Mary-Gagne-Caceres-business-developmentAptus Court Reporting, the West Coast’s premier deposition and court reporting service, announced today the addition of Mary Gagne Caceres, serving as Director of Business Development out of their Los Angeles office.

“I am very excited to be part of the growing Aptus Team. Aptus’ reputation for delivering the latest technology coupled with good old-fashioned service are the same key denominators that I’ve built my career around. Their swift, courteous and efficient response to all client needs, while treating everyone with respect and genuine kindness and appreciation, is in harmony with my personal philosophy,” says Gagne.

Gagne brings an impressive resume, having begun her career as a Certified Shorthand Reporter, followed by 18 years as Business Development Executive for Sarnoff Court Reporters. Most recently Gagne served as Senior Account Executive for Veritext Legal Solutions.

“For many years I have had tremendous respect and admiration for Mary Gagne. Her reputation, industry knowledge, and accomplishments are unparalleled in the legal community. Having Mary join the Aptus family will have a tremendous impact on our future endeavors, not only in the Southern California markets but across all markets,” says Aptus President Derek Berg.

“Mary’s experience and relationships in the legal community are an impressive and natural result of her strong work ethic. She has a true dedication to serving her clients and we are thrilled to have Mary join our growing Los Angeles team,” says Jaclyn Swe, Aptus’ General Counsel and Los Angeles Regional Director of Sales.

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.

Julie Long - San Diego Business DevelopmentAptus Court Reporting, the West Coast’s premier deposition and court reporting service, announced today that they are expanding their presence in Southern California with the addition of Julie Long, Business Development Executive.

Long is a seasoned professional with three years’ experience in the legal industry and 14 years in software sales. She joins the San Diego team and will focus on creating new business relationships while ensuring existing clients continue to receive unparalleled service.

“I am thrilled to join the Aptus team. The core values of the company — take care of your people who then take care of clients — creates a genuine culture of exceeding expectations every single time. Adding these core values with Aptus’ state-of-the-art technology and nationwide infrastructure, and it’s impossible to find a better team to work with,” says Long.

“Since the inception of Aptus, we have taken great pride in working with the best in the business,” says Aptus Partner Ashley Walton. “Julie is truly one of those people. With her strong relationships in the San Diego legal community and her experience in business development, Julie brings tremendous value to Aptus. We are thrilled to have her talent on our team.”

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, worldwide conference rooms, and more. The company’s mission is “Connecting Testimony & Technology.” For more information about Aptus Court Reporting, please browse our website.

Marika Pickles(PR Web) San Francisco, CA -Aptus Court Reporting, the West Coast’s premier deposition and court reporting service announced today the addition of industry veterans Brandon Wai and Marika Pickles serving as Directors of Business Development out of their San Francisco office.

Earlier this year Aptus Court Reporting announced a new office in California’s Central Valley (Fresno) continuing their growth strategy throughout the west coast litigation markets.

“The Bay Area has always been a high market of interest for Aptus. With the additions of Brandon Wai and Marika Pickles to an already successful team, we believe the sky is the limit. The team’s dedication to their clients coupled with our focus on customer service and technology will ultimately enhance the all-important client experience,” says Aptus President Derek Berg.

Wai has served at the Senior Account Executive level and as a Regional Litigation Consultant in the Bay Area since 2001 and brings an impressive resume. Pickles joins Aptus from a national reporting firm where she served as Senior Account Executive from 2013 through 2017.

Brandon Wai - Bay Area Director of Business Development“The addition of Brandon Wai and Marika Pickles will enhance the already-successful Northern California Aptus. Their combined experience and dedication to high-quality client service is an excellent fit for us. We are most excited to bring on this additional talent to the team,” says Ron Harrison, Managing Director, Northern California.

According to Mike Tisa, CLVS and Director of Litigation Technology for Aptus, “Consistent with our focus on trial-ready deliverables, trial presentation and technology services, these additions to the Aptus team will further set us apart as the technology leader.”

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, worldwide conference rooms, and more. The company’s mission is to “Connect Testimony with Technology.” For more information about Aptus Court Reporting, please browse our website.

While compliments from clients are always welcomed and valued, there is perhaps no greater compliment than one received from a sitting San Diego Superior Court Judge. On the 6th floor of the Broadway Court house, Judge Timothy Taylor presides on the bench from department 72. Those who have appeared before him knows he’s a fan of technology. Aptus’ client used this to their advantage when less than ideal circumstances presented themselves.

Just how did we accomplish this?

By delivering high-quality service during a last minute, complex situation.

Here’s what happened:

Aptus’ Director of Litigation Technology, Mike Tisa, received a call at 6pm from a client who needed to arrange remote testimony from Russia the next day. Russia is 10 hours ahead of California. To execute, the team would need to set up video and audio streaming with a flawless connection to ensure that no signal interruptions would affect the quality of the testimony.

Time to go to work!!

Tisa and his co-worker, Ryan Asanas, generally take last minute streaming requests in stride. However, most are for depositions and not directly into the courtroom where logistics are not as ideal as a deposition setting. Luckily, Tisa is no stranger to streaming testimony into the courtroom. He has been doing it for the better part of a decade and, in 2015, co-presented on exactly that topic at the National Court Reporter’s Association conference in Denver. Without hesitation, Tisa and Asanas prepped a laptop and set up everything so that it was ready to go the next morning. It went off without a hitch! The only difficulty was on the reporter’s end, but she was able to accurately transcribe the deponent’s heavy Russian accent without interruption throughout the testimony.

At the conclusion of the deposition, she was able to capture this transcription:


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As many San Diego firms know, this is a hard won compliment and we just couldn’t keep it to ourselves!

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July 30, 2017, Fresno, CA (PR Web) – Aptus Court Reporting, the west coast’s premier deposition and court reporting service, announced today that it is expanding into the California Central Valley market. Aptus’ Fresno office, which is conveniently located at 516 West Shaw Avenue, Suite 200, will fulfill a need for quality court reporting and litigation technology services that has existed in the area.

Earlier this year, Aptus Court Reporting announced a new office in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the acquisition of the well-established Anaheim, CA firm, Barristers’ Court Reporting. Sandy Waite, Chief Operating Officer for the company, attributes the rapid growth to the continuing commitment to providing the legal community with expansive services for which Aptus is known.

Jaime GoochJoining the Aptus team and spearheading the company’s new market launch is Jaime Gooch, Director of Business Development. Ms. Gooch served as a Regional Litigation Consultant and Regional Account Manager for Esquire Deposition Solutions prior to joining Aptus. She has years of additional account management experience, making her the top candidate to lead the Central Valley expansion efforts.

“I didn’t think companies like Aptus existed until I met the team. I fell in love with their passion for the industry, the ‘white glove’ treatment they give all their clients, and the way they valued and respected their employees. The energy was also very contagious and I’m so thankful to be a part of the Aptus family now.”

“Jaime exemplifies everything we stand for here at Aptus. The common shared interests will help propel the Aptus brand throughout the Central Valley of California and beyond. We are excited to enhance our footprint and bring on a talent like Ms. Gooch to our team,” says President Derek Berg.

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, 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, worldwide conference rooms, and more. The company’s mission is to “Connect Testimony with Technology.” For more information about Aptus Court Reporting, please visit htt://aptuscr.com.

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already been one year since our San Francisco team moved to our new location in Embarcadero Center. We’ve welcomed many new clients in the Bay Area and continued to provide excellent service to our valued long-standing clients.

Here are a few highlights from the last year.

May 2016

Aptus Court Reporting San Francisco moved into our new, high-tech office in the famous Embarcadero area of the city. The new office offers multiple boardrooms and conference rooms that can seat up to 12 people comfortably. Other amenities within the office include video conferencing capabilities, conference phone lines, high-speed wi-fi, and access to digital projects for presentations.

Along with a new office, we also welcomed two new team members, Brook Braunschweig and Danielle Belonio. Both women have been integral in expanding the Aptus footprint in the Bay Area along with long-time team member Danette Rugg.

June 2016

Ronald Harrison joined the team as the Managing Director of the Northern California Division of Aptus. Harrison is a court reporting industry veteran with over three decades of experience in delivering quality service to clients.

The team also hosted a successful presentation event at Vanity Nail Salon in the city.

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July 2016

Aptus co-hosted a happy hour and pre-screening of Jason Bourne at the iconic Kabuki Theater for over 100 attorneys, paralegals, and secretaries. We were able to raise over $1,200 for Legal Services for Children.

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September 2016

Aptus hosted corporate boot camp in San Francisco where team members had fun with team-building exercises.

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October 2016

Aptus attended ABTL Annual Conference in Kapalua, Hawaii.

November 2016

We hosted a client appreciation breakfast for over 120 attendees for current and future clients.

February 2017

Aptus hosted a “We love our Court Reporters” Happy Hour at several of our California offices including the San Francisco office.

Director of Litigation Technology and CLVS, Mike Tisa, presents Legal Videos in Today’s Tech World at Deposition Reports Association of California Annual Convention in Napa. The presentation addressed current technology applications in legal videography.

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May 2017

Director of Litigation Technology, Mike Tisa, presents CLE on Video Quality Expectations from Jurors in Bay Area. The presentation addresses how society has influenced what jurors expect to see in trial presentation and ways that attorneys can better prepare at the time of trial.

We are looking forward to another successful year providing top-quality court reporting services, deposition conference rooms, litigation technology, trial support services, and videography services to clients here in the Bay area and across the world.

We are also celebrating the expansion of our local offices into the Pacific Northwest with the opening of our Seattle office last month!

If you haven’t partnered with Aptus for your trial and deposition needs, please give us a call to start a dialogue about how we can help. We have assisted with depositions around the globe.

As part of our ongoing commitment to greener operations and a reduced carbon footprint, the entire Aptus Court Reporting team makes contributions in a variety of ways. From using public transportation to embracing digital media and even running paperless whenever possible, we make Earth Day a year-round proposition. Here are five ways Aptus Court Reporting goes green every day:

Hybrid Transportation Saves Gas and Cuts Emissions

Our company Prius is used to commute and relay items between offices, reducing the impact our operations have on the environment. Many members of our team are particularly eco-conscious and opt for public transportation such as the Coaster or BART to travel to and from work.

Cloud Files Reduce Paper Use

Our innovative cloud based storage holds the exhibits, files and more for every case we handle, without expiration. Our system includes the full transcript and hyperlinked exhibits, making it easier than ever to find what you need. Best of all, this system allows our team and clients to reduce the amount of paper documents required for depositions and trial prep while allowing for easy access wherever there is a secure internet connection.

Electronic Submission of Video Packets

The video packets completed by videographers are optimized into PDF format, allowing for electronic submissions. By working electronically, we have streamlined our work flow and drastically cut down on the amount of resources we use. Since files are transferred electronically, mail trucks and couriers are not needed to transfer physical papers or DVD, thus reducing carbon emissions.

Embracing Digital Media

At Aptus, we have fully embraced digital media technology. By using digital video uploads we can fully serve our clients’ needs while also reducing the amount of paper packaging and DVDs we use.

Individual Local Office Efforts

Each of our offices and individual departments have embraced our green initiatives as well. Each department is provided with recycling bins and our offices are equipped with motion detected light sensors to reduce unnecessary energy expenditure. Fun fact: did you know that the energy saved from recycling one aluminum can will power a computer for three hours? Just think of how many hours of saved power are in those recycling bins!

Our deep commitment to running an eco-friendly business extends to everything we do, from the way we handle information to the way we deal with disposable items. Ultimately the financial savings realized through saving energy and resources is cost savings that can be passed onto you, the client.

How do you go green in your firm?

April 12, 2017, Seattle, WA – Aptus Court Reporting, the west coast’s premier deposition and court reporting service, announced today that it is expanding into the Pacific Northwest market. Aptus’ Seattle office is conveniently located in Downtown Seattle at 801 Second Avenue, Suite 800.

Joining the Aptus team and spearheading the company’s new market launch is Joel Schneider, Director of Business Development. With over 20 years of experience in the legal industry Schneider is a seasoned professional who is ideally suited to oversee Aptus’ business development activities within this new market. Before joining Aptus, Schneider served as Regional Litigation Consultant for Esquire Deposition Solutions in Washington State and Portland, Oregon. Prior to that, he served as a Business Development Manager at American Reprographic Corporation and Prolumina Trial Technologies, and as an Account Executive at Whitmont Legal Technologies.

“I am excited to join the Aptus family and work in an environment where clients always come first. I am impressed with how Aptus obtains and keeps top talent, which speaks volumes about the company culture. I believe my many years of legal vendor experience and the Aptus culture will make for a winning combination,” says Schneider.

Aptus Court Reporting Co-Founder, Stefan Wikstrom commented, “After 23 years in the legal industry and starting legal support company, TERIS, I am so very pleased to bring Aptus Court Reporting to Seattle/Bellevue. I’ve been in business with Aptus for 6 years in California and am thrilled to expand into the Pacific Northwest, beginning here in my hometown. I am also very excited to work with Joel Schneider, who has years of experience in the Seattle market, as well as working again with many of my clients.”

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“Aptus Seattle is met with great enthusiasm! We are confident Joel brings a tremendous amount of talent, strong relationships, and experience to the role having spent over 20 years in the local legal community,” says Aptus President Derek Berg. “It is exciting to add a market like Seattle to our Aptus footprint. This truly will enhance our abilities to service the entire West Coast.”

Since launching in San Diego in 2011, Aptus has expanded its market reach throughout California and beyond, with additional offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Irvine and Riverside. Combined with enhanced client features on the new website that debuted in August 2015 and a number of key hires, the company has demonstrated a trajectory of continued growth and achievement.

About Aptus Court Reporting:

Aptus Court Reporting is a full-service court reporting firm with headquarters in San Diego, CA. We are a leading provider of court reporting services, connecting testimony and technology for clients internationally with local offices along the west coast. Aptus provides a one-stop solution for deposition and trial needs with services including court reporting, transcription, videography, video streaming, world-wide conference rooms, and more. For more information about Aptus Court Reporting, please visit https://aptuscr.com.

A court reporter possesses an essential set of unique skills and plays an important role in the legal system. The following are four specialized skills a court reporter brings to the case.

1. Mastery of Grammar and Language

Court reporters have an extensive mastery of language, grammar, and vocabulary. They transcribe what was said accurately to eliminate any possible future misunderstandings. A court reporter will also be able to instantly process difficult terms while simultaneously keeping up with the ongoing dialogue. Since court reporters use shorthand almost as a second language, many can take dictation at the amazing speed of 200 or more words per minute.

2. Detailed Technical Knowledge

Last year, Aptus wrote about whether court reporters are now technology experts. Since that post, all items mentioned like digital exhibits and web-based video conferencing are now common place and reporters actively embrace them.

3. Real-Time Reporting

Real-time reporting is a skill that brings the translation from the reporter’s machine immediately onto a computer screen or tablet. This provides a variety of benefits. Primarily, the attorney can immediately review what’s been said. He or she can make sure any important details are clear and that the final transcript is accurate. An audio recorder can’t instantly provide a transcript and usually has an accuracy rating of less than 90%, whereas a highly skilled court reporter eliminates those issues. Court Reporters using real-time prove invaluable for an attorney during a variety of depositions and cases.

4. Court Reporters Can Reach Several Certification Levels

A court reporter can obtain extensive expertise and receive several certification levels. According to the National Court Reports Association (NCRA), reporters with a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification will be able to dictate jury charge at 200 wpm and testimony at 225 wpm. A Registered Merit Reporter (RMR) certification indicates an advanced level court reporter with increased dictation speed and accuracy. The highest level of certification, a Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR), is for leaders and consultants in the profession. There are also specialized certifications for real-time reporting and real-time captioning that a court reporter can obtain.

If you are looking to hire a court reporter with these skill sets and more, contact Aptus today for details on how we can assist you.

San Diego (via PR Web) – Aptus Court Reporting continues its rapid expansion trajectory with the acquisition of Barristers’ Reporting Service. A well-known pillar of the community, the addition of Barristers solidifies the commitment to providing quality court reporting and innovative solutions on a global scale.

Founded in 1987 by Beth C. Drain, CSR and Forrest L. Drain, Barristers’ Reporting Service has provided quality court reporting services to clients across Southern California and beyond for over 30 years.

Aptus Court Reporting is recognized as a major resource utilizing advanced technology to deliver superior customer service and new concepts to the industry. This merger adds another respected organization to their portfolio, reinforcing a brand synonymous with court reporting excellence.

“Barristers’ Reporting Service has always embraced change in technology and alternative means for preserving the record to meet the need of our clients,” says Forrest Drain.

“Our motto at Barristers’ has been to never take our clients for granted. If they say can you or will you, we always respond with an enthusiastic ‘yes,’” says Shelly Mathews, Barristers’ General Manager for over 27 years.

Derek Berg, President of Aptus Court Reporting expresses the team’s excitement about the merger. “The Barristers’ group saw an opportunity to offer expanded technologies while continuing to provide superb client focused service through Aptus, and we are thrilled to be working with Shelly and their outstanding group of clients and reporters.”

ABOUT APTUS COURT REPORTING:

Aptus Court Reporting is a full-service court reporting firm headquartered in San Diego, CA. The company provides decades of experience in the court reporting industry and offers videography, transcription, and trial support among its list of services. The company focus is “connecting testimony and technology” for clients globally. Aptus has recently acquired other notable industry veterans such as Brunson Court Reporting and Fivecoat & With.

ABOUT BARRISTERS’ REPORTING SERVICE

Barristers’ Reporting was founded in 1987 and has enjoyed a consistent and prominent status in the Southern California legal community providing quality court reporting services.