Cheryl D. Balough

Top rated business & corporate attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Balough Law Offices, LLC
Cheryl D. Balough
Balough Law Offices, LLC

Practice Areas: Business & corporate, Intellectual property, Closely held business view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 2009

Education: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

Languages Spoken: English, French, Portuguese

Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2019

Balough Law Offices, LLC

20 N Clark St
Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60602-3927 Phone: 312-499-0000 Email: Cheryl D. Balough Visit website


Cheryl Dancey Balough focuses her practice on helping clients protect their ideas, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets as they start new ventures or grow existing businesses. She also assists her clients with corporate transactional matters. Ms. Balough’s expertise in cyberspace law is recognized with her current appointment as chair of the Cyberspace Law Committee of the ABA’s Business Law Section, which provides a forum for the analysis of corporate, transactional, and regulatory issues related to the internet and digital technologies. Ms. Balough teaches Copyright Law as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Ms. Balough and Balough Law Offices, LLC assist entrepreneurs in forming entities, obtaining and protecting trademark and copyright registrations, licensing their intellectual property, purchasing or selling entities, and reviewing advertising materials. Ms. Balough is a frequent speaker on corporate and intellectual property matters at legal seminars and business organizations. Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Balough received a master’s degree in marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and guided healthcare organizations as a marketing executive. She understands the challenges facing businesses and their need to continually innovate without incurring excessive risks. She also applies her expertise in academia, serving as adjust professor of copyright law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and previously as senior faculty in communications and business planning at Keller Graduate School of Management.

Ms. Balough served as Co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women and on the National Advisory Board for the Bachelor of Science degree program in Justice Administration at DeVry University. She also served on the Board of Managers of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC).

While in law school, Ms. Balough externed for the Honorable Ann Claire Williams of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; Justice Jill K. McNulty of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, Sixth Division; and Judge Jeffrey Lawrence of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Law Division, Motions Section.


Practice areas

Business/corporate, Intellectual property, Closely held business, Media and advertising

First Admitted: 2009, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Co-Chair, Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women
  • Chair, Cyberspace Law Committee of ABA Business Law Section
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Cheryl Dancey Balough has written and spoken extensively in the area of intellectual property law, especially as it relates to the Internet and cyberspace at both industry and legal seminars.
  • Presentation to Women's Business Development Center to assist in legal entity selection, Which Legal Structure Can Work for My New Business, Women's Business Development Center, 2017
  • Presentation on trademarks and trade secrets to start-up incubator in the food industry, Trademarks and Trade Secrets in a Food Business, The Hatchery Chicago, 2017
  • Panel presesntation at the Chicago Bar Assocation, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Basics, Chicago Bar Association, 2016
  • Presentation on the differences between an employee and independent contractor, Employer or Independent Consultant, Tribe: A Healing Arts Community, 2016
  • Presentation to the Chicago Bar Association's Creative Arts and Food Law Committee on intellectual property as it relates to the food industry., Keeping Your Thanksgiving Recipes Out of (IP) Food Court, Chicago Bar Association, 2016
  • Presentation to the Institute on the Law of Cyberspace on privacy issues relating to the use of smart meters in the electric utility industry., The Spy Who Came In From the Refrigerator, Institute on the Law of Cyberspace, 2011
  • Presentation to the ABA's Cyberspace Law Institute on the potential of hacking into modern cars and the legal implications to manufactures and software developers, The Day the Cars Stood Still 1951 Sci-Fi or 2013 Reality?, Cyberspace Law Institute of the ABA, 2013
  • Survey of false advertisng claims in cybersapce for the American Bar Association's The Business Lawyer., A Survey of False Advertising in Cyberspace, The Business Lawyer, 2012
  • Author of book chapter on privacy implications of smart metering and RFID technology in the ABA book FRIDs, Near-Fiueld Communications, and Mobile Pauyments: A Guide for Lawyers, Privacy Implications of Smart Metering and Its Use of RFID Technology, American Bar Assocation, 2013
  • Article explores the vulnerability of today's cars to hacking with terrorists taking control and the legal implications of such an attack., Cyberterrorism on Wheels: Are Today's Cars Vulnerable to Attack?, Business Law Today, American Bar Association, 2013
  • Panel discussion on privacy at Chicago-Kent College of Law, The Privacy Battleground, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2016
  • Law review article on privacy issues surrounding the use of smart meters in the electric utility industry., Privacy Implications of Smart Meters, Chicago-Kent Law Review, 2011
Educational Background:
  • MBA, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, 1985

Office location for Cheryl D. Balough

20 N Clark St
Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60602-3927


2 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2019

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