Recognition that hard work and determination provide a pathway to accomplishment is the force that continues to drive Cheryl. She is a product of the public school system in southern West Virginia, and by the time she was 14, she knew she wanted to be a lawyer. Driven by that goal, refusing to be stopped by an obstacle, she moved forward with dogged determination, the same determination with which she passionately advocates for her clients.
For Cheryl, every client and every case deserves the best – whether it is a relatively minor matter or one of remarkable magnitude. She enters the courtroom only after detailed reparation. Even with more than 30 years of trial experience, she takes nothing for granted, particularly the opposition, when trying a case. She leaves no stone unturned for her clients.
Cheryl is a trial attorney and mediator whose experience includes:
Real Estate and Development related litigation
- Representation of developers and governing entities in various zoning and land use matters, including representation through administrative proceedings and any resulting litigation;
- Litigation involving other property rights and obligations, including ownership and use issues.
Business-related counseling and litigation
- Representing local, regional, and national businesses in various matters, including complex business disputes arising from dissolutions, dissociations, and other corporate matters, as well as contract disputes;
- Vast and varied experience with leasing issues, landlord-tenant issues, both commercial and residential, and collection matters;
- Locally represented one of the largest developers of shopping malls in the country, including a First Amendment challenge against the developer.
- Represents a global manufacturing company in various Title VII and wrongful termination claims;
- Represented a global snack food company in reverse discrimination claim;
Assisted in the representation of a local lending institution in a wrongful termination case;
- Counseled various local and regional companies relative to employment matters.
Personal injury defense
- Represented various corporations and partnerships in serious personal injury cases
Community & Professional
- Federal Bar Association
President, South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
Member, Federal Litigation Section
Co-chair of Programming Committee of Federal Litigation Section
Member, Board of Directors
Prior Secretary/Treasurer of South Carolina Chapter
- South Carolina Bar Association
Member, South Carolina Bar House of Delegates
Former Member, Nominating Committee
- Charleston County Bar Association
Past President, Past Secretary-Treasurer
Member, distinguished James L. Petigru Committee
- Litigation Counsel of America
- South Carolina Patient Compensation Fund
Former member, Board of Directors
- Town of Mt. Pleasant Appearance Committee
Past Vice Chair
- South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
- Charleston Lawyer’s Club
Outside Maynard Nexsen
Prior to joining the firm, Cheryl proudly co-founded the first and only female law firm on historic Broad Street in Charleston.
Cheryl is the mother of three; her oldest is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law; her daughter, an assistant director of Kaleidoscope, the Charleston County School District after-school and summer program and her youngest was graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Psychology and also employed by Kaleidoscope. Cheryl is proud all of her children demonstrate the same determination and compassion as she.
- Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Preeminent Peer Review Rated
- Recognized as JDSupra Readers’ Choice Top Author, 2019, 2020
Charleston County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education
Author: Fourth Circuit Rejects “Manager Rule” Exception in Title VII Retaliation Cases
A look at DeMasters v. Carillon Clinic, Inc., No. 13-2278, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Author: South Carolina Court of Appeals Rules on Jury Trial and Class Action Waviers in Master Deeds
A summary of The Gates at Williams-Brice Condominium Association and Katharine Swinson, individually, and on behalf of all other similarly situated v. DDC Construction , et al, 418 S.C. 282, 792 S.E.2d 240 (Ct. App.)
Co-author: BEWARE: Certain Acts of Community Management Companies Constitute the Unauthorized Practice of Law in South Carolina
An overview of the opinion of the South Carolina Supreme Court in the matter of Rogers, Townsend & Thomas, PC v. Stephen H. Peck, Thomas Moore and Community Management Group, LLC, 2017 WL 694793
The Carolinas Insurance Litigation Review
The issue of the Carolinas Insurance Litigation Review includes:
- "Challenging Policyholder Claims for Bad Faith and Punitive Damages" for North Carolina
- "Combating Policyholder Bad Faith and Breach of the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Claims" for South Carolina
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