Meet Our Team
Legal.io's team includes graduates from some of the best universities around the world, individuals with
top-flight legal experience both in-house and at international law firms, and engineers with decades of
practice building secure platforms that serve millions.
President & COO, CO-Founder
Pieter is responsible for operations and product development. In 2015, he was selected as one of Forbes 30 under 30 for Law & Policy.
He studied law in Ghent and Stanford and gained experience as a technology lawyer in the Brussels office of the law firm DLA Piper, where he represented businesses, government as well as pro bono clients.
Pieter serves as the lynchpin in the organization, able to communicate and coordinate across product design, engineering and the needs of customers.
Pieter also champions the study of legal technology by law students through various teaching activities.
Tony is a graduate of Oxford University and Stanford Law School, and gained a broad range of legal experience advising the technology, communications and media industries in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Tony shares with Pieter, and the Legal.io team, a clear understanding of how the legal services market operates and a vision for how it can be disrupted, for the better, with user-centered design and the latest technologies.
Tony’s best memories as a lawyer come from pro bono work advising the social enterprise arm of Barnardo's, a UK children's charity, from its formation through to the development of several social ventures.
Daniel is responsible for engineering and related matters and has been working on computers since the Apple IIe.
He has worked at many startups from PictureTrail, one of the early photo sharing platforms, to RottenTomatoes, SlideShare, and Ampush Media.
Daniel brings a wealth of development and engineering management experience and expertise. Having already built secure, trusted platforms used by millions of people, he is now relishing the challenge of building systems and algorithms that can marshal the Big Data being generated every day within the legal system.
Van was most recently the Deputy General Counsel at Cisco and brings nearly three decades of experience as an executive and a lawyer working on multi-million dollar deals.
She was the driving force behind a number of legal technology initiatives at Cisco, adopted internally and by their outside counsel, and capped off her time at Cisco putting in place a comprehensive pro bono program for Cisco lawyers to work with outside counsel.
Lead Solutions Architect
Hannah is responsible for sales engineering and successful partner implementations of the Legal.io software platform.
She graduated from the University of California Hastings College of Law and has a deep interest in the intersection of law, entrepreneurship and technology.
She has previously gained experience delivering customer success as a Consumer Advocate at LivingSocial and as a legal professional working in family, estate, intellectual property and corporate law.
Senior Front End Engineer
Melissa applies her talents toward exceptional front end development for Legal.io.
She has a Bachelor of Art in Digital Media from the University of Central Florida and has extensive experience developing large-scale web applications.
In the past, Melissa has sharpened her skills diverse array of companies - from startups to internationally-known corporations such as Blizzard Entertainment.
Back End Engineer
John holds a Bachelor of Science in the College of Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Previously John worked as an engineer at a digital advertising solutions company and within a division of eBay (Stubhub.com).
Back End Engineer
Ho-Sheng Hsiao has been working with Ruby since the early days of Rails. He has developed accounting apps, designed and implemented MVPs as a freelancer, written an API framework, contributed to open-source projects, scaled apps when user traction unexpectedly exploded, deployed Kubernetes on a CoreOS cluster from scratch, built devops tools, and dabbled with Elixir.
When he is not tinkering with code, he is tinkering with himself by practicing meditation out in the high desert. He joins our team passionate about contributing his technical skills to something that will make a difference.
Board of Advisors
- Van DangLegal.io Board Director, former Deputy General Counsel @ Cisco
- Dazza GreenwoodLecturer & Researcher on Trust Frameworks @ MIT Media Lab
- SJ KleinBerkman Center Fellow and Board Member, Wikimedia Foundation
- Ji LeeCreative Director @ Facebook
- Bradley Newman, JDStaff Attorney, Legal Process & Innovation @ Cooley LLP
- Prof. Joost PauwelynProfessor of International Law, Graduate Institute, Geneva
- Fred RooneyABA Commissioner and “Father of Incubators”
- Colin RuleOnline Dispute Resolution Innovator @ Modria, Paypal & Ebay
- Aron Solomon, JDEducation Innovator & Serial Entrepreneur
Legal.io is developed with financial support from International & Silicon Valley angels and the following institutional investors:
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