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Cherie W. Blackburn

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Overview

Cherie has been representing her clients in state and federal court for over 25 years. She has experience as lead trial counsel in an array of employment cases, trade secret, trademark and copyright cases, and business disputes. As an employment attorney, she advises clients on proactive measures focused on avoiding issues that lead to litigation, such as drafting handbooks, presenting harassment and discrimination training, addressing wage and hour issues, and drafting employment agreements and restrictive covenants. In the area of intellectual property, Cherie advises clients on trademark and copyright protection, as well as handling and protecting trade secrets.

With her wealth of experience, Cherie understands the risks associated with litigation and works hand in hand with her clients to explain and analyze those risks. She is an aggressive advocate and trusted advisor for those whom she represents.

Education
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1987
  • Oxford College, A.A., 1982
  • Emory University, B.A., 1983
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Vice President and Membership Chair, Federal Bar Association, South Carolina Chapter
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Member
  • South Carolina Bar, Employment and Labor Law Section, Member
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association, Member
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers, Member and Former Board Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Charleston County Bar Association, Member
  • Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center Advisory Board, Member
  • Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center, Former President andBoard Member
    Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina, Former Board Member
  • Wachovia Advisory Board, Charleston, Former Member
  • South Carolina Bar, House of Delegates, Former Member
  • Labor and Employment Law Committee, ABA Young Lawyers' Division,
    Former Chair
  • Intellectual Property Law Committee, ABA Young Lawyers' Division,
    Former Chair
Cherie Recognized

Best Lawyers  Chambers USA - Leading IndividualMartindale Hubbell-AV    

  • "Super Lawyers" - Employment Litigation: Defense / Intellectual Property Litigation, 2008-2017
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers - Labor & Employment, 2014
  • 2013 Compleat Lawyer Gold Award
  • Recipient of 2009 "Most Influential Women in Business" Award in the Executive Category - Charleston Regional Business Journal
  • Chair of the Merit Selection Panel for the Appointment of the Federal Magistrate in 2008
  • Judge, Charleston School of Law Moot Court Competition
  • Judge, SC Bar Moot Court Trial Competition
  • Certified Mediator
  • Best Lawyers in America since 2005
  • Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in Charleston:
    • Litigation - Labor & Employment, 2012;
    • Employment Law, 2013; 
    • Employment Law – Management, 2016
  • Active member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an organization comprised of leaders in the insurance and corporate defense bar.
Overview

Cherie writes and lectures on covenants not to compete and employment law issues. 

She wrote "Covenants Not to Compete and Other Restrictive Covenants," a chapter in Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers which was published by the South Carolina Bar.  She also wrote a law review article titled “Post-Employment Covenants Not to Compete in South Carolina: Wizards and Dragons in the Kingdom”, 42 S.C. L. REV., 1991; as well as “Covenants Not to Compete in Employment Agreements: Would Yours Survive?” which was published in South Carolina Lawyer Magazine.

Cherie also recently wrote, "Obesity as a Disability Under the ADA: Is It More Likely Now Than Before?" which was published with MidlandsBiz.

Cherie’s passion outside the practice of law is rock climbing. She climbs both trad (placing gear) and sport (bolted) routes. For Cherie, climbing parallels other aspects of life in a lot of ways. “The biggest impediment to climbing is not fear, but negative thoughts. If you think you are going to fall, you probably will.  When you are leading a route, you have to get out of your comfort zone and climb the next 10 feet, believe that you can hold on, and be aware of any ledges below you in case you don’t. Moving through a hard section is often difficult and scary, but the experience – whether you “send’ the route or fall – makes you a better climber.” In addition to rock climbing, Cherie enjoys camping and hiking. She’s working her way through the “Colorado 14ers” (54 mountains in Colorado that are 14,000 plus feet), having completed 18 of them so far. “There’s something about climbing out of a tent, strapping on a backpack and spending the day hiking in the mountains that puts everything in perspective.”  And, as many of Cherie’s clients know, she carries her laptop in her pack…just in case you need her.

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“You can grunt and heave, sweat and strain, wear yourself out, and unless you simply forget it and step up, you won’t even get off the ground.” - Mike Burghoff