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Honors & Awards

  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2018-2022 (Employment & Labor)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2016-2022 (Litigation - Labor & Employment)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2019-2022 (Employment Law - Management)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2020-2022 (Labor Law: Management)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2021, 2022 (Employment Law - Individuals)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, "Lawyer of the Year", 2019, 2022 (Litigation: Labor and Employment)
  • A. M. Best Client Recommended, 2018 


Kentucky, 1998

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2003

U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1998

U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2000


University of Louisville School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky, J.D., 1998

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, B.A., 1994

  • Major: History


The value I bring to my clients is that when the dispute cannot be resolved I have trial experience and can best prepare the client for the courtroom. I have chosen to practice at McBrayer because its employment law department is constantly evolving and expanding, which is a resource that our clients are not able to receive from our competitors. We take a team approach to solving our clients’ problems and when necessary we will bring in attorneys from different practice areas to offer a new perspective.

My main practice area is focused in employment and commercial litigation where I help clients with business disputes, claims of discrimination and harassment, non-compete and other restrictive covenant agreements, wage and hour issues, and contract disputes.  Most recently, I have assisted clients in resolving U.S. Department of Labor and Kentucky Labor Cabinet investigations and audits.

In addition to litigation work, I work with clients to develop employee handbooks including social media policies, and am involved in employee relations issues.  My background lends itself well to consulting with businesses with regard to client and competitor issues as well as disputes among business owners themselves.


Prior to joining McBrayer’s Louisville office, I practiced at Seiller Waterman, LLC from 1997-2011.

Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 2007-Present
  • Louisville Bar Association, (Law Day in the Schools Program), 2007-Present
  • Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky, Board of Directors, 2007-2009
  • Better Business Bureau of Louisville, Board of Directors, 2017

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  • Cynthia L. Effinger - Attorney Biography
    Cynthia L. Effinger - Attorney Biography
  • Our Clients - ARGI
    Our Clients - ARGI
  • Employment Law - Keep Your Terminations from Being Terminal
    Employment Law - Keep Your Terminations from Being Terminal

Employment Law

The number one issue employers face today with respect to employee issues is the fact that the laws are ever changing and the laws are now more employee friendly. In order to keep my clients up to date on the ever-changing nature of employment law, I am committed to staying in constant communication so as to keep them in compliance, offering educational training seminars, and updating policies that should alleviate litigation down the road. I have seen significant change with respect to the integration of technology and the Internet with social media policies and social media in the workplace.

The in-depth knowledge I have developed over the years in this area of the law has benefited employers ranging in size from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies. My goal as a lawyer is to work with our clients to assess and eliminate litigation risk. By putting my experience and knowledge of this frequently changing area of the law to work, I am able to help our clients avoid disputes and, more importantly, create strong and lasting relationships with their employees. This is as important for locally owned restaurants and their chefs and wait staff as it is for large health care businesses and their doctors and CEOs.

Our employment team conducts regular seminars on hot topics in the area of human resources and employment policy and procedure. We conduct seminars to educate clients on changes in the law that will impact them. These seminars are often conducted in our office. We are also available to do on-site seminars, not only for employers and their human resources departments, but for entire staffs, depending on the topic. At any time my clients can visit the McBrayer Employment Law Blog where they will find relevant content published on a weekly basis by myself and the other members of our employment law department.

Recent Client Success

Crawford v. EKU

I was able to obtain summary judgment in favor of the employer on a race discrimination claim pending in federal court.  Plaintiff alleged she was treated differently because of her race in the terms and conditions of her employment and that she suffered retaliation for complaining about discrimination. 

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