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Theda "Teddy" Snyder Theda “Teddy” Snyder mediates workers compensation cases throughout California. She is also available for legal freelance writing assignments. An attorney since 1977, she 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 books published by the American Bar Association, including "Women Rainmakers' Best Marketing Tips, 3rd Edition." Based in Los Angeles, Teddy can be found at WCMediator.com and on Twitter @WCMediator.

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You Can’t Practice Law Without Math

By | Apr.12.17 | No Comments

One of my mediations included negotiation of a medical provider’s lien. The lien was $10,000; the offer to settle it was $3,700. I gently pointed out that the offer was less than half the amount …Continue reading »


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Invisible Syllables

By | Mar.06.17 | No Comments

A television commercial for Butterfinger candy bars brags that they are “crispety.” Another advertisement claims they are “crunchety.” These descriptions are not words, and Nestle should not be trying to persuade us otherwise. One would …Continue reading »


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Elegant Insults

By | Feb.13.17 | 4 Comments

When your brain knows just the right word, you can be more concise. And sometimes you can slip in the verbal dagger without the victim understanding what you’ve done. Insouciant When you want to say the defendants …Continue reading »


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About Your Love Affair with the Hyphen

By | Jan.11.17 | No Comments

Some writers feel compelled to insert extra hyphens. Often they do it when they think they spot an adverb. Sometimes the offending word isn’t even functioning as an adverb; it’s part of a compound verb. …Continue reading »


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Attorneys, Don’t Bury the Lede

By | Dec.05.16 | No Comments

Attorneys frequently ignore this basic journalism rule: Start with your strongest point. Your lead or “lede” should entice the reader to continue reading. The phrase “bury the lede” appears to be the only use of …Continue reading »


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To Comma, Or Not to Comma: You May Be Getting It Wrong

By | Nov.09.16 | 2 Comments

Comma placement can cause a big effect in legal documents. (See "What Broadway's Hamilton Teaches About Legal Interpretation.") In particular, whether or not to place a comma before the word “and” frequently leads to errors. Use the …Continue reading »


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What Broadway’s Hamilton Teaches about Legal Interpretation

By | Oct.11.16 | No Comments

Comma placement matters. Broadway musical Hamilton’s Angelica Schuyler sings in “Take a Break”: In a letter I received from you two weeks ago I noticed a comma in the middle of a phrase It changed the meaning. Did …Continue reading »


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Ryan Lochte’s Vocabulary Lesson for All of Us

By | Sep.15.16 | No Comments

“I over-exaggerated.” It was impossible to miss the world’s derision for Ryan Lochte’s poor word choice. The Olympian was trying to explain his lies about how he found himself at the wrong end of a …Continue reading »


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If You Are Reading This … Oh, Wait, You Are!

By | Aug.18.16 | No Comments

Perhaps the most ridiculous construct I see and hear regularly is the conditional introductory phrase that prefaces content in documents with, “If you are reading this,” or that starts voicemail greetings with, “If you are …Continue reading »


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Talk Like You Drive — With Care

By | Jul.25.16 | 1 Comment

Nothing draws a smirk or an arched eyebrow in certain circles as quickly as mispronunciation of the brand name of an automobile. This faux pas is especially damning when entertaining clients in businesses related to …Continue reading »