Snap Shot: Albert Barsocchini
VITALS: California boy: Born in Marin County. Developed both my scratch golf handicap and study skills at Stevenson High School, Pebble Beach. B.A.: Univ. of the Pacific, Stockton. J.D.: McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento.
Photo by Monica Bay.
Location: Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles
CURRENT JOB: Senior legal technology consultant and managing partner of The Lawtek Group, L.L.C., San Rafael. I practiced both insurance defense and personal injury litigation for 10 years and then became a legal technologist after my last case that involved more than 50,000 documents to scan, categorize and index for trial. It was a perfect transition! Member of the Law Technology News Editorial Advisory Board.
A.K.A.: NICKNAME: Al or Bert.
BOOKS: Not yet. But writing manual on law office security.
BAR ACTIVITIES: Chair: Calif. State Bar Law Practice Management & Technology section, 2000. Founding member of the Calif. State Bar Cyberspace Law Committee.
OFFICE TECHNOLOGY: I use a Linux-based Net Integrator Mark II files server; Linksys combination wireless and cable Ethernet; and CyberGuard LX Firewall/virtual private network (Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (EAL4) certification). Dell Dimension 8200 desktops; Zetafax server; Visioneer 9650 scanner. AT&T cable modem; DirecDuo satellite dish; USB modem. Tanberg 1000 videoconferencing system (when I don't feel like traveling). Basic software: Microsoft Office 2002, Isys, Ringtail CasePortal,Summation, CaseSoft, Timeslips.
FAVORITE GADGET: My home theater! Boxlight Cinema 13 high definition projector; 10-foot electronic drop-down screen; Yamaha home theater amplifier with Dolby digital and surround sound.
SECURITY BLANKET: My 22 kWp BP Solarex solar system, Trace Power Inverter, and a 48-volt battery backup for my home office. I have all the electric power I will ever need now and one big battery backup for my entire home.
LAPTOP: Dell Inspiron 8200.
FAVORITE COMPUTER GAME: Flight Simulator to keep up on my skills as a private pilot. Have already logged in more hours on the simulator than most commercial pilots.
FAVORITE SOFTWARE ON PDA? PrinterOn for remote printing and faxing using my Blackberry.
CELL PHONE: Kyocera 6035 Smartphone, using Verizon wireless service.
FAVORITE NON-TECH MAGAZINES: Whole Earth Catalog. FAVORITE TV SHOW: PBS' American Experience.
LETTERMAN OR LENO? Both! I multi-task.
CAR(S): Classic 1971 Mercedes 280 SEL convertible. Chocolate brown.
LAST BOOK READ: South, by Sir Ernest Shakleton.
WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON? In the summer, as a volunteer fireman at the Mt Tamalpais fire lookout.
APPOINTMENT I NEVER MISS: My 6 a.m. morning coffee and reading The NewYork Times at the local cafe.
MOST IMPORTANT LEGAL TECH TREND? Electronic evidence discovery and law office computer security and disaster planning.
YOUR MOST IMPT TECH ACCOMPLISHMENT IN LAST 12 MONTHS? I hired some programmers outside of Moscow, learned a little Russian, and built LawClip (Web clipping utility).
FAVORITE URLS: keelynet.com and Microsoft security bulletins on microsoft.com/technet/ (It never stops).
FAVORITE SEARCH ENGINE: wisenut.com.
LAST VACATION: Big Sky, Montana.
FREQUENT FLIER STATUS: Haven't checked recently, but I think I own Southwest Airlines by now.
FAVORITE QUOTE: "Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory." -- Mohandas Gandhi