Congratulations to Lawyers of Distinction member Ruth Cate Esq., of Spartanburg, South Carolina who received the Women United Leadership Award from the United Way of Piedmont. This award is given to honor the achievement of an outstanding woman leader whose accomplishments are matched by her commitment to philanthropy.
Ms. Cate is the founder of The Cate Law Firm, a Spartanburg law practice focused exclusively in the area of family law, including divorce, adoption, paternity, custody and related matters in Spartanburg, Cherokee, Greenville and Union counties.
Ms. Cate was born in Nashville, Tennessee and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. She obtained both her B.A. and law degrees in just four and a half years from the University of South Carolina. As an undergraduate at USC’s Honor College, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, graduating magna cum laude. While attending law school at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Ruth became the second female page hired by the South Carolina House of Representatives and the House’s first female research assistant.
Ms. Cate began the practice of law after moving to Spartanburg in 1977. She amassed a wide variety of legal experience before founding The Cate Law Firm in 1995 and devoting her practice exclusively to family law. With nearly 40 years in Spartanburg, Ruth has developed deep ties to the community. She has taken on several major leadership roles in the community, including over ten years on the Board of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce; two terms on the Board of Governors for the University of South Carolina Alumni Association; and eight and a half years on the Board of Trustees for the Mary Black Foundation, including two years as chair. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the USC Upstate Foundation as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts Mountains to Midlands SC.
Again, congratulations to Ruth Cate, Esq. for receiving the Women United Leadership Award from the United Way of Piedmont! Keep up the great work!