Validity Founder and CEO Ralph Sutton is an industry pioneer and his strategic and operational experience make him a trusted investment manager to clients and law firms.
Following an 18-year career as a trial attorney, Ralph co-founded Credit Suisse’s Litigation Risk Strategies Group in 2006, creating one of the first dispute funding entities in the U.S. He later joined Bentham, where Ralph helped launch and run the Australian-based funder’s U.S. investment business from 2011-17. During his tenure, Bentham’s U.S. operation expanded to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston from its New York base. Ralph also assisted in the establishment of offices in Toronto and London.
Ralph is a champion of increased access to civil justice and has lectured at Harvard, Stanford, and other law schools. In 2016, under his leadership, Bentham helped found a new Civil Justice Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. In 2017, he helped draft a code of best practices for the Queen Mary Task Force of the International Council On Commercial Arbitration.
Ralph graduated from Columbia University and received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law. He served as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge G. Thomas Eisele for two years.