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Cynthia L. Hegarty

No matter the objective size or value of a legal matter, it’s always a big deal to the client.

My Approach

It doesn’t matter whether I’m representing an individual or a large corporation – I find that the best way to solve any problem is to break it down into smaller, more manageable, component parts. By addressing issues one by one, it becomes much easier for clients to manage. I bring my outside perspective to help clients see through the difficulties and identify a clear path forward.

I love to develop long-lasting relationships with my clients. When I have the opportunity to work with a  client more regularly, I get to know their business and am better equipped to help with the next problem. Understanding the goals of your organization, your stress points, and what keeps you awake at night, lets me jump into each new challenge with both feet, and eventually will enable us to identify risk management opportunities for the future.

Outside of work, my husband and I spend a lot of time at the hockey rink with our teenagers. We are avid Notre Dame fans, where our oldest attends college. And we love spending time at our family cabin up north.  Ask me about our llama!

A Groundbreaking Moment in My Career

When I first moved to Minneapolis from Chicago, while I waited for my Minnesota Bar results, I began doing pro bono legal work. I ended up working with Volunteer Lawyers Network and undertook a small insurance matter assisting an elderly woman to resolve a disputed claim with her carrier. The matter itself was small, and I easily resolved it with just a couple of phone calls. Later, the client took multiple busses and walked several blocks to the downtown farmers market, spending what may have been most of her weekly disposable income to buy me flowers to thank me for getting her insurance claim paid. To me, the matter was small and seemingly insignificant - but it had a tremendous effect on my client. Twenty-one years later, I still think of that client often. She made me realize that sometimes it is easy to spend so much time doing the work that we don’t stop to realize the impact our work has. I am grateful to have the opportunity to do challenging and rewarding work that also allows me to affect our clients’ bottom lines so significantly.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

AV Preeminent®, 5.0 out of 5.0

Martindale-Hubbell® peer review ratings

Associations & Memberships

Minnesota State Bar Association

Bankruptcy Section
Chair, 2020-2021
Leadership Council, 2016-2021

Minnesota State Bar Association

High School Mock Trial Judge

American Bar Association

Tort and Insurance Section

Hennepin County Bar Association

Minnesota Women Lawyers

American Bankruptcy Institute

Minnesota Bankers Association

Associate Member, 2012-2015

Volunteer Lawyers Network

Board of Directors, 2022-2025

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services




Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter
Board of Trustees, 2006-2010

District 112, Eastern Carver County Schools

Victoria Elementary Vision Team, 2012-2014
Chaska Middle School East, Parent Curriculum Advisory Board, 2014-2016
DECA judge, 2016-present

St. Victoria Parish Family Church

Catechist, 2012-2020
Member, Pastoral Council, 2018-2020

Turnaround Management Association

International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation

Commercial Receiver’s Association