Cheryl L. Borland

Cheryl L. Borland is Of Counsel at Griesing Law, LLC and Chair of the Firm’s Trusts & Estates practice group.

What do you focus on?

I serve as counsel for closely-held companies and start-ups at every stage of their business journey. I work with companies to ensure that they are eligible for certification and advise them on strategic planning, real estate, joint ventures and divestitures as well as help them plan their exit strategy including preparing their estate.

What do you see on the horizon?

As new women-owned and minority-owned businesses outpace any other new business formation, it is crucial to guide these clients to ensure that they comply with corporate governance as well as the regulations for certified companies. My practice is focused on acting as outside general counsel and business advisor for my clients in order to set them up for success.


Cheryl has over 20 years of experience as corporate counsel advising closely-held companies throughout the full life cycle of their businesses. She guides clients through their business formations, especially around compliance with principles of corporate governance, choice of entity and drafting entity formation documents. She devotes much of her practice to helping small- and women-owned businesses navigate the legal system and launch their companies, including obtaining and leveraging appropriate certifications as Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), Small Business Enterprises (SBEs), Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), Veteran Businesses Enterprises (VBEs) and the like. Cheryl also handles mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances by negotiating terms and drafting ancillary documents needed to complete the transaction. In addition, Cheryl works with clients on business succession plans by coordinating estate planning for owners of single or multiple business ventures.

Cheryl has served as legal counsel for clients in a variety of industries including construction, manufacturing, trucking and transportation, distribution and logistics, restaurants and bars, retail, professional services, engineering firms, marketing companies, investment advisory groups, hedge funds, investment capital firms, wholesalers and industrial sales, real estate holding companies and telecommunications companies. She also works with entrepreneurial incubators in the Greater Cincinnati area as a legal advisor.

Outside of the Firm, Cheryl extends her commitment to diversity to a variety of non-profit endeavors. She is an active member of the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council (ORV-WBC) which is the regional partner organization for the Women’s Business Enterprises National Council (WBENC), the largest certifier of WBEs in the country. She was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year at ORV-WBC’s Annual Catch the Wave Conference in 2016. Cheryl is also a member of the Executive Council for the Ellevate Network and serves as Co-President for the Cincinnati Chapter. Additionally, Cheryl is the First Vice Chair of the Steering Committee for the Derby Diversity & Business Summit, which aims to promote diversity within executive leadership and the corporate supply chain. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Reaching Out For Kids, Inc. and the Dupuytren Foundation.

  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of School of Law, J.D.
  • Northern Kentucky University, B.S.
Bar Admissions
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council, Volunteer of the Year, 2016
Community Involvement
  • Ellevate Network, Cincinnati Chapter
    – Co-President, 2017-2019
    – Executive Council Member, 2015-2019
    – Communications Director, 2015-2017
  • Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council
    – Volunteer, 2014-2019
    – Cincinnati Forum Luncheon Co-Chair, 2017
  • Derby Diversity & Business Summit
    – 1st Vice Chair, Steering Committee, 2018-2019
  • Reaching Out For Kids, Inc.
    – Director, 2004-2019
  • Dupuytren Foundation
    – Director, 2016-2019
  • National Association of Professional Women
    – Secretary, Cincinnati Chapter, 2016-2018
  • Tri-state Association for Corporate Renewal
    – Director & Treasurer, 2008-2016
Writing & Speaking
  • “Off to College?” – Author, LUXE Magazine, September 2019
  • “What I’d Tell My Younger Self” – Co-Author, American Bar Association Experience, April 2019
  • “The Power of Certification” – Panelist, Derby Diversity & Business Summit – Louisville, KY, April 2019
  • “Young Lawyer Roundtable Series” – Panelist, Griesing Law – Philadelphia, March 2018
  • “Charting Financial Performance & Making Strategic Decisions” – Presenter, Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council’s Business Development Program – Cincinnati, December 2017
  • “Legal Structure and Why Legal Stuff Matters” – Presenter, Mortar Incubator Entrepreneurial Program – Cincinnati, July 2017
  • “Strategic Planning and Exit Strategy” – Presenter, Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council’s Business Development Program – Cincinnati, December 2016
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