Cynthia Sherwood

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Nashville, Tennessee

Sherwood Boutique Litigation, PLC
Cynthia Sherwood
Sherwood Boutique Litigation, PLC

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, White Collar Crimes, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in Tennessee since: 2000

Education: Vanderbilt University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023
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Sherwood Boutique Litigation, PLC

414 Union St
Suite 1110
Nashville, TN 37219 Visit website


Attorney Cynthia Sherwood is the managing member of Sherwood Boutique Litigation, PLC, in Nashville, Tennessee. A top-rated and award-winning trial attorney with more than 20 years of legal experience, Ms. Sherwood focuses her practice primarily on criminal defense, and she provides invaluable counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Nashville metro and surrounding areas who stand accused or are under investigation for any type of felony or misdemeanor offense.

Over the course of her practice, Ms. Sherwood has achieved a long record of securing acquittals, dismissals and reductions of charges for those facing charges of domestic assault, white collar crimes, drug crimes and other serious offenses. She also handles many civil defense cases, particularly as they relate to criminal matters, such as domestic violence and violations of orders of protection.

A graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2006, Ms. Sherwood has served as a member of the association's Leadership Law executive council since 2011, and she is a former member of the association's Leadership Law steering committee. She is also a former board member of the Harry Phillips American Inns of Court, and she has served on the executive committee of the Nashville Lawyers’ Association for Women as well as board member of the Nashville Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division.

Among her other professional affiliations, she is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and she has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from her peers for her outstanding professionalism and legal abilities.

After graduating with highest honors from Delta State University in 1997, Ms. Sherwood attended Vanderbilt University Law School, where she obtained her Juris Doctor with honors in 2000. While there, she received the Carl J. Ruskowski Clinical Legal Education Award for her excellent academic achievements and exemplification of the highest standards in the legal profession.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Civil Litigation: Defense

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Criminal Law - Federal, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, White Collar Crime

  • 70% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Defense

First Admitted: 2000, Tennessee

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • Selected to serve on the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel Selection Committee for the Middle District of Tennessee., 2023
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 2005
  • Tennessee state courts, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Nashville Bar Association
  • Member, Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Lawyers’ Association for Women Executive Committee, 2004 – 2008
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division, Nashville Bar Association YLD Board Member, 2003-2005
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2006
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Steering Committee Member, 2008 – 2009
  • Harry Phillips American Inns of Court, 2007-2011
  • Harry Phillips American Inns of Court Board Member, 2008-2011
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Executive Council, 2011
Firm News (Newsletters):
  • The current Title IX guidelines were updated in 2020 to make it a requirement for universities to allow both the accuser & the accused to have a lawyer & to cross-examine the other & any witnesses. In March of 2021, President Biden announced an Executive Order to review those guidelines. It is expected that the review will result in a reversal of the 2020 updates, diminishing the rights for those accused of sexual misconduct., 2021 Title IX Investigation Changes?, Legal, News, Journalism
  • Recipient of Vanderbilt Law School Carl J. Ruskowski Clinical Legal Education Award for excellence in the practice of Law, 2000
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Tennessee v Flatt, Healthmart USA, LLC, v Direct Assistants, Inc.
  • Vanderbilt Title IX Investigation - contested investigation.  Prevailed on behalf of the accused in that sexual assault/rape investigation., 2020
  • Arbour v. Upchurch - Circuit Court, Davidson County Tennessee (prevailing on behalf of our client, Ryan Upchurch, in having an Order of Protection dismissed on the merits., 2021
  • Arbour v. Upchurch - Chancery Court, Davidson County Tennessee (prevailing on behalf of our client Ryan Upchurch, in dismissing Temporary Restraining Order, 2021
  • Selby v. Schroeder federal Jury Trial (prevailing in obtaining a defense verdict on behalf of our client Schroeder), 2022
  • Selby v. Schroeder, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8502 * (M.D. Tenn. Jan. 18, 2022) (prevailing on behalf of our client Schroeder defending a Motion for Summary Judgement), 2022
  • Selby v. Schroeder, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 200105 *, ___ F.Supp. 3d ___ (M.D. Tenn. Oct. 18, 2021) (prevailing on behalf of our client Schroeder defending Motion to Dismiss), 2021
  • Severe Records, LLC v Rich, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 19430 (6th Cir. 2011); 58 J. Copyright Soc’y 109, 145 (Fall, 2010)
  • John Rich v Sevier,, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73534 (M.D. Tenn. July 7, 2011); 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81848 (M.D. Tenn. July 26, 2011)
  • Tennessee v Flatt, 2011 Tenn. App. LEXIS 166 (Tn. Ct. App. Apr. 6, 2011)
  • Tennessee v Flatt, 2009 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 982 (Ten. Ct. Crim. App. 2009)
  • Benson v Herbst, 240 S.W.3d 235 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2007)
Educational Background:
  • Vanderbilt University Law School Graduate. Cynthia won the Carl J. Ruskowski Clinical Legal Education Award, which is awarded to the student who, in his or her representation of clients in the Law School's clinical program, demonstrated excellence in the practice of law and best exemplified the highest standards of the legal profession. , 2000
  • Cynthia earned her undergraduate degree from Delta State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. , 1997
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Cynthia Sherwood, Davis Griffin, and Alex Mills write the cover story for the Tennessee Bar Journal. Marijuana, Hemp; Legal v. Illegal. Who knows. In this current climate, law enforcement simply cannot determine if the cannabis plant you have in your possession is legal or illegal and their dogs can't tell either. , Co-author, "Even Dogs Can't Smell the Difference", Tennessee Bar Journal, Legal, 2019
White Papers:
  • Nashville Criminal Attorney Cynthia Sherwood discusses why cell phone tower data is unreliable and the legal precedence in Tennessee for making it inadmissible during a criminal trial. Call 615-DEFENSE (615-333-3673) or visit or to find out how our law firm can help you. , 615-DEFENSE | TN Cell Tower Data Evidence In Trial? Nashville Attorney Cynthia Sherwood | CourtTV, Law, News & Politics, 2022
  • Nashville defense attorney Cynthia Sherwood talks about who has the advantage in a criminal trial and why trial lawyers should never let the prosecution lead witnesses.https://nashvillelegaldefense.com, Who Has The Advantage In Criminal Trial? -Defense Attorney Cynthia Sherwood | CourtTV, Legal, News, Attorneys, 2022
  • Defense Attorney, Cynthia Sherwood, on CourtTV | Nashville Waffle House Shooting Trial. , 615-DEFENSE | Attorney, Cynthia Sherwood | CourtTV | Nashville Waffle House Shooting Trial, Legal, Attorneys, 2022
  • Nashville Attorney, Cynthia Sherwood, on CourtTV Discussing The Jury Deliberations In Travis Reinking's Criminal Trial. Reinking's lawyers did not dispute that he was the shooter in the 2018 Waffle House shooting in Nashville, TN. Instead, they argue that he is not guilty by reason of insanity. After TN law changed in 1995, the defendant has the burden of proving the defense of insanity by clear and convincing evidence. Since the 1995 law change, only one not guilty verdict has been reached for defendants using the insanity defense. For The Nashville Waffle House Shooting Trial. , 615-DEFENSE | Nashville Criminal Attorney, Cynthia Sherwood | CourtTV | Reinking's Insanity Defense, Legal, Attorneys, News, 2022
  • Cynthia Sherwood Helps Explain Why The Judge Handed Out An 18 Year Sentence In The Assault Trial For Reality Star, Geoffery Paschel. ... Allocution was totally self-centered and showed no remorse., 615-DEFENSE | Nashville Attorney, Cynthia Sherwood | CourtTV | Assault Landed Reality Star 18 Years, Legal, Attorneys, News, 2022
  • Nashville Criminal Defense Attorney, Cynthia Sherwood, explains defenses for Tennessee domestic violence charges. Cynthia also shares a specific story of how she used one of those defense to get a domestic violence charge dropped in a recent Nashville court case., How To Get domestic Violence Charge Dropped In Tennessee, Legal, 2018
  • The Nashville criminal lawyers at Sherwood Boutique Litigation believe their clients' stories matter just as much as the law. The best defense lawyers already know how to use the law, which allows them Focus on telling the best stories. Go to​ to tell them your story. The truth is that the law can only get you so far but there's no limit to how far a great story will take you. Because every great story evokes strong emotions the criminal lawyers at this law firm intentionally become personally invested in each client and their story. To Sherwood Litigation, you are your case's greatest asset. Sherwood Boutique Litigation, PLC 201 4th Ave N Suite 1130, Nashville, TN 37219 (615) 873-5670 Find Us:​ Contact: • Licensed In: State & Federal Court • Practice: Criminal Defense, Federal Criminal Defense & Civil Defense Litigation •Criminal Defense Services: Misdemeanor & Felony Charges | Adults & Juveniles 1. Domestic Violence & Domestic Assault Charges 2. Orders of Protection (Fight or File One) 3. Simple Assault, Aggravated Assault, Attempted Manslaughter/Murder 4. Sexual Assault, Statutory Rape, Rape 5. Student & Campus Crimes Including Title IX Investigations 6. Drug Possession & Casual Exchange, Intent to Distribute, Distribution, Drug Conspiracy 7. White Collar Crimes of Fraud & Embezzlement 8. Probation Violations 9. All Juvenile Crimes •Civil Litigation Services: 1. Civil Defense Containing Criminal Elements 2. Civil Action Suits (Very Selective on Individual Basis) 3. Personal Injury (Very Selective on Individual Basis) Serving Middle Tennessee Counties In The Nashville Metro Area: •Davidson County •Cheatham County •Dickson County •Rutherford County •Sumner County •Williamson County •Wilson County, Nashville Criminal Lawyers Tell Your Story, Legal, 2020
  • A Nashville Criminal Defense Attorney, Cynthia Sherwood is a legal analyst for Nashville NewsChannel 4.  She discusses the alleged trust fund fraud committed by a former family lawyer., Trust Fund Fraud, Legal, News, Journalism, 2018
  • Cynthia Sherwood interviewed as legal expert in Vanderbilt rape trial, Criminal Defense, 2017
  • , Sherwood legal commentator on criminal verdict in Vanderbilt rape trial, Criminal Defense, 2017
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Awarded AV Preeminent®: The highest level of peer rating from Martindale Hubble. , 2022
Industry Groups:
  • Law

Office location for Cynthia Sherwood

414 Union St
Suite 1110
Nashville, TN 37219

Phone: 615-802-9141


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023

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