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Snap Shot: Chris Montgomery

Snap Shot: Chris Montgomery
Photo by Monica Bay. Location: Lobby, Heller Ehrman, San Francisco. Sculpture: Mountain, by Funakoski Katsura
VITALS: B.A., political science, Calif. State Long Beach, 1992.

CURRENT POST: Director of practice support for Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe. We have 544 attorneys, (more than 1,400 employees) in 15 national industry and practice groups and 12 offices throughout the United States, and in Hong Kong and Singapore. We also have affiliations in major European cities. OFFICE TECHNOLOGY: Compaq desktops, Dell for laptops, all running Windows NT and Microsoft Office 97. Plan to convert to Windows 2000 this summer.

LAPTOP: Dell Latitude LS. Lightweight for travel, but still plenty of processing power.

HOME SYSTEMS: Dell Dimension 8100 with a wireless network connecting my daughter's PC so she can surf while I work.

HOME ISP: AT&T cable modem.

PAGER: Never!

PDA: Blackberry (for my convenience only).

CELL PHONE: Motorola StarTAC.

FAVORITE NON-TECH MAGAZINE: Forbes.

FAVORITE TV SHOW: The Sopranos.

LETTERMAN OR LENO? Letterman.

WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON? Playing golf somewhere.

MOST IMPORTANT LEGAL TECH TREND? Client Extranets. While Extranets have been available in various forms for many years, truly collaborative Extranets will change the practice of law by improving its quality, quickening its pace, and enabling firms to build deeper client relationships.

YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TECH ACCOMPLISHMENT IN LAST 12 MONTHS? Launching a state-of-the-art Web site that combines the latest in design technology with interactive features that allow our clients and attorneys to use the site to conduct business. The features include: collaborative client Extranets, online conferencing capabilities, Web-based e-mail and Wireless Access Protocol (WAP), which allows access to the Heller Ehrman attorney and office directory through the wireless Web.

WATCH: Anything that tells me when my tee time is.

FAVORITE URLS: www.newyorktimes.com. www.forbes.com. www.espn.com.

LAST BOOK READ: The New New Thing, by Michael Lewis.

FAVORITE SEARCH ENGINE: Yahoo.

LAST VACATION: Palm Springs, Calif.

SKIES: United Airlines Premier Executive, 70 K miles in 2000.

FAVORITE QUOTE: "If things seem under control, you're just not going fast enough." --Mario Andretti

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