Erika J.S. Buell draws on her extensive experience in corporate law and working with technology companies to teach courses in the area of entrepreneurship, financing and transactions.
Buell has advised startups and other technology companies over the last thirteen years. Most recently, she led corporate and transactional legal matters as in-house corporate counsel for Revolution Money Inc., a high-profile startup payments company, from its early round of preferred stock financing through its sale in 2010 to American Express for approximately $300 million. In addition to debt and equity financings supporting the credit card and online payments business, she handled employee equity issuances and strategic alliances for Revolution Money. She also advised on tax and corporate structure, as well as board and other corporate governance matters.
Prior to Revolution Money, Buell worked for Computer Sciences Corporation in Austin, Texas as an in-house lawyer focusing on intellectual property issues. She counseled on both proprietary and open-source software licensing and services agreements and advised the corporation regarding strategic acquisition targets. In addition to her experience working directly at technology companies, Buell was a corporate and tax associate at Hale and Dorr LLP in Boston (now WilmerHale) where she began her career advising both private and public clients during the technology boom of the late 1990s. Her experience there included early and follow-on venture capital investments, initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.
Buell graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law and summa cum laude from Colby College.