Clayton Cheek received his B. S. degree in English from Wake Forest University, his MBA from Wake Forest University and his J. D. from Wake Forest University. He is a member of the NC Bar Association, the American Bar Association and has been recognized by Super Lawyers. His focus is in Chapter 11, 7 and 13 Bankruptcy, Workouts and Alternatives to Bankruptcy, Business Entities, Contracts and Transactions, Estate and Succession Planning and Estate Administration.

Prior Legal Experience
Before joining Oliver & Cheek, Clayton was a partner in the law firm of Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland, L.L.P. in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where he worked from 2003 to 2010. Before attending law school Clayton worked in a fund raising capacity with Ducks Unlimited, Inc., in Memphis, Tennessee.

Areas of Experience

  • Chapter 11, 7 and 13 Bankruptcy
  • Workouts, Alternatives to Bankruptcy
  • Corporate Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration


  • Wake Forest University, JD, 2002
  • Wake Forest University, MBA, 2002
  • Wake Forest University, BA, English, 1995

Professional and Community Activities

  • Adjunct professor of Business Law at Elizabeth City State University, 2005 – 2010
  • Christ Episcopal Church, Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Vestry Member and Treasurer, 2007-2009
  • Boys Club of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Board member, 2008 – 2010.
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Bankruptcy, Corporate and Estate Planning section member.
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member of the Rotary Club of New Bern

Notable Accomplishments

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013