Central Kentucky Paralegal, Cynthia DuffyParalegal
Paralegal Cynthia Duffy is originally from Pike County, Kentucky – raised in a little town called Elkhorn City. During her sophomore year at college one of her professors asked if she would be interested in working as a part-time file clerk in a law office. As the length of her employment grew with that firm, so did her job responsibilities. Not only did each new task intrigue her, but it challenged her as well. She found she really enjoyed learning about the law and the judicial system. After that first job in the legal field, she knew that becoming a paralegal was the career to pursue further in her college education.
Cynthia went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Paralegal Studies from Morehead State University. After graduation, Cynthia moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where she worked in high volume Plaintiff firms that dealt with the areas of personal injury, medical negligence and workers’ compensation. Cynthia learned a lot working in those firms, but the experience wasn’t as fulfilling as she hoped. To her, it felt like clients were treated more like revenue and less like individuals. When Cynthia came to work at the Julie Butcher Law Office in 2006, she quickly adapted to the firm’s lower volume, more personal way of representing injury clients. The firm’s smaller case volume of more serious cases allows Cynthia to address clients’ individual needs and issues more thoroughly. To Cynthia it’s more than a job.
Every day brings a new challenge and joy helping the clients through their difficult situations.
Cynthia stays active professionally outside the office as well. She is a 2012 School Board Member for St. Mary School, Paris, KY, a 2012-2013 Board at Large member of the Greater Lexington Paralegal Association and holds memberships with The National Federation of Paralegals Association and The Kentucky Paralegal Association. In 2010, she obtained her Kentucky Paralegal Certification.
Cynthia’s favorite quote from J.R.R. Tolkien best sums up how she feels her current experience with the Julie Butcher Law Office compares with the prior, high volume firms for whom she used to work: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song, above hoarded Gold, it would be a merrier world.” In fact, that quote is emblazoned across the wall over her desk as a constant reminder about remembering what is really important in life.
And, speaking of what is really important in her life, Cynthia loves to spend time with her husband, Robert and her son, Quentin. She often amuses everyone in the office with the cute and funny things Quentin says and does. Cynthia is a mom on the go with her church activities, her son’s school and the many sports Quentin excels in. But, even as busy as she is at work and with her family, she also keeps to a “merrier world” through enjoyment of movies and books. Cynthia has been known to spend more than a few Saturdays devouring the latest book she picked up in one sitting!
- Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies, Morehead State University 1996
Professional Memberships and Organizations
- 2012 – 2013, Board Member of St. Mary School Board Council
- 2012, Board-At-Large Officer – Greater Lexington Paralegal Association
- Kentucky Paralegal Association, National Federation of Paralegal Associations
- 2010 – 2012 Board Member of St. Mary School PTS, Paris, KY
- 2006 – Present, Julie Butcher Law Office, PLLC, Personal Injury Paralegal/Administrator
- 2000 – 2006, C & G Law Group, Personal Injury Paralegal
- 1999 – 2000, Moynahan, Irvin & Smith, Paralegal
- 1998 – 1999, Lois T. Matl & Associates, Workers’ Compensation Paralegal
- 1994 – 1997, Northeast Kentucky Legal Services, Administrative Assistant