Leadership

Management Team

John Suh
John Suh
Chief Executive Officer
John Suh has served as our CEO since 2007 and as a member of our board since 2005. Prior to LegalZoom, John was CEO of StudioDirect, the Internet division of a global supply chain company, Li and Fung. John also co-founded and served as CEO of Castling Group, helping to launch category leaders such as jcrew.com and hifi.com. He received a B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Public Policy from Harvard College and received his M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School.
Frank Monestere
Frank Monestere
President and Chief Operating Officer
Frank Monestere has been our COO since 2002 and our President since 2005. Before LegalZoom, Frank was a management consultant, assisting clients like Comcast and Time Warner Cable on technology-focused initiatives. He served in the U.S. Army in the 82nd Airborne and as a Special Forces Officer with deployments to Bosnia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is also on the Board of Advisors of the non-profit Special Forces Association. Frank graduated with a B.S. in International Relations from West Point and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Edward Hartman
Edward Hartman
Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer
Edward Hartman is one of our co-founders and has served in several key roles, most recently as Chief Product Officer. Edward was the Chief Technology Officer at TROON, a creator of the web apps MajorFind and Megaphone, and a board member for the Project Management Institute. He is currently on the board of the Brent Shapiro Foundation. He received a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Anthropology from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, He is a member of the California Bar.
Chas Rampenthal
Chas Rampenthal
General Counsel
Chas Rampenthal has served as our General Counsel since 2003 and as our Corporate Secretary since 2007. Before joining LegalZoom, Chas was a partner at Belanger and Rampenthal, LLC, and an associate at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP and at Thelen Reid & Priest LLP. He also served as an officer and aviator in the United States Navy. Chas received his B.S. in Economics and Math Studies from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.
Laura Goldberg
Laura Goldberg
Chief Marketing Officer

Laura Goldberg has served as LegalZoom’s Chief Marketing Officer since 2014. Before LegalZoom, Laura spent almost 15 years working on product and marketing for ecommerce companies. She was VP of Product at ScoreBig, General Manager of NFL Online, and COO of Napster, one of the first digital music streaming services. She earned a B.S. in Industrial Management with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.  Laura is on the board of directors of Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles.

Peter Oey
Peter Oey
Chief Financial Officer

Peter Oey joined LegalZoom in 2014 as Chief Financial Officer.  Peter comes from MyLife.com, a consumer Internet business where he served as CFO from 2012 to 2014. Prior to MyLife.com, Peter had spent over 12 years with Activision Blizzard as their VP, Corporate Controller. He also worked as Head of Finance for Activision Europe and for Activision Asia Pacific. He began his career in public accounting and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, Australia and is a licensed CPA registered in Australia.

Sham Telang
Sham Telang
Chief Technology Officer

Sham Telang has served as our CTO since 2015. Before joining LegalZoom, he was Executive Vice President and CTO at Experian Consumer Services, Vice President of Enterprise Applications at Option One Mortgage, Vice President and CTO at Octane Market Ventures, and Director of Technology at Electronic Data Systems. He earned an M.S. in Computer Science from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Engineering from Bangalore University in India. He is a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity and charities that work to alleviate poverty.

Board of Directors

Brian Liu
Brian Liu

Brian Liu, one of our co-founders, has served on our board of directors since 1999, and twice served as its Chairman. Mr. Liu was our CEO from 1999 to 2007. Prior to LegalZoom, Mr. Liu was a corporate attorney with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Assistant Vice President—Legal with Oaktree Capital Management, LLC. Mr. Liu graduated from U.C. Berkeley, Phi Beta Kappa, and with honors, in Biochemistry and received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. He is a member of the California Bar.

John Suh
John Suh
John Suh has served as our CEO since 2007 and as a member of our board since 2005. Prior to LegalZoom, John was CEO of StudioDirect, the Internet division of a global supply chain company, Li and Fung. John also co-founded and served as CEO of Castling Group, helping to launch category leaders such as jcrew.com and hifi.com. He received a B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Public Policy from Harvard College and received his M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School.
Brian Ruder
Brian Ruder

Brian Ruder is a principal at Permira, a leading global private equity firm.  As Head of its Menlo Park office and Co-Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunication, he has guided transactions including Ancestry.com, Genesys, LegalZoom and Renaissance Learning. Brian served as Partner at Francisco Partners where he covered investments in the software and services sector. He has also worked for Hellman & Friedman and Morgan Stanley. Brian earned a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dipan Patel
Dipan Patel

Dipan Patel is a principal at Permira, a leading global private equity firm.  Based in its Menlo Park office, he focuses on investment opportunities in the technology, media and telecom sectors. Dipan has guided a number of transactions including Ancestry, Renaissance Learning and LegalZoom. Dipan previously worked for Gores Group, a special situations private equity fund based in Los Angeles, and with Lehman Brothers. Dipan holds a degree in Economics from Cambridge University.

Rob Singer
Rob Singer

Rob Singer is the Chief Marketing Officer at Ancestry.com, where he has served as Global Vice President of Customer Relationship Management and Senior VP of US Marketing. Previously, Rob was a Senior VP at Bank of the West and head of Customer Intelligence and Relationship Marketing at StubHub. He has held senior-level database marketing and business intelligence positions at Yates Advertising, YellowBrick Solutions, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., and KnowledgeBase Marketing. Rob has a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Statistics from James Madison University.

Jeff Stibel
Jeff Stibel

Jeff Stibel is Chairman of BrainGate, Inc. and Vice Chairman of Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. He is the New York Times bestselling author of two books, Wired for Thought and Breakpoint. He was previously President & CEO of The Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation and Web.com. Stibel received his bachelors degree from Tufts University, was the recipient of a Brain and Behavior Fellowship while studying for a PhD at Brown University, and received an honorary Doctorate from Pepperdine University.

Legal Advisory Board

Howard Miller
Howard Miller
From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Miller served as President of the State Bar of California, during which time he worked to expand access to the justice system for the underserved. Mr. Miller is a partner at Girardi | Keese and has been listed annually as a "Southern California Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles Magazine since 2004. He has been named among the 500 leading litigators in America, was president of the L.A. chapter of the American Jewish Committee, and was a law professor at the University of Southern California. He has been president of the Los Angeles Board of Education, was executive editor of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and currently hosts a radio program, "Champions of Justice," with his law partner Thomas Girardi.
Professor Gillian Hadfield
Professor Gillian Hadfield

Gillian Hadfield is the Richard L. and Antoinette Schamoi Kirtland Professor of Law and Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and co-director of its Center in Law, Economics and Organization. Her research focuses on legal design in market democracies: how the markets for law, lawyers, and dispute resolution affect the price and quality of legal services and also the innovation of those services. She has published numerous articles and papers and has been recipient of numerous fellowships, grants, honors and awards throughout her career. Professor Hadfield holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a Ph.D. in Economics with Distinction from Stanford University. 

Richard G. "Casey" Hoffman
Richard G. "Casey" Hoffman

With over 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Hoffman is a seasoned lawyer, entrepreneur, and government-sector executive. He currently leads Hoffman Law – a law firm dedicated to providing quality legal services and building productive long-term relationships with businesses and individuals.  He is a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association.  Casey also has significant public sector executive with experience at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the Texas Attorney General.

Bruce Lehman
Bruce Lehman

Bruce Lehman is best known as the United States Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Commissioner of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a position he held from 1993 through 1998.  Since leaving the USPTO, Mr. Lehman founded the International Intellectual Property Institute, a non-profit dedicated to increasing understanding of the use of intellectual property as a tool for economic growth. Mr. Lehman has served as legal counsel in the drafting of the 1976 Copyright Act, the 1980 Computer Software Amendments, and 1982 amendments to the Patent Laws. In 2006, he was one of 23 initial inductees to the International IP Hall of Fame.

Robert M. McKenna
Robert M. McKenna

Robert McKenna is co-head of Orrick’s Public Policy Group.  He served two terms as Attorney General of Washington, successfully argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and negotiated three of the largest consumer financial protection settlements in national history. He is a recognized leader in the development of data protection and privacy regulation. He has been President of the National Association of Attorneys Generals and was recipient of the NAAG Kelley-Wyman Award for Outstanding Attorney General. He has held numerous community leadership positions with public school and college foundations, domestic violence prevention organizations, and leadership development groups.

David M. Schizer
David M. Schizer

David Schizer is the fourteenth dean of the Columbia Law School. Dean Schizer is also the Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics, and has previously been the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law and the Wilbur H. Friedman Professor of Tax Law. Dean Schizer is one of the nation’s leading experts in tax law, and has written more than 27 books and articles on taxation and governance. He has served on the Tax Club, the Tax Forum, and the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the 1994–95 term. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned his B.A., M.A., and J.D.

Hon. Dickran Tevrizian (Ret.)
Hon. Dickran Tevrizian (Ret.)

Judge Tevrizian has been the recipient of numerous awards and has been widely recognized as a great judge and a kind human being. Over his 41-year legal career, he served 31 years on federal and state trial courts, including 21 years on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. As a judge, he resolved roughly 10,000 cases.  He has been recipient of the Maynard Toll Award for service to the underprivileged and recognized as Trial Jurist of the Year, Trial Judge of the Year, and Best Lawyer.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Armenian General Benevolent Union, Glendale Memorial Hospital Foundation, Armenian Eye Care Project, and Exceptional Children’s Foundation.