Rachel Cheek

Attorney, Hill & Ponton, P.A.

Rachel grew up in Danville, Illinois and Lake City, Florida. She attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Religion and attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law for her juris doctor.

In law school, Rachel worked at Three Rivers Legal Services and as a Certified Legal Intern at the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic, where she represented survivors of intimate partner violence. This work led her to develop a passion for social justice work and a desire to use her education to help clients develop tools to rebuild their lives. In her final year of law school, Rachel also served as President of the Law Association for Women and as a research assistant. Her research focused on family law issues affecting LGBTQ parents and will be published in a forthcoming publication.

After law school, Rachel practiced family Law at Darby Peele & Green, PLLC in Lake City, Florida. Her passion for assisting those most in need of legal assistance eventually led her to the field of veterans’ law and the Hill & Ponton team.

Practice Areas

  • Veterans Law

Prior Employment

  • Darby Peele & Green, PLLC, Lake City, FL
  • Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic at UF Levin College of Law, Gainesville, FL

Bar Admissions

  • Florida Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims


  • University of Florida, B.S., Cum Laude
  • University of Florida, J.D.


  • Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono Service Award
  • Family Law Certificate Recipient

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Rachel Cheek


Supporting Veterans Nationwide

  • Thank you to the firm of Hill & Ponton!! Brian Hill and his staff were able to get my 100% disability with the VA for my exposure to herbicides in Thailand. I have been fighting for this for many years and kept getting denied, after consulting with Hill & Ponton I decided to let them help me and it was the best decision I could have made. I found their professionalism to be outstanding.

    – Chip P.

    North Carolina

  • They got my disability rating after I was denied twice. They knew exactly how to format and submit the claim. I was rated 50%, Hill & Ponton weren’t done, they found other medical that related to exposure and submitted additional claims. I could not have received a disability rating without Hill & Ponton. If you need help, choose Hill & Ponton.

    – Thomas D.


  • The service provided by Hill and Ponton was exemplary. The lawyers and staff took care of every aspect with respect and understanding of the clients needs. In my case, as a new widow, they patiently walked me through each step. They kept me informed of the progress. I cannot say enough about the service they provided. Thank you Brian and staff.

    – Judith K Zitzewitz


  • As a Vet you may have filed a disability claim, and if you want to win your claim you need to call Hill and Ponton. I didn’t know what to do about my condition or status until I made the call. At H&P they not only took my case, but made me feel like family. They changed my life and they will change your life too. It’s true! In my opinion you can’t do better and you won’t regret it!

    – Paul K



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