Ms. Cronin began her career in litigation. For more than a decade, she litigated complex, multi-million-dollar disputes on behalf of mid-size to Fortune 100 companies across a wide array of industries at a high-profile law firm in Washington, D.C. Select substantive claims included breach of contract, business torts/negligence, asbestos, products liability, unfair competition, and fraud. She also defended clients in global antitrust investigations. Ms. Cronin has extensive experience counseling clients concerning creative, practical solutions to legal issues in non-litigation contexts.
Today, Ms. Cronin uses her talent and sharp legal acumen to protect businesses and families, helping them to achieve success and secure peace of mind.
Ms. Cronin’s estate planning, trust administration and probate practice encompasses all aspects of personalized, comprehensive estate planning for individuals, couples, and families. Ms. Cronin’s services include drafting revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILIT), wills, advance health care directives, and durable powers of attorney. Her trust administration practice includes everything from meeting state law requirements for administering a trust, including making appropriate notifications to state and regulatory bodies, notifying beneficiaries, and financial institutions, to preparing required accountings, obtaining releases and waivers from beneficiaries (where needed and appropriate) and assisting trustees in making distributions and handling unexpected disputes between family members. Ms. Cronin’s probate practice includes everything from filing a probate petition on behalf of the estate of the deceased party, to spousal property petitions, small estate affidavits, as well as other disputes that arise in the context and course of the probate of an estate.
Ms. Cronin provides business formation, outside general counsel services, and business succession planning services to boutique and start-up businesses. She provides a business-focused and practical approach to problem solving. Her extensive experience in commercial litigation has given her a keen sense for proactive legal risk management, helping to avoid problems before they arise and minimize the risk of litigation through execution of best practices from the outset. Ms. Cronin routinely drafts and reviews:
- Business Formation Documents
- General Business Contracts
- Operating Agreements
- Documents and Letters in a Pre-Dispute Context
- Agreements Disposing of Disputes in Early Stages
- Business Succession Plans
Ms. Cronin holds a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Pepperdine University School of Law. Ms. Cronin pursued her Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution alongside her Juris Doctor, believing from the outset of her career that she could assist parties in exploring a wide range of possibilities to resolve conflict. As a trained mediator, Ms. Cronin endeavors to help parties resolve conflict and eliminate costly court proceedings, keep matters private, and create solutions efficiently and effectively without the need to resort to time-consuming lawsuits. Ms. Cronin typically meets with each party individually to develop an understanding of each party’s needs and perspectives, and to identify the decisions that must be made. She then meets with the parties together to help individuals sort through difficult issues to find common ground and craft durable agreements to achieve lasting results and help navigate on-going relationships.
Education and Experience
Ms. Cronin graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Economics and a Minor in International Studies from Benedictine University in 2001. She graduated cum laude with her Juris Doctor degree and her Master’s in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school, Ms. Cronin was a member of the Pepperdine Law Review and received the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. She attended the Hague Academy of International Law in 2008. Ms. Cronin was admitted to the California Bar in 2005, the District of Columbia Bar in 2006, the Colorado Bar in 2019, and the Wyoming Bar in 2020.