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Erika M. Nelson

Red Hat
Commercial Counsel
Mountain View, CA, USA


Erika Nelson is currently Commercial Counsel at Red Hat, an open source software company. She provides legal support for the Cloud Business Unit and assists with contract negotiations and licensing issues. Prior to that she spent five years as APAC Regional Counsel for Red Hat, working out of their regional headquarters in Singapore and overseeing the legal department for APAC, including Japan, China, Korea, Australia, ASEAN and India. In that role she managed a diversity of matters including compliance, FCPA education, partner vetting and internal investigations. She started her legal career at Foley Lardner, a large US full service firm where she worked on mergers & acquisitions, internal investigations and handled general corporate work. She received her JD from UC Hastings College of the Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, where she graduated with Honors.
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