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"Local Seen: Rock Star"

Charleston magazine

September 23, 2014

Nexsen Pruet attorney Cherie Blackburn was interviewed by Charleston magazine for a special feature entitled "Local Seen: Rock Star." The employment attorney shares how the sport helps her to "manage risk and overcome fear" - a few things her clients may say she helps them with.

Cherie Blackburn in Charleston mag

Photo courtesy of photographer Mac Kilduff and Charleston magazine.

It begins:

"See her in a business suit, and you’d never guess that petite, professional Cherie Blackburn, attorney and partner at Nexsen Pruet, is a thrill-seeker. But the truth is, this 52-year-old (that’s right!) spends her off-hours dangling from rock faces: either the colorful walls at downtown’s Coastal Climbing (where she trains four days a week) or crags around the country, such as in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge; Moab, Utah; and Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Find out about the hobby that’s had this Greenville-raised gal seeking adventure for the last dozen years.

CM: How did you get into rock climbing?


CB: About 12 years ago, I wanted to do something adventurous, so I signed up for an Outward Bound nine-day women’s rock climbing course in Joshua Tree, California. I learned the basics of rock climbing, saw a beautiful part of the country, and did things I had never done before—like going nine days without a shower.


CM: What type of climbing do you do?


CB: I do two types—traditional (known as “trad”), where you place gear [into the rock features] for protection, and sport, where you clip the rope into bolts that are in the rock. I learned trad first, though, and it’s my favorite. I also ice climb some in the winter."


To read more about her passion, check out the "Outside Nexsen Pruet" tab of her bio.

Read the rest of the Q&A here from Charleston magazine.

When she's not scaling mountain sides, Cherie Blackburn represents her clients in state and federal court and has been for over 20 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.