Rishi Sehgal - Romano Law | Corporate, Commercial, & Sports Law

Rishi Sehgal

Corporate Partner



New York State Bar (2006)

Florida (2022)

Law School

American University – Washington College of Law, J.D. (2005)

Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía, LL.M. (International Sports Law 2009)


Emory University, B.A. (Economics 2002)

Rishi Sehgal joined Romano Law as Special Corporate Counsel and brings 15 years of experience in corporate, commercial and sports law practice.  Rishi began his career with King & Spalding LLP and Goodwin Procter before moving in house to the North American Soccer League (NASL) and then Mile High Labs.  At both King & Spalding and Goodwin, Rishi worked in the general corporate practice areas with exposure to M&A, real estate acquisitions and leasing, and partnership structuring.

At the NASL, Rishi led all in-house legal activities including corporate governance, intellectual property, employment matters and commercial activity spanning sponsorship, licensing and broadcasting.  In addition to his role with Romano Law, Rishi continues to serve as the Interim Commissioner and General Counsel of the NASL.  At Mile High Labs, Rishi served as the Managing Director of a business unit specializing in the production of consumer packaged goods featuring cannabidiol (CBD).

Rishi obtained his J.D. from American University – Washington College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Emory University.  Rishi also obtained a Masters in International Sports Law (LL.M.) from the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia in Madrid, Spain after which he moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to work with Bichara e Motta Advogados (then RBMF Advogodos), one of the pre-eminent sports and entertainment practices in all of South America.

Outside of the law, Rishi enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, playing soccer and tennis and exploring innovations in technology that bring the world closer together.

Blog Entries

  • What Are the Consequences of Failing to Properly Incorporate Your Business?

    If you want to incorporate your business, state laws establish various requirements that you must fulfill to properly obtain the protective benefits offered by doing business as an entity.  You can choose to incorporate in a state other than where you will operate the business, but you must comply with the laws of the state

  • How to Open a Cannabis Dispensary in New York

    Across the nation, states have been passing laws permitting the recreational use and sale of cannabis, and in March 2021, New York became the 15th state to do so.  Although New York permitted the sale and use of medical marijuana in 2014 through the Compassionate Care Act (CCA), with the passage of the Marijuana Regulation

  • NCAA Adopts Interim Name, Image and Likeness Policy for Student-Athletes

    The NCAA has long placed significant restrictions on student-athletes earning money from their activities.  However, increasing complaints about the organization’s policies are leading to changes.  In June 2021, in the case of Alston v NCAA, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the NCAA‘s prohibition on paying for students’ academic-related expenses.  Prior to that ruling, several

  • Olympic Ban: Failed Drug Test or Failed Policy?

    Following a dominant win in the women’s 100 meters at the U.S.  Olympic Trials, Sha’Carri Richardson looked primed for a run at Olympic Gold in Tokyo.   However, Richardson’s Olympic dreams quickly came crashing down after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced she tested positive for THC, the active ingredient found in marijuana.  Since 2001, USADA

  • A Guide To All Things NIL: Georgia

    Thanks to a recent NCAA interim policy change and a new State law , student-athletes in Georgia can now be paid for use of their name, image, and likeness (“NIL”).  This opens up new opportunities for students involved in collegiate sports to earn money. What does the law say? On May 6, 2021 Georgia Governor

  • Two Cleveland Guardians? How State and Common Law Helped Protect a Roller-Derby Team From Being Jammed By a Major League Baseball Giant.

    A Cleveland-based roller derby team operating under the moniker “Cleveland Guardians” sued the city’s Major League Baseball team for trademark infringement after it was announced that the baseball team would be changing its name from the Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Guardians.  The two teams came to a surprising resolution: they will both continue to

  • The Private-Sector Primacy of US Data Privacy

    At the end of October, Google announced a change to its privacy and data policies permitting minors to have more control over their online images.  This update follows a concerted policy shift Google began in August to protect minors online and supplements Google’s pre-existing content removal policies. In recent years, data privacy laws have been

  • BUYER (AND SELLER) BEWARE: Due Diligence Eliminates Surprises

    When buying or selling a business, the best surprise is no surprise.  Whether you are the buyer or seller, due diligence is a critical stage of every transaction.  Due diligence allows buyers to get a better sense of exactly what they are buying and helps sellers accurately describe their business to buyers.  Conducting a thorough

  • What Is an LLC Operating Agreement?

    Limited liability corporations (LLCs) are a popular choice of legal entity for new companies because they combine some of the benefits of corporations and partnerships.  While not required in all states, it is always recommended that a company have an LLC Operating Agreement to avoid future conflicts.  After all, an agreement is most often reviewed

  • A Guide to All Things NIL: Alabama

    Thanks to a recent NCAA interim policy change and changes in state law, student-athletes in Alabama can now be paid for use of their name, image and likeness (NIL).  This opens new opportunities for students involved in collegiate sports to earn money. What Is The Alabama State Law For NIL Deals? Governor Kay Ivey signed a law