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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  • Pie Insurance Announces $315 Million Series D Funding Round 

  • Climate Tech Startup Arcadia Raises $125 Million in Funding 

  • Auto Fintech Caribou Becomes Unicorn With $115 Million Series C 

  • Climate Tech Startup Arcadia Raises $200 Million 

  • MoonPay Reaches $3.4 Billion Valuation With Series A Round 

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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

Admissions & Credentials

District of Columbia

Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers USA: District of Columbia Corporate/M&A & Private Equity: Up and Coming (2022)