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Cynthia Short

CLS Mitigation & Consulting Services


Cynthia L. Short is a trial lawyer, mitigation specialist and sentencing advocate. She has 34 years of trial experience and 27 years of Capital trial experience. Her trial work has been recognized by the Missouri Bar with the Lon O. Hocker Young Trial Lawyer’ s Award and the Defender of Distinction Award. Cyndy is featured in Andrea Lyons New book The Feminine Sixth: Women for the Defense. In the years since entering private practice, she has earned the KCMBA Best of the Bar designation, and she has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for many years. Cyndy led the Trial Lawyer’s College Death Penalty Program for 14 years during which TLC offered training to capital trial teams. In 2003, Cyndy founded CLS Mitigation & Consulting Services LLC. My group includes three (3) mitigation specialists, and two (2) life history document clerks. On capital cases, our group serves in the critical role of Mitigation Specialist. We have experience in state, federal and military courts throughout the United States. In non-capital cases our group provides sentencing advocacy investigation, including the creation of exhibits for use in sentencing including but not limited to audio and video exhibits. Our team has successfully worked with trial teams to prevent death sentences. In 30 years of capital work, Ms. Short and CLS Mitigation has not had any client sentenced to death.[1]

[1] Clients in Texas and in Washington State sentenced to death subsequently had their cases overturned and each has been sentenced to life.

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