Posts in category "freelance court reporting"

Using A Translator For Foreign-Speaking Witnesses Doesn't Mean The Witness Is Deaf!

Huh?  Okay, I’ll explain. I have a client, whom I love, whom shall remain nameless, who elevates his voice to 90 decibels whenever he’s taking a deposition using a translator. Here is an example of decibel levels so you get the picture: Example of decibels DECIBEL SOUND EXAMPLE 75 Constant sound Busy restaurant around lunchtime... Read more »

How To Spot A Fake Court Reporter

There are some things that can be faked without dire consequences–high-end bags, shoes, watches, and apparel, to name a few. Whenever I visit New York, I’m amazed by the number of street vendors peddling an array of counterfeited luxury items, everything from Lois Vuitton to Rolex.  While I would agree with Milton Pedraza, CEO of... Read more »

Theft of Services, Part Deux

My recent blog Unauthorized Sharing of Deposition and Court Transcripts, Theft of Services? got me thinking back to some not-so-funny attempts by uneducated lawyers trying to obtain free transcripts from my company.  So much so that I am forced to write Theft of Services, Part Deux. Years and years ago, an attorney who shall remain nameless... Read more »
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Unauthorized Sharing of Deposition and Court Transcripts, Theft of Services?

This morning’s coffee just wasn’t doing the trick.  My body wasn’t awake yet.  Until I opened my email.  An email from a reporter who works with our firm was more impactful than three cups of coffee when she alerted me to a conversation at her deposition yesterday that went something like this: OPPOSING COUNSEL:  I... Read more »

Giving Away Transcripts And Shit Like That

So I’m in a deposition yesterday.  Nothing unusual.  See, it’s not unusual to receive a spur-of-the-moment panicked phone call from a law firm looking for a court reporter to cover a deposition in the Chicago suburbs that started 30 minutes earlier.  Yeah, not unusual at all. I obliged.  Because the thought of having five attorneys assembled around... Read more »

Taking the "Free" out of "Freelance" in Court Reporting

Back in the day — there’s a phrase that makes me feel old — attorneys and judges alike used to refer to court reporters as the most important person in the room.  Yes, I still hear that phrase uttered, but today it sounds more like a throw-away line, a phrase said to placate reporters or... Read more »
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