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Random Questions with Cindy Crick

Few attorneys possess Cindy Crick's unique combination of abilities and experience. She has prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases from domestic violence to capital murder; she has worked with almost every level and agency of state and federal government; and she has worked with schools, universities and companies to investigate potential wrongdoing and identify compliance issues.

Cindy's uncommon career path helped her hone the skills and develop the relationships needed to help clients in a comprehensive way. After earning a bachelor's degree from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia and a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, she took a job with the Seventh Circuit Solicitor's Office in Spartanburg, SC. While there, she was chosen to spearhead the Violence Against Women Unit. For eight years, she prosecuted domestic violence cases, sexual assaults, homicides, and co-prosecuted a death penalty case.

In 2010, Cindy jumped to the federal world and served as Chief of Staff for Representative Trey Gowdy. She managed three offices in Greenville, Spartanburg and Washington, D.C., and acted as a liaison between constituents and various federal agencies and Congressional committees. In 2020, after sixteen years of public service and a year and a half in private practice, Cindy started her own firm with a focus on Title IX/student conduct issues, investigations, and criminal law.

Outside of the office, Cindy is a proud graduate and volunteer with Leadership Greenville where she helps coordinate the annual State Government Day in Columbia. She also enjoys serving on the boards of the Greenville Humane Society and Roper Mountain Science Center Association, and devotes time to representing clients pro-bono in the Spartanburg City Homeless Court.

She answered some of the odder questions from us this week:

What are your favorite things to do on your days off?

Go to the lake and hang out on our old houseboat; watch my son play sports; grill and chill

What is one movie you’ve watched more than five times?

Mr. Mom . It holds up so well after all of these years. The scene where Michael Keaton talks to Kenny about getting rid of his Woobie is my favorite.

What are three books you would bring with you to a deserted island?

“ 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive” by Cody Lundin; Whatever the latest John Grisham book is at the time I report to the island; “How to Grill Everything” by Mark Bittman

If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what album would it be?

That’s easy. “The Very Best of Otis Redding, Vol. 1” Listened to it repeatedly from the time I was in high school. “Pain In My Heart” is my favorite song on the album.

In your opinion, what’s the most rewarding part of working in your job?

Helping people in times of crisis and offering hope

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

It is so cliché, but a veterinarian. I always loved animals, but soon realized I don’t like blood. I am a better pug rescuer than vet.

If you could be part of any sitcom family or friend-group, which would you choose?

The Golden Girls. I am probably more of a Dorothy, but Blanche is my favorite.

Tell us a funny story about you that most people don’t know?

One night not too long after giving birth to my son, I finally dropped my basket. The neighbor dog was barking all night so I got up, in my pajamas, and drove my car about 30 feet to the dog’s house. I banged on the door, in pajamas, and unleashed a psychotic and pathetic plea to the stunned neighbor to please make the dog stop barking so he would not wake up the baby. I am not proud.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Ugh. Star Wars, I guess.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Greenville?

Sitting outside and having a drink at Taccozini or Tipsy Taco; the new Treetop Quest Greenville ropes/ziplining course ; getting a pedicure at Tips n’ Toes; riding to New York Butcher Shop on the golf cart to get some awesome steaks or pork chops, then grilling with friends at home

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