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Portrait of Derek Colla

What I do:
I solve legal and business problems for high-growth companies, from founders with an idea to publicly-traded companies. I often act as “outside general counsel” to the clients I work with, helping companies with various issues like capital raises, purchases of other businesses and sales of their business. I also serve as a client’s point of entry into the full range of legal services that Cooley has to offer, and use my experience to provide market knowledge on terms and strategies for navigating difficult situations. I also work extensively with venture capitalists and angel investors.

What my clients value:
Responsiveness, efficiency, market knowledge, problem-solving and being a “here’s how you can accomplish your goal” attorney rather than a “Dr. No.”

Why Cooley?
We focus on what’s important, keeping things as simple as possible, and the results rather than the process. We’re also built around working with high-growth companies, so we can provide companies with the right type of legal services for each stage of their growth.

Some of my clients:
AppHarvest, QED Investors, Pie Insurance, Arcadia, Xometry, MotoRefi

Running, cycling, traveling, soccer

I root for:
USMNT, Philadelphia Eagles, Alabama Crimson Tide