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

Employment litigation

  • 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

Past President

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
  • Greenville Business Magazine's Legal Elite | Business Litigation, 2023


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





  • State Bar: South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court: District of South Carolina
  • U.S Court of Appeals: Fourth Circuit 
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