Derek Colla


I solve legal and business problems for high-growth companies, from founders with an idea to publicly traded companies.

Derek Colla’s practice focuses on representing high-growth companies and their investors from formation through exit. Derek works with companies in several industry verticals, including fintech, blockchain, insurtech, digital health, digital media, edtech, software and ecommerce. He has counseled companies and investors in hundreds of venture capital financings and has advised companies on numerous mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and follow-on public offerings.

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  • Elliptic Raises $60 Million Series C 

  • Arcadia Closes $100 Million Series D Financing 

  • Morning Consult Reaches Unicorn Status With Series B Round 

  • Pie Insurance Raises $118 Million Series C 

  • Cryptocurrency Security Firm Curv to Sell to PayPal 

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    I'm a long-suffering Philly sports fan who married into the charmed life of an Alabama Crimson Tide supporter.


  • Harvard Law School
    JD, cum laude, 2008

  • Washington and Lee University
    BS, Computer Science
    summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2005

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District of Columbia