“OIG is built upon a strong foundation of neutrality, technical excellence and conviction of values. Our professionals uphold the firm’s integrity and reputation, so as a leader of our field, we have set high standards for who we bring on to join our team,” said OIG Managing Partner Amy Oppenheimer. “Jeanette and Cynthia both tout backgrounds that speak for themselves. Their respective expertise handling sensitive, sometimes charged, matters benefit our clients and strengthens our team. We’re glad to have them here.”
Jeanette’s practice is focused on conducting neutral investigations. She joins OIG after working at UC Davis’ Employee and Labor Relations Department, where she worked with the university and the unions to ensure compliance with union contracts and university policies. Prior to becoming an attorney, Jeanette was a law clerk with the California Department of Civil Rights, where she interviewed witnesses for housing and workplace discrimination cases. While in law school, Jeanette worked as a student counselor in the Worker’s Rights Clinic, where she assisted English- and Spanish-speaking workers with employment matters.
Jeanette earned her B.A. in criminal justice and Spanish from The George Washington University and her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law. Last year she was dually awarded with the law school’s King Hall Alumni Association Award, which recognizes graduating students who have been active members of the King Hall community and have worked to make King Hall a better, more collegial place, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award, an honor bestowed by the Public Service Graduating Committee upon a graduating student who exemplifies Dr. King’s vision and commitment to public service.
Cynthia joins OIG as Writer/Editor. In her role, Cynthia leverages her extensive written and oral communication skills to convert investigative findings into deliverable reports to be read by clients, and others in some cases. Prior to joining the firm, Cynthia spent several years doing case investigations and leading a team of case investigators as part of Santa Clara County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her background also includes being a class lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the University of Virginia. Cynthia holds a B.A. in government from The College of William & Mary. She earned her M.A. and PhD in political science and government from University of Virginia.