Our Team

The Merlin Foundation is led by Executive Director, John Tredennick and CFO, Lew Visscher (both unpaid volunteers. We are in the process of determining staff needs as the organization grows).

Directors & Treasurer

Executive Director

John Tredennick

John Tredennick spent the first twenty years of his professional life as a trial lawyer and partner at a national law firm. He then founded Catalyst Repository, a a leading e-discovery and AI software provider where he served as CEO and Board Chair for the next twenty years (the company was recently sold to OpenText). Not ready to retire at this young age, Tredennick formed the Merlin Legal Open Source Foundation, where he serves as Chair and Executive Director until a new generation steps in to carry on the mission. Tredennick also runs Merlin Digital Magic, a cloud software development company that helps corporations and law firms manage legal and regulatory compliance.

Tredennick is a prolific speaker and writer. Over the past thirty years, he has written eight books and countless articles on legal technology topics, including “TAR for Smart People” (3rd Ed.), “The Legal Hold Handbook (for Smart People)” two ABA bestsellers “Winning with Computers” (Vols. One and Two), “How to Prepare For, Take and Use a Deposition at Trial (James Publishing), and several editions of “The Lawyer’s Guide to Spreadsheets.” John’s is a past Chair of the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section, was Editor in Chief of its flagship magazine and is currently active with the Sedona Conference, acting as  co-drafting team leader for the new Sedona Guidelines on Legal Hold and as a member of the research team for the International Legal Hold Guidelines. 

Associate Director

Michael Hastings

Michael Hastings brings over 15 years of experience as a leader in Customer Service, Business Operations, Sales and Project Management, providing guidance to clients on all phases of the EDRM, project planning, budgeting, human resources and technical issues regarding e-discovery. Most recently, Michael worked as the Director, e-discovery Client Services with Catalyst Repository Systems, which was acquired by OpenText in 2019. Previous to working with Catalyst, Michael worked in various support leadership roles in the Logistics, Entertainment and Financial Services industries, with the responsibility to oversee service delivery, develop best practices, improve efficiencies and streamline existing workflows. As an active member of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, Michael spends a great deal of time participating in their on-going and expanding training programs. Michael graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law with an M.S. in Legal Administration, and California State University, Sacramento, with a B.A. in Philosophy.

CFO and Treasurer

Lewis Visscher

Lewis Visscher has over 30 years of diversified business advisory, management, operational, financial and accounting experience. Lew was recently the CFO at Catalyst Repository Systems which was acquired by Open Text in early 2019. Prior to Catalyst Lew was CFO for various other early stage technology businesses providing financial leadership through many operational aspects, contract negotiations and mergers and acquisition strategies.

Before working for these private companies, Lew was with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked with many private and public companies on equity offerings, start-ups, acquisitions, divestitures and multinational, multi-location operations.

Lew is most famously known in the Colorado community for Lew’s List (www.lewslist.com), a job resource board for finance and accounting professionals. Lew is also involved in Financial Executives International (FEI) in both Colorado and Arizona and was President of the Colorado chapter in 2015. Lew also the founder and active member of the Colorado chapter of the New Canaan Society, a Christian men’s organization. In 2009, the Denver Business Journal named him CFO of the Year.

Advisory Board

We are in the process of forming an Advisory Board consisting of legal and technology leaders from around the world. Please contact us if you are interested in joining the cause.

Robert Ambrogi

Award Winning Reporter, Blogger and Podcaster Rockport MA

Neil Aresty

Founder Lextranet, E-Discovery Platform Built on Open Source Software Boston MA

Craig Ball

Special Master, Law Professor, Forensics Expert, Writer & Speaker New Orleans and Austin

Josh Blandi

CEO / Co-Founder, UniCourt Inc. Tustin CA

Toby Brown

Chief Practice Management Officer Perkins Coie

Shawn Curran

Head of Legal IT Travers Smith, London

Maura Grossman

Research Professor, University of Waterloo Principal, Maura Grossman Law Ontario CA and Buffalo NY

William Hamilton

Legal Skills Professor Fredric G. Levin College of Law Gainesville Florida

Mark Kerzner, JD

President, Elephant Scale LLC, Houston Advisory Board Technical Advisor

Mary Mack

CEO, Chief Legal Technologist, EDRM Portland

Matthew Pennington

Legal Tech Optimist Sheffield UK

Jonathan Pyle

Contract Performance Officer at Philadelphia Legal Assistance Developer of Open Source Document Assembly Program

Adam Ruttenberg

Partner, Cooley LLP, Washington DC Advisory Board Licensing Advisor

Lourdes Slater

Partner, Grais & Ellsworth, NYC Founder Karta Legal

Brian Tang

Law Faculty, University of Hong Kong Executive Director, LITE Lab@HKU

Eric Wood

Practice Innovation and Technology Partner Chapman Cutler, Chicago
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