Chang, Ruthenberg & Long
THE FIRM: Located in Gold River, Calif., (a suburb of Sacramento), Chang, Ruthenberg & Long LLC is an employee benefits boutique, with three partners and three associates. It's a Mac shop, except for a single, custom-built Intel Pentium II 333 MHz computer that is used to access Westlaw and LEXIS/NEXIS. The partners share one Mac G3 Powerbook laptop. At the office, lawyers have e-mail, but no browser access to the Internet. From outside the office, they access calendars and e-mail using Apple Remote Access software. Other software: Now Up to Date, Microsoft Office 98, and Legal Master.
VITALS: Member. B.A.: Univ. of Calif. Santa Barbara, '80; J.D.: Univ. of San Francisco, '84.
HARDWARE: Office: Power PC 6100/60. Home: G3 Yosemite (first generation G3). Quadra 610 with DOS 386 card. Performa 575 with OS 7.1.
CELL PHONE: Nokia 2160. AT&T Wireless Digital PCS service.
CAR: '99 Nissan Maxima.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Professional tennis.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON? Either in the yard or on the tennis court; or on the tennis court on the cell phone telling my wife why I'm not in the yard.
TECH ACCOMPLISHMENT: Closing a transaction with lawyers in four cities, using conference calls and e-mail.
TECH TREND: Integration. The ability to manage client data, work product, and for inventory management to be online and accessible at all times, so productivity goes through the roof.
QUOTE: "I've never let my schooling interfere with my education." -- Mark Twain.
VITALS: Founding member. B.A.: Univ. of Calif. Berkeley, '76; J.D.; U.C. Davis, '79.
HARDWARE: Office: Power PC 6100. (Upgrading to G4 this year.) Home: G3 and Performa, with 21" NEC monitor. Printers: Mac Laserwriter; Epson 1440. Scanner: Epson Perfection 636.
RESEARCH FAVORITE: BNA's daily and weekly pension reporter service, via e-mail.
TECH ACCOMPLISHMENT: Upgraded to ISDN lines last year. DSL this year.
CELL PHONE: Nokia 5160. AT&T Wireless plan.
CARS: Chevy Suburban '98, Toyota Previa '91. Just bought a Honda Civic for college-bound son, using the Web: www.anderson.com.
BOOKMARKS: www.wellsfargo.com; www.northernlights.com; college Web sites.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Once and Again.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON? At a tennis tournament for one of my boys.
QUOTE: "If you want to make enemies, try to change something."
VITALS: Managing shareholder. B.S.: Univ. of Kansas, '69; J.D.: Hastings College of the Law (Univ. of Calif.) '74; LL.M. (Tax): Golden Gate Univ. School of Law, '85.
HARDWARE: Office: G3, Viewsonic monitor. Home: G3 and three older Macs. Apple Studio Display monitor. Software: Word 98.
BOOKMARKS: www.proteam-corvette.com. www.broadcast.com/sports/ncaa/Kansas/MensBasketball.
CELL PHONE: Audiovox MVX507.
CARS: '89 Camaro IROC Z-28. '65 Corvette.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Any NBA game.
TECH ACCOMPLISHMENT: Locating and purchasing an old wood tennis racket on e-Bay.
TECH TREND: Using Web and CD-ROM research, especially for older lawyers. Getting rid of hard copies.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON? If not at the office, at home doing yard work or at the grocery store.
QUOTE: "We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give." -- W. Churchill.