Chief Executive Officer Katrina Dewey founded Lawdragon in 2005 to use the power of the Internet to provide free, high quality legal news to an infinite audience of people interested in the law. She is a leading advocate for greater transparency and openness in the law, which has been the defining goal of her 26 years in law and journalism.
Katrina transformed the Los Angeles Daily Journal from a traditional trade paper focused on delivering summaries of court decisions to a vibrant, award winning newspaper with a staff of 100 reporters, editors and photographers during her tenure as Editor from 1996 to 2005. During that time, the Daily Journal was recognized for its reporting on the abuse of children by Catholic priests, failures of the Los Angeles foster care system, abuses of immigrants in INS detention, political machinations in the judicial appointment process and failures of law firms. Daily Journal reporters were recognized with more awards than any other small newspaper in California under her leadership, including an unprecedented five consecutive “Journalist of the Year” awards.
She began her career at the Daily Journal in 1989, after briefly practicing law in Los Angeles. Though she had no journalism experience, her determination to become a reporter and write about lawyers and the law rather than practice it secured her an entry level job as a cub reporter. She quickly ascended the editorial ranks with her reporting on California law practice, including law firm dissolutions, mergers and layoffs. She established trademark Daily Journal lists, including Rainmakers and the Top 100. She also was a writer for and on the editorial advisory board of California Lawyer magazine and served as the editor of four weekly legal newspapers in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Washington.
While at the Daily Journal, she also founded Behind the Wall, a literacy and journalism volunteer effort at Camp Gonzales in Calabasas, Calif. She worked with juvenile detainees to write monthly newspapers about their lives before incarceration and during their detention.
Katrina is from Gibson City, a town of 3500 people in Central Illinois. She received her B.S. With honors in Economics from Illinois State University and her J.D from the University of Chicago Law School in 1986.
John Ryan (johnryan.pressfolios.com), the Editor-in-Chief and Senior VP for Content, is an awarding-winning journalist with more than fifteen years of experience in new media, print and film covering complex matters related to the criminal and civil justice systems, the law and business, and human rights and global justice issues. John runs Lawdragon’s day-to-day operations, overseeing all online and magazine content, website development and company branding.
Prior to joining Lawdragon, John was a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal. The Los Angeles Press Club named him a “Print Journalist of the Year Finalist” all three years between 2003 and 2005 for his coverage of high-profile national issues, such as the war on terror, the drug war, political corruption, corporate fraud, film and music piracy and disparities in criminal sentencing, among many others. He also twice won the Los Angeles Press Club’s award for “Best Magazine Feature,” once for his coverage of a pro bono effort to overturn a murder sentence and once for his story on a major religious-discrimination dispute. The Press Club awarded him a “Best News Feature, Runner Up” distinction for his feature story on the legal-defense efforts on behalf of accused terrorists Zacarias Moussaoui and Yaser Hamdi.
Assistant Editor Jeff Schult has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and nearly 20 years running web sites both large and small. His 2006 book Beauty From Afar, about traveling overseas for medical care, cosmetic surgery and dentistry, was published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, an Abrams imprint.
As a print journalist, Schult wrote or edited for nine different newspapers in Connecticut, winning a small assortment of awards. He was the Internet technology and culture reporter and columnist for the New Haven Advocate and associated papers in New England from 1995 to 2000 while also working as marketing and technology director for several Internet startup firms. From 1998 to 2003, Schult was in charge of customer web sites for Southern New England Telephone and then SBC-Yahoo! DSL.
He has been a guest lecturer on Internet technology, law and business matters at the University of Connecticut law and business schools and a judge of the Connecticut Department of Justice’s Law Day Essay Contest. He has traveled extensively as a speaker and consultant on medical travel and tourism.
Michelle Fox is Lawdragon’s Web Services administrator. She handles client services and assists with creation and positioning of client profiles, as well as other web-related services. She is also an administrative contact for the Lawdragon lists. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and worked as litigation paralegal for several large Los Angeles law firms.