Cheryl F. Perkins

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Columbia, SC

Whetstone Perkins & Fulda, LLC
601 Devine Street, PO Box 8086
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: 803-889-0865
Fax: 803-799-2017
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2014, 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%), Business Litigation (10%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%), Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Cheryl F. Perkins is a partner with Whetstone Perkins & Fulda, LLC, law firm, which has law offices in Columbia, Kingstree, Marion and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A nationally ranked and award-winning trial lawyer with more than 40 years of total legal experience, Ms. Perkins provides unmatched representation to clients throughout the greater Columbia and Lexington metro areas, as well as Myrtle Beach, Marion, Kingstree, Charleston and beyond, who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  •        Catastrophic personal injury
  •        Tractor-trailer litigation
  •        Pharmacy errors, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and birth and brain injuries
  •        Paraplegia and quadriplegia
  •        Wrongful death
  •        Class actions
  •        Business litigation

Ms. Perkins has achieved unprecedented success advocating on behalf of those suffering needlessly through no fault of their own, as well as business owners dealing with complex business-related disputes that threaten to undermine what they have worked so hard to achieve. Recognized for her impeccable professionalism and service, she has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, as well as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer designation from The National Trial Lawyers. 

Lawdragon has named Ms. Perkins among the Top 500 Plaintiff Lawyers in the country. She is a fellow with the prestigious American Bar Foundation. She  has consistently received many other top rankings and endorsements from her peers.

Among her other professional affiliations, Ms. Perkins is an active member of the American and South Carolina Associations for Justice, the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar and the Richland County Bar Association. 

After graduating summa cum laude from Clemson University in 1977, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Angel Flight, Ms. Perkins attended the University of South Carolina School of Law. While there, she served as Co-President of Phi Delta Phi. She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree in 1980.

Ms. Perkins is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, as well as all South Carolina state and local courts.

Early in her legal career, Ms. Perkins devoted her time and services primarily to First Amendment issues and public interest matters.  She was awarded  won the Reid Montgomery First Amendment/Freedom of Information Award by the South Carolina Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 1986. Following that, she focused on appellate law for several years before shifting her focus to catastrophic injury claims, class actions and business litigation.


*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Trucking Accidents


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2014, 2017 - 2019

About Cheryl F. Perkins

Admitted: 1980, South Carolina

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • South Carolina, 1980
  • National College of Advocacy
  • American Association for Justice
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (4th Cir.), 1993
  • U.S. District Court (S.C.), 1982
  • Elected to Fellows of the American Bar Foundation -- 2008


  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating
  • S.C. Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists, Reid Montgomery First Amendment/FOI Award, 1986
  • S.C. Superlawyers, 2008 – present
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs Lawyers in America (2007); Finalist Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2007, 2008)
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2012

Educational Background

  • Clemson UniversityB.A. (summa cum laude) – 1977, Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Angel Flight

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Chapter author South Carolina Damages (2003)
  • Chapter Author, South Carolina Damages Update, 2016

Industry Groups

  • Public Justice Foundation
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Office Location for Cheryl F. Perkins

601 Devine Street
PO Box 8086
Columbia, SC 29202

Phone: 803-889-0865

Fax: 803-799-2017

Last Updated: 1/25/2021

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