Cynthia Donaghay Woods, CP, is a native of New Jersey but has lived and attended school since 1969 in Tucson, Arizona. She has worked in the legal field since her senior year at Amphitheater High. Over the years, she worked her way up to the position of paralegal, and in January 1989, became certified through the National Association of Legal Assistants in Tulsa, OK. This certification is maintained on an ongoing basis through continuing legal education. While possessing a broad-based background, she has worked for the last 25 years in the field of personal injury/tort law litigation. She is a past president of the Tucson Legal Secretaries Association and the current first vice president of the Tucson Paralegal Association. After high school, Cynthia returned to the state of New Jersey where she worked for a retired judge and his son performing the duties of the Cumberland County Inheritance Tax Supervisor for the state of New Jersey. Upon her return to Tucson in 1978, she continued her career in the legal field, ultimately leading to her current position with the Rabb & Rabb Law Firm as a litigation paralegal, specializing in the liability aspects of the firm’s various tort cases.
An Arizona native, Cindy Merritt has over 20 years of experience working in the legal community, including more than 10 years of experience as a paralegal focused exclusively on personal injury, medical malpractice, and FELA litigation cases. Her first experience came in high school when she volunteered as a clerical assistant in a rural Justice of the Peace office in Northern Arizona. In 1997, after attending the University of Arizona, Ms. Merritt began working as a file clerk in a Tucson law office. Striving to improve her legal knowledge and skill set, she applied herself to each new challenge and has continued to grow in her skills as a legal secretary, legal assistant, and paralegal. With extensive knowledge concerning Medicare, ERISA, and medical provider reimbursement claims, Ms. Merritt has been a presenter on the topic of reimbursement claims at a national paralegal convention.