Shari Wynne Ressler is an Austin-based entrepreneur and attorney. Shari has dedicated her life to helping people achieve their goals. She is an entrepreneurial evangelist, founding her law firm and ancillary businesses to help entrepreneurs and their companies achieve success.
Shari’s legal career started at the Department of Labor, Washington DC, Plan Benefits Security Division in 1988; Thereafter, she practiced at the international law firms of at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobsen, and McDermott, Will & Emery, before relocating to Austin, Texas in late 1996. Shari then co-founded her law firm, which is now known as RWR Legal, a full-service entrepreneurial law firm representing and connecting innovators, startups, high-growth companies and investors. In 2017, RWR Legal celebrated 20 years, and Shari is grateful to have been part of the development of Austin’s entrepreneurial law and ecosystem.
Shari’s career is centered upon building ecosystems around entrepreneurs and their companies.
As part of her legal practice, Shari recognized that her consumer product clients did not have the same access to mentorship and resources as her technology clients. Furthermore, it seemed to her that Austin’s economy fluctuated primarily around the rise and fall of the of the technology industry. In response, she co-founded Incubation Station/now SKU, the nation’s first and leading consumer product goods (CPG) accelerator coalescing the Austin CPG community around promising CPG startups. SKU is now in its 5th year, been recognized as a top accelerator and readied to become a national accelerator for the CPG industry.
Shari is passionate about the Entrepreneurial Law Bar Association (EBA), and she is excited about bringing together business counsel worldwide to establish best practices for representing innovators and fostering growth in the new economy.
Shari is an avid mentor, investor and active participant in the Austin entrepreneurial ecosystem, past-president of the Austin chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) and RISE women.
She holds a BA from UC Davis and a JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law.