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Andrew J. Sherman, Esq.

Andrew J. Sherman, Esq.
McDermott, 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:

Mr. 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 businesses.  He chairs the firm’s regional Emerging Business and Technology 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 League.    

He is the author of eleven (11) books on business growth, capital formation and the leveraging of intellectual property, including the best-selling and critically-acclaimed Raising 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).

He 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.    

He 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 2000.

He 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 organizations.  He 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.  

Mr. 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 Today, Inc., Nation’s Business, Success, the Washington Post, Forbes, My Business, U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, Money, Legal Times, Washington Business Journal, Crain’s, Entrepreneur,,,,,, and the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership’s web sites.

Mr. 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.  

He 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,, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the New York Venture Group, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship,, 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.

He 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 Franchise Association.  

Kevin J. Burns

Kevin J. Burns
Managing Principal
Lazard Technology Partners


Kevin J. Burns founded Intersolv, formerly Sage Software, in 1982 and served as its President and CEO until October 1996, at which time he was made Chairman of the Board. Under Mr. Burns’ leadership, the company grew to $200 million in annual revenues, with over 1,000 employees and a public market value of $400 million. Mr. Burns led the company’s transition from IBM mainframes to the client/server environment and expanded its distribution to include Europe and Asia. Prior to founding Intersolv, Mr. Burns served in senior sales, marketing and development management positions at Cincom Systems, a database management software company. He serves on the Board of Directors of Cyveillance, Essential Technologies, Infoshark, Merant, Object Design, and Mr. Burns received an MBA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is a graduate of Ohio State University,

Andrew H. Rosen, LL.M.

Andrew H. Rosen, LL.M.
Executive Vice President, 
Corporate Development,
General Counsel, Interim CFO
Blackboard Inc.


Andrew 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.


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