Washington Animal Law

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Cynthia Hodges is an animal law attorney located in Edmonds, Snohomish County, Washington. She provides animal law/equine law contracts for purchase and use in Washington state. Cynthia has an LL.M. in Environmental and Animal Law, and has worked in the field of animal law since 2007. Cynthia also has about 20 years experience training and showing horses.

Professional Memberships

Washington State Bar Association (#42608)

Legal Experience

  • Assistant Editor - Michigan State University College of Law Animal Legal & Historical Center (2010-2012); Summer Editor (2008) - Received research grant to write article entitled “That's the Breaks: Trainer Responsibility for Racehorse Breakdowns in New York
  • Contract Attorney - Hendricks Bennett, PLLC, Edmonds, Washington (2010-2011)
  • Law Clerk, Student Director - National Center for Animal Law: Animal Law Clinic, Portland, Oregon (2008)
  • Law Clerk - Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Environmental Crimes Division (included animal cruelty), Houston, Texas (2007). Interviewed for article entitled “Law Interns Use Ingenuity in Dog Case” by Salathea Bryant, the Houston Chronicle, July 27, 2007
  • Legal Research Assistant - Animal Law - South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas (2007)
  • Legal Research Assistant - Law Institute for Medical Studies, Houston, Texas (2005-2006)
  • Legal Assistant - Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Matthews & Friend, Houston, Texas (2004)


  • LL.M. – Environmental and Natural Resources Law
    Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, December 2008
    Activities: Animal Law Clinic – Student Director
    Honors: Animal Law Clinic – Most Outstanding Legal Writing Award, Spring and Summer 2008

  • Juris Doctor
    South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, December 2007
    Advocacy: Won an award for a brief in the 2006 Spurgeon E. Bell Memorial Intramural Moot Court Tournament
    Activities: Environmental Law Society (ELS) – President, Treasurer; Animal Law Society (ALS) – Treasurer; Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity – Member
    Honors: Dean’s List, Fall 2006 and Spring 2007; graduated in top 1/3 of class

  • Master of Arts – Germanic Studies, May 1998
    Bachelor of Arts with Honors – Germanic Studies, December 1994
    The University of Texas Austin, Texas
    Honors: Delta Phi Alpha (German Honor Society) – President; Golden Key National Honor Society – Member; Dean’s List 1993 and 1994

Equestrian Experience

Cynthia has approximately 20 yrs experience training and showing the equestrian sport, dressage. She is a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Qualified Rider, has shown successfully to Third Level, and schooled to FEI. She has trained with internationally known experts such as Karl Mikolka, Gunnar Oestergaard, Rachel Saavedra, and Gerhard Politz. She has also participated in USDF Instructor Certification workshops. For more information, please see Classical Dressage. Cynthia has also shown hunters.


  • Certificate in Electronic Publication – Web Production Specialization, Houston Community College

Cynthia is not currently accepting clients or cases.

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