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My practice has been primarily devoted to the area of Family Law since 1994. I also have experience in Business Law, Personal Injury Law, Real Estate Law and Probate. After experiencing a Family Court case myself, I decided to limit my practice and concentrate in this one area. I felt there was a better way to handle these sensitive matters. Anyone who goes through a family court case is facing severe stress and worry.

I was licensed to practice in 1977 at the age of 22. It was believed that at the time I was the youngest lawyer ever to pass the bar exam and be sworn in to the Bar in South Carolina. I spent six years in a general firm where I practiced in areas such as personal injury and business law along with family law. Subsequently I was general counsel and Vice President of Corporate Development to a national company for three years, and then owned my own business for 11 years. In 1994, I resumed the full time practice of law, concentrating in the family law area.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%
    23 years


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  • Richard H. Rhodes

    I am pleased to endorse Ruth Cate in the area of family law. I have known Ruth for over 30 years. She is extremely competent in the field of family law. Over the years, I have had Ruth as an adversary attorney. She is always prepared, and she actively advocates for her clients' interest. Ruth has an excellent grasp of substantive law and procedural matters.


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  • Mary Jane Goodwin

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Contact info

The Cate Law Firm, P.A.

421 Marion Ave.
Spartanburg, SC, 29306


SCGood Standing197708/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal EliteGreenVille County2014
Woman of DistinctionGirl Scouts from Mountains to Midland2014
Top 100 LawyersNational Advocates2014
Volunteer work of the yearRecognized for Her Work2007
Appreciation awardGirl Scouts of Peidmont2002
Woman of Distinction AwardBusiness and Professional Woman's Association1999
Mentor of the YearMinority Business Council1994
Woman of AchievementPiedmont Girl Scout Council1994
Outstanding VolunteerPiedmont Chapter1992
Omni AwardTop Travel Host Publisher in the Nation1992
Outstanding LeadershipNational Association of Leadership Programs1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding Member, AttorneyThe Cate Law Firm, P.A.1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
South Caroline Bar Family LawCouncil2013 - Present
United WayAdvisory Board2013 - Present
Wells Fargo BankBoard of Advisors2011 - Present
Mary Black FoundationBoard of Trusties2007 - Present
South Carolina BarMember1977 - Present
Spartanburg County Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
University of South Carolina UpstateMember, Advisory BoardN/A
University of South Carolina Alumni AssociationMember, Board of GovernorsN/A
Piedmont Legal ServicesBoard of Directors1996 - 2000
South Carolina Law SchoolChair1986 - 1987
South Carolina Law SchoolBoard of Directors1983 - 1986
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Doe v. Queen 347 SCN/A
Doe v. Queen, 347 S.C. 4 (2001)N/A
D.S.S. v. Phillips, 365 S.C. 572 (Ct.App. 2005)N/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawN/AN/A1977