Cynthia Minchillo began her paralegal career in 1988, and currently works as a senior paralegal for Chalker Flores, LLP, an intellectual property law firm. She became a PACE Registered Paralegal in 1997 and was a Board Certified paralegal in personal injury trial law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization from 1996 to 2014. She is a member of the Dallas Area Paralegal Association, National Federation of Paralegal Associations and the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas. She served as DAPA’s president and held numerous appointed positions for all three associations. In 1998, she was awarded DAPA’s Paralegal of the Year award, and in 2014 awarded NFPA’s Volunteer of the Year Award and DAPA’S prestigious Michele Boerder Lifetime Achievement Award. She served as the ABA Approval Commission Representative of NFPA from 2008-2011, as an ABA special site visitor from 2011-2017, and served as the Committee Chair and host of the NFPA National Paralegal Convention in Dallas in 2014. Cynthia was a frequent presenter and author on continuing legal education topics.  She currently teaches for Collin College’s paralegal program and taught for El Centro's paralegal program. On her time off, Cynthia enjoys equestrian activities, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family, friends and pets.