Cynthia Maxwell Curtin

Cynthia Maxwell Curtin


  • Brown University (Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa; double concentration in Political Science and Sociology)
  • J.D. from University of California, School of Law (Am Jur Award in Administrative Law; member of UCLA Law Review)
Cynthia Maxwell Curtin began her career in the San Francisco office of Littler Mendelson—the premier international labor and employment firm. She earned the honor of early elevation to shareholder in 1990. Ms. Curtin and another partner opened the firm’s Oakland, California office in 1994.

In 1998, Ms. Curtin started Independent Employment Counsel, LLP (“IEC”) with Gary P. Scholick, Esq. IEC specialized in independent neutral investigations as required under Titles IX, VII, VI, the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended (“ADA”)) and other state and federal anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws. She also conducted hundreds of seminars regarding employment and discrimination laws. She was retained as an expert witness in numerous cases to testify regarding the adequacy of an employer’s response to allegations of harassment and/or other forms of discrimination.

In 2012, Ms. Curtin brought her years of experience and expertise to Syracuse University. As the Chief Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Officer and the Title IX Coordinator and the interim Sections 503/504 and ADA Coordinator, she conducted or supervised hundreds of investigations, gave hundreds of seminars and led the University’s related compliance efforts.  

In 2015, Ms. Curtin joined Curtin & DeJoseph. As an attorney licensed only in California, her affiliation with a New York firm allows her to bring her experience and expertise to New York clients while continuing to serve her clients in California. With Ms. Curtin’s background, the firm’s practice now includes:

  • neutral independent investigations of alleged misconduct such as alleged violations of federal and/or state discrimination laws (including Titles IX, VII and VI);
  • providing meaningful training connected to an organization’s mission and vision necessary for compliance with discrimination laws including Titles IX, VII, VI, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Clery Act, the SaVE Act, Enough is Enough, etc.);  
  • organizational development and leadership analysis and training;
  • conflict resolution services (mediations, facilitated conversations, etc.);
  • advice and expert testimony concerning investigations.

Ms. Curtin is a member of the Board of Directors for the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and has served in various capacities for St. James Episcopal Church, Paso Robles, California.