Andrew J. Sherman, Esq.
Will & Emery
Andrew J. Sherman, Esq.
is an internationally-recognized authority on the legal and
strategic aspects of entrepreneurship and business growth.
A summary of his accomplishments include:
Sherman is a senior partner with McDermott,
Will & Emery, an international law firm with over
900 lawyers worldwide, where he manages a multi-million
dollar corporate and transactional practice representing
Fortune 1000 corporations as well as hundreds of
technology-driven, netcentric and rapidly growing
chairs the firm’s regional Emerging Business and
practice group as well as chairs the firm’s international
Franchising, Licensing and Distribution group.
His current and previous clients include Intel, Apple
Computer, America On-Line (AOL), Texaco, Panasonic, Revlon,
General Dynamics, Beatrice Foods, Sanyo, GAF, Owens-Corning,
Shell Oil, Sears, Metrocall, Bankers Trust, Household
Finance Corporation, Pritzker Organization (Hyatt Hotels),
MarchFirst (Whittman-Hart and CKS/USWeb), the Western
Professional Hockey League and the Great Lakes Baseball
is the author of eleven (11) books on business growth,
capital formation and the leveraging of intellectual
property, including the best-selling and
Capital (Kiplingers, 2000), The
Complete Guide to Running and Growing Your Business,
(Random House, 1997) and Franchising
and Licensing: Two
Ways to Build Your Business, (2nd
edition) (AMACOM Books, 1999).
has appeared as a guest and a commentator on all of the
major television networks as well as CNBC’s “Power
Lunch,” CNN’s “Day Watch,”, CNNfn’s “For
Entrepreneurs Only,” and Bloomberg’s “Small Business
Weekly” and various other regional and local television
broadcasts as well as national and local radio interviews
for National Public Radio (NPR), Business News Network (BNN),
Bloomberg Radio, AP Radio Network, Talk America Radio
Network and the USA Radio Network, as a resource on capital
formation, entrepreneurship and technology development.
has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Masters of
Business Administration (MBA) programs at the University
of Maryland for eleven (11) years and at Georgetown
University for six (6) years where he teaches courses on
Entrepreneurship and Business Planning, Growth Strategies
and New Venture Financing, and has won various teaching
awards including the Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence in
serves as General Counsel to several of the nation and
region’s leading entrepreneurship organizations, including
the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO), the National
Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the Let’s
Talk Business Network (LTBN) and the Morino Institute’s
Netpreneur program, since the inception of these
was one of the co-founders of the Washington, D.C. regional
chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and serves
on the Inner Circle and as a key advisor to the Dingman
Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland.
Sherman is a frequent author and serves as a resource for
articles in a wide variety of the nation’s leading
magazines, newspapers and websites including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Investor’s
Business Daily, USA
Nation’s Business, Success,
My Business, U.S.
News and World Report, Business
Business Journal, Crain’s,
Entrepreneur, CNNfn.com, Inc.com, Fortune.com, Office.com,
MSNBC.com, and the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial
Leadership’s EntreWorld.org web sites.
Sherman is the Chairman of the Professional Advisory Board
of the National
Commission on Entrepreneurship (NCE), the Chairman
of the Technology and Innovation Committee for the Washington
Board of Trade’s Potomac Conference, serves on the
Board of Directors of Youth Services America, the Research
Institute for Small and Emerging Businesses (RISE Business),
NFTE (Former Chairman 1993-1995), YEO, the Washington
Business Journal’s Editorial Advisory Board, Inc.
Magazine’s Business Consulting Services Advisory
Board, the Opportunity
International Board of Governors, the Gazelles/Masters
of Business Dynamics Advisory Board and serves on
the advisory boards of several business incubators and
early-stage and rapidly-growing technology companies.
is a frequent national and international lecturer at
business conferences where he has delivered speeches and
lead seminars on entrepreneurship, capital formation,
mergers and acquisitions, the protection and leveraging of
intellectual property and business planning for
organizations such as Inc.
Magazine (Growing Your Company, Capital Formation
and CEO Symposium Conferences), the Association
of Financial Professionals, the Young
Entrepreneurs Organization, the National
Restaurant Association, iBreakfast.com,
the U.S. Chamber
the New York Venture Group, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, Netpreneur.org, the Baltimore-Washington
Venture Group, the National
Association of Credit Managers, PC
Expo, the International
Franchise Association, Microsoft’s
Small Business Crossing Seminar Series, the Regional Investment Bankers Association, the Association
for Corporate Growth, the American
Management Association and the Council
for Growing Companies.
is the developer and lecturer for several different business
growth courses and seminar series, including serving as the
author of two workbooks and videos for Kiplinger’s,
entitled Growing Your
Business and Corporate
Transition Management and Exit Strategies, as well as a
four-part cyber-conference and workbook on Mergers
and Acquisitions for the Association of Financial
Professionals, a seminar series on Strategies
for Protecting Your Intellectual Property for
Padgett-Thompson, a series of conferences on Growth-Oriented
Distribution Strategies for the American Management
Association and a series of conferences on Strategies
for Doing Business Abroad for the International
H. Rosen, LL.M.
Executive Vice President,
General Counsel, Interim CFO
Rosen LL.M., Executive Vice President of
Corporate Development and General Counsel, is
responsible for Blackboard's corporate growth
through mergers, acquisitions, investing
activities, international expansion, and strategic
execution of Blackboard’s business model. Mr.
Rosen's responsibilities include executing all
capital and debt transactions and integrating all
mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Rosen is a
recognized expert in advising start-up and
emerging growth companies and structuring mergers
and acquisitions and financing transactions,
including initial public offerings, particularly
for technology companies.
Mr. Rosen comes to Blackboard from the New York
law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel. While at
Cahill Gordon, Mr. Rosen advised investment banks,
hedge and venture funds, and domestic and foreign
issuer companies in developing financial products
and structuring numerous financing transactions,
leveraged buy-outs, mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to Cahill Gordon, Rosen was an attorney with
Parker Chapin Flattau & Klimpl, structuring
business transactions and advising emerging growth
and start-up technology companies.
Mr. Rosen began his career with Coopers &
Lybrand LLP, where he was a consultant advising
multinational technology companies and other
clients in structuring cross-border business and
financial transactions. Mr. Rosen is the author of
Virtual Reality, Copyrightable Subject Matter and
the Scope of Judicial Protection, published in 33
JURIMETRICS JOURNAL 35 (1993), which has been
widely cited in the area of software and user
interface copyright protection.
Mr. Rosen speaks frequently on legal and business
issues confronting technology and emerging growth
companies and serves on the Board of Directors of
Frandata Corporation and on the Board of Advisors
for Idayo Inc.