Cheryl Yakey Partner




Cheryl Yakey has devoted her nearly 30-year career to insurance industry regulatory and legal excellence, enabling her to become a recognized thought leader in the industry. She is relied on by leading insurance companies to assure regulatory compliance with existing and emerging laws and regulations, successfully negotiate transactions and draft deal contracts to create new revenues, communicate with regulators to resolve compliance issues and receive approval of transactions, advocate before state legislative bodies to pass new legislation, provide insight to industry trade groups on emerging issues and key legislation, and speak at industry events on topical issues. Cheryl is known for her energetic, friendly and collaborative communication style, bringing respectful and constructive dialogue to every area of discussion and negotiation.

Cheryl is a seasoned and successful advocate and communicator with senior management, industry regulators, trade associations and state legislators. Most recently, Cheryl was senior regulatory counsel at Kemper Corporation and before that worked in senior in-house counsel positions at two major financial organizations. She served on the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Grant Making Review and Site Visit Committee from 2011‒2013.