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

Mackenzie Flynn

WHAT I DO IN A COUPLE OF SENTENCES

As a corporate attorney with a background in mergers and acquisitions, I guide clients through transactions of all types – from ordinary-course company processes to complicated operational contracts and M&A deals. I take an organized and comprehensive approach, and enjoy finding creative and simple ways to help clients navigate risk and achieve their objectives.

MY FAVORITE PARTS OF MY JOB

Perpetual learning and creative problem solving.

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

Medical researcher, philosophy professor, or makeup artist.

FUN STUFF

  • Spouse: My husband, Phil – a really good guy.
  • Pets: Our new puppy, Ollie
  • My non-work obsessions: Home improvement; music and lyrics; neuroscience; Newport, RI
  • Who inspires me: My parents, Hermione Granger, Winston Churchill, and Susan Cain
  • My favorite Providence restaurant: Figidini

BORING STUFF

Prior experience:

  • Locke Lord LLP, Associate, Corporate and Transactional, Providence, RI (2015-2019)
  • Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Medical Assistant, Medical and Surgical Specialties, Cambridge, MA (2009-2012)

Education:

  • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude (2015)
  • Northeastern University, B.S. in Neuroscience, minor in Philosophy, magna cum laude (2009)

Bar admissions:

  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island

Sarajane McMahon

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 Enron McMahon, a tubby tabby cat with a black belt in paper shredding.
  • My non-work obsessions: sailing, learning foreign languages, product development, art & design, food.
  • Who inspires me: Dawn Riley, Issa Rae, Kat Holmes, Jewel Burks, Joshua Browder, and Gavin Armstrong.
  • My favorite Providence restaurant: It's a tie between Aleppo Sweets & Apsara Palace for now, but I still have a ton of places left to try!

BORING STUFF

Prior experience:

  • sui llc | Strategic product development, service design & business consulting | Nashville, TN & Newport, RI | 2017-present
  • 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

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