Cynthia E. Maxwell
Principal and Partner

As Principal and Partner of Independent Employment Counsel, LLP, Ms. Maxwell brings more than twenty-five years of experience to her work providing management and leadership seminars and employment law training, conducting independent internal workplace investigation, serving as an arbitrator and mediator, and providing expert witness services.

She is admitted to the State Bar of California, various federal district courts, and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ms. Maxwell is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society, California Bar Association, New York State Bar Association (Labor and Employment and Dispute Resolution Sections), Cornell University ILR Roster of Dispute Resolution Neutrals, Association for Conflict Resolution and the Labor and Employment Relations Association.

She received an A.B. from Brown University and graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Political Science and Sociology. She received her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. In April 2009, she completed the Cornell University, ILR School, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution Employment Law Arbitrator Training.

Before founding IEC with Mr. Scholick in 1998, Ms. Maxwell worked for Littler Mendelson, PC, for 14 years (eight years as a shareholder) representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law including equal employment opportunity matters and arbitrations. She negotiated collective bargaining agreements, mediated cases, advised employers and handled a myriad of matters from discrimination and harassment claims to wage and hour claims.

Throughout her career, Ms. Maxwell has worked with all kinds of employers including government entities, educational institutions, health care providers, law firms, manufacturers, trucking companies and retailers. From this work, she has developed unique and very informative training seminars emphasizing effective teamwork and communication.

Ms. Maxwell has been a featured speaker in numerous programs addressing employment law topics including effective leadership, workplace investigations, unlawful harassment, workplace violence, disability accommodation, and negligent retention.

Ms. Maxwell is the co–author of the “Legal Considerations” chapter of Investigation of Substance Abuse in the Workplace. She has authored numerous articles including “Applicant Background Checks” published in Caltrux; “Beware: California is Different” published in Preferred News. She has been a guest on “All Consuming”—a television show in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Gary P. Scholick
Principal and Partner

With Cynthia E Maxwell, Gary P. Scholick founded Independent Employment Counsel, LLP, in 1998. Since its founding, IEC and Mr. Scholick have focused on offering the following professional services: independent, impartial internal investigations of workplace misconduct claims; employment law training; and expert consulting services and witness testimony on matters relating to internal workplace investigations.

Mr. Scholick is a member of the State Bar of California, and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, and various federal courts of appeal and district courts. He is also a member of the San Francisco and Los Angeles Bar Associations, the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, the American Bar Association Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, the California State Bar Labor and Employment Section and the Ethics Committee of the San Francisco Bar Association.

Mr. Scholick received his A.B. from Hunter College of the City University of New York, graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. Between 1987 and 2000, Mr. Scholick taught "Employment Law Litigation" at the University of San Francisco School of Law, as an adjunct Professor of Law.

Before he founded IEC, Mr. Scholick was a shareholder (i.e., partner) at Littler Mendelson, PC, representing clients in almost all aspects of labor and employment law. He supervised and litigated scores of employment law cases, with a particular expertise in equal employment opportunity and wrongful discharge matters.

From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Scholick was Littler Mendelson's General Counsel, representing the firm in various ethics, risk management, and general advice matters, including the representation of plaintiffs, oversight of outside counsel and compliance with court rules.

His publications include Myriad Rules Dictate When, How Employers Must Investigate, April 8, 2005, San Francisco Daily Journal; Interview Guide for Supervisors (3rd Ed.); and contributing author to Issues of Workplace Privacy, 1993 and 1994 Employment Law Update, and Handling and Prevention of Fair Representation and Breach of Contract Cases, published by the Practicing Law Institute.