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Theda "Teddy" Snyder Theda “Teddy” Snyder mediates workers compensation cases throughout California. She is also available for freelance writing assignments. Teddy has practiced in a variety of settings and frequently speaks and writes about settlements and the business of law. She is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and the author of four ABA books, including "Women Rainmakers' Best Marketing Tips, 3rd Edition" as well as "Personal Injury Case Evaluation" available on Amazon.com. Based in Los Angeles, Teddy can be found at WCMediator.com and on Twitter @WCMediator.

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Nym Words: Sufferin’ Suffixes

By | Jul.11.18 | No Comments

Words with the suffix “–nym” pop up regularly. Some are common, but many of the 46 words with this suffix are not. “Nym” derives from the Greek word for name or word. Don’t include obscure –nym …Continue reading »


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Why Lawyers Are Redundant: History Is Destiny

By | Jun.12.18 | No Comments

History — and I’m going way, way back — informs why lawyers write in redundancies. Blame It on the French When William the Conqueror imposed Norman law on England in the 11th century, the Anglo-Saxon population was …Continue reading »


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How Euphemisms Improve Your Lawyering

By | May.30.18 | No Comments

Euphemisms are words or phrases used in place of other words that might offend the recipient of the message. The prefix eu- means “good.” Euphemisms substitute good language for what some might consider bad. Sometimes …Continue reading »


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Making and Using Too Many Words

By | Apr.11.18 | No Comments

Do you make a decision before using litigation? Or do you just decide to litigate? “Make” and “use” are prime targets for revision as you edit your professional writing. These are transitive verbs. You’re going to …Continue reading »


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Five Usage Errors — With Celebrities

By | Mar.06.18 | No Comments

Just because you see a word or phrase in public media doesn’t mean it is being used correctly. Here are five common incorrect usages. 1. Nicole Kidman’s Husband Is Real Because a person is famous does not …Continue reading »


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Do Your Gestures Belie Your Words?

By | Feb.07.18 | No Comments

My "Get to the Point!" columns talk about writing and speaking. But you communicate another way, too — through body language. Studies show that your gestures may speak more loudly than your words and can even …Continue reading »


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Profanity in the Legal Workplace

By | Jan.10.18 | No Comments

Oh, balderdash! I just read that using profanity enhances team building in the workplace. Say what? Apparently, a vocabulary of four-letter words brands you as part of the “in” group in the information technology industry, and …Continue reading »


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You Lost Me Right From the Start: Avoiding Communication Turn-offs

By | Dec.12.17 | No Comments

You’re articulate, right? You appreciate and emulate good legal writing. So why do you turn off so many listeners and readers so soon? In the film “Jerry Maguire,” Renee Zellweger as Dorothy Boyd tells Tom Cruise’s …Continue reading »


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Five Tax Benefits to Working From a Home Office

By | Nov.24.17 | No Comments

Some lawyers choose to limit overhead by working from home. They may arrange for supplemental virtual services and conference room access. While not every practice area may lend itself to working from home, technology has …Continue reading »


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The Death of Capitalization

By | Nov.07.17 | No Comments

It started with the iPod, the iPad and the iPhone. Capital letters appeared in places they never appeared before. Grammar rules call for capitalizing proper names, but now the correct reference to some brands calls …Continue reading »