1. The Safari story

    The Safari SOP Team Our core team met in the early 2000s, as the promise of legal technology was just beginning to be realized. Our goal was to change the way corporate law departments manage legal work—and two decades later we're still at it.
  2. 2002
    Our 1st trip to Africa

    Serengeti Tracker - Our first venture Our first venture was an online matter management and e-billing system that we named Serengeti Tracker, reflecting the diverse ecosystem we created for legal collaboration (plus we loved the animals).
  3. 2006
    The accolades pile up

    The accolades pile up Serengeti was consistently ranked #1 in customer satisfaction and became the most widely-used legal platform with 40k law firms in 190 countries working with hundreds of law departments.

    The accolades pile up
    2006

  4. 2010
    Acquisition by TR

    We are acquired by Thomson Reuters After building a diverse client list ranging from Fortune 100s (Amazon, Disney, American Express) to companies with just one in-house attorney, we decided to sell to Thomson Reuters and keep growing.
  5. 2016
    Separate success

    We go our separate ways After a few years we headed our separate ways, but still met up to swap ideas over coffee. Some of us built new legal start-ups, meeting more great people and picking up new insights along the way.

    Separate success
    2016

  6. 2019
    Back together again

    We get back together again On a rainy Seattle afternoon, the core group of founders were thinking about building something new together. "What about that feature request we kept getting back in our Serengeti days?"
  7. 2020
    Building Safari SOP

    We build Safari SOP We did our homework, talked to a lot of law departments, and learned that ten years later there was still no system designed for responding to subpoenas. We decided to take it on: Safari was born.

    Building Safari SOP
    2020

  8. TODAY
    SOP response simplified

    We help companies improve subpoena response Safari is changing the way companies respond to subpoenas and other routine document requests (and you may have noticed... the animals are back).
  9. Jump in the jeep

    Join us on the Safari Our secret to success has always been partnering with innovative companies. If you're as driven to improve as we are, then jump in the jeep—we'd love to work together.
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Management Team
Decades of legal tech experience


Tom Melling - CEO, Co-Founder
Favorite safari animal: Tommie

Tom Melling

CEO, Co-FounderTom Melling - LinkedIn Bio
Tom has decades of experience as a software executive and successful startup entrepreneur. He was a founder and then President of Serengeti as well as EVP at 1Energy Systems, a clean energy startup. Tom also practiced law at Perkins Coie, specializing in electronic contracting, encryption, and data protection.
Steve Jatnieks - CTO & Co-Founder
Favorite safari animal: Wild Dog

Steve Jatnieks

CTO & Co-FounderSteve Jatnieks - LinkedIn Bio
Steve has over 25 years of experience managing software development teams, and nearly 20 years providing solutions for corporate law departments. During his time at Serengeti and then Thomson Reuters Corporate Legal Division, he oversaw a rapidly expanding engineering team of 120+ members.
Greg Shriber - CPO & Co-Founder
Favorite safari animal: Pangolin

Greg Shriber

CPO & Co-FounderGreg Shriber - LinkedIn Bio
Greg has more than 20 years of experiences designing and delivering cloud-based legal technologies. He was a founding member of Serengeti as well as CEO of Atlas Development Corp. and Latitude, a client engagement platform that helps attorneys collaborate with private and small business customers.
Mark Chealander - CISO
Favorite safari animal: Kudu

Mark Chealander

Chief Info Security OfficerMark Chealander - LinkedIn Bio
Mark is a seasoned entrepreneur and experienced legal tech executive, holding business and tech leadership roles for many software companies. Mark was the Senior Director of Technology for Serengeti as well as VP of Development at Applied Discovery, one of the world's largest e-discovery vendors.
Mark Hentschell - VP, Sales and Partnerships
Favorite safari animal: Bustard

Mark Hentschell

VP, Sales and PartnershipsMark Hentschell - LinkedIn Bio
Mark is a legal industry expert focused on corporate law department operations, management, and technology. He was a Global Sales Manager for Serengeti with responsibility for new sales and customer satisfaction. The foundation of Mark’s expertise was his 7 years in private practice as an attorney at K&L Gates.
Lynn Reilly - VP, Customer Engagement
Favorite safari animal: Aardwolf

Lynn Reilly

VP, Customer EngagementLynn Reilly - LinkedIn Bio
Lynn has 25 years of legal experience as in-house counsel, in private practice, and with providers of legal technology. At Serengeti she consulted with law departments on operations improvement. She also practiced in the e-discovery group at K&L Gates and as Senior Corporate Counsel for e-Discovery at T-Mobile.
Rael Esteves - Customer Success Manager
Favorite safari animal: Springbok

Rael Esteves

Customer Success ManagerRael Esteves - LinkedIn Bio
Rael's background as a project manager, customer care manager and executive assistant gives her both the skills and insight to help customers tackle their process challenges and make the most of the Safari system. Prior to Safari, she worked at LSA International and Samsung Electronics.
Rob Thomas - VP Strategic Development
Favorite safari animal: Meerkat

Rob Thomas

VP, Strategic DevelopmentRob Thomas - LinkedIn Bio
Rob is a widely published authority on the use of technology to improve legal processes. Prior to Safari, he was a co-founder of Serengeti Law, where for ten years he oversaw marketing and partnerships. Rob is also a seasoned attorney with over twenty years of diverse experiences, including law firm managing partner.

Partners


Integreon Risk & Regulatory Services

Elevate - Consulting, Technology, and Services for Law

Elevate, along with its affiliated law firm, ElevateNext, offers a lawyer-led, tech-enabled managed service to handle subpoena responses from intake to completion. ElevateNext's lawyers negotiate scope, search terms, any objections and confidentiality issues with issuing counsel and oversee a team of legal specialists who handle all aspects of the response, from collection to production. Using the Safari tool, not only is the process streamlined from start to finish but Elevate also recovers costs for each subpoena that would otherwise be left on the table for our customers. Elevate also provides robust monthly reporting of its subpoena response efforts. Learn more at Elevate's Web Page.


Integreon Risk & Regulatory Services

Integreon - Risk & Regulatory Services

Integreon's Subpoena Processing and Compliance Service (SPC) helps organizations establish an approach to eliminate their growing backlog and manage all incoming and future public information requests and 3rd-party subpoena demands. And for organizations able to charge a processing fee, 3rd-party subpoena compliance can go from an operational budget strain to a revenue-generating activity. Learn more at Integreon's Compliance Page.


Legal Operators Subpoena Response Subchapter

Legal Operators - Subpoena Response Subchapter

Legal Operators is the leading private community for legal operations professionals to connect with peers, brainstorm problems, and discover solutions. Our Subpoena Response Management subchapter will share the larger group’s values and focus specifically on the concerns of subpoena response professionals. It offers a forum to connect, share ideas, and learn from each other. Learn more at Legal Operators Subchapters Page.


Mosaic Consulting

Mosaic - Legal Technology & Operations Consulting

Mosaic Consulting is helping the practice of law reach its operational potential through data, technology, training and outsourcing of business and legal processes. We have honed our expertise in legal operations, technology and process improvement over 17 years with over 75 years of combined experience. Mosaic enables our clients to optimize the power of their legal systems and processes and achieve a significant return on investment. We develop customized solutions, leveraging technology and designing effective processes to drive efficiency and realize cost savings in your legal operations. Learn more at Mosaic Services Page.


Flexmonster

Flexmonster - Pivot Table & Charts Software

Flexmonster is the team who created the Fastest pivot table component available for the web and mobile apps. Pivot Table Component helps web developers to create interactive Pivot tables & charts reports for web and mobile applications. It provides an extremely intuitive end-user experience while creating and analyzing reports. The world's most respected brands use Flexmonster Pivot Table to create and analyze reports online. Learn more at the Flexmonster Web Site.


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