Cynthia Blair


Cynthia Blair2018-02-06T10:38:45+00:00

Columbia, SC Residential Real Estate Closing Attorney

Cynthia was born and raised in Columbia. She attended Hammond School before going to Florida State University to major in voice and theater, with thoughts of trying her luck on Broadway. However, after much reflection, she decided instead to major in Multinational Business and minor in Spanish. She returned to Columbia for law school and her international MBA. She began her practice as public defender in Richland County where she tried many cases to a jury. Cynthia had always wanted to live in Miami, so she moved there and practiced civil litigation and real estate; however, after a year, she decided to return home and follow her passion of a business-oriented practice in real estate. After growing a very successful real estate practice for 14 years, Cynthia, along with Rex Casterline, Gary Pickren, Kris Cato and Steve Lenker, all of whom were partners with her in a prior law firm, opened Blair Cato Pickren Casterline, LLC in November of 2014.

Cynthia is admitted to practice law in both South Carolina and Florida.

Cynthia has a love for animals and has rescued quite a few dogs and cats over the years. She has two children and enjoys traveling with them to new places.

Cynthia has been very active in the real estate industry, having served as officer and director of both the Palmetto Land Title Association and the Mortgage Bankers Association of Greater Columbia. She is currently serving on the Board of Governors of the American Land Title Association (“ALTA”) and is the Chair of its Abstracters and Title Insurance Agents Section. Additionally she serves on numerous committees and task forces of ALTA all for the improvement of the real estate title and settlement industry. Cynthia is currently serving as the Chair of the Real Estate Section Council of the South Carolina Bar. She is also a licensed instructor for CE for real estate agents in South Carolina.

Professional Accomplishments

  • University of South Carolina, Master in International Business, 1995
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1992
  • Florida State University, B.S., 1990
  • South Carolina Bar
  • SC Bar Ethics Advisory Committee and Convention Committee
  • SC Bar Convention Committee, Chair
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • Lexington County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers’ Association
  • Palmetto Land Title Association
    • Past President
    • Education Committee, Chair
    • Convention Committee
  • Mortgage Lenders Association of Greater Columbia, Past President
  • Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina
  • REOMAC, Education Committee
  • Mortgage Bankers of the Carolinas
  • American Land Title Association
    • Education Committee
    • Real Property Records Committee
    • TIPAC Committee
    • Model Contract Committee
  • TIPAC Trustee for South Carolina
  • Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Leadership South Carolina, Class of 2012
  • J. Lee McDonald Award, Palmetto Land Title Association, 2010
  • “Top 20 Under 40” business professionals in the Midlands, The State Newspaper, 2006
  • Woman of the Year, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2006
  • Legal Elite, Columbia Business Monthly, 2010
  • Executive Leadership Program for American Heart Association “Go Red for Women” Campaign
  • Palmetto Center for Women TWIN Award 2015
  • Chicago Title Insurance Company
  • Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
  • First American National Title Insurance Company
  • Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
  • Stewart Title Guaranty Insurance Company
  • WFG National Title Insurance Company
  • Lexington County Bar Association – 2010 Major Changes in Federal Law: RESPA and the Impact of Medicare Secondary Payer Act and Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act – May 20, 2010, RESPA Speaker
  • Panel Speaker REOMAC – Auctions in Today’s Market Panel – April 26, 2010, Panel Moderator
  • Palmetto Land Title Association – RESPA Panel -March 18, 2010, Panel Moderator
  • Panel Speaker REOMAC -Auctions in Today’s Market Panel -April 26, 2010, Panel Moderator
  • South Carolina Bar Convention -Hot Topics in Real Estate: From Foreclosure to Mortgage
  • Fraud in 60 Minutes -Jan. 23, 2010, Speaker
  • Stewart Title Insurance Company TIPS Seminar -Caselaw Update -Nov. 19, 2009, Speaker
  • National Business Institute Title Law in SC Seminar -The Process of Title Examination, & Ethical Considerations & Preparing the Title Opinion: Issues in Title Insurance -Aug. 4, 2009, Speaker
  • Fidelity National Title Insurance Company Seminar -Foreclosure & REO -Feb. 20, 2009, Speaker
  • National Business Institute Minimizing Liability in the Real Estate Broker-Client Relationship
  • Seminar -Sales Commission Disputes -Sept. 16, 2008, Speaker
  • Old Republic National Title Insurance Company Seminar -Real Estate Closing Issues: War Stories from the Front Lines – April – May, 2008, Speaker
  • National Business Institute – Examining & Resolving Title Issues – Dec.12-13, 2007, Speaker
  • Investors Title Insurance – Mobile Homes – Nov. 2, 2007, Speaker
  • National Business Institute – Resolving Title Defects – Oct. 9, 2006, Speaker
  • Ticor Title Insurance Company – Witness Only Closings – Dec. 6, 2005, Speaker
  • Palmetto Land Title Association Seminar -REO -April 2004, Speaker
  • REOMAC – Loss Mitigation Update – October 20, 2010, Panel Moderator & Speaker