Chas Rampenthal has been LegalZoom’s general counsel since 2003, managing the Company’s legal functions, including corporate transactions, litigation and regulatory matters, intellectual property, government relations, ethics and compliance. He oversees all legal initiatives for product quality, research and development, new markets and international expansion. He also manages the company’s Legal Advisory Council. Prior to joining LegalZoom, Chas worked with a wide variety of technology and emerging companies to help them manage transactions such as venture capital financing, mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings. For several years, Chas wrote a regular column for Inc. Magazine Online, and formerly co-hosted “Legally Bound” a call-in talk radio program in Los Angeles. Chas is Vice-Chair of the Futures Initiative of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division. He is a member of the CA and MA bars, and is qualified as a solicitor in the UK.
Chas earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and math studies summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University and his JD from the University of Southern California. Prior to his legal career, Chas served honorably in the United States Navy as an officer and naval aviator.
The legal technology field is not immune to the lack of diversity found in the profession as a whole. Mentorship is essential to the success of young women and people of color entering this field, particularly from law school, but forming these relationships can be difficult because most potential mentors have not faced similar challenges. […]