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Life Before FindLaw

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.

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:

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:

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:

April Fools' Day is behind us, and Tax Day is starting to fade from memory. But before April -- also known as Distracted Driving Month -- comes to a close, you should remind yourself of the distracted driving laws that exist in your and many other states.

To get you started here are some legal reminders about what to do (and not do) when you're behind the wheel.

FindLaw.com is certainly the most knowledgeable source for legal information on these here interwebs, but where did we get all this legal knowledge from? Easy: Wikipedia.

Kidding.

Almost all of us amassed our considerable legal expertise in law school, while the others are just that smart. Here's a little rundown of the institutions to which FindLaw's best and brightest owe mountains of law school debt.

After being a Senior Writer with FindLaw's Consumer Blogs for almost two years, I've written quite a few posts -- over 2,000 if you're keeping score.

In all that time, there were obviously some posts that were better than others and some that were... best left unsaid. But why focus on the negative when there are real gems that came out of my time with FindLaw's Blogs?

As I transition from the Blogs team to FindLaw's Direct to Consumer unit, I've been asked to reflect on 10 of my favorite posts during my tenure as a writer. Here they are:

Thanks to you, our visitors, FindLaw.com saw tremendous growth this past year: Visits to many of our Learn About the Law topic sections more than doubled in 2014. But in our eyes, the true mark of success lies in the countless stories of people who successfully turned to FindLaw for help -- for example, learning how to file a claim for a wage violation or how to start the adoption process.

We take our work seriously because we know it involves real people's lives, often in times of crisis. (In fact, we'd love to hear your stories of how FindLaw helped you get out of a legal jam -- please let us know via Facebook and Twitter!)

As the year draws to a close, we'd like to leave you with the 10 fastest-growing Learn About the Law sections -- those that saw the greatest increase in visitors in 2014:

The year is coming to a close, but we can't say goodbye to 2014 without considering some of the "greatest hits" from FindLaw's consumer-focused legal blogs.

Every year, FindLaw's Blogs cover topics that consumers can't get enough of: law enforcement questions, viral video liability, and even reality TV court battles.

So what did consumers love most about 2014? Here are 2014's Top 10 Consumer Blog posts: