Nicole J. Desharnais

Nicole Desharnais outsourced business lawyer

Attorney, Member of the Firm
Phone: 617-416-8910
Email: ndesharnais@outsidegc.com

Nicole brings substantial general corporate and venture capital experience to Outside GC, having represented more than 15 private equity firms in the acquisition, disposition and on-going legal management of their portfolio companies over the course of her legal practice both in-house and with a major law firm. Nicole is also the co-founder of a private equity firm, and leverages her founder’s experience to provide practical and strategic business advice to her clients at Outside GC, which include companies in the tech, telecommunications, health care and human resources industries. 

Before joining Outside GC, Nicole served as Partner, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Boudica Capital Partners, LLC, a women-founded/owned private equity firm which she co-founded. In addition to handling all legal matters for the firm, Nicole collaborated with her partners in creating and implementing the firm’s fundraising and investment strategies.

Prior to Boudica, Nicole served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for MDeverywhere, Inc., a private equity-owned provider of medical revenue cycle management services, where she advised senior management on commercial, employment, compensation, internal structuring and other operational legal matters. Nicole also helped to develop growth strategy, evaluate acquisitions and oversee general company management. As Chief Compliance Office, she implemented risk management initiatives, including modernizing all HIPAA policies and procedures, collaborating with HR to update training materials, and serving as the company resource for resolution of all internal and external compliance inquiries.

Nicole began her legal career as a corporate attorney with at Ropes & Gray LLP, where she worked primarily on private equity mergers and acquisitions, gaining substantial experience in the drafting and negotiation of a wide range of documents, including stock and asset purchase agreements, merger agreements, venture capital investment agreements, stockholder and other equity agreements, employment related agreements and corporate organizational documents.

She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and has been named a Massachusetts Super-Lawyer Rising Star on multiple occasions. Nicole received her J.D. from Boston College Law School (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif), earned her A.B. from Harvard College (Classics-Latin, cum laude), and is a graduate of Boston Latin School. When she is not working, Nicole enjoys spending time on the beach in Maine, golfing and chasing after (and likely apologizing for) her rambunctious labradors, Augustus and Mr. Moose.