ADA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LegalShield, the world's largest platform for legal, identity, and reputation management services, announced today that it has appointed Deborah D. McWhinney, business leader, board member and champion of financial services innovation, and Melvin C. Hall, civil rights lawyer, author and board member of The Innocence Project, to its board of directors.
“LegalShield is driven to create a world where access to justice and security are equal for every human,” said LegalShield CEO Jeff Bell. “Debby and Melvin bring the right experience and passion to help us achieve both our corporate and societal goals. Melvin possesses a wealth of insights gained from his service as an assistant district attorney and through his many years of raising awareness on civil rights issues and practicing civil rights law. Debby, in addition to her financial expertise and knowledge of the cybersecurity industry, joins us with an impressive record in advancing women’s workplace equality.”
The appointments of Hall and McWhinney underscore LegalShield’s mission to protect and empower people with the tools and services needed to affordably live a just and secure life. The company invests in scalable technology to continue evolving its best-in-class platform of products and services for nearly 2 million members. Technological innovation combined with direct, personal assistance from legal and privacy professionals set the company apart from other DIY legal and identity theft protection services.
About Deborah D. McWhinney
“LegalShield’s commitment to helping people get needed legal support and identity and security protection is a very important service," said McWhinney. “This is a compelling business poised for accelerated growth.”
McWhinney’s career has been spent in financial services and technology. She has a history of creating fast growing, highly scalable and profitable businesses. Equally important, she has been instrumental in designing successful programs to help companies quickly move the needle on gender diversity. She is on several corporate boards and serves as a Trustee of Caltech and the Institute for Defense Analyses.
About Melvin C. Hall
“Last year alone, LegalShield helped its members save or recoup a combined total of over $20 million,” said Hall. “This factor, combined with access to humble, approachable, sincere legal and personal security professionals who want to help, is making a significant difference in members’ lives.”
Hall is a shareholder partner with the legal firm of Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis. In addition to his law practice, he is a nationally sought-after speaker and lecturer on employment law and civil rights issues. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma lecturing on employment law and the civil rights movement, and serves on numerous boards including the Arvest Bank Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies, the Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Board of Advocates, and the Board of Visitors of the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
LegalShield’s other directors include Fayez S. Muhtadie, Principal, Stone Point Capital; Olivier Sarkozy, Founder and Managing Partner, Further Global; Frank Schiff, MidOcean Partners Managing Director; Nik Dixit, Vice President, Stone Point Capital; John Addison, Non-executive Chairman of Primerica Distribution; and Jeff Bell, CEO of LegalShield.
About LegalShield and IDShield
A trailblazer in the democratization of affordable access to legal protection, LegalShield is the world's largest platform for legal, identity, and reputation management services covering more than 4.4 million people. Its IDShield identity theft solution for individuals and families has more than one million members. LegalShield and IDShield serve more than 140,000 businesses. In addition, over 34,000 companies offer LegalShield and IDShield plans to their employees as a voluntary benefit. Both legal and identity theft plans start for less than $25 per month.