Our MissionAt GetLegal.com, our mission is simple, but far-reaching—to become the "go-to" destination for consumers of legal goods and services. We employ cutting edge technology to offer the most comprehensive, accurate, accessible and reliable source of legal information and content available online. We've put key partnerships in place that allow engaged consumers access to a vast library of legal forms, a user-friendly and highly effective online legal research tool, and leading legal professionals locally, nationally and globally.
We launched our first successful online venture—TheAttorneyStore.com—in 1999, as a marketplace for everything a lawyer would need in the daily operation of a law practice-- supplies, books, equipment and other products. The response from the legal profession was immediate and enthusiastic. As we continued to observe and respond to the demands of our market, we added an attorney directory, as well as legal news, original articles and commentary. We answered the need for informative, consumer-focused online law firm marketing, establishing our award-winning attorney website development business, with customized website design, state-of-the-art search engine optimization, and comprehensive web analytics for attorneys and their practices.
By 2007, we had formulated a clear vision—to build and make available to every consumer the most comprehensive online legal resource in the world, with unprecedented access to legal information, extensive and user-friendly legal research tools, a vast library of legal forms and self-help tools, and the ability to communicate with and retain experienced and effective legal counsel, if necessary. With that objective in our sights, we launched GetLegal.com in 2008. Though the initial portal was in many respects the framework for what we envisioned the final site to be, we nonetheless received the People's Choice Webby Award for the best legal website in 2009.
When the economic recession hit in 2008-2009, GetLegal's management team wisely chose to delay full implementation of their vision, opting instead to strengthen and build the company's online marketing products, including websites, search engine optimization, social media programs, blogs and other solutions. The decision paid off, as GetLegal solidified its core business, building highly effective websites for some of the nation's premier law firms.
With the continued strength in the recovery of the American economy in 2013, company founder Phillip Galyen renewed his commitment to GetLegal's original vision—to become the best-known, most comprehensive online source of legal information in the world. To bring his vision to reality, Galyen established a partnership with Jeffrey A. Rattikin, long recognized as a pioneer in the application of technology to provide Internet-based legal services to consumers. The partnership has been the lynchpin to the realization of Galyen's original vision, culminating in the launch of GetLegal's new portal, the new gold standard for consumer-focused legal information on the Internet.
Chief Executive Officer and Chief VisionaryPhillip Galyen, an AV-rated attorney with more than 35 years of experience, has been an online legal services pioneer since the 1990s. Phil is a founding partner in Bailey & Galyen, a leading consumer law firm in Texas, with 19 offices across the state.
Jeffrey A. Rattikin
President and Co-VisionaryJeffrey A. Rattikin, AV-rated and board-certified in residential real estate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, has been at the forefront of the application of online technology to legal information since the early days of the Internet, as a thought leader and early advocate of unbundled legal services and online law practice tools. The founder of TexasLegaldocs.com, Jeff has practiced law in the state of Texas for a quarter of a century.
Chief Operating OfficerWith more than 25 years of experience in online consulting, Akhil has long been a trend leader in online marketing, website development and web analytics for lawyers, law firms and their clients.
CPA, Chief Financial OfficerRick Cruz serves as the Chief Financial Officer for LawConnect Inc. dba GetLegal, overseeing the financial strategy and operations of the company. He brings over 30 years of experience in the legal industry. He currently serves as Executive Director for Bailey & Galyen, one of the largest consumer law firms in the state of Texas. He previously served as Executive Director for Cantey Hanger, one of the oldest and largest full-service law firms in the state of Texas. Mr. Cruz is actively involved in the Association of Legal Administrators, having served as past President of the Fort Worth Chapter, and as Chair-Elect of the Diversity Committee and member of the Fee Arbitration Committee for the Tarrant County Bar Association. He received his accounting degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and obtained his CPA in 1990.
Editor in ChiefJohn Gutierrez is an attorney admitted to practice in California, Texas and Mississippi. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999. He graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in American civilization and holds a master's degree in library and information studies from the University of California at Berkeley.
Chief Revenue OfficerJacob Varghese brings 15+ years of experience in the online legal space. Prior to joining GetLegal, he spent time at LegalShield, where he helped to re-launch and rebuild the entity formation product and focused business development and strategic partnerships. He had a variety of different roles with in the company including managing their Business Services Division which is their biggest source of revenue and profitability which grew double digits. Additionally, he also built out and scaled their sales and business development functions. Prior to LegalZoom, he practiced law in Iowa. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their three kids when he is not watching any of the professional sports teams from Minnesota.