Cheryl D. S. Walker

Of Counsel ( Chicago )

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As a lawyer with over a quarter century of commercial practice, real estate, construction and financial services experience, and a published performance poet, lyricist and music aficionado, Cheryl Walker has a finely attuned ear for language–not just for the nuances of legal interpretation, but also for the art of persuasion. Cheryl employs this rare combination of attributes to develop creative but grounded strategic advice and counseling to all manner of business enterprises and real estate-related and financial services clients.

In her construction practice, Cheryl changes and/or preserves landscapes by working tirelessly with project owners, developers, construction managers, contractors and other purchasers and providers of design, engineering and construction services to construct, renovate and/or enhance built environments by drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements for construction transactions, including architectural, design/build and other construction delivery contracts.

Cheryl drafts and negotiates a wide range of commercial contracts that assist clients in achieving operational objectives, including purchase and supply agreements, consignment and bailment arrangements, and logistics contracts. She has documented procurement transactions for various categories of personal property from conventional (e.g., equipment, technology hardware and software, inventory) to unconventional (e.g., metric tons of metal, trees for national monument site, precious jewels, and a Ferris wheel).

Cheryl’s financing background is varied and includes representing borrowers and financial institutions in connection with acquisition financing, working capital, and equipment leasing and financing. She particularly focuses on the creation, protection and enforcement of security interests under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Cheryl also drafts and negotiates subordination and intercreditor agreements to govern competing rights in shared collateral.

Cheryl grew up in a musical family and loves all genres of music and poetry.



Washington University, J.D., 1990
Missouri University of Science & Technology, B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1986

Bar Admissions


Professional Memberships

American Bar Association
Illinois Bar Association
Missouri Bar Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Mound City Bar Association

Honors & Awards

St. Louis Business Journal, Most Influential Women (2017)

National Society of Black Engineers, Excellence in the Legal Profession (2012)

NAACP, St. Louis Chapter, One of the 100 Most Inspiring St. Louisans (2009)

YWCA Metro St. Louis, Women Leaders Award (2008)

St. Louis Daily Record, Women’s Justice Award – Citizenship (2008)

St. Louis Business Journal, Most Influential St. Louisans (2008)

Missouri University of Science & Technology, Women’s Hall of Fame (2005)

Publications & Presentations

“Participation Goals:  Strategies to Achieve Them,” (co-panelist) Construction SuperConference 2019, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (December 16, 2019)

“Supplemental or Alternate AIA Contract Documents; Case Study: Reviewing Completed Contract Documents for a Sample Project,” (speaker) AIA Contract Document Workshop, St. Louis, MO (April 23, 2019)

“How not to lose hard earned business because of ethics lapse,” (co-panelist) ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) CLE Program, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO (September 14, 2018)

"You Can’t Make This Up,” (co-panelist) Fifth Annual Ronda F. Williams Mound City Bar Association (MCBA) CLE Retreat, St. Louis, MO (May 20, 2018)

“Missouri Secured Transactions Under Article 9,” (co-author) Uniform Commercial Code (2003 – updated annually)

“The Missouri Disciplinary System Recent Developments,” U.S. Arbitration & Mediation (2016)

“Sunshine Law Training” for quasi-governmental firm clients (2016)

“Trends in Ethics and Professional Responsibility,” University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law (2015)

“Legal Aspects of Growing and Protecting Your Business,” Missouri Department of Transportation Entrepreneurship Training Program (2010, 2011, 2015)

“UCC Article 9 training,” various firm clients (2002-Present)

“Article 9 of the UCC is Being Revised, Why Should You Care?,” St. Louis Business Journal (2001)

Community Service

Civic and Charitable Memberships

Deaconess Center for Child Well‐Being, Board President

Deaconess Foundation, Board of Trustees, Immediate Past Board President

Regional Health Commission, Board President

St. Louis Poet Laureate Selection Committee, Task Force Chair

St. Louis Regional Art Commission, Board of Commissioners

St. Louis Social Venture Partners, Board Member

Sheldon Art Galleries, Board Member

Ferguson Commission, pro bono general counsel for governmental body appointed by
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon following death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO

University of Missouri System
Ethics Commission (2018‐2022)
Search Committee for 24th President of 4 campus system, Co‐Chair (March‐October 2016)
Board of Curators, Curator, Former Board Chair (2003‐2009)