Cinthia Granados Motley is the co-chair of Sedgwick LLP’s Cybersecurity and Privacy practice group. She has an active practice handling data privacy, security and liability matters, both domestically and internationally, as well as information governance, e-discovery, international contract disputes, directors and officers liability and employment defense. In her litigation practice, she has also handled ERISA and professional liability matters both in state and federal courts, and routinely counsels clients in complex commercial disputes both domestically and abroad. Her experience extends beyond the United States to Latin America.
Cinthia has a natural ability to connect with clients and quickly identify their needs. She uses this strength to develop and maintain strong, effective communications with them throughout all legal matters, from incident response through the litigation cycle. She is also known for her presence in the courtroom, which showcases her natural ability to communicate and connect with others. This natural leadership has earned Cinthia the respect of clients and colleagues, as well as judges and adversaries.
A compelling litigator, Cinthia has represented clients in appellate matters before the Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits. She has handled litigation matters in multiple states, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Iowa, California, South Carolina and Florida, as well as before the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Data Privacy and Security
Cybersecurity presents an extraordinary threat to our national and international security and can impact our foreign policy and the worldwide economy. Cinthia represents clients in data security and privacy litigation and understands the importance of a complete cybersecurity program. She has developed a comprehensive service for clients to manage this process from pre-event to post-event. She routinely acts as a data breach coach to large international entities, advising them on information governance and litigation readiness, as well as mitigating cyber risks exposures, data security and privacy litigation.
In particular, she has handled class action lawsuits brought under state or federal consumer and privacy laws. Cinthia has successfully led defense and e-discovery teams in obtaining favorable early case resolutions of complex multimillion-dollar lawsuits.
Pre-event services include: data breach coaching; information management and litigation readiness; developing and testing incident response plans and privacy policies; regulatory compliance readiness and analysis; third-party management and vendor agreements; and C-suite, board, executive level and employee training.
Post-event services include: national and international breach response and coordinating counsel; security incident containment; managing regulatory compliance and investigations; remediation; and post-event lessons-learned analysis. Cinthia has worked with companies in a wide variety of industries including: financial services; health care; education; retail; hospitality; transportation; and companies insured by leading insurance firms.
E-Discovery and Information Governance
Cinthia worked at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals before joining Sedgwick LLP and has been an active member of the Seventh Circuit e-Discovery Pilot Program Committee since 2009. She is also a panel e-mediator for the Committee’s E-Mediation Program. Keeping pace with the growing importance of electronic data, the mission of the committee is to develop pre-trial litigation principles governing electronic discovery to reduce its cost and burden, so that prohibitive costs do not influence clients’ litigation decisions. Cinthia is a frequent speaker on e-discovery matters and serves as an adjunct professor of law in this area.
Cinthia has a strong background in successfully defending life, health and disability claims brought against plan and claim administrators and managed-care organizations. She has provided counsel to employee benefit plan administrators and fiduciaries concerning ERISA, employee benefits and health care issues.
Latin America and Commercial Litigation
Cinthia is a native of Honduras and currently acts as coordinating counsel for clients in matters in Latin America. Drawing on her bilingual and multicultural skills, she has represented international companies in multijurisdictional and complex litigations. In her commercial litigation practice, she has represented clients in various jurisdictions and in arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association. She has defended a wide range of contract, statutory and tort-based claims on behalf of corporate clients and their directors and officers.
Presentations and Publications
- Co-author, “Examining Preponderance-Of-Evidence Standard At 7th Circ.,” Law360 (January 13, 2017).
- 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
- 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
- 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court (C.D. Ill.)
- U.S. District Court (N.D. Ill.)
- U.S. District Court (N.D. Ind.)
- U.S. District Court (S.D. Ind.)
- U.S. District Court (E.D. Wis.)
- U.S. District Court (W.D. Wis.)
- J.D. (2003) DePaul University College of Law, cum laude
- B.A. (1991) Loyola University Chicago
- Received the 2017 Corporate International Global Award as Cybersecurity Litigation Lawyer of the Year in Illinois
- Named to the inaugural list of Cybersecurity Trailblazers by the National Law Journal
- Chicago Super Lawyers “Rising Star” — 2013
- Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys in Illinois in the area of Professional Liability — 2013
Memberships and Affiliations
- Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals e-Discovery Pilot Program Committee, Privacy and Data Security Project Team — chair
- DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar
- Chicago Latino Network Association
- Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals e-Discovery Pilot Program Committee
- IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law — adjunct professor
- Chicago Claim Association — board member