Crowe & Dunlevy attorney Cynda C. Ottaway has been named president of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), the leading trust and estate organization of peer-elected trust and estate lawyers. Ottaway has held several other leadership roles with ACTEC, including serving on the Executive Committee and as secretary, treasurer and most recently as president-elect.
“For more than 25 years, Cynda has provided strategic counsel and support for ACTEC in a number of capacities,” said Kevin D. Gordon, president and CEO of Crowe & Dunlevy. “As the first Oklahoma attorney to serve as president, we are proud to see her rise to this leadership position and look forward to watching her continue to add value to the organization and to our firm.”
Ottaway is a director at Crowe & Dunlevy and is chair of the firm’s Private Wealth & Closely-Held Business Practice Group in the Oklahoma City office. She focuses her practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration and litigation and planning for closely-held family businesses. She has experience in wealth transfer techniques and assists individuals and businesses with succession planning.
Her professional honors include being recognized as the 2014 and 2010 Oklahoma City Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in the field of Trusts and Estates and in 2012 in the category of Non-Profit/Charities. She has been listed by Best Lawyers in the categories of Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates since 1989. Ottaway was named to the 2013 Top 25 Women Oklahoma Super Lawyers and has been listed by Oklahoma Super Lawyers in Estate Planning and Probate since 2006.
An active member of the community, Ottaway serves on the Boards of Visitors at the University of Oklahoma Law School and the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma, is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XV, is a member and officer of Rotary Club 29 and serves on the board of directors for United Way and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Ottaway received her Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.