Click on any of the following names to read the biographies of the One Legal management team.
Robert Battaglia, Co-Founder and CEO
Bob is a serial entrepreneur, having founded, built and sold five companies for profit. He left a corporate job in New York and, after traveling around the world for a year, embarked on his first entrepreneurial ventures in Hong Kong. He formed companies in the apparel manufacturing/retailing and publishing/international trading markets, both of which were sold to Hutchison Whampoa, Ltd., a local conglomerate. In the Philippines, he started and operated eight pizza restaurants in the metro Manila area. After selling that business, Bob returned to the U.S. where he bought a bankrupt, international camping equipment business, brought it back to life, and sold it. He again used his interest in food and cooking to launch a fresh pasta business, ultimately selling it to Kraft, Inc. One year later Bob started One Legal, then known as Fax & File.
Bob created the fax court filing business under the Fax & File name at a time when fax machines were still relatively new. Getting courts and lawyers to accept faxed documents was a challenge because of the widespread, yet incorrect, belief that an original signature was required on a document to make it legal. Today, One Legal is one of the leading electronic services companies in California with more than 45,000 satisfied users and over 15,000 customers.
Robert DeFilippis, President and COO
Robert has more than 20 years of experience in litigation support services including court filing, process serving and court research. In his current position, Robert is responsible for the day-to-day operations of One Legal, as well as transitioning the company to electronic court filing and service of process. Under his supervision, the company has dramatically increased its geographical service areas and the products offered. Through his participation in regional and national legal technology forums, he continues to develop alliances with other forward-thinking companies and court officers.
Jim Wilmott, Senior Vice President of Operations
Jim brought to One Legal a wealth of experience in a variety of disciplines in both service and manufacturing companies. Additionally, he was an information systems officer in the U.S Marine Corps, where he completed several hundred hours of courses in Total Quality Management.
He is responsible for continually analyzing and evaluating all departments of the company, and how they work together, in order to implement changes that will improve the way One Legal provides its services and interacts with its customers. He is also charged with evaluating opportunities for growth beyond our present service area.
Jeffery H. Karotkin, Vice President of Strategic Development
As vice president of strategic development, Karotkin is responsible for providing the vision and strategy for a nationally branded solution that will enable One Legal to expand its services nationwide. Jeff brings more than 20 years of experience in the process serving industry to One Legal. He previously served as vice president and general manager of Personal Attorney Service, Inc. in Van Nuys, California. During his 9-year tenure, Karotkin led the company through its strongest growth period, ultimately positioning it for its recent sale.
Jeff has served on a wide range of boards and committees within the legal support industry and is a past president of the California Association of Legal Support Professionals. He has also written numerous articles and has spoken at a variety of seminars and workshops on process serving throughout California and the United States.
Jerry O'Connell, Vice President of Finance
Jerry brings more than 30 years of experience in finance, strategic planning and financial operations to One Legal. Most recently, he served as chief financial officer and vice president of finance and administration for Aircraft Shopper Online, an Internet publisher of pre-owned aircraft in Corte Madera, California, where he directed all aspects of financial operations, corporate governance, human resources and internal systems development. Prior to that, he was vice president of finance and administration for International Training and Exchange, Inc. (Intrax) in San Francisco, California.
In his role as vice president of finance, Jerry will oversee One Legal's financial operations, administration and human resources. He provides a solution-oriented approach, combined with broad experience and a proven track record in guiding strategic financial planning.
Noah Aron, Vice President and General Manager
Noah comes to One Legal from the tech startup scene where he founded Trovali and DoTheGlobe, both which were funded by the Chilean government. Noah's experience in product development, marketing, and international business will prove useful as he takes on the challenge of building One Legal's innovative new products. Noah has a B.A from UC- Santa Barbara and an MBA from Hult. He is an avid mountaineer, surfer, and global explorer.