many things you can do to try to get the State to dismiss the charge against your boyfriend. You can explain to the DA or victim witness coordinator that it was an accident. Although you do not need a lawyer if you are not concerned about criminal charges against yourself, sometimes victim/witnesses do hire attorneys to help their voices be heard in the process.
Q. In the state of Tn if charged with domestic assault do u have to serve a mandatory 30 days on first offence
A: No. There is no mandatory time on a domestic assault charge in Tennessee. This is a serious charge, however, with serious consequences, such as loss of the right to possess a weapon for the rest of your life in addition to the stigma of such a charge. You should hire an attorney immediately.
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Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence, Domestic Assault, Order of Protection, Aggravated Assault
Contact & Map
Sherwood Boutique Litigation
414 Union St
Suite 1110
Nashville, TN 37219
Toll-Free: (615) 505-3993
Telephone: (615) 873-5671
Cell: (615) 505-3993
Fax: (615) 873-5671
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed