Cynthia A. Everett serves as the City Attorney for the City of Fort Lauderdale. Previously, Ms. Everett was the founder of Cynthia A. Everett P.A. where she represented the Village of Pinecrest, Florida as village attorney and concentrated her practice in the areas of labor and employment, local government and insurance defense law. Ms. Everett is board certified by The Florida Bar in labor and employment law and she is a Florida Supreme Court certified civil and appellate mediator. She has served as special counsel to the City of Miami Civil Service Board and as the code enforcement special master for the Town of Miami Lakes.
Ms. Everett received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University and her Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University. She began her legal career as an assistant state attorney with the Dade County State Attorney’s Office where she was the first black woman appointed as a division chief. She then joined the civil division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida where she defended medical malpractice, personal injury, employment discrimination and government contracts lawsuits. Ms. Everett joined the private sector in 1995 handling labor and employment, general commercial litigation and personal injury cases.
Ms. Everett is a former member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, serving from 1994-1998, and currently serves as a board member of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association. She has continued her bar service by serving as a member of the executive councils of the Trial Lawyers and the City, County and Local Government Law Sections. Ms. Everett is a past president of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association and the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association. She has served as a member of the Eleventh Circuit and Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. She currently serves as a member of the Southern District of Florida’s Ad Hoc Advisory Committees on Rules and Procedures and Court Annexed Mediation; on the Board of the Gwen Cherry Park Foundation, Inc. and she is a member of a United States Selective Service Board. Ms. Everett was the 2009 recipient of Miami-Dade FAWL’s Mattie Belle Davis Award.
Ms. Everett is a recipient of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association Distinguished Honoree Award and the Miami-Dade Florida Association of Women Lawyers Mattie Belle Davis Award. Ms. Everett has repeatedly been recognized as a top lawyer by Florida Trend Legal Elite, Florida Super Lawyers and the South Florida Legal Guide.
Ms. Everett is a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.