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Sherrod Seward

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Sherrod D. Seward is a nationally respected lawyer with a record of successful advocacy for some of the world’s best athletes, entertainers, and business leaders. Before practicing law, Sherrod was an international trade finance consultant, specializing in global trade solutions from the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Even while in law school, Sherrod was adamant about bringing his expertise and first-hand experience to the international sports community by managing several prominent mixed martial arts fighters. Sherrod advised on the careers of several athletes who became champions in the Ultimate Fighting Championships.

Sherrod’s origins in international sports and entertainment stem from his elementary school days, where he played soccer with French-speaking foreign nationals at his public language immersion school (Kenwood in Columbus, OH – Go Koalas!). Since then, Sherrod has solved problems for athletes and sports professionals from around the world, including countries such as Kazakhstan, Brazil, South Africa, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, and more. He has obtained a P-1 visa for clients from every continent besides Antarctica.

Sherrod received his Bachelor's degree from Hampton University, where he played in the Drumline. He then attended law school at Cleveland-Marshall Law in Cleveland, Ohio, where he studied sports law under former IMG General Counsel and well-respected sports attorney, Peter Carfargna. Sherrod approaches his immigration practice with the same tenacity he applies to anything mixed martial arts or Cleveland sports affiliated. Since founding Oakhurst Legal Group, he has expanded his practice to serve not just athletes but all kinds of extraordinarily talented artists, performers, film industry professionals, and more.

Professional Affiliations

  • District of Columbia Bar Admission
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association
  • Esports Bar Association
  • Charlotte World Affairs Council
  • Export Legal Assistance Network
  • International Game Developers Association

Real Clients. Real Reviews.

  • “I have been a client for Darlene Harris for about 3 years. She goes above and beyond to get the job done.”

    - Jarrell
  • “I’m a community activist and get arrested regularly—there isn’t another person in Charlotte I want to defend my civil rights. She has won every one of my cases!”

    - Jennifer
  • “I am assured that she is always defending and advising me with integrity and a thorough understanding of the law!”

    - Robbie
  • “This firm pays attention to detail and is always accessible. They are willing to go above and beyond for their clients.”

    - LaFarran Durman
  • “Best in the business! Was having issues getting a sports visa approved and ever since day one after we switched and started working with Sherrod, the experience was outstanding.”

    - Andre Berenzon

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