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.
Mark Bucklin serves as the Company's Chief Financial Officer and is primarily responsible for Lawdragon's financial and sales operations. Mark is a graduate of UCLA and began his career at the multinational financial services firm of Price Waterhouse. While at Price Waterhouse Mark was primarily involved in financial consulting for a broad range of clients including Mattel Toys, The Walt Disney Company, Carnation, Nestle, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as well as many others. Mark went onto become a partner in a Los Angeles based M&A firm where he was responsible for helping clients strategically plan, build and finance their organizations. He subsequently joined Murad, Inc., a pioneer in the health and beauty industry, as the Company's CFO and COO and guided the organization from an annual revenue level of $2 million to $70 million in just over two years. He oversaw all facets of Murad's operations and successfully established the Company's presence in both Europe and Asia, while employing over 250 people. Subsequently, Mark became the CFO for Enfish Technology, a Southern California based software development enterprise. In his role as CFO, Mark raised over $20.0 million in venture funding and was instrumental in helping the Company develop a new category of software technology.
Mr. Bucklin left Enfish to become one of the founding members of Lawdragon in 2005. Through his role as the Company's CFO, Mark has primary responsibility for the financial and operational activities of Lawdragon. He is in charge of the Company’s sales initiatives and has worked closely with other members of the management team to develop innovative and successful strategies that have positioned Lawdragon as a leader in the online legal marketplace. Mark's diverse experience and extensive knowledge of building successful organizations have been key to Lawdragon's development and position for the future.
John Ryan (johnryan.pressfolios.com), the Editor-in-Chief and Senior VP for Content, is an awarding-winning journalist with more than a dozen years of experience in print, new media and film covering complex matters related to the criminal and civil justice systems and more recently human rights and global justice issues. Prior to co-founding Lawdragon, where he oversees all online and magazine content, 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 when he served as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Daily Journal. John 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.
John moved to New York in 2008 to spearhead Lawdragon’s east coast editorial outreach and has also served as a producer for Zeila Films on the documentary Displaced, about the Somali-American community in Minnesota and a related terrorist investigation there. He has recently traveled to South Africa, The Hague, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Rwanda to research how post-conflict societies forge accountability mechanisms for war crimes and other human rights abuses. Prior to entering journalism, John worked as a research fellow for a major arms control lobbying group in Washington, D.C. and as a researcher for a policy consulting firm.
Editor for Law Schools Margot Slade is in charge of Lawdragon Campus, bringing 25 years of experience as a top editor, newsroom manager, reporter and ranking specialist to our mission to create better information on legal education. Her expertise in content development and branding online and in print come from The New York Times, Consumer Reports, Bloomberg News, The Daily Voice and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
At The New York Times, Margot led news teams and departments, serving as National Desk News Editor; Education Life Editor, establishing Campus Life – the largest stringer network in the U.S.; and as Legal Affairs Editor, covering law and the law business. She created the noted Circuits personal technology section and, as Deputy, Special Sections, launched regularly published issues on Women’s Health, Cars and Giving (featuring foundations/nonprofits) among others.
As Consumer Reports Editor-in-Chief, she oversaw the leading consumer guide to purchases – from cars to vacuum cleaners. She led the restructuring and redesign of all print content so that it was readily available and accessible across digital platforms. At the same time, her editorial team won more than a dozen national magazine awards.
At Bloomberg, she served as Editor-at-Large and then Managing Editor. In that role, she anchored and then grew the distribution of top-quality branded content to the company’s 486 global news media clients. Her portfolio entailed ensuring that each audience received the appropriate news content, on its preferred platform and device.
Since 2011, Margot has worked on strategic content plans with nonprofits and online media companies, including the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and The Daily Voice, publisher of 53 local news sites in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. As Deputy Editorial Director she played a pivotal role in recruiting, training and mentoring the 80+-member news staff and in building the newsroom and editorial DNA for the entrepreneurial venture.
She is a cum laude graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University’s School of Journalism (MS, high honors). A Pulitzer Fellow, she reported on science and technology for U.S. and European publications. Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government selected her to join 51 women leaders in government, business and nonprofits from around the world for its Women and Power program.
As Chief Technology Officer, Rob Winter strategizes, oversees and develops the company’s web presence. Rob is an award winning interactive and graphic designer. During his 20-plus years in the business, he has been a creative director, designer and chief developer for interactive services and branding to both Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit organizations including Baxter International, BMW, JP Morgan Chase, LexisNexis, the American Economic Association and Professional Scholarly Publishing, among others.
His expertise spans the field of visual communications and the world of interactive content, and includes designing and developing web presences, interactive B2B projects and corporate/foundation identity programs, as well as applications and web-based projects for mobile. Rob’s recent accomplishments include working with the American Economic Association to reconceive and brand its website, then creating a microsite, mobile site and Android app for the association’s January 2012 conference in Chicago. For GE, he developed with staff members an in-house website to manage training content along with interactive training modules for the sales team. He also designed a website responsive to the evolving needs of the Association of American Publishers’ Professional Scholarly Publishing Division, and adapted LexisNexis branding in 10 interactive hub pages for the main website.
James Langford is the Digital Media Director for Lawdragon Campus, where he helped create the site’s searchable database and ratings system. He has two decades of experience in print and digital media, specializing in legal affairs and finance, and has won awards for investigative coverage of law enforcement and child welfare. Memorable moments in James’ career include walking underneath NASA’s shuttle Discovery as it prepared for a mission at Kennedy Space Center and interviewing R&B singer James Brown.
Prior to joining Lawdragon, James was the deputy editor for Americas Industry/Aerospace coverage at Bloomberg News, where he led reporters covering defense contractors, airlines and multi-industry conglomerates like General Electric. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and marketing from the University of South Carolina-Aiken, and his first reporting job was at The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, where he occasionally wrote about the Master’s Tournament but never actually set foot on the Augusta National’s grounds.
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.
Contributing Editor Xenia Kobylarz is a Columbia J-School graduate who has more than 15 years of legal and business journalism experience, including several years as a reporter for American Lawyer covering intellectual property law. Xenia started her legal journalism career at the Daily Journal in San Francisco, where she spent four years covering Silicon Valley law firms and technology companies. She also covered banking and finance for the East Bay Business Times for two years and wrote freelance stories for various community publications around the country. Her story, “Psychics in America,” published in February 2000 by Filipinas Magazine was awarded Best Feature Reporting by New California Media Award in 2001.
Michelle Fox is Lawdragon's Web Services manager. 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.
As Lawdragon's Manager for Marketing & External Relations, Melissa identifies new business opportunities and is responsible for assisting with the effective delivery of the company's marketing strategy. Melissa is a graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism and most recently worked as a Marketing Assistant for John Jay College, where she played a vital role in developing community relations and launched the College's social media campaign.