During unprecedented times such as these, taking good care of ourselves is of the utmost importance. That can mean everything from workouts at home with the kids, to taking a much-needed staycation. We asked our wonderful team: what have you been doing to stay well during the pandemic?

Wellness Tips from the Aptus Team

I’ve been doing my best to keep active indoors and out. I’m putting miles on my Peleton and my personal trainer, Charlie, makes sure my form stays on point! I’m lucky to have Charlie and Bella to make sure we get out for some fresh air daily.

Julie Long, Director of Business Development, San Diego

Like many, I’ve been investing the extra time I gained from my shortened commute (now about 4 seconds vs 40 minutes) perfecting my sourdough making skills. I’m also tying to get fresh air as often as possible by running and taking hikes.

Brook Braunschweig, Director of Business Development, San Francisco

My girls and I let off steam in our backyard!

Johanna Torres, Director of Business Development, San Diego

As establishments open back up and we can safely widen our circle, I’ve been getting together safely to get outdoors and support our beloved local businesses.

Patrick Conolly, MBA, Partner

My kids get their exercise in my chasing each other around the house, and now they have even more fun using our moving boxes as “obstacles!”

Gina Tsai, Director of Business Development, Northern California

I am forever grateful to my gym, Train Insane Gym, for posting daily workouts and also hosting Zoom classes with a coach. I’ve been working with dumbbells, kettle bells, bands and body weight. Working on my core strength and keeping my muscle tone!

Lori Cheyne, Director of Business Development Los Angeles

Greetings, I hope that you and your families remain safe and well, despite maybe a major case of cabin fever! For some of our communities, the stay-at-home directive remains in place while others are making plans to open. It’s a confusing time as rules vary not only by state, but also within each state, as localities determine their own plans for reopening. As it stands today, our business continues to be subject to the stay-at-home directive. We know many of you have questions about how deposition services will work in the weeks and months ahead, and we are committed to helping clients, regardless of their local circumstance, accomplish their work while staying safe and healthy. Here’s how we are preparing for in-person depositions when the time is right:

Q. When will Aptus begin hosting depositions in their offices?

  • We will begin hosting depositions in our offices when we receive clear guidance from state and local governments that our business is authorized to do so. While we do not have a firm date at this time, we anticipate that depositions scheduled for late May will be able to be conducted in-person. Of course, the appropriate protective measures will be taken to ensure the health and safety of all involved. 

Q. When will Aptus be able to send reporters to attend depositions in person? 

  • Aptus will begin sending reporters to attend depositions in person when restrictions are lifted in each respective market. While we understand that some clients are beginning to request in-person reporters, as long as stay-home guidelines are in place, Aptus will not require reporters to attend depositions in person. 

Q. What safety measures will be put in place for in-person depositions?

  • Each Aptus office will initially hold only one deposition at a time in the largest conference room available in that location. 
  • Conference tables and chairs will be adjusted to accommodate social distancing requirements. Accurate headcounts will be critical to making this work.
  • We will also be prepared to offer an additional office as a remote-attendee room, if needed, as well as arrange for off-site attendees to join remotely.     
  • Every deposition participant will be required to complete a health screen before entry into our offices.
  • We will be rolling out cleaning schedules for each of our offices so that common areas are wiped down regularly with disinfecting solutions. Hand sanitizers will be readily available for clients and employees. 
  • Masks are recommended in common areas of the office and when interacting with other individuals. 

We will continue to keep you apprised of the precautions we’re taking to keep you, your clients and all involved individuals safe once in-person depositions resume. Perhaps even after offices reopen, we know many of you will continue to conduct remote depositions and witness preparation. Since the situation seems to change day-to-day, I encourage you to also stay in touch with us on LinkedIn to get the most recent updates on our service offerings and office re-openings. Aptus is always here for you. To help, we’ve created a series of videos on how you can easily leverage this technology to keep people safe and productive. Visit our YouTube channel to learn more.

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We’ve truly entered into uncharted waters as it relates to COVID-19. Our lives have been altered from shelter in place orders, working from home and all the other things associated with being locked down as a society. All the while we are expected to conduct work in the legal space without much interruption. Today we’re gonna discuss different ways, thought processes and procedures we’ve created during this difficult time.

When we opened the organization in 2011, when we reflect back on the past nine years, one of the things that we’re most proud of is our culture. And I ultimately believe that this is what will bring us through to the other side. Has it been dinged? Has there been times of sadness or difficult decisions and conversations that had been made? Absolutely. But I genuinely believe that the people who have been involved with the process and decision making, will ultimately guide us through this difficult pandemic.

We have a core principle at Aptus that focuses on, let’s have any types of difficult conversations upfront and with complete transparency. And when we were hit with this COVID-19 crisis, that’s exactly what we did. We assessed the variables that were presented to us. We involved management at every level, in terms of how we’re going to move forward and making the difficult decisions that were presented in having to make. Fortunately, we had been blessed with an 18 month run of extraordinary results. So when asked about how do you stay positive? And what does that mean to the organization? We had collectively, at every position, achieved these results, which ultimately provided an amazing foundation for us to tread waters and get through this difficult time. It’s a difficult situation that every single organization across the world is facing. But at the end of the day, we stuck to our core principle or one of our core principles, which is, we’re going to be as transparent as possible and we’re going to have difficult conversations up front.

We are a half-full organization, we believe in ourselves and each other. I have lots of thoughts on this subject. We obviously are not completing as many depositions today, currently, as we were before COVID-19 hit in early March. That being said, we’re fortunate enough to be in an industry that has embraced technology. We firmly believe that we are on the forefront of executing these technologies as they relate to remote depositions. It’s exciting that we’ve had an opportunity to guide and help people manage their litigation caseload. We have conducted webinars. We have done one-on-one presentations. We have advertised our capabilities throughout all of our social media outlets. It has been met within the legal community with great goodwill. And so we’re seeing a lot of our clients and in fact new clients as a result of our embracing of technology, come to us, and that’s really exciting. But what this pandemic is doing currently, is it’s forcing our hand a bit in terms of learning a new process and once we all learn new processes, it allows us to gain knowledge on how we might be better served on conducting business as we want to know it and moving forward. And so we’ve noticed that this has been a tremendous help to our clients, and we’re excited to been in the position to embrace technology and help move the needle forward as they might say.

Press Release: Orange County, CA (PR Web) – Aptus Court Reporting announces its acquisition of The Best Evidence, Inc., a full-service court reporting agency owned and operated by sisters Tammi Lee and Terri Chicoine, both Certified Shorthand Reporters. This continues to solidify Aptus’ commitment to expansion and building on a brand of quality reporting and innovative solutions.

Tammi Lee and Terri Chicoine state: “We are really excited about this new collaboration knowing it will bring more technology and staff support to the relationships we have built over the last 20-plus years. We trust they are in good hands with Aptus, who will continue to handle these relationships in a very personal and professional manner, just as we have been able to do.”

“With over 20 years working with prestigious law firms in Southern California, The Best Evidence is a great addition to Aptus. We are very much looking forward to working with Tammi and Terri, and will continue to support their clients with the expansion of additional Aptus services,” says Aptus Chief Operating Officer Sandy Waite.

Derek Berg, President of Aptus Court Reporting expressed the team’s excitement about the merger.

“We have known Tammi and Terri for years and have always had the utmost respect for the way they conduct business. Orange County is a key market for the future of Aptus and with Best Evidence joining our team, it will help catapult us to the forefront of Orange County Court Reporting providers.”

Derek Berg, President of Aptus Court Reporting

ABOUT THE BEST EVIDENCE: The Best Evidence, Inc., was founded in 2010 and has enjoyed a consistent and prominent reputation in the Southern California legal community providing quality court reporting services.

Aptus Court Reporting NYC

(PR Web) New York, NY – Aptus Court Reporting, a premier deposition and court reporting service with headquarters at 600 W. Broadway, San Diego, CA, announced today the addition of Michael McGowan, Managing Director, New York City.

With over 20 years’ experience in the legal industry working with law firms and corporations, McGowan is a seasoned professional ideally suited to oversee Aptus’ business development activities in the New York market. Previous positions with DTILLC include Senior Sales Director Northeast and managing partner.

“I am extremely excited to be joining Aptus and contributing to the company’s continued expansion by bringing their exceptional client service to the NY legal community. The entire Aptus organization shares my philosophy and goal of providing best in class consultative support to our clients” says McGowan.

“It is with great excitement we welcome Mike McGowan to the Aptus Family. Mike brings a plethora of experience to our organization coupled with a history of significant success. The opportunity to expand our reach and presence on the East Coast is met by all of us at Aptus with enthusiasm,” says company President Derek Berg.

Since launching in 2011, Aptus has expanded its market reach with offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Irvine, and Riverside. Combined with a number of recent key hires, the company has demonstrated a trajectory of continued growth and achievement.

In our new series “Tech Tips from Tisa,” our Director of Litigation Technology, Mike Tisa, shares tips on how to make your next trial, deposition, or conference call a success.

1. Do not confuse an ELMO/document camera with an old school overhead projector. You need a projector or monitor to show the image. If using a projector, don’t forget to ask the court if they have a screen. If not, you’ll need to provide one.

2. Make sure your videos are always synced. Don’t be short-sighted as you might pay more on the backend. Always get this done upfront. It’s the only way to make designations fast and smoothly.

3. Get hip with the lingo. Clearly communicate to the tech how you want the document enhanced. Avoid the “do that cool zoom thingy” statement in front of the jury. Work with the tech about how to ask for the right annotations and come up with a dialogue that works for you.

4. Test trial tech before the trial. DIY’ers are great and being proactive on the tech side should be welcomed. However, if you ask for an hour training on a trial presentation program, don’t expect to be an expert. Can you teach paralegal school or law school in an hour, two even? Start simple by testing trial presentation technology prior to the start of the trial.

5. iPads – Use them at your own risk. Any app-based tech will have its limitations compared to software-based applications. Know what you can and can’t do with your app(s). Does it work without the internet, is it updated, etc.? Are you comfortable troubleshooting the wireless connection? More than likely, you will experience a signal drop at some point. Oh, and if you want to use hard-wired cables, great! Do you have the right adapters? Are they tested at a certain range? Do you have the right cables?

Attention to detail makes a difference in trials. Even if you’re a skilled trial tech, it never hurts to brush up on best practices and new technologies available.

Stay tuned for our next installment of “Tech Tips with Tisa.”

Have a topic you’d like us to cover? Drop it below in the comments or tweet us @aptuscr.

Jane Grossman of AptusPress Release (PR Web) – Aptus Court Reporting announces its acquisition of Jane Grossman Reporting Services (JGRS), a prominent staple in the Bay Area court reporting industry for 25 years. This merger continues to solidify Aptus’ commitment to expansion on a global scale, building on the Aptus brand of quality court reporting and innovative solutions.

Founded by Jane Grossman, Certified Shorthand Reporter, Grossman Reporting Services has provided quality court reporting services to clients in the Oakland Bay Area and beyond since 1994.

The blending of these companies continues to help position Aptus Court Reporting as a major force in the court reporting industry. The acquisition of quality organizations that enhance advancements in technology, dedication to superior customer service and focus on longevity continue to be their focus.

“As the conscientious reporter you have all known, it was important to me to join a firm that values high-quality transcripts, service-oriented reporters, and can-do client service. Aptus’ staff and reporters are committed to the same high standards and customer service that have been the hallmark of Jane Grossman Reporting Services,” says Jane Grossman.

“I have known and worked with Jane Grossman for many years. Her professionalism and dedication to her clients and to court reporting are an inspiration to all who have had the pleasure to work with her,” says Ron Harrison, Aptus’ Northern California Managing Director.

Derek Berg, President of Aptus Court Reporting, expresses his excitement about the merger: “We at Aptus have had a tremendous amount of respect for JGRS over the years. Jane has brought only the very best to our industry and it is our privilege to carry on her legacy.”

Sacramento (PR Web) Aptus Court Reporting, a Nationwide premier deposition and court reporting service, announced today the addition of Marj Walker, serving as Director of Business Development heading up the Sacramento office.

Marj Walker of Aptus Court Reporting“The culture and mission at Aptus very much coincide with my personal and professional manner. I joined Aptus because it is synonymous with simplicity. In its straightforward fashion, Aptus offers me the ability to supply clients with top notch reporters, quick responses, quality deliverables, exemplary service and impressive technology solutions. This results in a refreshing ease of doing business,” says Walker. “Making the move to Aptus has also allowed me to reunite with many respected, knowledgeable high caliber legal professionals whom I’ve had the great fortune of working with in the past.”

Walker brings 14 plus years servicing law firms and 25 plus years in service related positions. Delivering an outstanding customer experience is what she is most passionate about. Previously Walker served as Account Executive with Sarnoff Court Reporters and most recently as Business Development Executive for Veritext Legal Solutions.

“It is with great pleasure to bring Marj to the Aptus family. Marj brings a positive experience to everyone she come into contact with. She is respected by her peers and has consistently been a top performer in the Northern California marketplace. Moreover, this addition to our team will enhance our Aptus footprint on the West Coast allowing for better service to all who come into contact with our organization,” says Aptus’ President Derek Berg.

“Marj’s reputation, experience and relationships in the Sacramento legal community are impressive. She has a true dedication to serving the legal community, and I am thrilled to be working with her again,” says Sandy Waite, Aptus’ Chief Operating Officer.

About Aptus Court Reporting:

Since launching in San Diego in 2011, Aptus has expanded its territory throughout the West Coast of the US, with local offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Irvine, Riverside, Fresno and Seattle. The firm provides a wide range of services globally with clients on five continents.

Aptus Court Reporting is a full-service court reporting firm and a leading provider of court reporting services and litigation technology. They provide a one-stop solution for deposition and trial needs with services including court reporting, transcription, videography, video streaming, world-wide conference rooms, and more. The company’s mission is “Connecting Testimony and Technology.” For more information about Aptus Court Reporting, please visit https://aptuscr.com.

Looking back on 2018, Aptus celebrated another fantastic year! Beyond our own successes and achievements, it’s fun to look back upon the interactions and experiences we shared with our clients. Taking a page from Instagram’s Top Nine theme, we’ve tagged each of our markets with its top nine moments from 2018 and briefly recapped each collage:

Bay Area

Our Bay Area team continued to chat it up around town by hosting coffee and trivia events. Brook Braunschweig organized, sponsored and participated in another successful six-week boot camp. Also, in what is becoming an annual staple, the team put on a Treat and Greet presentation at Vanity Beauty Lounge. Those who attended were treated to a mani/pedi while listening to our service offerings from our Director of Litigation Technology, Mike Tisa, as part of his monthly visits from San Diego to support the team.

Los Angeles and Orange County

The LA and OC markets matched the Bay Area team with successful coffee meet and greets, lunch and learn presentations and participated in The Association of Legal Administrators (Los Angeles Chapter) Justice Jog 5K Marathon in September.

San Diego

San Diego remained home base for a seventh year and once again contributed its sense of humor. It hosted coffee events like the Bay Area and LA markets, celebrated National Emoji Day, incorporated new technology and had a special guest at the end of the year!

instagram collage aptus court reporting san diego

Also, we made three big staffing changes in 2018:

In April, Jason Ferber, who has been with Aptus since 2013, was promoted to Director of Corporate Services. Under Jason’s direction, he’s helped foster new business relationships with corporations and in-house counsel across the country.

In June, Aptus added two Client Services Managers in Nia Rannie and Lola Tangitau. Nia and Lola came to Aptus with years of experience and previously worked with Ron Harrison, Managing Director of the Bay Area.

In December, Aptus expanded its presence in the Central Valley by adding Marj Walker. Marj will serve as a Director of Business Development in the Sacramento area.

Also happening in 2018:

Ryan Asanas of the San Diego office completed his exams and became a Certified Legal Video Specialist!

Without a doubt, we are looking forward to connecting with our clients and providing them with our unparalleled customer service and support in 2019!

Calendar photo by STIL on Unsplash

San Diego (PR Web) – Aptus Court Reporting announced today the opening of its Corporate Services Division based out of their San Diego corporate headquarters. This new division will expand the core Aptus offerings nationwide and will focus on creating new business relationships with corporations and in-house counsel across the country.

Jason FerberSpearheading the company’s new launch is Jason Ferber, recently promoted to Director of Corporate Services. With over 20 years’ experience in the legal industry working with law firms and corporations, Ferber is a seasoned professional ideally suited to oversee Aptus’ business development activities within this new division.

“Aptus has always offered the highest quality service and product, so I am excited to introduce our team to corporations throughout the country. Our service-focused ethos has been the key to our success and will be the driver for expanding our products and services to corporations. The potential is tremendous and the outcome is a “win-win” for everyone,” says Ferber.

“We are thrilled to have Jason expand his role with Aptus and apply his many years of relationship building, consultative selling and detailed attention to the building of business working directly with corporations. With his experience, I have no doubt he will excel in this new role,” says Derek Berg, Aptus’ President.

Since launching in San Diego in 2011, Aptus has expanded its market reach throughout California and beyond, with additional offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Irvine, and Riverside. Combined with a number of recent key hires, the company continues to demonstrate a trajectory of growth and achievement.

About Aptus Court Reporting

Aptus Court Reporting is a full-service court reporting firm headquartered in San Diego, CA. The company provides court reporting, videography, transcription, and trial support among its list of services. Its company focus is “connecting testimony and technology” for clients globally. With decades of combined experience in the litigation support industry, Aptus provides a one-stop solution for deposition and trial needs. For more information about Aptus Court Reporting, please visit https://aptuscr.com.

We had a wonderful year! It’s important to celebrate accomplishments and we wanted to take a moment to thank and congratulate our team for all of our milestones, events and company wins.

January 2017

  • Johanna Torres joins the ACR San Diego team as a Business Development Manager
  • Mike Tisa hosts CLE on societal expectations of evidence presented in court

February 2017

  • Aptus acquires Barristers’ Reporting Service
  • Mike Tisa spoke on legal video technology at the Deposition Reporters Association of California Annual Convention in Napa, California

April 2017

  • Aptus opens its sixth office in Seattle, Washington

June 2017

  • Aptus co-hosted another Successful Food From the Bar event at our San Diego office
  • Aptus successfully completes a complicated, last-minute international video testimony session for a judge who has a reputation for being hard to please.

July 2017

  • The San Francisco offices’ Six Week Yoga Bootcamp, hosted by Yogi Melissa, comes to an end
  • Aptus expands into the Central Valley with the opening of its Fresno office
  • Jaime Gooch joins Aptus as Director of Business Development in the Fresno office

August 2017

  • We had some fun with the Solar Eclipse in our Los Angeles office

September 2017

October 2017


November 2017

  • Marika Pickles and Brandon Wai join the Aptus San Francisco office as Directors of Business Development.
  • Julie Long joins the Aptus San Diego office as Director of Business Development
  • Aptus sponsors the 3rd Annual Girls on The Run Golf Tournament at the Loma Club in San Diego

December 2017

  • Mary Gagne Caceres joins the Aptus Los Angeles office as Director of Business Development

Cheers to another great year!