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Damario Solomon-Simmons, MVP Foundation

Today Damario is  a proud member of Oklahoma's premier full-service law firm, Riggs Abney , Legislative Liaison for Oklahoma's Premier Think Tank, Oklahoma Policy Institute,  Legal Analyst for NewsOne,and adjunct professor for the 
 
First, however, he had to overcome several adversities.  He grew up in a low-income, single-parent household, without his father, and graduated from high school near the bottom of his class (he even made a "C" in Drivers Ed) with an attitude problem. Barely making it out of high school, Damario was forced to accept a football scholarship from a small school he did not want to attend.
 
 Disgruntled, Damario dropped out of  college  to "find himself" and moved to Dallas, TX.  While working in a relative's makeshift "warehouse" and struggling to pay bills, it became clear that rejecting education was the worst decision he made.
 
Driven by his newfound desire "to inform, inspire, and empower," Damario returned to Oklahoma, and over the next seven years earned Bachelors (African and African-American Studies)Masters (Adult & Higher Education), and Law Degrees, all with honors, from the University of Oklahoma, including becoming the first University of Oklahoma (OU) African-American law student to be awarded the prestigious Joel Jankowsky "Most Outstanding Law Graduate" Award  He also walked-on and earned a letter from the University of Oklahoma football team.
 
Upon graduation, he joined the OU African & African-American Studies Faculty as a full-time Lecturer.   After 18 months, he made the decision to practice law full-time and grew his law firm into one of the largest African-American majority-owned law firms in Oklahoma history before joining Riggs Abney last year.
 
Damario has successfully represented clients in federal, state, tribal, and administrative courts.  He also served as an integral member of the legal team - including famed attorneys Johnnie Cochran, Willie Gary, and Charles J. Ogletree - who fought to obtain human rights and reparations for the survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.  Solomon-Simmons' work on the 1921 case earned him an invitation to testify before the Congressional Black Caucus.
 
Still passionate about sports, Damario has also overseen the negotiation of millions of dollars of player and endorsement contracts, organized and managed athletes' businesses and business legal structures, and represented dozens of high profile athletes, including five NFL & NBA 1st round draft picks and an Olympic Gold Medalist.  
 
Damario co-founded with his wife the MVP Foundation and the annual MVP Weekend  which creates programming and awareness that benefit inner-city youth, with special emphasis on African-American males regarding issues of Manhood, Fatherhood, and Advocacy.
 
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