Tim Scrantom

Managing Director

Tim Scrantom is a financial services entrepreneur (as well as an accomplished American lawyer and English barrister). For over thirty years he has been a law practitioner, law professor, writer and entrepreneur in the international law and finance markets.  For the past ten years, he has devoted his time to the rational evolution of the ALF industry, which he pioneered.

Considered a “thought leader” in the commercial claim investment sector, Scrantom conceived and launched Juridica Investments Limited in 2007, the first publicly-listed (London Stock Exchange AIM) commercial claim investment company investing in North America and the first to be listed on a western stock exchange. He was the president of its management company. In an effort to further develop the intellectual wealth in this space, in 2009 he launched the Law, Finance and Capital Markets Program at the RAND Corporation, where he coined the phrase “alternative litigation finance”.

Prior to co-founding Juridica, Scrantom was in private practice as a lawyer and an English barrister (member of Gray’s Inn). He successfully settled high profile cases, including the business claims (Pan Am and London Insurance Markets) arising out of the bombing of Pan Am 103 by Libya, claims relating to NATO bombings in the former Yugoslavia, and U.S. claims against state sponsors of terrorism. Scrantom’s thirty-year career in law began in London in 1983 with Clifford-Turner (now Clifford Chance).

Tim has degrees from Stetson University (BA), University of Georgia School of Law (JD cum laude), The London School of Economics (LLM) and a diploma from The Hague Academy of International Law.

Tom Jones

Managing Director

Tom Jones is a seasoned lawyer whose practice has spanned 4 continents and over 25 countries.  In 2017, he joined a litigation finance intermediary as chief executive, leaving there to launch Legis.  Tom is a derivatives, capital markets and structured finance specialist who also has significant experience in disputes relating to those and related practice areas.  Tom started his career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in 1993, then moved to Allen & Overy where he was a founder of the US law practice.  He spent more than 15 years as a partner in the capital markets practice.  During that time, he built successful finance-oriented practices, in both London and Hong Kong, and expanded his practice beyond transactional matters to dispute analysis and leading dispute matters involving both litigation and mediation.

As a derivatives and structured finance specialist, Tom has represented major investment banks and other market participants in structuring and documenting all manner of finance transactions for divergent asset classes such as credit (i.e., synthetic CDOs, trade finance, securitizations, etc.), equity, commodities and FX. As a capital markets specialist, Tom has represented both investment banks and issuers in offerings of securities throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America.

Tom’s disputes work includes representing major investment banks in their disputes involving derivatives and finance claims. He also represented banks in valuation and settlement negotiations relating to derivatives transactions.

Tom has a BA (Honors) from The Ohio State University, a JD (Honors) from the University of Texas Law School, and a MA from Kings College, London.

Tom Stoughton

Managing Director

Tom Stoughton has over 30 years’ experience in senior-level legal, finance, capital-markets, and operating company positions in law firms and private and publicly held businesses in the manufacturing, distribution, insurance, and services sectors.  From 1983-1990, Tom practiced law as a partner with a nationally recognized law firm, with a focus on corporate and commercial finance.  As a lawyer, Tom structured and closed hundreds of investments and public and private securities offerings.

Tom left private practice to become General Counsel to Park Corporation, a large ($2 billion annual revenues) and highly acquisitive, privately-held, industrial conglomerate operating in heavy manufacturing, engineering and design.

Over the years since leaving law practice, Tom was founder, owner, and board member of a number of large corporations in the finance and insurance industries, and has served as Senior Financial Officer for a NYSE-traded business.  In the 1990s, Tom founded and served as partner and President of Resurgens Capital Partners, a private equity and investment banking firm, which invested or placed over $1 billion in investments.

More recently, Tom has founded and/or led significant investments in a variety of portfolio companies in the technology, insurance and manufacturing sectors. Before forming Legis, Tom was a principal at SD Investment Advisors, specialist advisers in the commercial claim finance business, where he has led the development of insurance products and unique financial structures for the law markets.

Tom has degrees from The University of Georgia (BA and JD with high honors, Order of the Coif).

Neil Mitchell


Neil is a seasoned litigator from Winston & Strawn LLP, where he had been a Senior Litigation Partner in its New York Office.  Neil spent the next several years as President of Fulbrook Capital Management, a New York-based commercial claim investment adviser, where he reviewed and led underwriting on scores of large commercial cases.

In his long career as a premier trial lawyer, Neil litigated major disputes in numerous state and federal courts and before many different arbitral tribunals for over forty years, concentrating in international commercial and investor-state arbitrations for the last ten years.  Over his trial lawyer career he also represented many trustees and institutional creditors, such as trust companies and major banks (including JP Morgan Chase, Bank of New York Mellon, HSBC and Wells Fargo), acquiring a broad experience and knowledge base acutely focused on litigation economics and risk evaluation, particularly in the arena of international and cross-border business and financial disputes.

Neil has degrees from Yale University (BA) and the University of California School of Law in Berkeley (JD).

Frederick Dulles

Legal and Compliance

Frederick Dulles is an American international lawyer experienced in business and corporate law, dispute management, arbitration and mediation, offshore structures, and litigation finance. Mr. Dulles has been a principal at SD Investment Advisors, specialist advisors in the commercial claim finance business, and was previously General Counsel of the Juridica Group of Companies and a board member and general counsel of Juridica Capital Management.

He started his career with Shearman & Sterling for eight years in New York and in Paris. He then worked twelve years at Philip Morris International as regional legal director for Switzerland, Scandinavia, the USSR, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. From 2001 through 2011, Frederick Dulles was an independent trustee of the MFS/Sun Life Compass Funds managed by Massachusetts Financial Services.

Mr. Dulles has degrees from Harvard College (AB cum laude Economics); Columbia University Business School, MBA (Finance); and Columbia University School of Law (JD).

Leigh Wilkes


Leigh Wilkes has been with SD Investment Advisors for four years. She began her career on Capital Hill as a Press Relations Aide to Senator Strom Thurmond, then went on to positions in marketing, sales and public affairs with international associations and major corporations.

Leigh has a degree from Columbia College (BA).

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