Eva Shang
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Eva Shang is the co-founder and CEO of Legalist. She is a Harvard drop-out, a Thiel Fellow, and was awarded Forbes 30 under 30 in 2018.

After founding Legalist at the age of 20, Eva led the company through Y Combinator’s S16 accelerator program. Legalist raised its inaugural fund of $10.25 million in 2017 and its second fund of $100 million in 2019.

Eva has been featured in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and other news outlets for her work on Legalist and access to justice. Along with her sister Melissa, Eva is the co-author of Mia Lee is Wheeling Through Middle School, a middle-grade novel starring a girl with a disability.

"Helping companies finance costly litigation for meritorious claims is not just business for us, it's justice. In our courts, all men are meant to be created equal. We put our money where our mouth is to make that happen."

In the news

Key Takeaways from LFJ’s Special Digital Event

Litigation Finance Journal

Nov 11, 2021
Innovations in Litigation Funding
Legalist continues to bulk up team, adding Fox Rothschild, Casetext alums


Jun 11, 2021
Technology-powered litigation funder Legalist has once again tapped former litigators to grow its team.
Litigation funders are seeing opportunities for big returns in bankruptcies.

Business Insider

Apr 14, 2021
Litigation funders like Legalist's Eva Shang are anticipating another wave of bankruptcies as government stimulus winds down.
Here's how 4 litigation financiers are thinking about data and analytics — and why some players think it's an industry prime for disruption

Business Insider

Dec 4, 2020
Business Insider interviews Legalist CEO Eva Shang about the use of analytics and artificial intelligence in litigation finance underwriting.
Litigation funding startup Legalist is seeing a boom in demand to back lawsuits — and is hoping to attract hundreds of millions of dollars from investors to keep up with the need

Business Insider

Oct 2, 2020
Business Insider interviews Legalist CEO Eva Shang about how the firm has grown since its launch and how she envisions its future.
Litigation Funder Legalist Brings on Ex-judge to Replace Posner as Adviser


Sep 18, 2020
Reuters reports on retired US district judge Jeremy D. Fogel's joining Legalist as advisor
3 Questions For A Harvard Dropout Turned Litigation Funding CEO (Part II)

Above the Law

Jul 14, 2020
Above the Law interviews Legalist Eva Shang on the impact of COVID on the litigation finance industry.
3 Questions For A Harvard Dropout Turned Litigation Funding CEO (Part I)

Above the Law

Jul 7, 2020
Above the Law interviews Legalist CEO Eva Shang following Legalist's announcement of 100 invested cases.
Lit Funder Legalist Hits 100-Case Mark as Posner Departs


Jun 23, 2020
American Lawyer's Media reports on Legalist's milestone of over 100 cases under investment.
2020 Lawdragon Global 100 Leaders in Legal Finance


Jun 4, 2020
Legalist CEO, COO, General Counsel Named to Lawdragon Global 100 Leaders in Legal Finance
52 Best Startup Companies To Watch Out For in 2020


Apr 9, 2020
Legalist is among the 52 best startups to watch out for in 2020, according to AngelList.
Announcing Legalist Fund II

Wall Street Journal

Sep 12, 2019
Launching a new Legalist Fund II for $100 million in the Wall Street Journal.