Michael G. Sherman
Michael G. Sherman is the founder of Sherman Strategies, LLC. Mr. Sherman previously served as Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Executive Counsel and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. As Executive Counsel, Mr. Sherman was the legal advisor in the Mayor’s office. As Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr. Sherman was responsible for developing and implementing the city’s strategy to interact with governmental bodies. This included producing and analyzing legislation, proposals, and initiatives to achieve the city’s policy goals, as well as serving as the focal point of coordination for the city with state and federal governments in addition to the legislative branch of New Orleans city government and the 162 boards and commissions in the city.
Mr. Sherman is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, teaching courses on American government and the political system of New Orleans. In addition to his teaching, Mr. Sherman is a frequent analyst on Fox 8 WVUE, where he covers local and national politics.
Prior to his service in city government, Mr. Sherman was an attorney in private practice based in New Orleans, Louisiana and licensed to practice in four jurisdictions – Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. His practice focused on representing clients before governmental bodies with an emphasis on land use. He previously served as Vice-President of a Florida-based real estate development company, where he managed the company’s Gulf Coast operations. Prior to that, Mr. Sherman served as an attorney with a multinational law firm based in Washington, DC. His practice focused on legislative and regulatory affairs.
In 2004, Mr. Sherman was elected as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner of the District of Columbia. In 2001, Mr. Sherman was selected as a Mayoral Fellow in City Government, where he worked closely with city government leaders of New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate degree from Tulane University.
Avery C. Foret
A Land Use Attorney and Urban Planner with Sherman Strategies since 2014, Avery C. Foret was born and raised in New Orleans and is a proud graduate of Loyola University’s College of Law and The University of New Orleans Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning Program. She is also proud to work pro bono as a member of The New Orleans Music Hall of Fame board towards the revitalization of the legendary Eagle Saloon building at 401 S Rampart. In her off time, Avery enjoys spending time with her many New Orleans family members, attending football games with her husband, and dining out at New Orleans’ many world-class restaurants.
Miles Granderson is presently Land Use Counsel with Sherman Strategies. Prior to joining Sherman Strategies, Miles served as Chief of Staff for New Orleans City Councilmember Jared Brossett. While at City Hall, Miles also worked as an Assistant City Attorney, steering the City’s legal blight remediation efforts, and served as Code Enforcement Counsel. Prior to his City service, Miles served as a Staff Director on Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s transition team and was an attorney for the nation’s largest labor union, SEIU.
Miles holds a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Mass Communication from Louisiana State University. Miles is also a husband and father of two who enjoys Saints and LSU football, Pelicans basketball, and good music.
Rick Eisenstat joined Sherman Strategies as a Land Use Attorney in 2018. He began his legal career clerking at the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and then later as a litigator where his practice primarily focused on insurance defense. Rick received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Tulane University in 2005 and is a 2013 graduate of Tulane University Law School, where he served as an editor on the Tulane Environmental Law Journal and as a member of the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic. While in law school, Rick participated in a year-long externship at New Orleans City Hall as an academic legal extern, addressing potential legal issues that could arise from various city initiatives. Prior to beginning his legal career, Rick was an officer in the United States Navy, with tours throughout the European and Pacific theaters.
In his spare time, Rick enjoys New Orleans cuisine, Tulane Football, tennis, and boxing.
Rebecca Hurst joined Sherman Strategies in September of 2017 and is a proud Tulane graduate with degrees in Political Science and Economics. Prior to joining the team, Rebecca worked in Louisiana politics, serving in various positions on three statewide campaigns. As Project Manager for Sherman Strategies, Rebecca handles business operations and helps to ensure the trains run on time. Rebecca enjoys cooking, playing soccer, and exploring all that New Orleans has to offer.