Meet the Team

Ted Howell

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

  • Spouse: Erica – the ultimate planner and our office manager and book keeper
  • Kids: Alexandra – 13-year-old girl who wants to be an inventor when she grows up and can’t wait to get her hands on her first 3D printer, and Sydney – 13-year-old girl that wants to try anything and loves reading, writing and social settings

  • 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

WHAT I DO IN A COUPLE OF SENTENCES

I'm a business advisor to entrepreneurs with an expertise in corporate and contract law. I provide strategic legal counsel to founders and operators on formation, funding growth, incentivizing a team, selling products and services, and acquisitions, all with a long view toward the success of the business. I also focus a significant portion of my time developing Howell Legal’s platform—the set of systems and tools we use to deliver services.

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…

partner in a legal technology startup or a rugby coach.

FUN STUFF

  • Spouse: Dev – a passionate doer

  • Kids: Scout – an eccentric and precocious 4-year-old, and Roz, our newest addition
  • 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, Stephen Covey, our clients, and our team
  • 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

Sarajane S.M. Whitfield

WHAT I DO IN A COUPLE OF SENTENCES

I am a creative problem solver, translator, and strategist. I speak law, business, design, tech, and product to align stakeholders and develop the right solution for whatever challenge arises.

MY FAVORITE PARTS OF MY JOB

I love helping smart, passionate clients turn their ideas into reality. I also enjoy learning about new industries, technologies, and business models while continuously improving and growing my own skill set.

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

pastry chef, economist, or industrial designer.

FUN STUFF

  • Pets: Oliver & Bubs - two tubby tabbies, and Mags - a rescue pup
  • My non-work obsessions: sailing, learning foreign languages, product development, art & design, food.
  • Who inspires me: Dawn Riley, Issa Rae, Kat Holmes, Jewel Burks Solomon, Joshua Browder, and Gavin Armstrong.
  • My favorite Providence restaurant: Aleppo Sweets

BORING STUFF

Prior experience:

  • The Design Team, Inc. | Boutique architecture, interiors, and design firm | Miami, FL & Remote | 2018-present
  • sui llc | Strategic product development, service design & business consulting | Nashville, TN & Newport, RI | 2017-2020
  • VoluMetrix, LLC | Operations & Product Manager for early-stage medical device startup | Nashville, TN | 2016-2017
  • Clarus Care, Inc. | Operations & Product Consultant for early-stage health tech SaaS startup | Nashville, TN | 2015-2016
  • InvisionHeart, Inc. | Operations, Marketing & Product Consultant for early-stage medical device startup | Nashville, TN | 2015
  • XMi Holdings, Inc. | Legal & Corporate Finance Intern for CEO & General Counsel | Nashville, TN | 2013-2014
  • Paul Joseph McMahon, P.A. | Paralegal (2010-2016), Legal & Business Consultant (2016-present) | Bankruptcy & Commercial Litigation | Miami, FL & Remote

Education:

  • Vanderbilt University Law School | JD | Nashville, TN | 2016
  • Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management | MBA in Finance, Strategy & Entrepreneurship | Nashville, TN | 2016
  • Colgate University | Bachelor of Arts in Art & Art History, Asian Studies, and minor in Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies | Hamilton, NY | cum laude | 2010

Bar admissions:

  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • Tennessee

Certifications:

  • CIPP/US
  • ISO 13485
  • PSM I

Erica S. Pistorino

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

  • Spouse: Kyle, a creative and resourceful collaborator.
  • 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

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