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, 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 and Serbia 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.
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.