Andrew J. Sherman is a Partner and Chair of the Corporate Department in the Washington, D.C. office of Brown Rudnick, where he focuses on issues affecting business growth for companies at all stages, including developing strategies for licensing and leveraging intellectual property and technology assets, intellectual asset management and harvesting, as well as international corporate transactional and franchising matters. He is also co-Chair of the firm’s Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice and Chair of the firm’s Franchising practice. Sherman was previously a partner in the Washington, DC offices of Greenberg Traurig, McDermott Will & Emery, Dickstein Shapiro, and Jones Day. He has served as General Counsel to the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO) since 1987.
Sherman has written 26 books on the legal and strategic aspects of business growth, mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, and the leveraging and licensing of intellectual property. His titles include “The Crisis of Disengagement” (2017), “Raising Capital” (2012), “Harvesting Intangible Assets” (2011), “Mergers and Acquisitions from A to Z” (2010), and “Road Rules: Be the Truck. Not the Squirrel” (2008).
Sherman is the founder of Grow Fast Grow Right, an education and training company with operations in the United States, Canada, India and Europe. He has been interviewed by or mentioned in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, The New York Times, Business Week, Fortune, Daily Deal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Miami Herald, The Orlando Sentinel, Legal Times, The San Francisco Examiner, The Washington Times, Forbes magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Money magazine, Inc. magazine, CNNMoney.com, Dun & Bradstreet Reports, Black Enterprise magazine, and other news sources.
He has also 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, USA Network’s First Business, and Bloomberg’s Small Business Weekly. He has also appeared on numerous 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, Voice of America, Talk America Radio Network and the USA Radio Network.
In 2001, Fortune magazine named Sherman one of the Top Ten Minds in Small Business, and in February 2006 Inc. magazine recognized Sherman as one of the 19 leading resources and advocates for growing companies in the nation.
Sherman has been an adjunct professor of business management, strategy, and planning at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business for more than 25 years, and has won several teaching awards, including the Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence in 2000, 2004, and 2008. For the past 17 years, he has also been an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and the Law School, teaching courses on business growth, capital formation, and entrepreneurship.
Sherman grew up in West Philadelphia and is a graduate of the University of Maryland and American University’s Washington College of Law.