Who We Are

WORLD Law Direct is the leading interactive provider of U.S. and international legal solutions.

And Google ranks WORLD Law Direct number one for "online legal advice" out of more than fifteen million searched sites. July 2004 through January 2012.


In 1998, partners from five of the world's leading international law firms met to discuss the impact of the Internet on the provision of legal services. Out of that meeting grew several software prototypes for simplifying the most common legal issues, entering them into complex database delivery systems and creating the first automated system to address over 4000 common legal issues and problems.

Today we're helping to fill the need for understandable and efficient legal solutions. In addition to an expanding database, our systems automatically re-route designated issues to our global law team when necessary, providing thorough, up-to-date advice on commonly-faced legal issues in over 26 international jurisdictions including the United States. We put the resources of a global law firm to work for you.

Our founding shareholder board included leading international lawyers from the U.S. and abroad. The board worked closely with our global team of Czech and Finnish computer programmers, British software analysts, and Internet systems specialists from the U.S., Finland and Japan. See members from the board's initial composition below.

We're happy you are joining us here at WORLD Law Direct and we look forward to providing you quality legal information in a new and exciting format!

Founding board members:

Brad Haskins, University of Michigan Law School, Former International Partner Altheimer & Gray, Chicago, Prague, Istanbul and Kiev, Shareholder Board Chairman, WORLD Law Direct, San Francisco, California; Washington D.C.

Honorable Andrew Richner, University of Michigan Law School, Michigan Law Review, State Representative, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Formerly with Sullivan & Cromwell, New York City and Washington D.C.

Karen Green, University of London, Partner, Lehman Real Estate, London, England.

Milan Rabiska, Charles University School of Journalism, Managing Director, WORLD Law Direct Founding Committee; Prague, Czech Republic (Internet Operations)

Jeffrey Gold, Harvard University, Partner, Zurich New Europe Technology Capital, London, England; Zurich, Switzerland

Scott Cruchley, University of Southern California, Software Design, Healthdent of California, Professional Software Development, Sacramento, California

Akio Inagaki, Waseda University Law School, Sumitomo Corporation, Tokyo, Japan (MD, Asia and Australia Operations)

Chan Dieng, Beijing University Law School, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Beijing, China

Stephan Shtogrin, Moscow University School of Law, Shtogrin and Partners, Moscow, Russia

Abi Ahudal, University of London, Ministry of Social Affairs, Cape Town, South Africa

Maryna Hrushetska, Masters of International Management, Thunderbird, American Graduate School of International Management, Manager E-commerce Strategy, Luminant.com; San Francisco; London, England; Zurich, Switzerland

Miroslav Kovar, Charles University School of Law, Prague, Czech Republic

Irena Chernobai, Belarusian University Law School; University of Virginia LL.M., White & Case International Law Firm, Moscow, Russia

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Shareholder Board Chairman Brad Haskins is an attorney specializing in complex international law matters for U.S. Fortune 500 and international clients. In July of 1998, Mr. Haskins joined a group of Zurich-based investors active in the Central European region and became an equity partner in Zurich New Europe Investors. The partnership, an equity investment trust, is chartered to invest in technology companies throughout Europe and North America.

Prior to joining ZNEI, Mr. Haskins was a partner at the international law firm Altheimer & Gray. Mr. Haskins concentrated on international civil and corporate law matters and was based in Prague, Istanbul, Kiev, and Chicago. He also developed an extensive legislative practice involving Fortune 100 corporations and governments throughout Europe. He established and controlled all of the firm's lucrative operations in Moscow.

Mr. Haskins began his international law practice with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York City where he was involved in international finance, mergers and acquisitions, technology venture capital, complex custody matters and "white-collar" criminal defense, including securities fraud litigation.

In 1990, Mr. Haskins was the Republican nominee for Michigan's Third District Seat in the U. S. House of Representatives. He received approximately 43% of the vote in the 580,000-person district and was one of only a few candidates personally endorsed by President George Bush.

Mr. Haskins is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Honors College with a double major in economics and political science. He conducted university-sponsored research on Japanese management and investment theory at Tokyo University and the Japan Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. He also attended the University of London, studying European political economy. As a student, Mr. Haskins clerked with Chief Justice G. Mennen Williams on the Michigan Supreme Court. He also served as a legislative assistant to Member of Parliament Anthony Beaumont-Dark in the British Parliament.