Cheryl Wilke is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment and Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practices. Cheryl specializes in Employment Law as well as Corporate Compliance and Business Litigation for mid-market and national businesses. In addition, she has a wide range of experience in federal and state court in all types of litigation. Cheryl works as a business partner with her clients to achieve their goals for employee compliance, risk management, and litigation strategies. Cheryl is certified by the EEOC to conduct investigations and provide employer training. She is admitted to practice in Florida and California. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Cheryl served as Corporate Counsel and Chief Litigation Officer for a publicly traded REIT. Prior to that, Cheryl was with a national firm for 22 years as the partner in charge of the Ft. Lauderdale office and Business Development officer for the firm.

Published Opinions

  • Downie v. BF Weston, Inc. and BurgerFi International, Case No. 0:16-cv-60348; So. Dist. of Florida. Defense Verdict. 2017
  • Myers v. Toojay's Management Group, 640 F.2d 1278 (11th Cir. 2011)
  • Murray v. Mariner Healthcare, Inc., 994 So.2d 1051 (Fla. 2008)

Publications

  • Complying with Employment Regulations: “Understanding and Implementing Key Regulatory Changes for Salary Test in Wage and Hour Claims,” Chapter 5, Aspatore Publishing 2016-2017
  • Key Issues for 2012 Supreme Court Cases: “New Frontiers for Employers,” Chapter 10, Aspatore Publishing 2012
  • Recent Developments in Whistleblower Laws: “Understanding Adverse Employment Actions in Title VII and Bankruptcy Discrimination Cases,” Chapter 3, ThomsonReuters 2010

Pro Bono & Philanthropy

Board of Directors, Heart Run, Broward County Heart Association

Professional Presentations

  • “Understanding Wage and Hour Laws for Servers and Tipped Employees,” West Florida Hospitality Association, 2019
  • “Labor and Employment Law for Auto Dealerships,” National Automobile Dealers Association, Las Vegas, NV, 2017

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
    • Florida
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Admissions

CA

FL

USDC for Central District of California

USDC for Middle Districts of Florida

USDC for Southern Districts of Florida

Associations

  • Executive Committee, Foundation Board, Florida Atlantic University
  • Board of Directors, WLRN, Public Radio, Miami
  • Member of Inns of Court, Palm Beach County

Awards & Honors

  • 100 Outstanding Women Leaders, Boy's and Girl's Club, 2018
  • 50 Most Influential Women Business Leaders, South Florida Business Journal, 2016
  • Client Choice Award from National Association of Corporate Counsel, 2014
  • Most Effective Lawyer, Labor and Employment, Daily Business Review, 2010

Education

Stetson University College of Law

Juris Doctor, 1991

Florida Atlantic University

Bachelor of Science, 1988

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