Possessing 40 years of practiced expertise in the field of law, Cynthia Compton Stone is acclaimed throughout Louisville, Kentucky, for her prowess in family law and home design. She started her working career at the age of 15 with Federated Department Stores as a sales clerk. Over a 10-year period, she worked her way through high school and college. After completing college in three-and-a-half years, she was asked to join the Federated Executive Training Program and evolved to management and buying positions. Ms. Stone received her Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Louisville.
In 1980, in a joint decision with her father, also an attorney, Ms. Stone started her legal journey at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, receiving a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1983. While in law school, she clerked for the firm of Ewen, MacKenzie and Peden (now Mayer Harrod Law Group) who, post-graduation, hired her as an associate. In 1984, she joined Rice, Porter and Seiller (now Seiller & Waterman LLC) as an associate, where she evolved to partner, and in 1994, became the first female managing partner of a Louisville law firm. Following her appointment as managing partner, Ms. Stone received the prestigious AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, indicating achievement of the highest proof of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.
In 1998, Ms. Stone founded the family law boutique firm of Stone Pregliasco Haynes Buba LLP, where she remained until her retirement in 2003.
During her 40-year legal career, Ms. Stone was a pro bono attorney for the Kentucky Legal Aid Society, as well as served on their board in the capacities of member and vice chair. She also taught at both the collegiate level at the University of Louisville and at the postgraduate level at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Additionally, she taught numerous seminars for the Louisville Bar Association and the National Business Institute. In 1994, Ms. Stone was appointed by then-Kentucky Governor Paul Patton to the position of Kentucky State Commissioner and member of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. She served two terms on the Commission and held the offices of vice-chairperson and chairperson.
In contrast to her legal endeavors, Ms. Stone found that she had an aptitude and passion for color and interior design. She followed this passion by renovating more than 25 houses between 1984 and the present. After her long and successful career, Ms. Stone continues to serve as a legal consultant, while continuing the renovation of her current historical home, researching genealogy and playing golf.
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