Saving Time with Court Reporters

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Once a upon a time, all court reporting firms offered was just that: court reporting. Attorneys turned to these professionals for reliable, fast, and accurate reporting, and that was it.


The video above illustrates just how wildly the industry has changed. What was once a series of dots and dashes similar to Morse Code has grown into a system of shorthand reliable, computer-aided transcription machines. Reporters often work alongside videographers to produce a video with a transcript, and they can even deliver their transcripts to clients in real time.

But as the years have gone by and technology has come to be more advanced, attorneys have come to expect these diverse litigation support services throughout their cases. No one wants to have to hop between business to business to find the support they need.

Competitive court reporting firms don’t want their clients to have to do that either. They understand not only how much of the client’s time that search wastes, but how that search could be bad for their own business. If a client finds a different court reporting firm that offers all the services they need, chances are that they will lose that client. As a result, many firms have gone on to add the litigation support services that attorneys require.

As the one-stop-shop for all things litigation support, many court reporting firms go above and beyond to take that title further and provide additional legal resources. These resources are often designed to save an attorney’s time by answering any questions they might have before they are asked. For professionals in the legal sphere, any saved time is precious.

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In a city like Las Vegas, this rings especially true. In a location like that, the legal scene is a bustling one. Attorneys often work on a plethora of diverse cases that require every ounce of their attention. They don’t have time to scour the internet in search of firms that can deliver upon their legal needs.

One of the leading firms in the area, Envision Legal, has set up their website with that in mind. In just two clicks, clients can see exactly which services the full-service litigation support firm offers. From there, turning to the site’s subheadings answers any questions clients might have about the specific service—from an F.A.Q about court reporters, information about realtime reporting, trial presentation, and more.

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Under the “resources” heading, attorneys can find a broader scope of help. Whether in need of tips on ensuring a quality deposition or Nevada legal resources, all of that can be found in this section. When a client clicks through the site, it is abundantly clear that it is designed with client needs in mind.

“It was important to make things easy to navigate, and easy to digest,” firm president, Monice Campbell, says. “Attorneys don’t want to spend time reading thousands of words about a service. They want to know what the firm offers is of the highest quality from the get-go.”

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It’s common knowledge that many attorneys work far past the hours of an average workday. According to a 2018 Legal Trends report, 75% of lawyers often work outside regular business hours, with 39% of them reporting that it negatively effects their personal lives. This is especially the case for those who live in larger cities. Between billable hour requirements, the catch-up cycle, and other client services attorneys often work long and hard hours.

This is one of the many reasons why court reporting firms do what they can to provide attorneys fast, reliable services every time. Both attorneys and their staff don’t have time to ho and hum over decisions. They need a firm that boasts a reputation of timeliness, as well as full-service litigation support.

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On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow addresses just how important attorneys are to the court room on a specific case. “The court reporter in that case has been asked to do absolutely heroic work.”

Quality court reporting firms are chalk-full of professionals who make that happen. Whether working on a small interpersonal case or a case with a major organization, court reporters should do all they can to get attorneys what they need, exactly when they need it. That dedication should ripple down to each and every staff member. Successful, full service litigation support firms should offer:

  • Legal videographers who utilize the best technology in the business for the clearest, crispest audio and visuals possible
  • Diverse trial support options to fulfill anything attorneys need
  • Remote deposition services that connect teams over a secure server no matter where in the world they are
  • Realtime reporting professionals who are the fastest and most accurate in the business
  • And more.

Speed and accuracy have always been driving factors of court reporting firms, and they will forever continue to be. By providing attorneys with the legal resources they need to perform properly, court reporters make a world of difference in one’s case. Quality transcripts get attorneys the results they need. Firms should make every step of that journey easier. With simple booking and a plethora of information to review, court reporters make the lives and work of their clients far more simple.

Legal Videography and Court Reporting

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Litigation support has grown into a diverse world for legal professionals to peruse. It is rare that attorneys simply require a court reporting or trial support service—more often than not, they need several services for their upcoming case. Court reporting firms have learned that the best way to keep in business is to listen to client needs and include the services they really need in their lineup.

For the longest time, court reporting firms did just that: court reporting. The world of law has become more complex and demanding for attorneys, so naturally, some of that demand shifts to court reporting firms. On top of court reporting, firms now offer anything from transcription, to interpreters, to mediation to keep up with the ever-changing needs of clients.

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The best firms, however, incorporate the latest technology into their services. As technology grows more important, legal videography has practically become a right-hand-man to court reporting. These days, court reporting firms that don’t offer legal videography fall short. But what is legal videography, and why is it so important?

A legal videographer is a professional who is responsible for recording legal proceedings with high-quality audio and video equipment. They can be utilized to record a trial, legal deposition, the signing of legal documents, or even to record evidence for trials like damaged property. To work with a firm that officers legal videography, prospective videographers should get their Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) certification from the NCRA. This ensures the professional’s understanding of the field and level of skill. Legal videographers should have a quality video camera, audio mixer, microphones, headphones, and even backdrops at their disposal so a client can get the most out of their service.


There are a number of specificities that legal videographers must keep in mind as they move forward with a case. They must know the differences in the operation of legal videography on a state-by-state basis. It is up to the legal videographer to know those rules and receive the proper certifications and meet the correct industry standards that clients look for. The legal videographer knows what state rules and what federal rules take priority on a job.

The world is full of jargon the average attorney might not know the answer to when it comes to their legal video service, and it isn’t their job. Their legal videographer takes care of the industry specific videos so the attorney has nothing to worry about. For a crash course on becoming a deposition videographer, watch the video below.

Legal videographers are another fantastic resource to have on top of one’s court reporter. By capturing the audio and visuals of a deposition, attorneys can craft a stronger narrative for the courtroom. Some court reporting firms work with an additional legal videography firm or a freelance professional, while others employ in-house professionals. In-house legal videographers are especially valuable, as it gives client the comfort of knowing the standard they expect from their court reporters transfers to their legal videographers.

“In-house legal videography sweetens the deal for many attorneys,” Marti Sutherland-Vidal, Chief Operating Officer of Laws Reporting, says. “When a client knows they can trust your firm, they don’t want to hop around to others and hope they get the same level of support because you don’t offer all the services they need. Offering legal videography in the same place they get their court reporters is a game-changer.”

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Sutherland-Vidal’s Miami court reporters at Laws Reporting have offered a variety of litigation services essentially since the firm’s conception. It is what has kept the firm in business for almost 50 years. Given how court reporters and legal videographers work in-tandem on such a high number of cases, it only made sense to add legal videography in Miami to their services.

Many may think legal video services directly get in the way of the work court reporters do, but that is just not the case. When utilized together, a legal video and court reporting service are an unstoppable resource for attorneys. Video synchronization marries these two services together seamlessly: the accurate transcript recorded be the reporter can be transposed over the recorded video so that it appears as captions over the video.

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While clearly helpful in nature, it becomes abundantly clear just how useful video synchronization is once one takes a closer look. Attorneys can use their synchronized video during their reviewal process as they prepare for the next step, as it makes clip retrieval far easier (and faster). When used during a trial, this service is especially pertinent for the hard of hearing. It allows them to digest what was said during a deposition or other legal proceeding just as easily as everyone else.

“I would encourage others to earn the CLVS certification because you never know when you may need the skills, even if you are primarily still reporting,” Deborah Alvina, a court reporter and legal videographer, says, clearly illustrating the growing importance of the field.

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Despite how closely court reporters and legal videographers work, Certified Legal Video Specialists still don’t have an active role in within the National Court Reporters Association. Given the importance of a quality professional in this area of practice, it is shocking to know that they are often left out of decisions the association makes.

Legal video specialists are making a grand push for their voices to be heard. A vote will be held at the NCRA’s July conference that determines a more active inclusion throughout the organization.

“The CLVS program has been around for 30 years and for us to not have a voice by now, and we’ve been such a team partner of the court reporters… is frustrating.”

Considering how Certified Legal Video Specialists have been practically essential to the world of law for the past several decades, it is only a matter of time before they receive the representation they deserve. Court reporters who work alongside these professionals have long-since been aware of their worth, and the rest of the world would be apt to follow suit.

Hanna & Hanna Reporting Announces Videoconferencing Services

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Hanna & Hanna Reporting is pleased to announce their videoconferencing services. For decades, attorneys and paralegals in the Houston area have come to Hanna & Hanna for their sterling reputation of accuracy and timeliness in court reporting. Now, attorneys in need of a quality videoconferencing service can come to Hanna Reporting and receive that exact same quality of service. Hanna Reporting’s staff uses the latest equipment in the industry so that audio and video are as crisp and clear as possible. In a time where gathering in larger groups is still frowned upon, videoconferencing is a great option.

Attorneys can keep their legal teams and witnesses safe at home all the way to the deposition stage. Hanna & Hanna Reporting is proud to offer their clients remote deposition services. The firm utilizes the best technology in the business to connect attorneys to their staff and certified court reporters over a secure server with crisp audio and visuals.

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Over the past several decades Hanna & Hanna Reporting has made a name for itself as one of the best litigation firms in the area. These Houston court reporters are well known for their dedication to the craft and their responsive customer service. They work tirelessly to ensure their client’s needs are met the first time. Their membership with the National Network Reporting Company (NNRC), a court reporting agency that assures the quality of court reporters with their strict vetting process, only solidifies their reputation of timeliness, efficiency, and accuracy.

For more information on Hanna & Hanna, call (713) 840-8484 or email info@hannareporting.com.

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The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar is there for Ohio Legal Professionals

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In the state of Ohio, Cleveland is a legal hub. As one of the largest cities in the state, it’s no wonder it’s home to some of the best, most reliable professionals in the business. When in need of an attorney, clients can find one who fights for their rights no matter the area of practice. When that attorney then goes on to build a legal team, they have the best Cleveland, Ohio court reporters to choose from.

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While these legal professionals are well-known for the support they provide their clients, they can’t operate without support of their own. In Cleveland, that place is the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. The bar association has over 135 years of history under its belt. What once served as two separate bar associations– the Cleveland Bar, serving the city, and the Cuyahoga County Bar Association, serving the county– combined to become the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. It is now the primary resource for research in the area, perfect for students and professionals alike.

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The nonprofit is dedicated to supporting the needs of those in the surrounding Cleveland area. With attorneys, judges, students, court reporters, and other business professionals as members, any legal professional can find the resources they require to provide their clients the best results possible.  The organization promotes unparalleled professional and ethical standards in hopes of creating an honest legal community.

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The association is nationally recognized for their public outreach and pro bono legal services. Lawyers Giving Back is a program designed to support the Cleveland community through hundreds of volunteer lawyers collaborating with other business professionals and community partners. Together, they work to help students continue their education and provide people access to justice who otherwise may not be able to afford it.

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association was designed to help people. Legal professionals can turn to the association for any resources or educational purposes they desire. Other citizens of Cleveland can turn to the association for whatever legal assistance they need.

Elder Law

Connecting with Clients Via the Internet

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It has long since been a fact that the digital age heavily impacts our lives. Never was this fact more true, however, before the global pandemic struck in 2020. Suddenly, those who may not have been as attached to technology were forced to learn how to better incorporate it into their lives.

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This impacted people not just on an interpersonal level, but a business level. Companies that previously operated mostly on a face-to-face basis were forced to transition to a virtual way of keeping in business.

West Palm Beach attorney, Mark Shalloway, is among the professionals who had to make this change. His elder law firm, Shalloway & Shalloway, has served South Florida’s senior citizens and their families for 30 years now, and they weren’t about to let a pandemic get in the way of that service. In a time where an area of law such as elder law is so important, it was crucial that Shalloway keep their doors open, even if that meant in a virtual setting.

To keep people safe and healthy at home, Shalloway & Shalloway offered their services over phone or video call. Though working from home, everyone is available during regular business hours to discuss one’s estate planning, asset protection, or any other elder law needs. Florida documents can even be notarized using audio-video technology during this time– ensuring every step can be made from the comfort and safety of one’s home.

Always a proponent for educating the masses, Shalloway hosts free, elder law seminars where audience members can learn about anything from wills and trusts to Medicaid planning. For years, these seminars occurred across Palm Beach County, open to any who wanted to learn more about the world of law. When meeting in large quantities became dangerous, Shalloway didn’t let those seminars day. He adapted. Now, anyone in the world can attend Shalloway’s free, virtual seminars every month via Zoom. Clients should reserve their spots by emailing seminars@shalloway.com or calling 561-686-6200 to get the most out of the experience.

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As things change, so have Shalloway’s services. The offices are open again, but extra precautions are taken for the benefit of clients and employees alike. Everyone is required to wear masks and keep six feet in distance. Plastic dividers have been put up in offices and at reception to better separate everyone. Additional sanitization measures have been taken on top of the firm’s already existing cleaning system. At Shalloway’s offices, clients can be confident they are safe.

Whether more comfortable with a physical or virtual connection, Shalloway & Shalloway is there for their clients. Learn more by calling 561-686-6200, filling out this contact form, or visiting their office.

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How Court Reporting and Remote Depositions Come Together

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In the past year, the world of law has had to make some major changes. With many professionals working from home for the majority of the year, everyone has had to adapt what they do to keep cases moving while ensuring the safety of everyone involved.

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With livelihoods potentially in the balance, the law can’t just be put on hold. National Network Reporting Company (NNRC) quickly rose to the challenge. Videoconferencing was already a service the litigation firm employed. The service allows attorneys to connect across the globe for any sort of meeting they may need. The next logical step was to transform that idea into remote depositions.

How can an attorney have a remote deposition? It’s the exact same idea of an in-person deposition, just from the comfort and safety of each participant’s home or personal office with a few minor changes. Remote depositions must be agreed upon by all involved parties. Any and all exhibits or documents must be delivered to those involved via email. All those involved should ensure their microphone and cameras properly work. On the day of the deposition, oath must be administered remotely. From that point on, the deposition continues as it might in the court room.

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Though some may think a remote deposition may mean no court reporter involvement, this does not have to be the case. When an attorney schedules a remote deposition through the NNRC, that service can include one of the company’s skilled professionals. Though not in-person, the NNRC’s court reporters are still able to produce an accurate transcript in record time, and are on standby to assist with any problems that may arise.

With the NNRC, attorneys can be confident all their information is safe. The company utilizes the best technology in the business so that legal teams and their witnesses connect over a secure server. All details of the case stay between those involved in it, precisely as it should be.

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In a time where everything seems uncertain, the NNRC is there to make things a little clearer. For decades they have offered superior litigation support to attorneys, paralegals, and other legal professionals across the globe. Customer service should never come second, especially in a global pandemic. With the NNRC, clients not only know their case is in good hands, but the hands of professionals who truly care. In a line of work so important, that is a quality that truly matters.

To learn more about the NNRC and their remote depositions, call (916) 451-9187, email debbe.dreher@nnrc.com, or fill out this contact form.

Court Reporters: The Unsung Heroes of the Courtroom

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Court reporters are the unsung heroes of the courtroom. The media loves to portray lawyers speaking in dramatic absolutes and waving their arms while the judge bangs their gavel to demand order in the court. While this is something that seldom happens, even if it did, what happens when attorneys, the jury, and the judge pack up for the day? How do they remember what exactly happened accurately and honestly?

They turn to their transcripts. Attorneys study what was said to help shape their case. Judges need the transcript to make a fair decision. And where do they get these transcripts? From their court reporters.

The court reporters at Beovich, Walter, & Friend (BWF) are the unsung heroes of Portland, Oregon. Since 1957, BWF has cemented themselves with a reputation of excellence, state-of-the-art equipment, and leading services. When attorneys need a Portland court reporter, BWF is the firm that they turn to.

BWF Reporters has kept their doors open for 60 years by offering diverse litigation services for a number of different legal fields. Court reporting is just the beginning. They also offer realtime reporting, internet streaming, videography, videoconferencing, tape and CD transcription, and more. Sometimes, accidents happen, or a particularly important case needs a transcript as soon as possible. To help meet these needs, BWF offers expedited transcripts, and even same-day drafts. BWF’s areas of practice cover personal injury law, copyright law, immigration law, and a number of other fields, so that just about any law professional can come to BWF, request a service, and get exactly the help they need.

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Perhaps the aspect of business that truly separates BWF from the rest is their promise of “transparent billing.” With their itemized invoices, clients know exactly what they’re being charged and why. This open and honest business plan helps build clients’ trust, which is one of the most important factors of running a reporting firm, and really, any type of business.

Booking a service with BWF is easy. Upon arriving to the website, all a potential or returning client has to do is select “schedule a service,” fill out a form with contact information and information on the case, and submit the request. The form is easy to understand and fill out. BWF understands that sometimes, a service is needed quickly, so if a client needs to schedule a reporter or litigation service within two days, all they have to do is call (503) 228-7201. Once scheduled, attorneys and paralegals can be confident that their case is in good hands.

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The firm has even adapted to the current global pandemic. In order to keep people at home while continuing the course of law, BWF proudly offers remote depositions. They utilize the best tech in the business to make sure everyone is connected over a secure server and easily heard. It is just one of the many ways BWF goes above and beyond to serve their clients.

To contact Beovich, Walter, & Friend, call (503) 228-7201, email info@bwfreporters.com, or visit their offices.

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Beinestock Nationwide Court Reporting & Video

Leader in Michigan Court Reporting Since 1995

Bienenstock Court Reporting & Video has been a leader in quality court reporting, legal video, and litigation support services since 1995. Although their offices are located in Michigan, their services are available nation-wide and are guaranteed to be prompt, professional, and problem-free. Their experienced and professional staff can assist you from the initial opening to the final closing of a case. Their number one goal is to work hard in order to make your life easier.

Bienenstock’s staff branches include; Court Reporters, Scheduling Department, Litigation Support Department, Legal Video Department, and their Production Department. All of Bienenstock’s Michigan court reporters have passed the rigorous testing to ensure State certification in corporate social responsibility (CSR), and many have gone on to earn their National certifications of Registered Professional Reporter as well as Registered Merit Reporter. In addition to reporting, their administrative staff has extensive training in scheduling and managing large and complex cases. Because of their experience they are fully prepared to handle any last-minute changes as well.

Comprehensive Pre-trail Support and Trial Presentation Services

Bienenstock’s Litigation Support Specialists are first in providing comprehensive pre-trial support and trial presentation services. Their Trial Technologists have hundreds of hours of courtroom experience and have won many cases with their persuasive multimedia presentations. Included in the multimedia aspect are Bienenstock’s Legal Video services. Their Video Technicians are trained in accordance with the NCRA Certified Legal Video Specialist standards. Furthermore, their Transcript Production and Imaging Specialists are experienced and guarantee on-time delivery of your evidentiary needs.

Bienenstock Court Reporting & Video court reporting firms has multiple locations that offer pre-equipped Videoconferencing. These locations are in Ann Arbor, Bingham Farms, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw, Michigan. The remaining locations are in Flint, Jackson, Lansing, and Mt. Clemens, Michigan and include everything else to ensure a professional working environment.

Laws Reporting Announces Mediation Services

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(Miami, Florida) November 18, 2020

Laws Reporting is pleased to announce their mediation services. The objective of mediation is to settle a case in a way that all parties are satisfied before it reaches trial. It involves the parties at odd, and an impartial, third party mediator. These professionals are unbiased and can help the parties work together to eliminate some of the problems between them.

The Miami court reporting firm offers mediation because they know how expensive lawsuits can be. The longer a lawsuit is drawn out, the more money both parties are forced to shell out. By turning to Laws Reporting for a mediation service, it is possible for the case to come to a close far faster than a lawsuit, allowing both parties to return to their lives sooner rather than later.

Laws Reporting works tirelessly to make the lives of their clients as easy as possible. The firm offers a wide-breadth of litigation services to fulfill any and all legal needs that may come up. It is time consuming to find a litigation support firm an attorney can trust, and doubly more difficult to find firms that can handle each requirement. In Miami, Laws Reporting is that firm.

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In need of a quality court reporter? Laws Reporting has the timely, accurate, and effective professionals every attorney needs. How about a video service? At Laws, clients can expect crisp audio and visuals every single time. Interpreters for an upcoming case? Laws Reporting offers professionals for Spanish, Creole, Portuguese, Thai, Korean, Mandarin, and Cantonese. If you can name a litigation service, Laws Reporting can help you. The firm wants nothing more than the citizens of south Florida to have the high quality litigation support services they deserve.

For more information, call (954) 581–4010, email laws@lawsreporting.com, fill out this contact form, or visit their offices.

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Coash & Coash Reporting for Phoenix, Arizona

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Established in 1981 by professional court reporters Gerard T Coash and Meri Coash, Coash and Coash is proud to provide top notch full litigation services to the Phoenix legal community. With over 30 years of combined experience, the Coashes and their staff are all certified with the National Court Reporting Agency (NCRA), which allows them to provide a vital resource of expertise that meets every reporting requirement. A statement that is further supported by their incorporation of the best and most recent court reporting technologies such as real-time court reporting, e-transcripts, DepoView, and YesVideo.

Full Litigation Support For Phoenix, Arizona

As a way to provide convenient, full support services, Coash & Coash has set up their agency to be a veritable one-stop-shop for all of your court reporting and litigation support requirements. Their clear website advertises court reporting services, nationwide scheduling, videography services, mobile and regular video conferencing, an online repository, interactive real-time streaming, and a variety of transcript options including e-transcripts.

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As seasoned and professional Phoenix court reporters, Coash & Coash, has ample experience providing for depositions, hearings, arbitrations, and trials. Their deposition services include a video deposition option and a fully-furnished office space for client meetings and video conference calls. On-site faxing and photocopying are available as are interpreters and catering upon request. In addition, every transcript and deposition can be viewed from any device with a secure internet connection. The court reporter’s live notes will stream onto your device for quick and easy reference notes throughout the proceedings.

Reliable Service Guaranteed

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The Coash & Coash team is proud to support today’s legal professionals by supplying them with convenient services and the latest in court reporting and information storage technologies. Over the past thirty-four years, their company has strived towards excellence and providing top notch court reporting techniques, making them one of Pheonix’s best and most sought-after court reporting agencies in the field. Whether it be long-distance, in their offices, the courtroom, or referring you to another court reporting agency that uses the same care and attention to detail as they, the team at Coash & Coash is standing by to enhance your trial and leave you to focus on the important aspects of defending your client.