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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.

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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National Network Reporting Company Provides Ultimate Court Reporting Directory

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The National Network Reporting Company (also known as the NNRC) is a network dedicated to promoting quality court reporting firms across the United States, Canada, and Europe whilst providing both a national and international court reporting directory to today’s legal professionals. The NNRC is committed to opening new doors for lawyers by providing them with the necessary resources to expand their reach with 21st-century connectivity. They offer video conferencing, real-time reporting, accurate and timely transcripts, as well as a wide range of other services that aim to assist lawyers by enhancing efficiency and enabling them to take hold of their case materials in new ways.

A Database of Quality Reporters

In the age of interconnected technology, the decentralization of information is inevitable. This expedited information diffusion can have the unfortunate consequence of causing confusion rather than enlightenment, making the abundance of information next to worthless for those without the time to search through piles of related text. This is where specified search engines or specialized directories such as the National Network Reporting Company can be of great use. Giving industry professionals a way to easily navigate through the tangled rat’s nest of hashtags and keywords, court reporting directories like the NNRC are invaluable tools needed to navigate the vast world wide web. The ease of gathering the services necessary to ensure a successful litigation provides legal firms with a chance to focus on the most important details of winning a case.

Providing Worldwide Connections

worldwide_national_connectionWith their multitude of online services, law firms may contact the National Network Reporting Company from any location in order to find quality court reporters within their chosen area. Searches can be done by specific name or by general region, and attorneys can book their court reporter online through the NNRC website. Because those at the NNRC recognize that even straightforward cases can become unnecessarily complex if a legal service like a witness deposition is needed across state lines, the NNRC aims to provide 24/7 quality service to any attorneys in need of national court reporter coverage. The National Network Reporting Company prides itself in providing accurate information with reliable technology and full litigation support.

Houston Court Reporters With Over 25 Years of Experience

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Hanna & Hanna Certified Court Reporting & Video Specialists is a family-owned and operated court reporting firm that has been serving the Houston, Texas area for over 25 years. They focus their services on the needs of the modern attorney and continue to ensure quality with their cutting-edge technology and outstanding customer service. Their experienced team strives to provide everything an attorney requires. From specific needs for your deposition or simply delivering quality transcripts in a timely fashion, these Houston court reporters are dedicated to providing the utmost in litigation support to the Houston, Texas legal community.

A Host of Litigation Support Services

Apart from assistance in both complex and simple litigations and arbitrations, Hanna & Hanna Reporting offers support right on their website with an online scheduling and an online repository feature. Their full list of litigation services includes certified real-time reporters, legal video specialists, worldwide coverage, and internet streaming. With their Internet streaming services, Hanna & Hanna can help to circumvent any extra travel expenses by providing real-time Internet streaming to the location and device of your choice. The Hanna & Hanna team of Houston court reporters are there to work with you from the beginning to the end of your case.

Cady Reporting: Cleveland’s Premier Court Reporters Embrace Digital Technologies

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The advent of digital technologies is slowly transforming the legal profession. With regards to court reporting companies, technologies like high-definition video conferences, mobile booking and ultra high-speed wifi service present increased opportunities and increased investments for future opportunities. For Cleveland court reportersCady Reporting, the future is now.

A prominent member of the National Network Reporting Company (NNRC), one of the world’s largest directory of court reporters, Cady Reporting has risen to dominate the Cleveland, Ohio market with its embrace of the aforementioned technologies. The company’s new mobile booking engine is a smartphone and tablet-friendly form that allows for 24/7 service bookings anywhere in the world.

The importance of mobile booking cannot be over-emphasized with today’s highly-stressed and fast-paced attorneys. While many reporting companies put off updating their websites and technologies, Cady Reporting was one of the first firms to enhance there digital representation. The result is a commanding presence in the marketplace.

Gone are the days when the Web was an ancillary concern. For today’s court reporting and legal professionals an updated website with new content along with a solid social media presence represent the new necessities of life at the forefront. While attorneys, paralegals, expert witnesses, trial support pros and others within the legal profession are often trained in a more conservative business approach, many court reporters have fallen even further behind other industries when it comes to maintaining a technological status quo.

Led by President and Founder Charles Cady, the company is now a classic successful family business with the addition of Mr. Cady’s daughter, Michelle Cady-Cook. Cady Reporting represents a clear industry leader within the industry not only for their more than twenty years of experience and record of success but also for their fine conference room facilities and technical proficiency for all their services, from litigation support to videoconferencing and deposition reporting.

Cady Reporting also offers special seminars on formulating successful briefs and recording testimony for depositions in cases of all kinds. The link provided includes a video by Charles Cady.

Centrally located in downtown Cleveland at 1468 West 9th Street, Suite 440, Cady Reporting is revered within the industry for its collegiality with other professionals and for its ability to come through on last-minute needs by attorneys for depositions and other services for their cases.

This history along with the company’s forward-thinking embrace of the appropriate technologies makes Cady Reporting the premier court reporting firm in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tempest Reporting: Salt Lake City’s Court Reporting Firm of Choice

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After more than 30 years in business Tempest Reporting is making quite a name for itself. The Salt Lake City court reporters are renowned across Utah and the country for their reliability and their old-school commitment to their clients. Representing many of the top personal injury, corporate law, and criminal law firms around St. George, Ogden, Provo and of course, Salt Lake City, Tempest Reporting works intimately with attorneys and paralegals to create pristine transcripts of video depositions, personal depositions, and conferences.

Their ultra high speed WIFI and digital transcription technologies provide the latest technologies to their clients who are in search of clean and successful depositions. The Tempest offices, located at 175 South Main St #710 Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111, are among the largest in the industry and offer an array of amenities from videonconferencing facilities to high-end personal services for each host.

Founder and President Ariel Mumma explains her business philosophy:

“I founded Tempest Reporting as a way of expanding my career and committing to premium services such as trial support and real time reporting to the area legal community. From day one I wanted to raise the bar on the court reporting industry by offering the most highly-skilled certified reporters and latest technologies. With all the changes taking place in our industry, I am proud to be one of the last independently-owned and operated firms in Utah. Our record of service speaks for itself.”

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What separates Tempest from many other firms is the precision behind its work and the commitment to its clients. The firm often adapts schedulings and appointments for attorneys traveling across the nation. This flexibility coupled with an outstanding technology and legal team has given Tempest one of the most sterling portfolios of work in the nation.

Tempest Reporting is also a recent member of the National Network Reporting Company (NNRC). NNRC is the leading national court reporting directory offering partnerships and services across North America. The NNRC roster and strategic partnership provides Tempest Reporting with North American coverage and a major asset for its clients.

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National Court Reporting Firms is on Track to Build New Legal Directory

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For a busy attorney or paralegal, saving time is absolutely crucial. Between their multitude of cases, paperwork, and personal lives the last thing a legal professional wants to think about is finding a court reporting or litigation service that can fulfill all their needs. In the age of the internet, everyone has a website, and looks can be deceiving. Two websites can have nearly identical looks and interface, yet one could be a phenomenal litigation firm, while the other could absolutely horrible.

So how can one tell the difference between the good, the bad, and the ugly?

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National Court Reporting Firms is a publication dedicated to bringing those in the litigation field the most up-to-date news on court reporters and the legal world. In the recent weeks, however, the website has been taking on a new endeavor: creating a comprehensive, new directory of court reporters based on state.

The directory is designed to help lawyers find a court reporting professional they know they can count on in their area. Each firm has a history of excellence that has kept their doors open and their clients loyal. Their court reporting services are accurate and efficient. They offer a variety of litigation services that can be tailored to the client’s needs. They will do everything they can to ensure their client is fully satisfied—proving that each and every one of their customers is more than just an end to a mean. The firm’s staff truly cares about the outcome of their case.

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Though the index is constantly growing to encompass every state in the U.S., currently, law firms can find excellent court reporting services in 13 states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.

Each state has a link to one (or more) court reporting firm that will go above and beyond to help their clients. The link directs potential clients to a summary of the firm, giving them a rough idea of services and positive qualities the firm possesses. From that point, potential clients can decide if they want to move forward and book with the firm.

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This invaluable resource allows attorneys to find a quality court reporting service without the hassle of weeding through websites and ads themselves, allowing them to focus on their own cases, and their own lives.

For more information, visit nationalcourtreportingfirms.com.