by James Salem
Cheryl Worman, who has been with Rogers, Towers for 10 years, is serving her first term as an elected member of the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Board of Governors.
Worman grew up in a Navy family, and she spent her childhood moving around the country. She went to high school in Clinton, Md., and attended the University of West Florida, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in legal administration. After graduating, she worked as a paralegal assistant for a personal injury law firm.
After three years with the firm, Worman enrolled at Stetson College of Law in St. Petersburg where she graduated in 1993. Almost immediately after graduation, she started at Rogers, Towers and has been there ever since.
“My practice has changed here over the years, but the culture of the firm has not,” she said. “I really like the culture of this firm. It has a very family-like environment, in which the lawyers work hard and play hard. And everyone has the opportunities to move on.”
Worman started her career doing personal injury work; now she does more constitutional litigations.
“It was great doing what I was doing, but it is always good to try something new,” she said.
Worman has lived in San Marco for eight years with her two dogs, a weimaraner and a greyhound.
“Jacksonville is by far the place that I have lived in the longest,” she said.
Worman’s brother lives in Waldorf, Md., and works for a company that troubleshoots government systems.
“They have no address, so I couldn’t tell you where his office is for the life of me,” she said.
In her spare time, Worman enjoys home improvement projects, not only for herself, but for her friends, too.
“I’ve done everything I can on my own house, so now I am expanding over to my friends’ houses,” she said.
In addition to home remodeling, Worman enjoys running marathons. She ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. in 2001, just after Sept. 11, and she is now training for the Marine Corps Marathon 2003.
“It was really cool because we were running past all the monuments and the Pentagon, and there were 16,000 of us,” said Worman.
Did she have any fears about finishing last?
“Oh no. I know I won’t come in first, but I am very confident that I will come in somewhere in the middle, but definitely not last,” said Worman. “And even those who come in last get a lot of respect and self-fulfillment just for running the race.”
Worman also does community work as legal counsel for the Junior League of Jacksonville.
“The Junior League is a group of women who work together to solve women and children issues,” she said.