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With the emergence of new technologies and circumstances that prevent groups from gathering physically, options for legal proceedings have changed dramatically. If you are a litigator, you have likely already participated in remote trials, remote mediations, or even remote depositions. 

Remote legal proceedings can provide much-needed convenience to a busy attorney’s schedule, but they are not without their drawbacks. Please read on to learn what to avoid during a remote deposition and how our sophisticated suite of trial support services at Aptus Court Reporting can help you.

Being Disorganized with Your Exhibits

Do you want remote technology to help and not hinder your legal work? If you do, sometimes you need to be more organized than usual. This can be especially true when it comes to your exhibit packages for a deposition. 

Many attorneys opt to deliver digital exhibit packages to opposing counsel and deponents for remote depositions. This can streamline the process and cut costs. However, you must make sure that your digital packages are functional, easy to follow, and properly labeled before submitting them. 

You can keep your electronic exhibit packages organized by placing well-labeled bookmarks in the document. To make sure the bookmarks are easy to follow, practice accessing them while reviewing your deposition outline. If the deponent is your client or witness, have them practice navigating your package while you ask questions. 

Neglecting to Explore Your Technological Options Beforehand

Many remote deposition platforms and services have several technological features you can use to your advantage. For instance, if you are conducting a zoom deposition and a deponent cannot locate an exhibit from your electronic package, you can share your computer screen with the deponent to show them where you are. It is crucial to identify technological features like this and make sure you know how they work before you begin a deposition. This way, you can cut down on tense moments in an already adversarial proceeding. 

Also keep in mind that, in general, court reporters are to preserve only the spoken record. In their written record, a reporter does not typically include descriptions of a deponent’s behavior or demeanor. But if you need this information, you can hire a videographer to capture nonverbal conduct during a deposition. 

Being Unprepared for Technological Glitches

You might already have a tried-and-true method for conducting test runs of your deposition. But have you taken the time to conduct a test run with your remote deposition technology?

Testing your technology before remotely deposing a witness can help you avoid a number of serious issues, such as the appearance of unlawful witness coaching. How can technological glitches increase the likelihood of this issue? 

Consider the following example: Imagine an attorney’s witness has an unexpectedly poor internet signal during a deposition, and the witness’s responses are constantly interrupted by buffering. This can quickly fluster an attorney and a witness who did not prepare for the issue. 

After an interruption, an attorney might need to resubmit their question multiple times to get a clear record of the witness’s answer. And in re-asking their question, an attorney might be tempted to summarize what they were able to hear clearly from the witness. Opposing counsel could perceive this as unlawful coaching. If opposing counsel perceives unlawful coaching, they could request that a tribunal impose sanctions that prejudice a client and harm an attorney’s credibility. If you practice your deposition while using your remote technology, you can determine what technological issues you are likely to encounter. You can also develop a strategy for addressing glitches without risking your case’s integrity.

We Provide Full-Service Litigation Support for Your Remote Needs

Do you need a certified court reporter, remote court reporting, or legal transcription to aid you in your next deposition? We have the tools to help you at Aptus Court Reporting. We deliver state-of-the-art services for conducting effective remote depositions, including digital screen captures, videography, streaming text, and document sharing. We can also offer you case management services that include top-of-the-line customer service. Please call us at 866-999-8310 for more information.

Aptus CR Downtown San Diego

We are eager to announce that on August, 1, 2022 our Aptus San Diego office will relocate to a new location at 401 W. A Street, Suite 1680, San Diego, CA 92101

Our new office affords us the ability to better serve our loyal customers and streamline the work we do with our valuable business partners. We look forward to continuing to serve your needs from our new location.

With over 35 years of combined experience in the litigation support business, Aptus provides a one-stop solution for your deposition and trial needs.

Questions?  Contact us at 866.999.8310 or via Email.

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.

Johanna TorresSan Diego, CA (via PR Web)– Aptus Court Reporting, California’s premier deposition and court reporting service, announced today that they have hired a key representative for their expanding San Diego office. Aptus’ San Diego office is conveniently located in Downtown San Diego at 600 W. Broadway, Suite 300 San Diego, CA 92101.

Johanna Torres is joining the San Diego Aptus team as a Business Development Manager. With nearly two decades of experience in the legal industry, Torres is a seasoned professional who is ideally suited for the role. Johanna will drive new business as well as assist the sales team in delivering exceptional service to clients and reporters. Before joining Aptus, Johanna served as a Branch Manager for Michael Sullivan Court Reporting’s new San Diego office. Prior to that, she served as Calendar Coordinator for Veritext.

“I am thrilled to be joining a company that values their people and reporters as well as puts an emphasis on giving clients the best possible customer service,” says Torres.

Working out of the San Diego office, Johanna’s main objective will be to strengthen Aptus’ already positive reputation throughout California and to cultivate new opportunities for Aptus to partner with top reporters and clients.

“We are so excited to have Johanna join the Aptus family. Her experience, relationships and skill set are a perfect fit for our team. She is going to excel in her new role and will be an incredible asset to Aptus.” says Partner Ashley Walton.

Since launching in San Diego in 2011, Aptus has expanded its market reach throughout California and beyond, with additional offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Irvine and Riverside. Combined with a new website launch 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 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. Its company focus is “connecting testimony and technology” for clients internationally in depositions and trial.

Last week we began sharing some great feedback that we received from a few of our professional court reporters. If you missed the first post, you can read it here at “An Interview with Aptus Court Reporters: Part I.

Now, the conclusion of our interviews:

What makes Aptus’ clients different from other court reporting firms?

“The clients at Aptus are special to me. I actually consider some of them family and find myself eager to see them to hear updates on past cases or about their lives outside of work. It’s nice to walk into a depo with attorneys who know my name and inquire about my life as well – they care. Even though we’re all working hard, these clients always go beyond the standard pleasantries.” – Mary Rouse, CSR

“I would characterize Aptus as a reporter-driven Team, that vets their reporters and staff to provide the best reporting service in the industry, that takes pride in the details from transcripts to customer service.” – Hanna Kim, CLR, CSR

“Aptus’ clients care about Aptus and admire the business. Most of the clients I’ve experienced have a personal connection to Aptus. They’re not just a random firm that they hire.” – Claire Andrews, CSR, CLR

Are there any other notable differences that make Aptus stand out in your mind?

“As amazing as everyone at Aptus is, any reporter would be thrilled and lucky to work with Stephen. As the Director of Reporter Relations, he is your right-hand man! I am a busy working mother of three small kids, and Stephen’s patience and care while scheduling me on jobs is a blessing. Calendar clerks at other firms only care about their coverage, while Stephen takes into consideration the Aptus calendar and everyone’s personal calendars. I’m convinced he has some magic potion because I don’t know how he keeps it all straight and does it so awesomely!” – Mary Rouse, CSR

“Not only are the staff of Aptus my colleagues, but they have become my life-long friends.” – Hanna Kim, CLR, CSR

“Really, it is the way they treat their reporters; the production crew, calendar crew, billing, all have our backs. They are forgiving of us on the rare occasion when we make mistakes and keep smiles on their faces through it all! Thank you, Aptus!” – Claire Andrews, CSR, CLR

Thank YOU to the reporters who took time from their busy schedules to give us feedback on how we’re doing from the Court Reporter’s perspective! We are humbled to hear your kind words and so fortunate that we count you as part of our team.
If your firm is looking to hire a professional court reporter, please contact us so we can connect you with one of our very proficient team members.

Northern California Managing Director, Ron HarrisonSan Francisco, CA – (PR Web) California’s premier deposition services company, Aptus Court Reporting, is pleased to announce that Ronald Harrison has joined the team as Managing Director for the Northern California division, based out of the company’s San Francisco office.

Harrison has unparalleled experience in the court reporting industry, having served in a variety of capacities starting in 1978 with Combs & Greenley, a family owned and operated court reporting business in San Francisco. More recently, Harrison served as the Vice President of Operations for Merrill Corporation (now DTI) in San Francisco between 1998 and 2007, and in
2007 joined Esquire Deposition Services as General Manager for the San Francisco market where he spent nearly nine years cultivating new business, providing existing clients with exceptional support, and growing the company’s market share in the Bay Area.

“The Aptus team recognizes the importance of superior client service. Their enthusiasm and professionalism are infectious, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to join this great team,” says Harrison.

Sandy Waite, Aptus’ COO, states, “Harrison’s responsibilities will include expanding the Aptus presence in both the Bay area and Sacramento. He will be key to securing our continued growth while also enhancing client and reporter relationships in these critically important markets.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to be reunited with Ron to head up our Northern California business operations. His outlook on business and relationships along with his business acumen are unsurpassed in our industry. In addition, Ron completely embodies the Aptus spirit and will fit our culture and philosophies perfectly,” says Aptus’ President Derek Berg.

About Aptus Court Reporting:

Aptus Court Reporting is a full service court reporting firm headquartered in San Diego, CA. The company provides decades of combined experience in the court reporting industry and offers videography, transcription, and trial support among its list of services. Its company focus is “connecting testimony and technology” for clients internationally. With over 50 years of
combined experience in the litigation support business, Aptus provides a one-stop solution for deposition and trial needs.

Aptus Court Reporting Team & SDGPress Release (PR Web) San Diego, June 2nd, 2016 – Aptus Court Reporting and law firm Simpson Delmore Greene joined together to host the 3rd annual “Food From the Bar” event on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in San Diego. The event included a happy hour and silent auction. A variety of items were available for bidding with the end goal of raising funds for those suffering from hunger in the San Diego area. Items included a vacation package to Mexico, private chef dinner, sporting and concert tickets, and yoga sessions to name a few.

All of the proceeds from the event benefited Feeding America, which offers relief to families in need through its nationwide network of food banks. This network spans 200 food banks and about 60,000 food pantries in the United States today. Last year, Feeding America served more than six billion meals to those in need.

This year’s “Food From the Bar” event raised a total of $6,740, an increase of 20% over last year’s donation from the same event. An anonymous donor also matched this donation 2:1, bringing the total donation amount to $20,220. The funds raised will provide more than 80,800 meals to those in need in the San Diego area.

Aptus Court Reporting founding partner, Ashley Walton, said “Every year this event keeps feeding more individuals and families in need. We’re grateful for our partnership with Simpson Delmore Greene and all of our team members who take the time to help with the event.”

About Aptus Court Reporting

Aptus is a full service court reporting firm. They handle deposition and trial support while leveraging the most efficient technology for law firms and corporations globally. For further information, please see the Aptus website at www.aptuscr.com.

About Simpson Delmore Greene

Simpson Delmore Greene is a business law firm that focuses on practical legal advice and efficient solutions in creative ways. The two companies worked to host Food from the Bar in partnership, and both look forward to hosting this event again in the future. For further information about the law firm, please see the Simpson Delmore Greene website at www.sdgllp.com.

Food From The Bar Event 2016

May 6th, 2016, San Francisco, CA — Aptus Court Reporting, a leading provider of court reporting, videography and legal technology services, has added two new members to its San Francisco Bay Area team: Brook Braunschweig and Danielle Belonio.

Brook Braunschweig, who touts a decade of legal industry sales experience, will join Aptus’ San Francisco Bay Area team as a Director of Business Development. Prior to joining Aptus, Braunschweig worked at DTI as Director of Sales and Business Development for its Bay Area market. Before that, she focused on developing and maintaining long-standing client relationships as an Account Executive with Merrill Corporation.

“I’m looking forward to joining the Aptus family and working in an environment that I know will provide my clients with the best possible experience,” says Braunschweig. “My prior experience in the industry combined with a strong company like Aptus will provide clients with an unparalleled customer service experience. I view the opportunity to work with an innovative and forward-thinking company like Aptus as an excellent way to advance my expertise and growth within the legal industry.”

Also joining the company as Director of Business Development for the Bay Area market is Danielle Belonio. With 11 years of experience in sales and three of those years focused on legal services, Belonio brings a substantial skillset to the Aptus team. In her prior position, Belonio served as an Account Executive with legal processing outsourcing company DTI LLC. Prior to that, she served as an Account Executive with business solutions provider Merrill Corporation focusing on applying the company’s services to applications in the legal industry.

“The Aptus culture is transparent. What you see is what you get and what you will find is a team of enthusiastic, knowledgeable, detail-oriented, responsive, and service-minded individuals. I couldn’t ask for more. I am thrilled to be a part of the Aptus team and to expand our culture in the Bay Area,” says Belonio.

Braunschweig and Belonio will join Aptus’ current San Francisco Bay Area representatives Danette Rugg and Kaitlyn Shelly, who have over two decades of combined sales experience in the court reporting industry.

In addition to building out its sales team, Aptus Court Reporting has relocated its Bay Area office to One Embarcadero Center, Suite 1060 in San Francisco, CA. In March 2016, the company announced the launch of a new office serving the Greater Los Angeles market along with the addition of Lori Cheyne as the Director of Business Development for the region. Aptus CR serves numerous markets throughout California including San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento.

“We are thrilled to add the talent of Danielle and Brook to our growing Bay Area market. The addition of these two industry savvy individuals and the transition into our new office in San Francisco positions us extremely well to continue our business growth and expansion of the Aptus brand throughout California and beyond,” says Sandy Waite, Aptus’ Chief Operating Officer.

About Aptus Court Reporting:

Aptus Court Reporting is a full-service court reporting firm headquartered in San Diego, CA. The company provides decades of combined experience in the court reporting industry and offers videography, transcription, and trial support among its list of services. Its company focus is “connecting testimony and technology” for clients internationally. With over 35 years of combined experience in the litigation support business, Aptus provides a one-stop solution for your deposition and trial needs. For more information about Aptus Court reporting, please visit https://aptuscr.com.

(Pr Web) Los Angeles, CA – Aptus Court Reporting, California’s premier deposition and court reporting service, announced today that it is expanding into the Greater Los Angeles market. Aptus’ Los Angeles office is conveniently located in Downtown Los Angeles at 1000 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1900.

Business Development  for Aptus Court Reporting Los AngelesJoining the Aptus team and spearheading the company’s new market launch is Lori Cheyne, Director of Business Development. With nearly two decades of experience in the legal industry and 26 total years of sales experience, Cheyne is a seasoned professional who is ideally suited to oversee Aptus’ business development activities within this new market. Before joining Aptus, Cheyne served as a Senior Litigation Support Consultant for Network Deposition Services, Inc. in the Greater Los Angeles area. Prior to that, she served as Executive Vice President at Benchmark Deposition Reporters for 15 years.

“I am thrilled to join Aptus because it not only offers the most state-of-the-art technology, it has a people-focused ethos as well. They are real people who believe in putting the needs of their clients and colleagues first,” says Cheyne. “I have spent the last 20 years building relationships that last because I truly care about my clients and will always go the extra mile to ensure their expectations are not only met but exceeded.”

Working out of both Aptus’ Los Angeles and Irvine offices, Cheyne’s main objective will be to bolster Aptus’ already strong reputation throughout California and to cultivate Aptus’ place as a deposition support services leader in the LA and OC markets. Cheyne will also focus on creating new business relationships while ensuring that existing clients continue to receive unparalleled deposition and court reporting services.

“We are all thrilled that Lori is joining our Aptus family. Her experience, skill set, and most importantly her interpersonal skills are a perfect fit for our team,” says Aptus President Derek Berg. “It is exciting to have a presence in Los Angeles with Lori heading up the task. I have no doubt she will excel in her new role and touch the lives of the many folks with whom she will work.”

Since launching in San Diego in 2011, Aptus has expanded its market reach throughout California and beyond, with additional offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, Irvine and Riverside. Combined with a new website launch 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 headquartered in San Diego, CA. The company provides decades of combined experience in the court reporting industry and offers videography, transcription, and trial support among its list of services. Its company focus is “connecting testimony and technology” for clients internationally. With over 35 years of combined experience in the litigation support business, Aptus provides a one-stop solution for your deposition and trial needs.

[Press Release] San Diego, CA – Aptus Court Reporting announces its acquisition of Brunson Court Reporters, a prominent staple in the court reporting industry with over 50 years of experience. 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 in the 1960s by Harrell W. Brunson and his wife Patricia, Brunson Court Reporters have provided quality court reporting services to clients across the San Diego area. An adaptor to change, the company has withstood challenges and celebrated growth. After retiring in the early 2000’s, the company has been owned and managed by Mary Rouse since 2008.

The blending of both companies continues to help position Aptus Court Reporting as a major force in the court reporting industry. Their rapid expansion efforts have resulted in the acquisition of powerhouse organizations that enhance their advancements in technology, dedication to superior customer service and focus on longevity.

“Brunson Court Reporters has survived off loyalty and superb reporting,” says former owner Mary Rouse. “Our motto at Brunson Court Reporters has been ‘Everything you need at OUR fingertips,’ as the business has been run by reporters since its inception. This merge is exciting for everyone involved because we’re combining the allegiance and trustworthiness of an established firm with the advancing technology and ambition of Aptus. Even more, the Aptus team is diligent in balancing personal relationships with superb work product, emphasizing a perfect match for our reporters.”

Ashley Walton, a co-founder of Aptus Court Reporting, expresses the team’s excitement about the merger. “The Brunson team saw an opportunity to offer further client focus and technology through Aptus and we are thrilled to be working with Mary, Doreen and their clients.”

ABOUT APTUS COURT REPORTING

Aptus Court Reporting is a full-service court reporting firm headquartered in San Diego, CA. The company provides decades of combined 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 nationwide. For more information about Aptus Court Reporting, please explore our website at https://aptuscr.com.

ABOUT BRUNSON COURT REPORTERS

Brunson Court Reporting was founded in the 1960s and has been a consistent staple in the San Diego legal community providing quality service and thorough court reporting.