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In Memoriam: Cindy Wittmer, 1953-2019

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  • July 23, 2019

Raleigh, N.C. – Cynthia Leigh Wittmer, a beloved former partner at Parker Poe, died on July 20. Cindy was a leading litigator at Parker Poe who was deeply respected in the Wake County legal community. 

"We all cherish her role in the development of our culture and family here at Parker Poe," said managing partner Tom Griffin. "She set an example for all of us to follow, and we will miss her terribly."

"We will miss Cindy, but her strong and gentle spirit has left an enduring legacy on our law firm," added Russell Killen, a Raleigh partner and member of Parker Poe's board of directors. 

The Wake County Bar Association described Cindy as a "dedicated bar member whose calm, assured voice helped shape the new branding of the WCBA." In 2011, the WCBA presented Cindy with its highest honor: the Joseph Branch Professionalism Award. The award is given annually to recognize a lawyer "who exemplifies the qualities of professionalism." Cindy also received the WCBA President's Award of Excellence multiple times. 

In addition, Cindy served as State Bar Councilor for the Tenth Judicial District and as chair of the district’s Grievance Committee. Additionally, she was a founding member of the judicial district’s Fee Arbitration Committee, serving as chair for more than seven years. She served as an appointed member of the North Carolina General Statutes Commission from 2008-2010. Among other things, she was active in establishing resources for attorneys with breast cancer.