Emory University School of Law, Doctor of Law, with distinction, 1995
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., English, with distinction, 1991
South Carolina, 2001
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
Ellen Cheek has been helping businesses and individuals protect their interests and navigate the legal process for over 20 years. Ellen combines her experience in litigating complex cases with a practical ability to advise her clients in a manner that allows them meet their particular goals effectively and efficiently. She works regularly with clients in the defense of professional liability and aviation claims, in contract drafting and negotiation, and in the field of construction litigation. Ellen also litigates business disputes, including claims for contract breach, intellectual property infringement, and unfair trade practices.
Ellen maintains her license to practice law in both Georgia and South Carolina, and represents clients in state and federal courts in those jurisdictions. She is a member of the Construction Law section of the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association, and Defense Research Institute.
Before joining Wilkes Law Firm, Ellen practiced law in Atlanta for six years, litigating general tort, contract and land use cases and representing local school systems. In 2001, she returned to her hometown of Spartanburg to serve as associate counsel to a locally-based corporation, in which position she focused on contracts and employment matters. She resumed private practice in 2003.
Ellen lives in Spartanburg with her husband and two children. She teaches adult Sunday School at Trinity United Methodist Church and serves on the board of TOTAL Ministries.
South Carolina Bar
State Bar of Georgia
South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
Defense Research Institute
Spartanburg County Bar Association