Cynthia L. Ackelmire

Cynthia L. Ackelmire

PartnerChicago Office

Cynthia L. Ackelmire is a Partner at Cunningham, Meyer & Vedrine. Her practice focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis in the defense of medical malpractice claims and hospital premises liability claims.

She also represents physicians as personal counsel for depositions, trial and before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Cynthia represents physicians, practice groups and hospitals throughout Illinois and Indiana in high-exposure matters, managing cases from inception through trial. Over the course of her career, she has successfully first-chaired more than 75 civil jury trials to verdict.

Aside from her work as a defense attorney, Cynthia volunteers as an arbitrator within the Circuit Court of Cook County mandatory arbitration program. In this role, she serves on a panel of three judges and hears approximately six arbitrations per year.

Cynthia is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and the Indiana State Bar Association. She has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star for four consecutive years and was ranked as a 2017 Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers.


  • St. Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2006
  • DePauw University, B.A., 2003


  • State of Illinois
  • State of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana