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FindLaw's Silicon Valley office pulls in a unique mix of writers, lawyers, engineers, advertisers, business strategists, and other talented professionals. We come from all over the world, representing numerous perspectives, but always strive toward the good of the whole. 

It's no secret that Silicon Valley's success is largely derived from the profound diversity of experiences reflected in its people. FindLaw's office in Sunnyvale, just a stone's throw away from Apple and Google, is no exception.

So what types of experiences shape our collective culture here in Sunnyvale? We asked a few colleagues to tell us what they did before coming to FindLaw.

We try to answer all of your legal questions here at FindLaw, and sometimes the most accurate answer is: "It depends." Legal outcomes can depend on a variety of issues -- the facts of the case, the quality of the evidence, the timing of the lawsuit or charges, etc., -- and predicting how a case will turn out is difficult, if not impossible.

One of the most influential factors in any case will be the law itself, which can vary from state to state. This is why FindLaw has a comprehensive State Laws section, providing state-specific statutes for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

So you think you're familiar with FindLaw, huh? You may impress your friends and colleagues with your ability to capitalize the "L" in "Law," but we're not as easily convinced. Any real FindLaw follower would know at least three lesser known facts about the company that practically (and literally) first put lawyers on the Internet.

Ready to test your FindLaw mettle? Check out these 3 things you probably didn't know about FindLaw:

The Bay Area attracts the best and the brightest from all over the world, which makes for a most fascinating and dynamic region. But if you look around, you'll also find plenty of locals who have hitched their wagons to the ever-changing technology behemoth we call Silicon Valley. One of these locals is FindLaw's own Patrick Kennedy, Technology Manager for the Audience Team in Sunnyvale. Kennedy, who started at FindLaw in April, comes to us from one of the Valley's original tech innovators, Hewlett-Packard.

He has always worked in information technology, but really enjoys the business side of things. In his new position at FindLaw, he'll get to straddle those two worlds as he manages product strategies from a technology perspective.

"What brought me to FindLaw was the opportunity to get back to management," Kennedy explained. "I enjoy helping develop people's skills. It's a nice reward to see people [under your management] do well."

It's been a busy June at FindLaw, with over 7 million visits to FindLaw.com pages this month alone.

So what were our top performing pages of the past 30 days, and what was our audience most interested in learning about? Let's take a look at the numbers:

When tech companies stress their values, you often hear buzzwords like "innovation" or "disruptive" used like clubs. But what about "agile?" While it's certainly very helpful for employees to be mentally and physically quick and nimble, when Silicon Valley talks about "Agile," you may be missing the big picture.

So what does it mean to be "Agile," and how is FindLaw taking part?

When it comes to parenting, it's generally assumed that fathers have the easy role to play. What's the worst thing that can happen to a father? If your answer is "a grilling accident" or "a spectator sports injury," you're only partly correct.

The updated Fathers' Rights section at FindLaw is dedicated to helping fathers navigate the wide range of legal issues they may face while raising children. Important issues covered by the section include family planning, child custody, child visitation, and adoption rights.

This past week, the FindLaw team welcomed a new editor for Consumer and Legal Professional Blogs, Peter Clarke. Peter was previously the Content Manager at LegalMatch.com where he headed a team of 13 writers.

So what does he do when he's not wrangling writers? A little bit of running, riding, and writing himself. Let's get to know FindLaw's latest addition.

With Memorial Day just a few days away, we at FindLaw would like to extend a heartfelt salute to all the selfless men and women who have served our country. And while those of us who haven't served can simply change the channel whenever there is news about military conflicts halfway around the world, thousands of uniformed service members don't have that luxury. Look around you; quite a few of these brave individuals are your neighbors and coworkers, or their sons and daughters.

Meet Air Force Captain Tony Alexander

One of our favorite colleagues, Air Force Captain Tony Alexander, works as a Project Manager in our Sunnyvale office. His current title makes sense, given the enormously complicated projects Alexander managed as a young captain in the 1980s. But while his work in the military involved matters of life and death, he credits his service for helping shape his approach to work and life in general.

We here are FindLaw aren't just lawyers. (Or journalists, or social media genii.) And we don't spend every hour of the day churning out the best consumer and legal professional content on the web.

Many of us have lives and hobbies that extend beyond the walls of our Sunnyvale, California offices -- here are just a few: