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Molly Hughes Cherry


  • (T) 843.577.9440
  • (F) 843.414.8209

Molly enjoys working with and helping her business clients to solve problems, taking a collaborative approach with them to achieve their goals.  Molly grew up playing competitive sports and understands that the success of any team depends on planning, preparation and careful attention to the details.   As a litigator, she is often addressing a problem in the context of defending a lawsuit.  And, Molly understands the most effective way to build a successful litigation strategy is to understand her client’s business, including its operations, as well as its aspirations.  Her varied litigation background and experience serve as valuable assets in advising her clients with business decisions, not only to help avoid potential legal pitfalls but also to accomplish the goal at hand.      

  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1996
  • Wofford College, B.A., 1993
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Board of Directors
  • South Carolina Bar, Employment and Labor Law Section, Past President
  • South Carolina Bar, Torts and Insurance Practice Section, Past Chair
  • South Carolina Employment and Labor Law Advisory Board, Past Chair
  • South Carolina Business One Stop (SCBOS), Business Advisory Board
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Tri-County Human Resources Management Association, Past President
  • Wofford Alumni Executive Council, Past President
  • Trident Literacy Association, Past President
  • SC Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee, Committee Member (2003-2010)
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers' Association, President
  • Sea Island Habitat for Humanity Employment Committee
  • Liberty Fellowship, Class of 2018
  • Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope, Board Member (2007-2016)
  • Spanish
  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Award 2016
  • Included in the South Carolina Super Lawyers list since 2008 in the area of Employment & Labor, Business Litigation, Professional Liability
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Preeminent Peer Review Rated 
  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, South Carolina 2014-2019 
  • Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law by the South Carolina Supreme Court
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law- Individuals, Employment Law- Management, Labor Law- Management, Litigation- Labor and Employment, Since 2008
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for "Lawyer of the Year" for Employment Law - Management, Labor Law Management and Litigation-Labor and Employment in Charleston, S.C. in 2016 and 2019 
  • Super Lawyers, Labor & Employment Law since 2008
  • Benchmark Litigation, "Future Litigation Star"
  • USC Compleat Lawyer Silver Award
  • 2009 Leadership in Law Award
  • "Marijuana in the Workplace," Nexsen Pruet's Employment Law Briefing - Hilton Head Island, November 7, 2019
  • "Private Eyes: Surveillance and Privacy in the Workplace," Nexsen Pruet's Employment Law Briefing - Hilton Head Island, May 15, 2019
  • Molly was one of Ms. JD's 2016 Writers in Residence. As such, she is authoring a monthly column for the site.
  • Molly co-authored an article for the Defense Counsel Journal, a publication of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). It is entitled "The ADA Amendments Act of 2008: Practical Implications for Employers in 2012 and Beyond."  Read it here.

Molly enjoys the challenge of learning something new, and she has added dog training to her list.  She grew up with dogs and “inherited” her husband’s two Labrador retrievers when they married.  Deacon is the newest addition to their family.  He comes from a long line of British retrievers, and Molly is working to train him as a hunting dog.  Their dogs are the ultimate outdoor companions for Molly and her husband, who enjoy hiking, fishing, running, swimming and biking, though they don’t usually take the dogs on the bikes!  While Molly has not mastered the art of dog training, she is on her way.  Now if she could only train Deacon not to chew her work shoes....

Molly Cherry outside NP photo

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."  - John Wooden