Legalist is an institutional alternative asset management firm. The firm uses data-driven technology to invest in credit assets at scale. We combine proprietary sourcing technology with rigorous underwriting expertise to generate risk-adjusted returns for our clients.
Legalist accepted into Y Combinator; initial analytics technology developed.
$10M Litigation Fund I closed, oversubscribed.
First litigation finance investment realized.
$100M Litigation Fund II closed, oversubscribed; expansion of underwriting team.
$100M closed in DIP Fund I and affiliated vehicles; initial deals returned.
$250M Litigation Fund III closed; growth of institutional grade back office.
$250M DIP Fund II launched for expansion of mid-market bankruptcy strategy; $100M Government Receivables Fund I, dedicated to lending to underserved government contractors
Judge Fogel is Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute at UC Berkeley Law School, former federal judge for the Northern District of California and immediate past Director of the Federal Judicial Center. In addition to his twenty years of federal judicial service, Judge Fogel also served as a judge of the Santa Clara County (California) Superior (1986-1998) and Municipal (1981-1986) Courts.
He has received numerous accolades, including the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the California Judiciary from the California Judges Association and the Vanguard Award from the State Bar of California for notable contributions to intellectual property law.
John Witchel is an advisor to Legalist and is the former president of web development firm Xcom and cofounder of peer-to-peer lending marketplace Prosper, which has raised $350 million in funding at a valuation of more than $1.9 billion. John has led technical teams for over 20+ years and is currently the President/COO of Gitprime.
William von Mueffling is an advisor to Legalist and is president of Cantillon Capital Management, an investment firm with more than $13 billion under management. Mr. von Mueffling was previously a managing director at Lazard Asset Management, where he was responsible for hedge funds. Prior to joining Lazard, he was with Deutsche Bank in Germany and France.
He earned a BA from Columbia College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Anand Upadhye is Legalist's Director of Investments. He is a former litigator with several years of startup legal technology leadership experience.
As an attorney, Anand tried cases both as a litigator at a large firm, as well as a prosecutor at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. After six years of law practice, he started as an early employee at Casetext, a venture-backed legal technology startup. At Casetext, he served as Vice President of Business Development, where he led the revenue organization, including sales and customer success functions. In that role, Anand frequently presented at conferences internationally on technological innovation in the legal industry.
Anand attended the University of California, Berkeley and received a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Andrew Campbell is Legalist's LFA Lead. He started his legal career as a litigator before transitioning to policy work focused on improving public health. More recently, he worked in business development/sales in the legal tech startup space.
Andrew holds a BS in journalism from West Virginia University; JD from Villanova University School of Law; and MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.
Daniel Herrin is an Investment Manager at Legalist who leads the company's investments into meritorious claims. Outside of work Daniel is an avid outdoorsman, and a classical guitarist. Prior to joining Legalist, Daniel spent the last 2 years working in the enterprise legal management space as an enterprise sales representative.
Daniel also has a B.A. in Marketing from St. Edward's University.
Darci Matovich is an Investment Manager who leads Legalist’s investments into meritorious claims. Darci has a knack for helping others and prides herself in taking great care in the work she does. When she is not facilitating funding for attorneys and clients, she loves being humbled by the great outdoors with her family. From mountain biking to golf, they enjoy it all.
Darci holds B.S. from the University of Montana.
Garrett Ward is an Investment Manager who leads Legalist's investments into Government Receivables. Born in Oklahoma, he is a former landman with several years of experience in oil and gas as well as international sales and logistics experience.
Garrett attended the University of Oklahoma and received a dual major in Finance and Energy Management.
Heather is an Investment Manager who leads Leagalist's investments into meritorious claims. Focused on Legalist’s debtor-in-possession financing service, she takes pride in helping distressed businesses obtain funds that will lead them towards a solution. When she’s not facilitating funding for debtors, she enjoys surfing, diving, and hiking.
Heather received a B.A. in Advertising from the University of South Carolina.
Hunter Day is an Investment Manager who leads Legalist's investments into meritorious claims. When he's not helping attorneys and clients get funded, he loves hiking, photography, and the outdoors. Previously, he served as regional business development lead for physicians in Western Montana, Utah, and Wyoming for various medical devices in the orthopedic and sterile processing fields.
Hunter holds a B.A. from the University of Montana.
Jameson Morton is an Investments Lead at Legalist focused on the Litigation Finance side of the business. Jameson is a proud life-long Montanan, and has more than a decade of strong sales and client service experience. When he's not at work assisting his team fund lawsuits, he enjoys the great outdoors -- especially golf and spending time in the backcountry -- and spending time with his wife and their adorable Goldendoodle.
Jameson holds a B.S. from the University of Montana.
Mark Carman is an Investment Manager who leads Legalist's investments into meritorious claims. Mark has experience as a paralegal and sales representative. When he's not helping attorneys and clients get funded, he loves traveling, cooking, and pickleball.
Mark received his B.S. in Finance from Brigham Young University.
Matt Muniz is an investment manager who leads Legalist's investments into meritorious claims. Previously, he worked as a residential real estate agent in Denver, leading a successful book of business. Born and raised in Colorado, he is an avid skier, hiker, and long distance runner, often participating in multiple 10K landraces throughout the year.
Matt received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Phoebe Weissblum is an Investment Manager who is passionate about connecting meritorious cases to the funding they need. Before joining Legalist, she was a paralegal at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernstein and Loewy and a sales representative in the Fashion industry.
When not in the office, she enjoys reading, entertaining, and keeping up-to-date on the latest innovations in Tech.
Zach is an Investments Lead who leads Legalist's investments into meritorious claims. Originally from Michigan, Zach was born and raised in the Detroit suburbs. When he’s not helping attorneys fund their mass torts, he enjoys playing with his St. Bernard, Hodor and Corgi, Jules.
Zach received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Philosophy from Western Michigan University.
Amer works as a software engineer at Legalist where he specializes in backend development and database architecture. Amer built a new ETL pipeline which tracks cases for a unique strategy that Legalist pursued.
Amer holds a MSc in Information Security from University College London (UCL).
Frans Delaye works as a data engineer at Legalist. He specializes in building big data architectures and ELT pipelines at scale and always seeks to provide and build the right tools for a successful data driven strategy. Prior working at Legalist Frans successfully spent three years building a cloud data platform from ground up for one of the top french industrial leaders.
Frans holds an M.Eng in Big Data from ESEO french engineering school. He is also 5X AWS Certified.
Ibrahim works as a software engineer at Legalist with specializations in web scraping. where he crawls the web to extract the best cases for Legalist. Ibrahim worked for 2 years as a Data Engineer at Kimpe Research a Market research company specialized in Pharma, then as a Web scraping developer at DataImpact a French startup that specialized in FMCG market intelligence,
Outside of work, he is a watercolor painter and an art exhibitions lover
Originally from Lebanon, Joe Haddad works as Software Engineering Lead where he manages Legalist's systems and database architecture. Joe has five years of experience working with software solutions and formerly worked as a developer at Anghami, dubbed the "Spotify of the Middle East".
Joe holds a B.Eng. in Computer and Communication from the American University of Beirut.
Murray Love is Director of Product at Legalist. He leads the organization's product vision, innovation, and development. He brings a decade of experience across the technology and capital markets space.
Prior to his role, he founded and scaled an A.I. FinTech start-up across multiple countries over the past 6+ years. His early career was spent working across Manulife Securities, performing multi-stakeholder diplomatic relations for the Embassy of Canada to Austria, and assisting with $1B+ M&A activities with Glencore. In his free time, he advises multiple startups and assists start-up accelerators.
He is also a graduate of the University of Waterloo.
Qile Wangworks as a software engineer at Legalist, where he focuses on product minded engineering and communications. Prior to joining Legalist, Qile worked on a variety of his own ventures, specializing in a combination of software engineering and operations work.
Qile holds a B.ASc in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Ben Margolin is Legalist’s Operations Lead. In this role, Ben will bring his startup Operations experience to help Legalist continue to grow, while building processes that are scalable.
Ben was an early employee and the VP of Operations at DeepBench, a venture-backed early-stage startup. During his time there, Ben was responsible for designing and monitoring key KPIs, rethinking systems to support an ever-increasing revenue base, and ultimately helped the company achieve profitability. Prior to that, Ben worked as a consultant, focusing on compliance-sensitive clients, and spent time on Capitol Hill working for Congressman Jim Renacci.
Ben holds a B.A. from Brandeis University.
Courtney McMillin is the Investor Relations Manager at Legalist. She brings more than 10 years of financial and investor relations experience to the team.
Courtney spent the majority of career building out and monitoring global valuation for private illiquid investments with Elliott Management Corporation in New York. She also served on the Investor Relations and Business Development team with Empyrean Capital Partners in Los Angeles.
Courtney holds a M.S. from USC and a B.A. from University of Arizona.
Michael serves as Finance Controller at Legalist, where he undertakes various aspects of the firm's financial management. Prior to joining Legalist, Mike worked as a corporate banking analyst at Frost Bank in Dallas, TX for 2 years.
Mike holds a B.S. in Finance & Economics from Liberty University, and is also a CFA Level III Candidate.
Michael Li is Director of Finance and Chief Compliance Officer at Legalist.
He was previously controller at MGG Investment Group (via services provided by Constellation Advisors LLC), where he was responsible for various accounting, operations, legal and investor relations functions. Prior to that he was the controller at Cowen Investment Management. He started his career at Ernst & Young LLP within their Financial Services Office Assurance practice.
Michael received his Master of Science in Accounting from SUNY Binghamton. He is a New York State Certified Public Accountant.
Robert Ochoa is the HR Lead of Legalist. He is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) with six years of professional experience.
Robert previously worked for SpaceX as a Benefits Analyst and was hired as the first human resources employee at The Boring Company. At The Boring Company, Robert managed a team of HR professionals and oversaw all functions of HR such as workers compensation, employee relations, benefits, compensation, payroll, recruiting, and culture.
Robert received his B.B.A. in Business Management from Baylor University.
Ryan Leach serves as the Head of Investor Relations for Legalist and is the primary point of contact for current and prospective investors. He also manages the strategic and day-to-day marketing programs for the firm. He is an accomplished Investor Relations and capital raising executive with more than 10 years experience in creating, developing and managing IR initiatives for alternative investment firms.
He holds a BBA in Marketing from Baylor University and an MBA in Marketing Consulting from Southern Methodist University.
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