Cynthia DeGabrielle

Senior Counsel

Cynthia brings a wealth of trial attorney experience to Irelan McDaniel. With 35 years of legal experience, including 23 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Houston, Texas, Cynthia has prosecuted complex financial crimes, international money laundering, and public corruption, both foreign and domestic. Cynthia has tried more than 50 federal criminal cases to jury verdict, and served as U.S. Department of Justice Law Enforcement Policy Advisor to numerous foreign governments by providing technical legal assistance and guidance on justice policy and international best practices. Her experience at international law firms, and handling of numerous resolutions of civil trials, regulatory hearings, and advice to clients on compliance, risk analysis, and remediation makes her a valuable asset to any case anywhere.

Cynthia’s vast legal career includes general commercial litigation, including breach of contract and fraud, specialized energy litigation, including take-or-pay and product liability, and specialized insurance litigation, including bad faith claims against carriers.

  • State Bar of Texas
  • US. District Courts for the Southern District of Texas
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Juris Doctor

  • Top 5%
  • Editor-in-Chief (Student), Natural Resources Law -The Year in Review, American Bar Association
  • Tulsa Law Journal, Staff Member
  • H. Rosenstein Scholar
  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma


  • B.B.A. in Finance, With Distinction

    • Top 5%
    • Outstanding Senior Woman in the School of Business; Top Ten Senior Women
    • William E. Schaper Scholar
    • President, Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority
    • University of Richmond, London UK, Summer 1980

Instructor for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Education on many topics, including:

  • Trial advocacy (basic and advanced),
  • Grand jury secrecy
  • Closing argument
  • Evidence in white collar cases
  • Immunity and the Fifth Amendment
  • Trial preparation and case management in complex cases
  • Effective writing for advocates
  • Recent Supreme Court developments
  • Money laundering,
  • Criminal discovery
  • Designed and implemented a comprehensive year-long training program on federal criminal law and discovery for paralegals and legal secretaries in the Southern District of Texas.