TEAM

Ted Howell

President, Attorney, and Head of Practice

WHAT I DO IN A COUPLE OF SENTENCES

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.

MY FAVORITE PARTS OF MY JOB

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.

IF I WEREN’T AN ATTORNEY, I’D PROBABLY BE A…

Designer/Architect. I like making things, and can spend hours thinking about how I can make things better.

FUN STUFF

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

BORING STUFF

Prior experience:

  • Partridge Snow & Hahn, Partner, Chair of Corporate Group, Providence, RI
  • Kalander, Shaw & Janney, Associate, Corporate Work, Providence, RI
  • Testa, Hurwitz & Thiubeault, LLC, Associate, Corporate Group, Boston, MA

Education:

  • Boston University School of Law, JD, cum laude (1999)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Bachelors of Engineering and Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering

Bar admissions:

  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Ryan Juliano

Vice President, Attorney, and Head of Platform

WHAT I DO IN A COUPLE OF SENTENCES

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.

MY FAVORITE PARTS OF MY JOB

Empowerment! I love helping a client understand a complex issue or work through a negotiation impasse.

IF I WEREN’T AN ATTORNEY, I’D PROBABLY BE A…

LegalTech Product Manager

FUN STUFF

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

BORING STUFF

Prior experience:

  • Partridge Snow & Hahn, Associate, Corporate Group, Providence, RI
  • Kirkland & Ellis, Associate, Capital Markets Group and Private Equity Group, New York, NY and Palo Alto, CA

Education:

  • New York University School of Law, LL.M in Legal Theory (2010)
  • Cornell Law School, JD (2009)
  • Cornell University, BS (2006)

Bar admissions:

  • Rhode Island
  • California
  • New York

Erica S. Pistorino

Attorney

WHAT I DO IN A COUPLE OF SENTENCES

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.

MY FAVORITE PARTS OF MY JOB

Developing a roadmap for clients to use to realize prosperity and expansion and executing against it.

IF I WEREN’T AN ATTORNEY, I’D PROBABLY BE A…

Fitness instructor, book shop owner, animal shelter operator.

FUN STUFF

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

BORING STUFF

Prior experience:

  • Rhode Island Housing, Providence, RI | Lead Program Coordinator (September 2019-December 2020)
  • LaPlante Sowa Goldman, Providence, RI | Associate Attorney (November 2013-September 2019)

Education:

  • Roger Williams University School of Law, JD, summa cum laude (May 2013)
  • Salve Regina University, Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice, magna cum laude (May 2009)

Bar admissions:

  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts

Monique Noel

Attorney

WHAT I DO IN A COUPLE OF SENTENCES

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.  

MY FAVORITE PARTS OF MY JOB

Helping founders understand and successfully navigate the challenges that early-stage companies face at their formation and throughout their various stages of growth.

IF I WEREN’T AN ATTORNEY, I’D PROBABLY BE A…

Interior designer, singer/songwriter or (had I taken more science courses in college) a dermatologist.

FUN STUFF

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

BORING STUFF

Prior experience:

  • Goodwin Procter LLP, Associate, Business Law Department, Life Sciences Group, Austin, TX
  • Emulate, Inc., General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Boston, MA
  • Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP, Corporate & Securities Group, Associate, Boston, MA
  • Ropes & Gray LLP, Asset Management Department, Investment Management Group, Associate, Boston, MA
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co., Legal Consultant, Boston, MA

Education:

  • The George Washington University Law School, JD, honors (May 2013)
  • Boston University, Bachelor of Arts in English, summa cum laude (May 2009)

Bar admissions:

  • Texas
  • Massachusetts

Anna Steele

Legal Operations Manager

WHAT I DO IN A COUPLE OF SENTENCES

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.

MY FAVORITE PARTS OF MY JOB

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.

IF I WEREN’T AN ATTORNEY, I’D PROBABLY BE A…

Mentor at a university entrepreneurship program, government digital services advocate, or a kayak tour guide.

FUN STUFF

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

BORING STUFF

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