Tena Zara Herlihy

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Attorney, Member of the Firm
Office Phone: 617-699-3849
Email: tena@outsidegc.com

Tena brings broad-based legal experience as a seasoned general counsel for two fast-growing technology companies focused on disruptive technological innovations. She is recognized for providing innovative solutions for complex legal issues while serving as a trusted advisor who consistently negotiates favorable outcomes.

Tena’s 20-year legal career includes more than 12 years in the MIT ecosystem, including acting as founding executive and General Counsel for edX, an educational technology company launched by Harvard and MIT. In her role at edX, Tena handled issues ranging from copyright licensing, open source software, data privacy, international contracts, export control, non-profit governance, board relationships, employment law, real estate and more. Tena and her team drafted and negotiated agreements with 100 of the best universities and corporations in the world as part of the edX consortium.

Tena has also represented fast growing companies in the biotechnology industry, including pharmaceutical companies, a clinical research organization, and a bioinformatics company – in both outside and in-house counsel roles.

As Counsel and Assistant Director of the MIT Technology Licensing Office, Tena drafted and negotiated patent license agreements with a focus on biotechnology companies. She also managed the university’s docket of patent litigation cases and its trademark portfolio.

Tena most recently served as General Counsel for Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, an entity launched out of MIT with $300M in funding from the U.S. Army, universities and state and local governments with a mission to revolutionize the fabrics industry in the U.S.

As a founder and CEO of a food-technology business, Tena has experience in the venture capital fundraising arena and has a deep understanding of  entrepreneurs who build companies from the ground up.

Tena was a corporate associate at the intellectual property-focused firm Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers  and acted as a real estate associate at Goulston & Storrs and Holland & Knight.

She received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College Law School.

She enjoys cycling, swimming, kayaking, sailing and spending time at her Cape Cod home in the summer.