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FindLaw's Top Pingpong Players Keep Their Eyes On the Ball

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By William Peacock, Esq. on November 07, 2013 9:03 AM

A doctor, a priest, and a ninja walk into a cafeteria...

How do you transform a company pingpong tournament from ordinary to extraordinary? Hold the tournament with a handful of participants in costume on Halloween. (Seriously folks: next year, more costumes.)

Or you can simply lock a bunch of Silicon Valley engineers, MBAs, and lawyers in a room and watch them alternate between feats of athleticism and, sadly, tripping over their own feet.

Technology Manager Tsing Xue's 'penhold' grip served her well at FindLaw's table tennis tournament last week. (Photo by FindLaw Software Development Engineer Anthony Hoang)

Technology Manager Tsing Xue's "penhold" grip served her well at FindLaw's table tennis tournament last week. (Photo by FindLaw Software Development Engineer Anthony Hoang)

Beginners' League

If laughing at (and with) the participants is your preferred flavor of entertainment, the beginner's bracket was where the action was at. Between my face-plant on the ground (which inspired workers' compensation jokes by the judging panel) and the unorthodox "penhold" grip of FindLaw Technology Manager Tsing Xue (which took her to the finals), much fun was had in the junior league.

Also, many thanks to my ninja opponent, aka Senior Software Engineer David Jamin, who didn't embarrass me too badly in my surgical scrubs.

Though Tsing's submariner-style grip allowed her to trounce the opposition on the way to the finals, she was bested by Santokh Singh, a software engineer with Thomson Reuters' IP & Science division (which shares the cafeteria with FindLaw in Sunnyvale, California), who became the Beginners' League Champion.

Thomson Reuters IP & Science Principal Software Engineer Yurgis Baykshtis. (Photo by Anthony Hoang)

Thomson Reuters IP & Science Principal Software Engineer Yurgis Baykshtis. (Photo by Anthony Hoang)

Advanced League

We knew this was going to be a different game when we first witnessed the forceful paddle swings of IP & Science Principal Software Engineer Yurgis Baykshtis, with a furious strength that would make Mike Tyson proud.

Though he did not prevail in the matchup against FindLaw's Manager of User Experience Gavin McGovern, at least we now know where those holes in the foosball table came from. (So. Much. Rage.)

As for the rest of the bracket, one notable internal battle featured two from FindLaw's audience team: Consumer Blogs Senior Writer Brett Snider took down the Reverend Senior Content Specialist Adam Ramirez in the first round. Unfortunately, after defeating a costumed man of the cloth, Snider himself had to yield to a higher pingpong-playing power shortly thereafter.

Who snagged the Advanced League Championship? Congratulations to FindLaw Lead Software Engineer Daniel Shen. And thanks to FindLaw Software QA Analyst Jonathan Huie for organizing the tournament.

From left: FindLaw staffers Brett Snider, Kevin Ramey, Thomasz Pawlowski, Jose Camporro Jenaro, and Adam Ramirez. (Photo by Anthony Hoang)

From left: Senior Writer Brett Snider, Content Marketing Specialist Kevin Ramey, Architect Tomasz Pawlowski, Front End Engineer Jose Camporro Jenaro, and Senior Content Specialist Adam Ramirez. (Photo by Anthony Hoang)

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