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Location: Reception room, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, New York City
VITALS: Undergrad: North Shore Community College, Beverly, Mass. A.S., 1973.

CURRENT POST: Director of Information Technology, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, based in New York City. We are more than 200 years old, with a staff of more than 1,000, including 470 attorneys. Offices: New York; Washington, D.C.; Charlotte, S.C.; and London.

RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: LegalTech New York, February 2002, "Talking Lawyers Off the Ledge."

OFFICE TECHNOLOGY: Operating Systems: Novell Netware (print/file) and everything else. Microsoft NT 4.0 including the desktops. Key Software: Microsoft Corp.'s Office 97; Lotus Notes R5 (e-mail and groupware); PC DOCS 3.9, from Hummingbird Ltd.; Elite Information Systems Inc.'s Elite for Windows 2.50; DTE, DeltaView from Workshare Technologies.

DESKTOP COMPUTERS: Dell GX 150 and 110, from Dell Computer Corp.

PRINTERS: Hewlett-Packard 8000s and 4100s, from Hewlett-Packard Co.

FAVORITE GADGET? Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry.

SECURITY BLANKET? BlackBerry ­ Don't leave home without it.

HOME SYSTEM: Dell Inspiron 2500.

HOME ISP: Verizon Communications' DSL.

PAGER? Combination pager, cell phone and two-way radio ­ Nextel 1000 plus, from Nextel Communications.

PDA? Palm Inc.'s Palm Vx.

FAVORITE SOFTWARE ON PDA? Lotus Notes Email on my BlackBerry.

CELL PHONE: Nextel 1000 plus, from Nextel Communications.

FAVORITE NON-TECH MAGAZINES: CrossStitch.

FAVORITE TV SHOW: The Beltway Boys.

LETTERMAN OR LENO? Ted Koppel.

CAR: Because I live in midtown Manhattan, I would have to say a yellow taxi.

LAST BOOK(S) READ: American Jihad, by Steve Emerson.

WATCH? Hermes.

WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON? Entertaining friends, visiting friends or reading.

APPOINTMENT I NEVER MISS: Weekly staff meeting.

MOST IMPORTANT LEGAL TECH TREND? Knowledge management and wireless communications.

YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TECH ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN LAST 12 MONTHS? 1) Expansion of the computer room and upgrade of the infrastructure due to the growth in the firm. 2) Implementation of the "I.T. at Home" program whereby we provide associates and counsel with their choice of a laptop or desktop for home. 3) Keeping the firm's systems running after Sept. 11.

FAVORITE URLS: www.alibris.com. www.biblion.com.

FAVORITE SEARCH ENGINE: Google.com.

LAST VACATION: November 2001, one week in Jerusalem.

FREQUENT FLIER STATUS: American Express Rewards 200,000 miles. Flew 25,000 miles last year.

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Only great men change their minds." --Adlai Stevenson

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