Dan Wernikoff Named As CEO Of LegalZoom

By Amit Chowdhry ● Sep 27, 2019
  • LegalZoom, a leading provider of legal and business solutions for SMBs and families, announced it named Dan Wernikoff as CEO

LegalZoom, the leading provider of legal and business solutions for small businesses and families, announced that Dan Wernikoff has been named as CEO of the company. Wernikoff is succeeding John Suh. Suh is transitioning after 12 years as CEO of the company and 14 years on the company board of directors. While Suh was the head of the company, LegalZoom grew 25-fold between 2004 and 2019. Going forward, Suh will continue as a shareholder and Senior Advisor to the company.

“I am honored to be joining LegalZoom as its next CEO.” said Wernikoff. “This is an amazing opportunity to lead a company that leverages people and technology to create innovative and affordable legal services for all consumers and businesses.”

Wernikoff is joining LegalZoom after a 15-year career at Intuit. Wernikoff most recently served as EVP and GM for Intuit’s Consumer Group — which is a $2.2 billion business that includes TurboTax and Mint. At Intuit, Wernikoff conceived the idea of TurboTax Live, a marketplace of on-demand accountants.

Wernikoff previously held the same role for Intuit’s Small Business Financial Solutions Group including QuickBooks where he oversaw the rapid growth of QuickBooks Online — which was a $2.5 billion business with over 3,000 employees.

“I’m so proud of our team, and it’s been a privilege to lead LegalZoom through multiple rounds of transformation. I’ve been hoping to transition from day to day responsibilities for a long time, but it wasn’t until Dan agreed to join LegalZoom that I felt confident handing over the reins of this extraordinary company,” added Suh. “Dan had great success running consumer and small business solutions for Intuit, and I know our team can be excited about the next chapter of growth with him at the helm.”

LegalZoom is a private company and it raised over $800 million in funding since launching. When LegalZoom raised $500 million in funding last month, it was at a $2 billion valuation.

“The board and I are incredibly excited to welcome Dan as CEO,” explained Jeff Stibel, the Chairman of the Board at LegalZoom. “Dan’s impressive track record of growing businesses and brands brings a wealth of highly relevant experience to LegalZoom.”