Cynthia L. Effinger

Cynthia L. Effinger

Louisville, Kentucky

Cynthia L. Effinger, an Associate of the firm, joined McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC in 2012. Ms. Effinger has a broad range of legal experience gained through 13 years of practice throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky where her clients conduct business. Ms. Effinger’s practice is concentrated in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation. She also has experience with First Amendment litigation, securities litigation and complex litigation.

Ms. Effinger received her J.D. from the University of Louisville in 1998 and a B.A. in History from the University of Georgia in 1994. She assists with the Louisville Bar Association’s Law Day in the Schools program and served as a Member of the Board of Directors for Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky from 2007 through 2009.

Ms. Effinger frequently appears in state and federal courts on behalf of her clients and has tried numerous cases to favorable verdicts.

Areas of Practice

  • 60% Employment Law
  • 40% Commercial Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • 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

Published Works

  • Guidelines for Hiring Minors, Kentucky Chamber Human Resource, June Newsletter, 2012
  • Inclement Weather and Time Off Issues: To Pay or Not to Pay, Kentucky Chamber Human Resource, November Newsletter, 2012
  • Employers’ Responsibilities for Snow Days and Working Vacations, McBrayer Newsletter, November 2012, Issue 2, Volume 11

Representative Cases

  • McDonalds Corporation v. Ogborn et al (Ky. App 2009)
  • Aesthetics in Jewelry Inc. v. Brown (Ky.App 2011)


  • Fayette County Bar Association, Bench & Bar, Employment Law, June 26, 2012
  • Kentucky Pharmacists Association annual meeting, Employment Law, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

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

Past Employment Positions

  • Seiller Waterman, LLC, Senior Associate, 1997 - 2011

Pro Bono Activities

  • Girl Scout Volunteer, 2008 - Present


  • Sigma Kappa