“As the world grows faster and more interdependent, we need to figure out ways to scale the fluidity of teams across entire organizations: groups with thousands of members that span continents like a Task Force.”
Stanley McChrystal, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
The author of seven books and over 100 articles on business, he serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University at Buffalo’s School of Management. Scott is also a frequent speaker at professional, university and corporate sponsored events across the United States on a variety of topics including entrepreneurship, innovation and family businesses.
Working with entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors across the United States, and as local counsel for companies with headquarters in China, Canada, and Europe, Scott provides guidance on a range of issues, including strategy, financing, and innovation. His work also includes providing counsel on strategic joint ventures and other forms of cooperative agreements and his experience includes negotiating joint ventures with strategic partners in China, Europe, Israel, and Canada.
Helping to pioneer the application of a variety of new strategies informed by melding traditional legal, economic and business principles with insights from science, including the fields of positive psychology, social neuroscience and behavioral economics, Friedman also assists with cultural transformations, effective governance, and dispute resolution and conflict management.
In addition to sitting on a number of private company boards, Friedman is an active volunteer in the WNY community, currently serving as a Member of the University at Buffalo Council, the Daemen College Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of the WNY Law Enforcement Foundation and the Western New York Venture Association.
This range is reflected in her roles as a Partner at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, a full-service law firm, where she Co-Leads its Startup and Venture Capital and Family Business Practice Teams, a Co-Founder and Managing Director of VCG, a management consulting firm that, together with her law firm, provide businesses at all stages with the support, resources and capital they need to help successfully grow their companies, and General Counsel to Impact Capital, a venture capital fund focused on making investments in high-growth, revenue-positive companies primarily located in Upstate New York.
As a result, Andrea has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs, startups, later-stage companies, investors and funds across a variety of stages, sectors and geographies. Her practice experience includes advising clients on general corporate matters, and exit transactions; representing investors in equity and debt financings; representing sponsors in fund formations; and extensive M&A experience.
Her work with later-stage and family-owned businesses focuses on helping them develop and implement succession, governance, compensation and other plans, by applying strategies informed by social neuroscience and positive psychology.
She began her career in the New York City office of Mayer Brown LLP, a leading international law firm, where she worked on large-scale M&A transactions, private-equity financings and IPOs.
Andrea is extremely active in her community in numerous organizations that focus on entrepreneurship, democratizing access to capital, and women’s leadership. She is an Entrepreneur In Residence for Columbia Technology Ventures, the technology transfer office for Columbia University, a Mentor for Endeavor, an organization that is spearheading the global entrepreneurship movement, and an Executive in Residence at the University at Buffalo’s School of Management. Andrea is also Chair of the WNY Women’s Foundation, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of and General Counsel to Upstate Capital.
Andrea is a frequent speaker at professional, university and corporate-sponsored events, and has co-authored numerous articles on topics of interest to businesses. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, including 40 Under 40, Legal Elite, and Super Lawyers.
Andrea received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (Top Third of Class, Law Journal, Women’s Rights Clinic) and a B.A. from the University at Buffalo (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Full Academic Scholarship). A Fulbright Scholar (France), she also trained in Harvard Law School’s Negotiation Program.
In addition, Mary is a Director of the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company (HOFV), and a Life Trustee of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation—a $1.2 billion dollar private grantmaking foundation based in Western New York and Southeastern Michigan. Mary worked for the Buffalo Bills from 1997 to 2014, ultimately serving as Executive Vice President, and represented the team at the ownership level for twelve years while serving on the International Committee, Super Bowl Committee and the Board of the NFL Foundation. She was a Trustee of her uncle, Ralph C. Wilson Jr.’s, estate, along with three others, which included overseeing the sale of the Buffalo Bills NFL franchise to the Pegula family for $1.4 billion in the fall of 2014—the highest price ever paid for a NFL franchise at that time. She is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and holds a M.B.A. from Walsh College.
Our Advisory Board
Dr. Elad Levy
Chair of Neurosurgery, Director of Stroke and Neurovascular, University at Buffalo Neurosurgery
University at Buffalo Neurosurgery is a world-renowned neurosurgical group preparing the next generation of clinicians in academics and community neurosurgery and exploring evolving knowledge through impactful research.
General Partner, Trillium Group
Trillium Group is a private equity firm serving clients throughout the U.S., offering investment management, advisory, and other related services.
What Makes Us Different?
We provide a suite of services directly or through our robust network that we have vetted over many years of work. This allows us to identify the right resource, at the right price, and within the right timeframe.
We have a deep, experienced, connected bench of management consultants, industry experts, and corporate and institutional partners that are anxious to roll up their sleeves and dig in.
We help you develop wicked solutions to solve your “wicked problems” [David Epsteing, Range—Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World], by applying insights from other disciplines to your business.
We give tough—but honest and constructive—feedback that is offered with the only goal of helping you and your team succeed. As a result, we’re often our clients’ first call when they have a tough decision to make or need guidance or support.
We believe in building authentic partnerships with our clients, developed through regular contact that allows us to go deep and develop trusted relationships along the way.
We recognize that making money is important—to you, to us, and to our investors. But we also believe that success is a by-product of engaging in innovative work that you enjoy doing with a team that you enjoy doing it with.