Cherylyn Harley LeBon’s practice areas cover corporate, government contracting, and nonprofit organizations. Her clients benefit from Cherylyn’s 20+ years of experience in Washington, D.C., and abroad, including time as a high-ranking official at the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Department of Veterans Affairs, and as Senior Counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Cherylyn is a problem solver who helps her clients develop creative and workable solutions to a broad range of matters. She regularly counsels companies on entity formation and structure, risk management, due diligence matters, and corporate governance.
Cherylyn draws on her SBA experience to counsel clients on a broad range of government contracting matters and federal issues, including regulatory compliance with the agency’s small business programs. She helps small and mid-sized companies structure joint venture, teaming, and mentor-protégé agreements, and navigate the small business federal procurement programs in many federal agencies.
SBA Experience Highlights:
- Deputy in Field Operations — oversaw half of the agency, including 50 District Offices, 8(a), Disaster, and Compliance
- Deputy Chief of Staff for the agency
- Assistant Administrator for Intergovernmental Affairs — worked with the White House, Governors, and local and state officials to coordinate disaster relief, economic development, and financial assistance
- Experience guiding clients through the requirements of the SBA’s and Treasury’s CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
Earlier in her career, Cherylyn spent several years working overseas as a finance and telecommunications advisor to the German Bundestag (Congress) and as an international transaction specialist with the Mannesmann Corporation in Dusseldorf, where she structured and negotiated financial transactions in Eastern Europe and Asia. Cherylyn is fluent in German and Spanish.
Before joining DBL as a partner, Cherylyn served as the President and CEO of KLAR Strategies, a woman-owned business providing strategic counsel and business strategies to small businesses, start-ups, executives, and corporations.
Cherylyn also serves on several nonprofit boards and is an advocate for entrepreneurship, education, and wellness issues. Her perspective on public policy, business, and legal issues have been featured by national publications, as well as opinion columns across the country. She regularly appears on nationally broadcast television and radio stations. Cherylyn’s experience with nonprofits also includes serving as the Chief Legal Officer of an NGO.
- Government Contracting
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D.
- Canisius College, BA, History
- District of Columbia
- Wisconsin (Inactive)