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Sutherland Partner Cynthia Shoss Recognized as One of New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence

November 23, 2015

NEW YORK—Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that Cynthia R. Shoss, co-leader of Sutherland’s Insurance practice and a partner in the firm’s New York office, has been recognized as one of New York Business Journal’s 2016 Women of Influence. Ms. Shoss will be honored during an awards luncheon on January 20, 2016, at the Harvard Club of New York.
Selected from a pool of nominations, the New York Business Journal, a leading publisher of local business news and information, recognized women business leaders in the New York metropolitan area for their outstanding professional achievements as well as their significant commitment to the community and mentoring.
“Cynthia has made invaluable contributions to our firm, our clients and the community, and is very deserving of this wonderful honor,” said Sutherland’s Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman. “Her many leadership roles make her the ideal partner to co-chair one of Sutherland’s most important practice groups. She also leads the firm’s New York Pro Bono Committee, a position that she uses to encourage other attorneys to serve the community, and she mentors young attorneys, focusing especially on women and other diverse attorneys. It is great to see her being recognized for her tremendous dedication to our clients, the legal profession and New York City."

Ms. Shoss is the former Board Chair and currently Vice Chair of the Board of Advisors of Lawyers Alliance for New York, which serves diverse, low-income communities throughout the five boroughs. Last year, she was a member of Sutherland’s Equal Justice Works Fellowship Committee, which offers funding and training for law students and lawyers providing representation to underserved communities and causes in New York and other communities.

In addition, Ms. Shoss chairs the Board of the Economic Mobility Corporation, which identifies and develops strategies to enable disadvantaged adults and youth to thrive in the labor market. These efforts have also earned her induction into the YWCA-NYC Academy of Women Leaders, among various other community-oriented and civic awards.

At Sutherland, Ms. Shoss counsels clients on life insurance, property/casualty insurance, health insurance and other sectors of the insurance industry. For more than 30 years, she has provided insurance regulatory advice to Fortune 500 companies, state departments of insurance and attorneys general, investment bankers and multinational clients, and is recognized in particular for her experience with demutualizations, mergers and acquisitions, conversions and other restructurings. She also serves on the Sutherland Diversity Committee and Women Attorneys Group.

In 2014, Ms. Shoss was the first woman in the 100-year history of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel to receive its Buist M. Anderson Distinguished Service Award for lifetime service to the life insurance bar and industry. In 2010, Business Insurance, the leading publication within her practice, named her a “Woman to Watch.”

Sutherland is an international legal service provider helping the world’s largest companies, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. More than 435 lawyers across seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas. Sutherland is composed of associated legal practices that are separate entities, doing business in the United States as Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, and as Arbis Sutherland LLP in London and Geneva. Arbis Sutherland LLP is a limited liability partnership and is registered in England and Wales with registered number OC348198. Its registered office is at Marble Quay, St. Katharine’s Dock, London E1W 1UH. Arbis Sutherland LLP is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales whose regulatory requirements can be accessed at A list of the members of Arbis Sutherland LLP and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at its registered office.

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