Law Offices of Cynthia A. Groomes, P.C.
Cynthia Groomes Katz,
J.D., LL.M., Attorney & Counselor-at-Law
Cynthia Adrienne Groomes was born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island. Her fascination with diverse people, their cultures, customs, and societal structures has led her to travel, education, and career choices, that while far from the New York where she grew up, allow those same values of local community involvement to be combined with an international perspective, connection, and service to people of various backgrounds from around the world. Through her mother, also fluent in Spanish, and her father, who is proficient in French and spoke of his military travels with such relish, the desire to experience exotic cultures became a calling. Creating opportunities that would open doors - became a goal of its own.
Taking advantage of her acceptance to Barnard College of Columbia University, Ms. Groomes moved to Manhattan where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) in Foreign Area Studies - Latin America. During this period, Ms. Groomes became fully bilingual in Spanish at a professional level. By her graduation, she had earned the Honor of the Amalia Del Rio Award from the Spanish Department at Barnard.
After graduation, Ms. Groomes, having gained so much from her time there, eagerly accepted employment with Barnard as an Admissions Officer, allowing her to travel and touch the lives of young women embarking on one of the major decisions of their life and career paths, while simultaneously helping the college attract and select the most worthy and capable candidates. After a few years of service to her alma mater, Ms. Groomes pursued a career in law with an international twist.
Upon admission to Duke University School of Law, Ms. Groomes embarked on the grueling task of completing two degrees simultaneously. Duke conferred upon Ms. Groomes, both a law degree (Juris Doctorate) and a Masters Degree in International and Comparative Law (LL.M.). During her tenure at Duke, Ms. Groomes was Staff Editor of Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law. She also worked as a research assistant for Professor Jerome M. Culp, Jr., Director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics. Enriching her educational experiences, were her various travels abroad, which have included living in Scandinavia and South America.
In the years since graduation from Duke, Ms. Groomes has worked for The Legal Aid Society in New York City and the National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL) in Washington, DC, an organization inspired by Ralph Nader, where she coordinated and administered the application and selection process of NAPIL Fellowships for Equal Justice, providing oversight and technical assistance to fellowship recipients and sponsoring organizations.
Subsequent to that, she has gained expertise and experience in the areas of contract law, landlord/tenant litigation, criminal, consumer, family, traffic, bankruptcy, and immigration law – her primary area of practice. Her general immigration expertise includes: Permanent Residency Visa Petition filings for families and business executives, Labor Certification, and H-1B, J-1 waivers on behalf of medical professionals, and political asylum. Beyond these areas she has been sought after and is known as a highly successful and fearless litigator in proceedings involving Detention/Deportation/Removal, including appellate work and Aggravated Felony Representation, Criminal Immigration Matters/Enforcement, and related ancillary cases. She has also served as a consultant to the Criminal Defense Bar on immigration related consequences of suspected criminal conduct and in plea negotiations and has successfully represented aliens of extraordinary ability – both in and out of athletics.
Ms. Groomes founded Law Offices of Cynthia A. Groomes, P.C. in March of 1999. The firm is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Other offices are located in Tyson’s Corner (McLean) and Arlington, Virginia and at The International Trade Center in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. She married Mr. Edward Steven Katz, in Miami Beach, Florida, on December 31, 2000. Mr. and Mrs. Katz reside in the District of Columbia.
Mrs. Katz is admitted to both the Federal and State Bars of Maryland and Bar of The District of Columbia. Her memberships include the American Bar Association, Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington Chapter Membership Committee Chair), Bar Association of The District of Columbia, Maryland State Bar Association, Duke Club of Washington, and Barnard in Washington (Board Member and Past President). She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Multicultural Human Services and has been repeatedly recognized for her work on citizenship drives by the League Of Korean Americans (LOKA). She has been the recipient of LOKA’s Volunteer Of The Year award. Mrs. Katz also addresses various conferences, groups and organizations on general immigration issues as well as topics of specific interest or concern to the respective audience.