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Trust: It's in Our DNA at FindLaw.com

I am not sure what got me thinking about this post in the From the Managing Editor series. Maybe it was some entertaining videos from our national sales conference. Maybe it was the annual goal setting last month. Maybe it was the post I wrote a few weeks ago about FindLaw's big 20th birthday. In any case, I started thinking about some values we hold to be crucial to the way we do business here at Thomson Reuters; most of all, the value of trust.

FindLaw celebrated its 20th birthday in January 2016. Over the past two decades, FindLaw has gone through so many changes, it's hard to imagine the company's humble beginnings as a Silicon Valley startup. A number of current employees, however, don't need to imagine -- they were there.

In this new Insider series, we're highlighting FindLaw employees who have been with the company the longest. Today we have the pleasure of featuring Andy Zangrilli, FindLaw's Business Lead, Cases and Codes in Sunnyvale, California.

FindLaw Turns 20!

Time flies when you're having fun.

Of all the clich├ęs I could think of about the passage of time, this is the one that I think best describes just how the little start-up that could -- FindLaw.com -- reached its 20th anniversary. Happy Birthday FindLaw. Next year you can drink!

See, fun. That is part of our ethos here at FindLaw, even though we are all grown up. We work every day to fulfill our mission to our users and bring them solutions to their legal problems, and we think you can tell if we love what we do. We think you can tell if we really believe that bringing people free, accurate, useful information and resources is important and yes, even fun. But how did we get here? Here's the story.

Viva FindLaw en Espanol!

Language is such an essential part of functioning as a human. It connects and divides us, teaches and lies to us, keeps us honest and rips us off, makes us laugh, and cry, and occasionally gets us into trouble. FindLaw's mission depends on clear and trustworthy communication of the law to consumers, most of whom don't have law degrees. While the majority of Americans speak English, Spanish is by far the second-most spoken language in the United States. And since there will be as many as 41 million Spanish speakers in the U.S. by 2020, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, we realized we needed to better communicate with this growing segment of legal consumers.

If you're not following FindLaw's blogs, you're missing out. Don't just take our word for it, take the ABA's. FindLaw's Technologist has been included in the ABA's 9th Annual Blawg 100, a list of 100 of the best legal blogs. This is the third time Technologist has made the ABA's top blogs list.

But while Technologist, a blog on legal technology news and developments for legal practitioners, may be winning praise, it's just one of the many great blogs FindLaw offers.

When you've got a legal question, to whom do you turn? I mean, besides the helpful FindLaw blogs. You probably ask that one friend who went to law school -- they're an expert, right? So you can imagine how many questions FindLaw's staff get from family and friends, covering every legal topic under the sun.

So here are a few of the more common questions we get asked, with some hopefully useful answers:

What Matters Most to a FindLaw Writer

This post in the From the Managing Editor series is a look at how we do what we do. My group here at FindLaw.com are the content creators. Other than News, Answers, Social, and our huge lawyer directory, all the original content on the site comes from the fantastic attorney writers who are part of the content team.

This is my crew. They write, update, scrub, improve, edit, and publish a ton of content each and every day, all year long. I won't tell you exactly how much, but let's just say the usual response when I tell other teams at FindLaw and Thomson Reuters how much we get done on a weekly basis is an "ooohhhh." I have to say, I am proud of that fact.

The struggle for a good work-life balance is something professionals of all stripes are well acquainted with. Professional success requires immense dedication, but so does personal fulfillment.

Thankfully, FindLaw is a company where you can have both a challenging career and a rewarding personal life. Here's how.

States have a certain amount of freedom to experiment with the law, often through legislative action but also (and increasingly so) through the ballot box. States are what John Stewart once called the "meth labs of democracy," and often are just as volatile. 

It wasn't long ago that same-sex marriage existed in a confusing, polarizing, and ever-shifting tangle of state and federal law, but that all changed with a single U.S. Supreme Court ruling. State laws allowing the medical and/or recreational use of marijuana (or cannabis) are following a similar trajectory, but it remains to be seen how the federal government ultimately will respond.

Here's a look at the latest changes in state marijuana laws from FindLaw's Learn About the Law Team.

FindLaw has an amazing collection of talented writers, each of whom found their love of writing nurtured by a favorite author or two. Or five. It's not shocking that FindLaw's writers are also voracious readers.

So who do they love to read? And which authors influenced FindLaw's current writing team? Let's take a look: