Cheryl Wilke

Partner

Cheryl Wilke is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale and Washington, D.C. offices 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 courts 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. Her employment litigation experience has included several cases where an executive has been accused of a pattern of sexual harassment while in the scope of the employee’s position. Cheryl is certified by the EEOC to conduct investigations and provide employer training. 

Cheryl has defended Directors and Officers’ claims resulting from both internal and external claims. She focuses on cases in which employees, including executives, are accused of committing crimes such as corporate espionage, theft, misappropriation, and embezzlement. Cheryl has also represented clients in D&O claims by investors and members of the public asserting improper financial disclosures and investor relation statements.  

Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Cheryl served as Corporate Counsel and Chief Litigation Officer for a publicly traded REIT. In this role, she directed the defense of claims made or asserted against the company’s D&O policy. 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
    • District of Columbia
    • 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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