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Tena Zara Herlihy

Tena Photo HS

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

Tena brings broad-based legal experience as a seasoned in-house lawyer for fast-growing technology companies focused on disruptive technological innovations, as well as for larger non-profit and for-profit institutions. She is recognized for providing innovative solutions for complex legal issues while serving as a trusted advisor who consistently negotiates favorable outcomes.

Tena works with a number of our health-tech clients, leveraging her technology licensing and privacy background, as well as our education and ed-tech clients, utilizing her experience gained from in-house roles at MIT and edX.  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.

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.

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.

Before going in-house, Tena was in private practice at Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers, Goulston & Storrs and Holland & Knight.

Tena 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.