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Life Before FindLaw

By Steven Tanner on July 28, 2015 9:58 AM

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.

Gabriella Khorasanee, Team Lead of FindLaw's Direct to Consumer team, admitted she "hated" working for "Big Law" in her otherwise beloved home city of New York. So she left the firm and pursued her interest in fashion instead, founding a women's streetwear line that was sold in Paris and featured in various media outlets.

Khorasanee never returned to Big Law, but has found a nice balance here at FindLaw.

Associate Online Ad Trafficker Yuka Fujikawa also appreciates the work-life balance at FindLaw, having worked for an advertising agency in Tokyo, Japan that demanded exceptionally long hours.

"Working in Tokyo was the craziest experience," the Japanese native recalled. "I remember going home after midnight every day; but somehow, I enjoyed it."

Chris Coble, Senior Writer of Consumer Blogs, interned for two different district attorney's offices during law school -- one in Boulder County, Colorado, and the other in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. He described them both as amazing experiences.

"Almost all the hearings [in Marin] were for DUI and were lessons in how to think on your feet in front of a judge," Coble said. "During both internships I got to work with and for some really great folks."

Senior SEM Strategist Sy Nitto worked in an actual war zone prior to FindLaw. While on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, he was sent to Taqaddum Air Base in Iraq to start a production line for the armoring of Humvees. Along with 150 contractors, Nitto's team oversaw the conversion of facilities that would install life-saving metal plates on the vehicles.

The factory was fully operational, working around the clock, within six months.

Like many of our colleagues, Core Content Team Lead Corey Licht came to us directly out of law school. While working toward his J.D., Licht interned for several entertainment and music companies, including Fox Sports and IODA (a subsidiary of Sony Music). As an undergrad, he interned with newspapers in Tampa Bay, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia.

"FindLaw felt like a good way to combine my writing background with my legal training," he said.

Peter Clarke, Blog Editor and Team Lead, actually came to us from a competitor -- -- where he served as the Content Manager. He also wrote content for (a site that helps people improve their online reputations) and "dabbled" in a career as a literary agent.

Some, including Casey Sullivan (Senior Writer, Legal Professional Blogs), changed careers entirely. Sullivan worked in education for six years, teaching English and writing at a school in the Bronx before working with an educational nonprofit organization focused on social justice, environmental ethics, and animal welfare.

And that's just a small sampling of the varied experiences that help make FindLaw such a dynamic and diverse workplace. Be sure to check out our Learn About the Law section, editorial blogs, and Answers forum to stay informed about the legal issues that matter most to you.

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