Cynthia Dow

Cynthia Dow

Cynthia Dow focuses on recruiting general counsel and other high-level legal and compliance officers.  Based in New York, she is a member of the firm's Legal, Government and Regulatory Affairs Practice.

Recent Client Experience

Cynthia has recently managed high profile searches to seek the General Counsel for three Fortune 50 companies in the technology, consumer and industrial sectors, as well as numerous general counsel searches for global mid-cap companies in these sectors. She also completed the corporate secretary search for one of the largest global financial services companies, and chief compliance officer searches for several financial services organizations.

Her additional work includes various searches for general counsels, deputy and assistant general counsels across multiple sectors.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Cynthia had a successful legal career as a corporate generalist, and labor and employment attorney.  She practiced law for more than fifteen years, as an attorney with Baker Botts LLP in Dallas, the General Counsel to a technology company and as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel with a global consumer products company.  During her legal career, Cynthia led legal departments, implemented company-wide corporate compliance programs, and represented and advised clients in a wide range of industries and subject matters, including labor and employment, regulatory matters, and corporate restructurings. Earlier in her career, Cynthia served as Senior Law Clerk to Chief Judge Jerry Buchmeyer of the Northern District of Texas. 

Additional Professional Activities

Cynthia serves on the Advisory Committee for Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers, an initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver. She is also a member of the New York and Texas state Bars, has trained as an executive coach and led the Board of Directors at the Dallas Contemporary art museum.


Cynthia received her B.A. in government from Cornell University and her J.D. from the Columbia School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an editor of the Journal of Law and Social Problems.