Cynthia L. Harkness

Of Counsel


Cynthia Harkness is of counsel and a business law lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Cynthia focuses her practice on financial transactions, structured transactions, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, creating and dismantling business entities and business arrangements, employment arrangements and all types of contracts with third parties.

Prior to joining the firm, Cynthia built and headed a legal department to support the banking, investment banking, research, and trading operations of a large global merchant bank in Southeast Asia. She also built and was the general counsel and corporate secretary of a publicly traded U.S. company and, most recently, headed the Business Transaction Practice Group of an Austin-based firm, where she assisted clients in secured and unsecured financing transactions, employment arrangements, strategic alliances and joint ventures, mergers and asset acquisition and disposition transactions.

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of New York, member
  • State Bar of Connecticut, member
  • State Bar of Texas, member
  • State Bar of Maryland, member


Ms. Harkness earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence at The University of Texas School of Law and received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Petroleum Land Management at The University of Texas at Austin.