Hotshot’s founders are former leaders of Practical Law Company, and are applying their experience to legal training.
When Ian was a first-year corporate associate he was told to “look for anything weird” in the diligence files. It all looked weird. He knew then that legal training could be improved. Ian left practice a few years later to help launch Practical Law US, where he started out creating content and then became the head of marketing. He left Practical Law to start Hotshot to help lawyers understand what “weird” actually looks like.
When not obsessing over the business, he’s obsessing over his golf game. He lives in the Bronx with his wife Leslie and their French bulldog, Watson.
Before founding Hotshot, Chris was SVP of Sales & Marketing and then Managing Director of Practical Law’s US business. Since starting his career at Reuters in London, he has worked at companies that support finance, business and legal professionals, including Dow Jones and Factiva.
Chris’s earlier work experience includes a failed attempt at being a farmer in the south of France and a much more rewarding year teaching English in Spain. He studied at Durham University in the UK and has an MBA from NYU Stern. He’s currently learning Swedish so he can watch Nordic thrillers with his Swedish wife Maria.
The quality of our content is our top priority. Our course contributors and reviewers include current and former partners and senior associates from leading law firms, investment banks and accounting firms, including Skadden, Wilson Sonsini, White & Case and Goldman Sachs.
Video Production Team
We believe quality content deserves quality presentation. Our graphic designers, video production team and professional presenters make sure all our content looks and sounds great.
Investors and Advisors
Hotshot’s investors and advisors include legal-industry experts from business, law firms and in-house legal departments.
- Ralph Baxter, Former Chairman, Orrick
- Guy Baring, former CEO of Practical Law UK
- Anna Rainbow Chalker, angel investor
- Mark A. Cohen, Northwestern Law School; Forbes; Legal Mosaic; Elevate
- Robert Dow, Co-Founder, Practical Law Company
- Don Liu, General Counsel, Target
- Chris Millerchip, Co-Founder, Practical Law Company
- Jeroen Plink, former CEO of Practical Law US
- Dan Smith, SVP Commercial Policy and Pricing, Dow Jones
- Michael Suchsland, Former President, Thomson Reuters Legal
Professional Development Advisory Board
Our advisory board of professional development leaders helps us identify and develop content and product features that are relevant and useful to our customers.