John F. Cuddy, Sr., is the business operations manager for the Carolina office of the Cuddy Law Firm.
He graduated from Siena College (BA, Political Science), Franklin Pierce University (MBA, Leadership) and the U.S. Army War College (MSS, Strategic Studies).
Prior to joining the firm, John worked in various management roles in the financial services industry. He retired in 2017 to join the Cuddy Law Firm and open the Carolina office.
John is also a U.S. Army retiree, having served 28 years in the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard. His service included deployments in support of Operation Joint Endeavor (1996) and Operation Enduring Freedom (2008).
John is married to Lynn Votapka and resides in Waxhaw, NC, with their three children, Madelyn, Sarah and Jack.
Phyniques T. Williams is a law clerk with the Cuddy Law firm dedicated to special education advocacy and litigation in the Charlotte, NC office. Assisting in all aspects of litigation work, Phyniques is responsible for the daily management of matters related to on-going cases, assisting with examination for discovery, mediations, due process hearings, and appeals.
Born and raised in Fayetteville, NC, she was inspired to enter the legal field as a young girl who had an insuppressible yearning to advocate for others. Her passion for advocacy coupled with a home environment that encouraged giving back to her community led her to pursue a law career.
Phyniques committed herself to a life of service early in her prospering career as a Navy Sailor. Her Naval service included deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a Navy veteran and prior law enforcement officer, Phyniques is equipped with a cultivated perspective of law and order.
Ms. Williams obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 2014, majoring in Legal Studies and minoring in Psychology. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Elon University School of Law in 2017.
While in law school Phyniques represented low-income clients as a Student Attorney in Elon Law’s Will Drafting Clinic, where she gained advocacy and practical experience in drafting legal documents and law practice management. Entering law school with a peaked interest for criminal and family law, her legal passions took an abrupt turn while working as a Student Attorney in the Guardian Ad Litem Appellate Advocacy Clinic at Elon Law. Phyniques had the opportunity to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in appeals of juvenile matters while learning the key principles of juvenile law. She knew she wanted to advocate on behalf of one of the most vulnerable classes of people—children. During her time in law school, she also served as a North Carolina Bar Association student representative, and the 4th Circuit Student Diversity Chair for the American Bar Association.
In her spare time, you can find her spending quality time with family and friends, letting loose in a karaoke dance session, cuddled up with a good book, or indulging in her latest do-it-yourself project.