CINAT, Lissa Marie
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51, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, at peace Sunday, January 27, 2013. Lissa was born June 30, 1961, in London, Ontario, Canada. Daughter of Larry Joseph Cinat and Gloria Mary Lucia Zilli Cinat of Farmington Hills. Beloved Sister of Laura Jean Cinat (Matthew Reese) of Chicago, Illinois, and the late Dr. Marianne Eva Cinat of Rossmoor, California. Caring and Loving Aunt to Susan and Emma Reese of Chicago, Illinois. Special Niece of Lawrence and Eldred Zilli of Tecumseh, Ontario and Goldene Cinat and the late Louie Cinat of Dearborn Heights, Michigan. Dear Cousin of Alison Zilli of Windsor, Ontario, Raymond Zilli, of Toronto, Ontario, and Lucy Zilli and Lydia Larkin of Staten Island, New York.
Lissa was a graduate of Southfield-Lathrup High School in Lathrup Village, Michigan, where she was known for her love of dance and her fresh, Cover Girl, looks. She then went on to make her mark with her intellect and sense of purpose. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science. She graduated with High Distinction and was an Angell Scholar. After a brief time working for a Michigan State Senator, she then attended the University of Michigan Law School, where she graduated cum laude. She held the prestigious positions of Book Review Editor and Associate Editor of Michigan Law Review. In her professional life, Lissa was known as a brilliant and tenacious attorney, who practiced law in both Los Angeles, California, and Detroit, Michigan. In California, Lissa represented Hollywood actors and entertainment companies, yet she took her greatest satisfaction while practicing in Detroit, where she championed the rights of the less fortunate and won their difficult cases against tough odds. Lissa dedicated her personal and professional life to the less fortunate, the unheard, the underserved, and the mistreated. Due to her service, the lives of countless individuals were improved. Her family was of great importance to her. Lissa also had a love of the arts and she spent time painting and creative writing. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her keen intellect, quick wit, compassion, and her ferocious defense of the principles of justice and freedom. She will be missed for her ability to turn any conversation into a lively one, for her wonderful laugh, for her glamorous style, and, despite her ferocity, for her ability to see the world through the eyes of a child.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lissa's honor to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), http://www.aclu.org/, and to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI),http://www.nami.org/.
Visitation and funeral mass have taken place in Chicago, Illinois. Burial will take place in Michigan.
Published in The Windsor Star on Feb. 9, 2013