We had the good fortune of connecting with Cynthia Flynn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cynthia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
As a business and employment lawyer, I work with entrepreneurs on a daily basis. Every entrepreneur has their own scale of risk tolerance, especially when facing an employment lawsuit in the state of California. Some business owners want to be as buttoned up as possible when it comes to employment matters, whereas others want to live a little more loosely, and not have rigid policies in place, for their business. Every owner needs to make the decision that’s right for them. When I think about risk internally, in my own business, I think about worst-case scenario. If “X” happens, what is my plan and my back up plan. When I was considering leaving my cushy law firm job, to go out on my own, I tried to minimize the risk as much as possible. Obviously, it’s risky to quit a job – when I told my parents, they were like, “wait, what? What about your health insurance?” I assured them, I had a plan but needed to take the chance of going out on my own and hanging out my own shingle in order to see if I can make it on my own. I was slowly dying working at a law firm and I even questioned whether I actually wanted to continue to be a lawyer. When I decided to make the switch, and take the plunge, I did the mathematical calculations to see how much money I needed to bring in every single month, to make ends meet. I then, went out and tried to get one client from the local Chamber of Commerce. The rest is history and it’s the best risk I ever took.
What should our readers know about your business?
Cynthia Hackler Flynn is the founder and managing partner of Hackler Flynn & Associates, a Southern California based employment defense law firm. Since starting her practice, she has grown the firm to a team of 9, with each attorney having over a decade of experience. The law firm’s focus is employment law where their mission is to protect and defend entrepreneurs and business owners. Cynthia has been voted as a Super Lawyer every year since 2017 and for the last two years, has been named as a Pasadena Top Attorney.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting I’d plan the perfect day for us. I would take her to CrossFit Montrose to start the day off with a great workout. Then we would go grab an acai bowl at Roots & Rye in Old Town Pasadena. We’d walk around Old Town Pasadena and go shopping. We’d eat lunch at Mi Piace and dinner at Cafe Santorini. The following day, we’d do a nice hike through Eaton Canyon and grab brunch at Magnolia House on Lake.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A lot of people have contributed to my success and the success of my business. Most notably, my team. Attorney, Alexandra Buechner has been with the company for six years, Paralegal Erin Riley and Attorney Michelle Jorden are coming up on six years with the firm as well. Kevin Riley is coming up on his fifth year anniversary with the firm. Attorney, Angela Serranzana is about to hit her third year, paralegal Kelly Dufourd is at 2.5 years and our mail clerk, Mark Walker has been with the firm for almost a year now. If it weren’t for each and every one of these individuals, we would have not seen the growth our firm has experienced in the recent years. I also owe a huge thanks to my husband, Anthony Flynn. He always says he couldn’t afford a lawyer, so he had to marry one. If it weren’t for him putting the idea of starting my own law firm in my head, I may not be a practicing attorney right now. He has been with me every step of the way and has really been my business coach and partner throughout the firm’s existence. I also want to give a huge shout out and thank you to attorney Danielle Wakefield. She has been a role model for me since 2002, when I started working at an employment law firm in my early days as a file clerk.