We knew when we started Hotshot that we wanted to focus on legal training. The need for change was coming from all directions – clients were demanding that lawyers be better prepared and lawyers and law students had increasing expectations about training.
We took a good look at how people are learning inside and outside legal, and realized there was an opportunity to use technology to help solve the problem: to take innovations in digital learning and bring them to legal.
So we shot a sample video in Chris’s living room, ran a pilot program with a few law firms, and launched Hotshot soon after.
We now support firms and schools all over the world to help deliver better, more engaging training.
Our short videos are organized into 130 courses that cover transactional, litigation, and business acumen skills. They look great on mobile devices and come with interactive quizzes, outlines, and exercises for flipped-classroom training.
The new generation of lawyers used Khan Academy to study math at school and YouTube to learn everything else. Long CLE seminars and one-way lectures isn’t how they want to learn – they prefer watching short videos whenever/wherever and discussing what they’ve learned with partners.
Am law 100 firms, regional and international firms, and law schools are making Hotshot content a core part of their training. With Hotshot, customers are running more engaging programs without having to create their own content.
Ian Nelson & Chris Wedgeworth
Ian and Chris started Hotshot after working together as part of the leadership team at Practical Law Company. They do everything from setting the direction of the company to fetching water for presenters during shoots.
Chris has the MBA (NYU Stern) and Ian has the JD (Hofstra Law School). Chris has worked at companies that support finance, business, and legal professionals, including Thomson Reuters and Dow Jones, and Ian used to be a corporate lawyer at Kramer Levin and was an editor of the Hofstra Law Review. Ian still has nightmares about being a clueless first-year associate, and Chris drove a tractor into a ditch on his first day of work as a farmer in France – so teaching people how to do things better than they once did is important to them both.
Head of Content
Emily leads the content team, who sweat the details of every word, concept, and graphic in each Hotshot course. The writers and reviewers making up this neurotic but fun-loving bunch include practicing and former lawyers from top law firms as well as people with significant experience at investment banks, corporations, and accounting firms. Their mission is to take complex concepts and distill them into short, engaging videos.
Emily practiced corporate law at Cleary Gottlieb and was on the professional development team at Shearman & Sterling. She graduated from Columbia University and the University of Michigan Law School. Her interests outside Hotshot include getting to NYC as often as she can and learning to stop swearing so her toddler won't start.
Head of Customer Success
Caitie and her team partner with our customers to make sure they get the most out of their Hotshot subscriptions. From initial rollout and building awareness to incorporating Hotshot content into training programs and classes, the customer success team supports our customers every step of the way. Business acumen training programs, creative summer and fall programs, engaging law school curriculums – you name it, they help plan it.
Before joining Hotshot, Caitie led a client success and sales team at Wealth-X (a SaaS company) and was a President’s Club winner at Thomson Reuters. Fun fact - Caitie used to be a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall.
Head of Operations
Han runs the day-to-day at Hotshot. This includes leading our team of animators and designers to ensure that all of our content looks and sounds great, managing our website and user experience, and supporting our internal team and customers.
Before joining Hotshot, Han held a number of roles at Thomson Reuters – strategy, program management, and sales and account management. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School and Wellesley College and spends her free time advising non-profits, running a micro-farm, and chasing after two young kids.
Professional Development Advisory Board
Our advisory board of PD leaders helps us identify and develop product features and content that’s relevant and useful to our customers.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Bass, Berry & Sims
Anna Thea Bridge
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
Boston University School of Law
Harvard Law School
Pamela Keenan Fritz
Ropes & Gray
Crowell & Moring
Hotshot’s investors include legal-industry experts from business, law firms, and in-house legal departments.
Former CEO of Practical Law UK
Former Chairman, Orrick
Anna Rainbow Chalker
Co-Founder, Practical Law Company
General Counsel, Target
Co-Founder, Practical Law Company
Former CEO of Practical Law US
SVP Commercial Policy and Pricing, Dow Jones
Former President, Thomson Reuters Legal