ServiceTitan Hires Former Latham Lawyer Huang as General Counsel

Irina Baranova

ServiceTitan Inc., a cloud-based software company that assists electricians and other home services businesses, has hired former Latham & Watkins and technology company lawyer Olive Huang as general counsel.

Huang, who spent more than five years as a Latham associate, most recently was general counsel for San Jose, Calif.-based cloud computing company Nutanix Inc.

“The trades are the ultimate customer service industry,” Huang said in a Tuesday statement, adding that her new company aids “businesses large and small.”

She joins the Glendale, California software services provider that to date has raised roughly $1.1 billion in capital. The company completed a $200 million Series G fundraising round in June 2021 valuing it at $9.5 billion.

In January, Business Insider reported that ServiceTitan had confidentially filed paperwork to go public at an $18 billion valuation. The company, founded in 2007, last year acquired a software service used by commercial landscapers.

Huang didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Nutanix, whose chief legal officer is Tyler Wall, promoted Huang to general counsel last year. She was not one of Nutanix’s six highest-paid executives in 2021, according to a proxy statement filed by the company for that fiscal year. The statement showed that Wall received nearly $3.2 million in total compensation.

She joined Nutanix in 2014 as an associate general counsel after spending two years in at SanDisk Corp. She left Latham in late 2012 to go in-house at SanDisk.

ServiceTitan

Huang is taking over the ServiceTitan general counsel job previously held by Michael Lousteau.

Lousteau, a former associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, is now legal chief for I2BF Global Investments Ltd., a London-based venture capital firm that has invested in ServiceTitan.

Lousteau said he’s now mostly focused on I2BF but will continue to assist ServiceTitan on transition matters. He confirmed via email that he handled ServiceTitan’s fundraising efforts without the assistance of outside counsel.

Max Wertheimer, a ServiceTitan spokesman, said Lousteau has worked with the company since its founding as both “external counsel and our de facto head of legal.” He declined to discuss which outside law firms ServiceTitan employs.

Wilson Sonsini, Lousteau’s former firm, has done litigation and trademark work for ServiceTitan, according to public records and Bloomberg Law data.

More Hires

ServiceTitan has hired at least four other lawyers since early 2021, according to records on file with the State Bar of California.

Rajashree “Raji” Nagarkar, a former associate general counsel at Quora Inc., an online learning platform that recruited a new legal chief last year, joined ServiceTitan in October as a deputy general counsel.

ServiceTitan also brought on associate general counsel Nedda Salehi and Barrett Welch from Lowenstein Sandler and Omnitracs Inc., respectively.

Joanne Villanueva, a former Latham associate who went on to become head of diversity and inclusion at Munger, Tolles & Olson, left the latter last year to join ServiceTitan as its director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, according to her profile with the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California.

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