I’m a former mechanical engineer turned corporate lawyer with a focus on advising entrepreneurs. I take a practical approach to my advice, which is generally geared towards growth, and relates to formation, management, protection of assets, financing, and sale of a business.
To me, the practice of business law is a lot like a complicated puzzle. I like to take an engineering approach – essentially turning complicated systems into something more simple and manageable, with the most elegant solution often being the simplest. To me, that is at its peak when I am brainstorming with clients about various legal and business structures, or strategizing with respect to the negotiation of a transaction. Taking all of those pieces that don’t want to fit together, bringing elements to the table that I have experienced with past clients, and coming up with an elegant solution for the particular client.
Designer/Architect. I like making things, and can spend hours thinking about how I can make things better.
Pets: Really the newest kid – Nash, the fanciest little dog you ever met, but also the most loving
My non-work obsessions: Typical adrenaline junkie mixed with some creativity and the outdoors – Windsurfing, SUP surfing, Windfoiling, Foiling, Tennis, any family activity, hiking or doing anything outdoors, building and designing furniture, repairing all of my broken gear
Who inspires me: Amos Fleisher, Elon Musk, my clients
My favorite Providence restaurant: Pakarang
I’m like a pediatrician for early-stage tech startups, optimizing their legal health for growth. I advise clients through critical transactions and everyday legal issues. Internally, I manage the platform of systems, processes, and tools that Howell Legal uses to improve efficiency, reliability, and client experience.
Empowerment! I love helping a client understand a complex issue or work through a negotiation impasse.
LegalTech Product Manager
Pets: Group Captain Lionel Mandrake – a lively and fearless Wire Fox Terrier
My non-work obsessions: Pick-up basketball, rugby, Americana music, the Rewatchables podcast, and lawn games
Who inspires me: Naval Ravikant, Jim Collins, and every founder who takes the leap
My favorite Providence restaurant: Den Den Café Asiana
I work strategically with innovative people to establish their business operations, support the growth of their objectives, and resolve challenges met along the way. I combine legal knowledge and business acumen to reach favorable resolutions.
Developing a roadmap for clients to use to realize prosperity and expansion and executing against it.
Fitness instructor, book shop owner, animal shelter operator.
Pets: Oscar, a joyful and energetic rescue dog
My non-work obsessions: Yoga, lifting weights, biking, hiking, reading, eating good food.
Who inspires me: My family, Jay Shetty.
My favorite Providence restaurant: Parkside
Leveraging both my in-house and law firm experience, I use a pragmatic and solutions-oriented approach in advising founders and early-stage companies on formations, corporate and commercial transactions, governance matters and other day-to-day legal and operational matters, with a particular focus on growing the business and proactively identifying and addressing key risks.
Helping founders understand and successfully navigate the challenges that early-stage companies face at their formation and throughout their various stages of growth.
Interior designer, singer/songwriter or (had I taken more science courses in college) a dermatologist.
Pets: Priam, a fluff ball of pure joy, smiles and mischief
My non-work obsessions: Tennis, running, trying challenging recipes, playing guitar/singing, overly-competitive card games with my family, horror movies and dabbling in songwriting
Who inspires me: My family and Millennials
My favorite Providence restaurant: Capriccio
I support the team in the delivery of legal services to our clients. From collecting signatures and drafting documents to building systems and processes to make our work more efficient, I help give our attorneys the tools they need to successfully serve their clients.
I am a tinkerer and a problem solver. I love working with our team to figure out how we can serve our clients through process refinement and introducing different tools into our existing workflows. I find the energy of our team and clients inspiring and enjoy seeing the direct impact of our work.
Mentor at a university entrepreneurship program, government digital services advocate, or a kayak tour guide.
Pets: Rear Admiral Grace “Gracie” Hopper - Standard Poodle, Queen of Naps, lover of fetch
My non-work obsessions: Anything that gets me out on the water, hiking, my hammock, and finding good places to eat
Who inspires me: My family, our team, good troublemakers
My favorite Providence restaurant: Still learning the food scene here, but can’t go wrong with a burrito from Bagel Gourmet
Prior experience: Just-Tech, New York, NY | Director of Consulting Legal Assistance of Western New York, Geneva, NY | Technology Coordinator | Paralegal | AmeriCorps VISTA
Education: Hobart and William Smith Colleges | Bachelor of Arts in International Relations | cum laude | 2011
I work closely with clients, building strong relationships to further understand their businesses, and adding value as a trusted advisor throughout their lifecycles. I advise on milestones from formation to funding, from an initial concept to a successful exit, and on the day-to-day corporate governance matters in between, so that founders can focus on big ideas and growing their businesses.
The delicate dance that is managing and navigating a deal, from term sheet to closing. I have a passion for forging mutually beneficial solutions, orchestrating cooperation, and creating value throughout the transaction process.
Digital nomad working somewhere within the investment banking space, or a dive master living on a boat off the coast of Cairns.
Pets: Sir Cuffington, or Cuffy for short, a rambunctious and slightly spoiled Cavalier Poodle mix
My non-work obsessions: Scuba diving, travel, hiking, and anything else with a hint of adventure
Who inspires me: Richard Branson, Jacques Cousteau, and like anyone who has lived in both Boston and Tampa within the past twenty years, a man named Tom Brady
My favorite Providence restaurant: Anywhere with good company, at least until I find a clear front-runner