About DirectLawConnect.com and our Network of Virtual Law Firms Delivering "Unbundled" Legal Services Online

DirectLawConnect.com is a project of DirectLaw., a web-based legal technology organization that has been developing new ways of delivering legal services online since 2000.  DirectLaw provides a virtual law firm platform that enables law firms to deliver legal services online directly to clients. The DirectLawConnect.com Network of virtual law firms are individual law firms that have licensed DirectLaw's virtual law firm technologies in order to enable their law firms to offer legal services online. These law firms deliver what are known as "unbundled legal services" directly to consumers at prices they can afford.

Leadership Team

RICHARD GRANAT - Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of DirectLaw, Inc., and Epoq, US, Inc.

The founder and CEO of Epoq, US, Inc., and DirectLaw, Inc. is Richard S. Granat, Esq. Richard created one of the first virtual law firms in the United States at MDFAMILYLAWYER.COM, which he continues to operate and which is also a member of the DirectLawConnect.com network of law firms. Richard was previously the President and Dean of the Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training, the nation's first paralegal training school.  Richard has been a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bar for over 30 years, and is the author of "How to Do Your Own Divorce in DC, Maryland, and Virginia," and "How to Do Your Divorce in Maryland" (1998)".  Richard is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, and the District of Columbia Bar Association and Co-Chair of the eLawyering Task Force of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association. In 2009, he was recognized as a "Legal Rebel" by the American Bar Association Journal. In 2010, Richard received the Louis M. Brown Life Time Achievement Award from the American Bar Association, Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, for his work in enabling affordable access to legal services for those of moderate income.

Legal Rebels Profile - American Bar Association

GRAHAME COHEN - Member of Board of Directors, Epoq US, and Co-CEO, Epoq, UK and MyLawyer.co.uk

Grahame Cohen graduated from City University in 1991 with a First Class BSc. Honours degree in Property Valuation and Finance. In 1994 he founded and began trading as Epoch Software (now Epoq Group). In 1996, in conjunction with Richard Cohen development began on the Desktop Lawyer CD-ROM, which was launched in 1997. Since then Grahame has been focusing the Company and its resources on the continuing development of its Rapidocs document automation software and Epoq's technology platform for the delivery of legal services. Along with Richard Cohen, Grahame is a regular speaker for the English Law Society, Scottish Law Society, American Bar Association, Society for Computers and Law and private seminar organizations.

RICHARD COHEN - Chairman of the Board, Epoq US, Inc., and Co-CEO, Epoq, UK and MyLawyer.co.uk

Qualified in 1981 as a solicitor, Richard Cohen has extensive experience in a number of legal areas, and founded the firm of Landau & Cohen which has become a specialist conveyancing firm providing services to a number of high street mortgage lenders. He is a recognized expert on the commoditization and unbundling of legal services and their delivery over the Internet and is a regular speaker for the English Law Society, Scottish Law Society, American Bar Association, Society for Computers and Law and private seminar organizations.

He is one of the founders of and is also the Joint Chief Executive Officer of the Epoq Group, and has been instrumental in the Epoq Group developing a blue chip international customer base. His role focuses on general strategic direction and forging alliances with major corporates and government departments.

Richard has a long history of involvement with community legal advice particularly with the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaus ("NACAB"), chairing Grahame Park CAB for four years and the Barnet CAB Management Committee for three years.

GREGOR WEEKS - Chief Technology Officer, DirectLaw, Inc. and Epoq, US, Inc.

Gregor is a graduate of the University of Scranton and has completed his J.D. at the University of Maryland School of Law. His critical role in our organization includes the development of our web-based applications and relational databases, as well as maintaining all online operations. Gregor was previously an Intranet Administrator with Planning Systems, Inc. and Technical Assistant at the Office of Naval Research.

PAM ANDREWS - Director, Marketing and Law Firm Development, Epoq US, Inc., and DirectLaw, Inc.

Pam is Director of Marketing and Law Firm Development. In this role, she manages all online advertising campaigns for our retail operations; coordinates the marketing and lead management of our DirectLaw Virtual Law Firm Service, serving as project and relationship manager. Pam has over 15 years of combined experience in human resources management, sales/marketing, and managing client service operations.

JANELLE MINTER- Director, Document Automation Team, Epoq, Us, Inc.

Janelle is an experienced document automation specialist. She has built and maintained custom legal and form templates libraries for public finance companies, including GE Franchise Finance, as well as for commercial real estate and law firms. She also has ten years' experience in corporate communications.  As a project manager, she directed in-house creative and project teams that have involved management, finance, sales, and in-house counsel that have produce automated legal forms to satisfy legal and brand standards. She previously worked for GE Capital Franchise Finance where she was responsible for automating over 35 loan document templates. Janelle is a graduate of California Lutheran University in Thousands Oaks, California.

LYNETTE MAHANEY - Director, Customer Support & Training, Epoq, US, Inc./DirectLawConnect.com

Lynette is a graduate of the University of Maryland, has extensive paralegal experience and was previously employed with Kubovcik & Kubovcik, a Washington DC law firm specializing in patent and trademark law.

ADRIENNE COOK - Legal Editor, Epoq, US, Inc.

Adrienne has had 15 years of writing and publishing experience in transforming unwieldy amounts of complex legal information into useful parcels of organized, enhanced content, tailored to the specific professional needs of lawyers and business people.

Adrienne was previously Director of New Product Development and Executive Editor for ABA Publishing, American Bar Association. In this role, among her other responsibilities, she authored ABA Internet Content Guidelines which are designed to promote best practices in writing for online publications and presenting content online and also produced the ABA Publishing Manual to instruct authors and editors in producing quality and consistent content. She has also served as Senior Legal Editor, Product Development., Dearborn Financial Publishing and Legal Editor, Commerce Clearing House, Inc. (CCH). Adrienne is a graduate of Earlham College, B.A. International Studies, and Indiana School of Law (J.D.). She has also completed all of her course work towards an M.A. in Social Science at the University of Chicago.