Snap Shot: Theda C. Snyder
VITALS: State University of New York, at Buffalo, B.A. cum laude, English Literature, 1969. Loyola University at Chicago, J.D., 1977. Law review.
CURRENT POST: Senior attorney for a major insurance company, based in Southern Calif. Advises claims department on a variety of issues, including management of outside counsel; litigation management; coverage; jury verdict research, and more.
AUTHOR: Running a Law Practice on a Shoestring; and Women Rainmakers: 101+ Best Marketing Tips; both published by the ABA Law Practice Management section.
BAR ACTIVITIES: ABA/LPM section: governing council; articles editor, Law Practice Management magazine.
OFFICE: IBM Pentium 133 computer; IBM G50 14-inch monitor; HP LaserJet 4 Plus printer; iOmega Zip drive for backup. Soft-ware: Windows 95; WordPerfect 8. Network: "Sneakernet. You put on your sneakers and run the diskette to the next office."
HOME: Compaq Presario Pentium II, 200 M Hz. HP LaserJet 4L printer; iOmega Zip drive. Software: WordPerfect 8, but just bought MS Office 2000 suite, and Adobe Acrobat 4.0. Operating system: Windows 98.
ISP: AT&T WorldNet
PDA: "I just won a Palm V at LegalTech Los Angeles, from CyberSettle. So far, I have just charged it up. But I'm really excited about its notetaking capabilities; and having everything resident in one place; and being able to synch information. As a result of acquiring the Palm, I'm going to get Eudora."
CELL PHONE: Nokia, black.
FAVORITE NON-TECH MAGAZINES: Money. Fast Company.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Roger Ebert & the Movies.
LETTERMAN OR LENO: Leno.
CAR: White Mazda MX6. 1995.
LAST BOOK READ: "Leave It to Me, by Bharati Mukherjee, for my book club."
WHERE WE WOULD FIND YOU ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON: "Running errands or at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art."
APPOINTMENT I NEVER MISS: My personal trainer. "It's so L.A."
MOST IMPORTANT TECH TREND: The move to application service providers. "I think ASPs are going to replace software."
TECH ACCOMPLISHMENT: Upgrading my home computer to Windows 98 and doubling the memory to 32 MB.
FAVORITE BOOKMARKS: Travel: www.expedia.com. Bookstore/music: www.amazon.com. Tech support: www.corel.com. Personal: www.fredsnyder.com.
SEARCH ENGINE: www.mamma.com. "The mother of all search engines."
LAST VACATION: Last year: Greece and Turkey. This year: "My son had a wedding."
FREQUENT FLIER: Mileage Plus, United Airlines, about 25,000 in '99. But I buy my travel through consolidators, so I frequently don't get miles.
FAVORITE QUOTE: My mantra for all trial lawyers conducting direct examination, with apologies to Rudyard Kipling:"Six happy little friends have I: Who, what, where, when, how and why."