Onit offers the best minds in legal technology, including executives who created this industry more than 20 years ago.
The team at Onit knows enterprise legal management and business process automation because we created the industry for it. It’s that background that has put us in a position to recognize that the traditional approach is all wrong, and that to be effective this software needs to change. Meet the leaders who are making that happen.
Eric is passionate about building great software companies. He’s a serial entrepreneur founding four companies in the last 25 years, two of which have been software startups.
At Onit, Eric oversees the company’s overall strategic direction, planning and execution. Previously, he served as an entrepreneur in residence for the Houston Technology Center (HTC), a business accelerator for Houston-based emerging technology companies.
Eric’s first software start-up, Datacert, Inc., is an industry-leading provider of corporate, legal and IP spend and matter management solutions for Fortune 500 companies. During his more than ten years as the CEO, president and chairman of the board, he grew the company to $28 million in revenue and secured more than 100 Fortune 500 customers. Under his leadership, Datacert became one of the fastest-growing technology companies in North America with three consecutive listings on the Inc. 500.
Prior to Datacert, Eric co-founded PeerPoint Technologies, where his work helped identify new technology for e-invoice data management. Eric is a pioneer in the creation of the Legal Electronic Data Exchange Standard (LEDES) and is an authority on the Uniform Task Based Management System (UTBMS).
In 2002, he was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for emerging technology. Eric has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and earned an MBA from Rice University. He is a member of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and serves as a board member for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of the Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana, a non-profit organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Eric Smith brings extensive experience in software development and technical leadership to Onit. With nearly twenty years of experience in the legal technology industry, he has broad domain experience in the legal electronic invoicing and spend management arena. As Onit’s co-founder, COO and Chief Security Officer, he is responsible for the technical and strategic direction of the company’s products.
Prior to Onit, he co-founded Datacert, a leading provider of corporate, legal and IP spend and matter management solutions, serving as the CTO for nearly 10 years. During his tenure at Datacert, he was a key member of the executive team that assisted with growing the company to more than 200 employees and was responsible for managing the overall technical architecture of the company’s products and services.
He was also instrumental in providing cross-functional direction and leadership for research and development initiatives, product development and managing a complex and globally distributed workforce.
Eric holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University.
York Richards brings more than 15 years of finance and operations experience to Onit, including CFO positions at several privately held companies in the Internet and technology industries. He has built large, multi-national finance organizations, completed many strategic acquisitions and divestitures, raised capital in debt and equity markets and managed multiple shareholder exits.
A seasoned executive with extensive experience managing finance organizations for high-growth companies, he most recently served as CFO at Riversand Technologies, Inc. where he was responsible for overall financial operations and reporting. As CFO at Onit, York is responsible for ensuring the finance organization can help the company drive growth while capitalizing on the accelerating demand for software solutions that drive efficiency and process automation.
York holds a master’s degree in science and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University.
Chris Fields joined Onit with more than 25 years of technology research and software development experience, including several key management and executive positions at various high-growth companies, including Datacert, Digicontract and Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions.
Chris most recently served as CTO for Innovative Interfaces where he led the engineering and product management team and was responsible for converting client/server-based technologies into a multi-tenant system leveraging cloud-based microservices for global library systems. He is well-versed in leading technology strategy and all aspects of product engineering and was one of the key inventors named on a patent of a high-profile technology platform.
As CTO at Onit, Chris will be responsible for overseeing the technical vision of the company and leading product research, engineering and development efforts. He will also be responsible for evaluating and implementing new systems and infrastructure and ensuring technologies are used efficiently and securely. Additionally, he will build quality assurance and data protection processes and communicate the company’s technology strategy to our consulting and business partners and customers.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Baylor University.
Matt DenOuden has nearly 30 years of legal industry experience, including a dozen years practicing law as a partner in a boutique defense firm in Hartford, Connecticut. While there, he started and grew an early e-discovery technology practice. In 2002, he left private practice to join a young e-billing company, TyMetrix. As vice president of sales for TyMetrix for 14 years, he helped take the company from four clients and $2 million in revenue to 250 clients and $60 million in revenue.
Matt has spent his career working with clients and industry leaders and has a passion for developing solutions to manage the business of law. Most recently, he was a managing director at Huron Consulting (now Consilio) where he worked closely with legal operations leaders around the country as they devised operational strategies and technology roadmaps for their law departments.
Matt has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Hartford and a J.D. from The University of Connecticut School of Law.
Nick Whitehouse constantly pushes the boundaries of innovation, with dedicated experience in artificial intelligence and digital transformation. In his role as General Manager of the Onit AI Center of Excellence, he develops and executes AI strategy and innovation throughout Onit’s platforms and products.
His career to date has won him numerous recognitions, including the title of 2019 IDC DX Leader of the Year and Talent’s Most Disruptive Leader Award, as judged by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak.
He comes to Onit from the company he co-founded in 2017, McCarthyFinch. The company, acquired by Onit in 2020, developed and launched AI contract management software that helped legal teams automate contract reviews and approvals and streamline intelligent activities such as redlining documents, comparing clauses and defining legal terms. Prior to that, he held the role of the first chief digital officer in law in the world at Minter, Ellison, Rudd Watts. There, he was responsible for the overall technology environment and led the firm’s digital vision, strategy and innovation.
Nick experience has centered on technological transformation, with his earlier jobs focused on digitizing analog broadcasts, putting 4G on buses and WIFIs in stadiums and creating public cloud access in New Zealand. He holds an ITIL V3 Certification.
Jean Yang, vice president of the Onit AI Center of Excellence, has a background in building businesses and solutions that improve how law is practiced and accessed. In her role at Onit, she applies her extensive experience and dedication to innovation to continue the AI evolution of Onit and its products.
She was named Emerging ICT Leader of the Year 2019 and regularly presents on the topics of legal technology and AI. She is also the founding executive of LegalTech NZ, an organization that facilitates the development and adoption of advancing legal technology in New Zealand.
Yang was a solicitor at a commercial law firm, MinterEllisonRuddWatts, where she started automating repetitive aspects of her own work with code. From there, Jean left the traditional legal career to become the COO and VP of Legal Services at AI contract management software provider McCarthyFinch (acquired by Onit in 2020). She helped build the business from infancy to acquisition and lead product and technology development.
Jean has a bachelor of law and bachelor of commerce from the University of Auckland and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
Eric Robertson, an automation expert and patent holder, is recognized in the industry for vision, thought leadership and market knowledge. He has more than two decades of experience working with companies that drive digital transformation through products, solutions and industry leadership. He has led platform strategy, architectural design, product marketing, Agile project management and product management functions. In this role as vice president of product management, he leads a team of product managers and product owners who drive the definition and delivery of product releases and are responsible for the full life cycle of Onit’s industry-leading business process automation platform and solutions.
Prior to joining Onit, Eric served in leadership positions at Digital.ai, Unisys, Cisco, and MW2 Consulting where he held executive roles across platform strategy, architectural design, services, product marketing, Agile project management, and product management functions. Eric’s broad, and rich background include navigating the intricacies of providing strategic direction for intelligent automation and defined priority areas that fulfill enterprise solutions revenue goals.
Eric received his master’s degree in electrical engineering and software engineering from University of Texas at Austin, as well as a certification in advanced project management from Stanford University.
Cole Morgan has more than 20 years of management experience in the legal technology and legal operations industries. At Onit, Cole is responsible for Strategic Alliances, including the Onit Partner Program, Training & Certification and the Managed Services offerings. Prior to joining Onit, Cole was the director of legal business operations for a Global 500 petrochemical corporation where he was responsible for the management of business operations for corporate legal and public affairs.
Cole began his career as an early-stage venture participant in Datacert and ultimately served as vice president of professional services. He also served as a management consultant to large corporate legal departments.
Cole graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and earned his MBA at Rice University.
With more than two decades of professional services experience in software and finance, Scott Kurtz is responsible for client implementations and helping build capability for serving customers as Onit continues to grow its customer base.
Scott has a wealth of executive and professional services experience including technology management, business and consulting operations, business process consulting, professional services and contract management.
Scott’s broad and varied background includes serving as the EVP of global professional services at Openlink, where he was responsible for driving professional services sales and managing professional services globally. Prior to that, he was vice president of professional services at Amphora, where he maintained executive relationships for product implementations and managed energy trading software implementations. During his career, Scott also held several key management and executive financial positions at various high-growth companies.
Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Stasha Jain has been practicing law for more than 15 years, the majority of which has been as in-house counsel. She is currently vice president of legal and compliance at Onit where she is responsible for all legal support for Onit and its affiliates.
Stasha and her team work closely with the Onit leadership team and other key stakeholders to efficiently deliver legal services, including contract management, compliance, data privacy, and other areas of significant company-wide impact. Incidentally, she also enjoys using Onit tools to help her team run an efficient legal department.
Stasha’s rich experience and background includes serving as senior legal counsel at ZS Associates, Inc., a boutique consulting firm, and corporate counsel at Hewitt Associates (now known as Alight Solutions), a human resources outsourcing firm.
Stasha received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.
Jill Black is a seasoned marketing and communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience delivering marketing, communication and branding results for software and technology companies.
As VP of Marketing at Onit, she is responsible for the management and execution of all aspects of the marketing function including demand generation, messaging and brand awareness, email marketing and public and analyst relations. Additional responsibilities include guiding the development of premium content, overseeing the budget, analyzing campaign metrics and evolving the Onit brand globally to highlight the company’s innovative value proposition.
Previously, she served as senior marketing manager at Vignette Software, a global leader in enterprise content management. Prior to Vignette, she served as the director of marketing for Datacert, a leading provider of corporate, legal and IP spend and matter management solutions, and drove the strategic planning and execution of all corporate marketing programs in the United States, Canada and Europe.
In 2008, she was recognized by the Business Marketing Association (BMA) with the Business-to-Business (B2B) Marketer of the Year award. Under her leadership at Datacert, the marketing team won numerous marketing, communication and public relations awards during her tenure.
Jill graduated from Northern Arizona University with honors with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a minor in Speech Communication.
John Gilman brings more than 20 years of experience in new product development in the legal industry. At Onit, he is responsible for the product roadmap and helps drive product strategy, direction, prioritization and pricing to drive customer growth and revenue.
With a background in law and experience in user design, agile software development methodologies and continuous quality improvement, John brings a unique set of skills to problem-solving in the legal domain. Over the last decade, John has designed commercial software applications and solutions used daily by attorneys and support staff at the largest law departments and law firms in the world. These applications are used to process billions of dollars in legal invoices annually. John’s professional experience includes new product research and development, product management and time spent practicing insurance defense law.
Prior to Onit, John served in various strategic roles at Datacert, a leading provider of corporate, legal and IP spend and matter management solutions. During his seven-year tenure, he served as the vice president of operations, director of research and development and director of product management.
John has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Purdue University and a J.D. from the University of Kansas.
Bernie Barcio has more than 20 years of software development experience with more than half of that time in startup environments. As Onit’s Vice President of Engineering, Bernie is responsible for the analysis, development, testing, and deployment processes involved in software delivery. Bernie has specialized in building teams and right-sizing processes with a focus on efficiently delivering software to users. He firmly believes in the ability of communication and an empowered team to drive success.
Bernie has spent the last ten years in the legal technology industry. Bernie’s first experience with a software development team was at a startup in which he developed core capabilities and visualization of a distributed system toolkit.
Bernie holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Rice University, and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Vignesh Ramamurthy has direct responsibility for all of the functions operating in Pune, India. With more than 20 years of experience in the legal domain, his vision and strategy effectively strengthens Onit’s presence in the region. As India becomes even more strategic towards building capacity for Onit’s acquisitions, Vignesh’s software development experience in the legal domain and understanding the company’s Fortune 500 customers plays a pivotal role in this position.
Most recently, Vignesh was at Indix Corporation Inc., a Seattle based startup, building data solutions for analytics around product information on the cloud, where he served as a vice president of engineering. Prior to that, he was the general manager and vice president of India operations for Highradius Inc., an accounts receivable SAAS startup based out of Houston. In this role, he had accountability for building operations in Hyderabad for a 300-member development center supporting all the departments in the United States and EMEA.
Vignesh also held key executive and management positions at several other high-growth companies including Datacert, where he was responsible for building the India operations in Chennai as a vice president from Houston until 2013.
Vignesh has a master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.