Cheryl Wilke represents employers in a wide-range of labor and employment matters. She works with her clients—which include Aldi, Kellogg Company, Charter Schools, USA, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and WSVN Miami—to provide them with solutions tailored to their needs and business. Cheryl counsels on all aspects of employer / employee relations, including: business litigation, regulatory compliance, employment defense litigation and workers' compensation matters. She has also litigated cases involving the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII and retaliatory issues.

With her extensive experience in the area of labor and employment, Cheryl has prevailed in numerous jury trials including Downie v. Burger Fi, which set the legal standard for classification of assistant managers in the restaurant industry. She has also appeared in Florida Supreme Court, defending the constitutionality of Florida's workers' compensation statute.

In addition to her trial work, Cheryl speaks to employers and clients about the compliance aspects of Title VII and Title IX, as well as Title III ADA compliance. She also provides comprehensive risk management and compliance programs for her clients.

Cheryl also dedicates a portion of her practice to representing clients in the area of high-dollar commercial litigation and collections and services, as well as sports law matters. She has worked with several professional baseball, football and soccer teams and organizations, such as the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, the Boston Red Sox and the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Professional Background

Partner-in-Charge of Hinshaw's Ft. Lauderdale office, Cheryl also serves as the firm's the Business Development Partner and is a founding member of the firm's Diversity Committee.

Cheryl has taught numerous seminars on employment law, compliance, risk management and diversity. She was recently interviewed on Talk Radio 790 | KABC regarding the new labor and employment issues for California employers.

In 2014, Cheryl was selected by the Association of Corporate as a Client Choice award winner for client service. Also in 2014, Cheryl was honored as one of Florida's Most Influential Business Women by the South Florida Business Journal.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar, Grievance Committee
    • Group
    • Member
    • Past President 
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Broward County Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in South Florida Business Journal's 2014 Influential Businesswomen
  • Named to South Florida Business Journal's 2014 Power Leaders in Law & Accounting List
  • Recipient of the 2014 Client Choice Award—USA & Canada, recognized for Employment & Labor in Florida
  • Selected as one of "Los Angeles' Women Leaders in the Law" by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbel, February 2012
  • Included in the ranks of the country's top employment lawyers on "The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys–Up-and-Comers" list, which was prepared by Lawdragon and appeared in the June 16, 2011 edition of Human Resource Executive magazine, 2011
  • In December 2010, Cheryl was selected as one of the "Most Effective Lawyers of South Florida" in the area of labor and employment law by the Daily Business Review, and was the subject of a profile in the magazine discussing the case. She is one of only 90 attorneys included in this list, and one of only three in the area of labor and employment. Cheryl was selected for her defense of an employer, Toojay's Management Corporation, in Myers v. Toojay's Management Corp.
  • Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Florida Super Lawyers magazine (2006–2007)
  •  Holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability


Cheryl is frequently a featured speaker for major corporations and industry events. Her presentations have included:

  • "Fly on the Wall: A Conversation Among L&E Lawyers," Hinshaw's Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2015
  • "FLSA Hot Topics/Exemptions," The Palm Beach County Bar Association, West Palm Beach, Florida, June 2015
  • "Successful Diversity Initiatives: Perspectives from In-House Counsel and Leading Law Firms,"  South Palm Beach County Bar Association, Boca Raton, Florida, October 2014
  • "Retaliation Claims—What Every Employer Needs to Know to Avoid and Defend Them," HR Tampa Expo 2011, Tampa, Florida, November 2011
  • "How to Block the Punch of Retaliation Claims," 2010 Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2010
  • "Measuring Your Labor Liability: Minimize Your Personnel Risk & Maximize Your Labor Output," 2010 Florida Independent Automobile Dealers Association (FIADA), St. Pete Beach, Florida, October 2010
  • "Defending Attorneys' Fees in Workers' Compensation Cases," Broward County Bar Association, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, January 2008
  • "Workers' Compensation Review: Return to Work Programs and Fitness for Duty Report," Hinshaw's Effectively Dealing with Current Labor & Employment Issues seminar, Chicago, Illinois, September 2007; Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, November 2007
  • "Workers' Compensation: Mock Cross Examination of a Human Resources Director," Hinshaw's Effectively Dealing with Current Labor & Employment Issues seminar, Chicago, Illinois, September 2006
  • "Staying Within Legal Parameters When Disciplining or Terminating a Florida Workers' Comp Claimant: Ensuring Compliance with Florida's Unique Workers' Comp Discharge Statute to Avoid Paying a Very High Price," Florida Workers' Comp Forum, Orlando, Florida, October 2005
  • "Effectively Dealing with Current Labor & Employment Issues," Hinshaw seminar, Chicago, Illinois, September 2005


Cheryl is the author of:

  • "Mixed Messages: In a world of temporary staffing, who keeps the OSHA reports?," Staffing Industry Review, February 29, 2016
  • "Pregnancy Disability Act: What Every Employer Needs to Know," Daily Business Review, January 16, 2015
  • "Labor: New Options for Compelling Arbitration in Employment Disputes," Inside Counsel, April 29, 2013
  • "Labor: Temporary Staffing and PEOs," Inside Counsel, April 15, 2013
  • "Labor: The Benefits and Obstacles to a Valid Tip Pooling Arrangement," Inside Counsel, April 1, 2013
  • "Social Media Mandates and the Quagmire for Employers," South Florida Business Journal, March 22, 2013
  • "Labor: Non-profits and the FLSA's Overtime Provisions," Inside Counsel, March 18, 2013
  • "Labor: 3 Strategies for Handling Workers' Compensation Retaliation Claims," Inside Counsel, March 14, 2013
  • "Labor: The New Frontier of Bankruptcy Discrimination," Inside Counsel, February 18, 2013
  • "Apparent 'Frivolous' Suits Can Prove Costly to Companies," Daily Business Review, December 7, 2012
  • "Board of Contributors: Employers May Consider Job Applicants' Bankruptcy History," Daily Business Review, March 23, 2012
  • "Understanding Adverse Employment Actions in Title VII and Bankruptcy Discrimination Claims," a chapter in Recent Developments in Whistleblower Claims, Aspatore Books, 2010 (part of the Inside the Minds™ series)

J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 1991

B.A., with honors, English, Florida Atlantic University, 1988