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Omaha Court Reporters Transcribe and Provide Realtime Feed for 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting

On May 6, Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters provided court reporters for and transcribed the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting, which was held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.  This was the seventh straight year Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters transcribed the Annual Meeting live throughout the day, and was the second straight year we provided a realtime feed for Mr. Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger during the question-and-answer portion of the meeting.  The realtime feed provided Mr. Buffett and Mr. Munger with a direct written record of investor and analyst participant questions so they could better respond as the questions were posed.  Known as the "Woodstock of Capitalists," the event drew an estimated 40,000 attendees.

 

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THOMAS & THOMAS COURT REPORTERS PROVIDES TRIAL PRESENTATION SERVICES FOR $15 MILLION JURY TRIAL IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

THOMAS & THOMAS COURT REPORTERS PROVIDES TRIAL PRESENTATION SERVICES FOR $15 MILLION JURY TRIAL IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

On September 21, 2016, a jury found in favor of Finjan, Inc. and awarded them $15 million for Sophos’ infringement of their five asserted patents. This verdict followed a two-week trial before the Honorable William H. Orrick, III of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Specifically, the jury found that all asserted claims of Finjan’s U.S. Patents were literally infringed and valid.

 

Finjan was well-represented by Paul Andre, Lisa Kobialka, James Hannah, Hannah Lee, Kris Kastens, and many other talented lawyers from the law offices of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel in Menlo Park, California.

 

Geoffrey S. Thomas, Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters’ Trial Presentation Specialist, worked closely with Kramer Levin's legal team to provide a seamless display of exhibits, demonstratives, and videotaped depositions. With each side limited in the amount of time they had to present their case, a quick, efficient presentation of the case was paramount. Precise clip creation and fluid direct and cross examinations helped Kramer Levin present its case with time to spare. Congratulations to Kramer Levin and Finjan on a job well done!

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Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters Sponsors Nebraska Defense Counsel Association's Annual Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska

On June 3, 2016, Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters was one of six Exhibitors at this year's Nebraska Defense Counsel Association's Annual Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska.  As an exhibitor, Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters was able to show off its newest court reporting and litigation support technology, like trial presentation services and live video and text streaming.  With over ____ attorneys present, it was a great way to discuss the newest trends in court reporting and litigation support services.  Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters is proud to sponsor the Nebraska Defense Counsel Association and is already looking forward to next year’s Annual Meeting.

 

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Need Realtime, Video Streaming and Trial Presentation Services? Look to Thomas & Thomas As Your One-Stop Court Reporting Firm

Over the past ten months, Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters has been providing various court reporting, legal video, and trial presentation services for an arbitration here in Omaha, Nebraska.  Our court reporter, Brianne Starkey, RPR, CRR, CSR (Iowa), has been providing a realtime transcript feed via LiveDeposition to over ten attorneys.  Our legal videographer has also been using LiveDeposition to stream the video from the hearing to participants in various states.  Our Trial Presentation Services Specialist, Geoffrey S. Thomas, J.D., has been presenting exhibits and demonstratives via trial presentation software and creating various clips from videotaped depositions.  Mr. Thomas has also utilized the video from our legal videographer to form clips of what was said throughout each hearing to be used in closing arguments. 

 

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Omaha Court Reporters Transcribe and Provide Realtime Feed for 2016 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting

On May 7, Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters was, once again, the preferred court reporting company for the 2016 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting. Like in years past, Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters transcribed the Annual Meeting live throughout the day, but this year we added a realtime feed for Mr. Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger during the question-and-answer portion of the meeting, providing a direct written record of investor and analyst participant questions. Last year’s Annual Meeting drew a crowd of 40,000 attendees. Although no official attendance number has been offered for this year’s meeting, those that have attended the meeting in the past suggested the auditorium was no less full than in years past. This was also the first year the meeting was streamed live online. In the past, cell-phone videos and audio recordings were prohibited, so those curious about the proceedings had to rely on media accounts and amateur transcriptions.

 

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Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters Takes Trial Presentation Services to the Johnson County Iowa Courthouse

Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters is preparing to provide trial presentation services for a one-week jury trial at the Johnson County Iowa Courthouse.  In addition to providing trial presentation services, Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters will also be outfitting the courtroom with monitors, a large screen television, and a document camera.  Below is Thomas & Thomas testing the equipment prior to departing to Iowa for trial.  In this particular case, Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters will be providing four monitors (one for each counsel's table and one for each the judge and witness stand), a 50" television for the jury, and a document camera.  We have also installed a blackout switch for the 50" television, which allows us to control what the jury is seeing.  With this setup, the attorneys will be able to show exhibits and videotaped depositions electronically, while still incorporating traditional ways of presenting evidence.  Be sure to contact Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters for all your trial presentation services and litigation support needs.

 

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Important Amendments to Neb. Ct. R. Disc. for Depositions

Important Amendments to Neb. Ct. R. Disc. for Depositions
 
 
 
 
On October 21, 2015, the Nebraska Supreme Court adopted several amendments to the Neb. Ct. R. Disc. §§ 6-3276-3306-331, and 6-332, which became effective January 1, 2016. Several of those amendments specifically affected the court reporter's role in a deposition, including where the court reporter is supposed to be located during telephonic or other remote depositions and the requirement that the court reporter provide an on-the-record statement before the beginning of each deposition.  Below are a couple of those amendments and the practical implications those amendments have on depositions.  For a complete list of the rule amendments, please click the above-referenced link.
 
The first important amendment is to Neb. Ct. R. Disc. § 6-330(b)(7).  This amendment states: 
 
"the parties may stipulate in writing, or the court may upon motion order, that a deposition be taken by telephone or by other remote means. For the purposes of these rules, a deposition taken by telephone or by other remote means is taken at the place where the deponent is to appear to answer questions. Absent a court order or stipulation of the parties, the officer must be in the same location as the deponent." (deletions omitted)  
 
As a leader in the use of technology during depositions, hearings and trials, Thomas & Thomas sees this amendment becoming more and more relevant as more attorneys use other remote means for conducting depositions.  For example, our office has seen an increase in the use of videoconferencing and mobile videoconferencing for deposing people across the state and country.  Not only does videoconferencing and mobile videoconferencing save money, time and effort for attorneys and their clients, but it also allows the court reporter to remain here in Nebraska, thus reducing the cost of the transcript even more.  Plus, with the advent of document cameras and other technologies, conducting a deposition remotely has never been easier.  However, it is important to remember that the presumption is the court reporter must be in the same location as the deponent unless a court order or stipulation of the parties states otherwise.
The next important amendment is to Neb. Ct. R. Disc. § 6-330(b)(8), which is as follows:
 
"(8) Officer’s Duties.

(A) Before the Deposition. Unless the parties stipulate otherwise, a deposition must be conducted before an officer identified by Rule 28 as a person before whom a deposition may be taken. The officer must begin the deposition with an on-the-record statement that includes: (i) the officer's name and business address; (ii) the date, time, and place of the deposition; (iii) the deponent's name; (iv) the officer's administration of the oath or affirmation to the deponent; and (v) the identity of all persons present.

(B) Conducting the Deposition; Avoiding Distortion. If the deposition is recorded nonstenographically, the officer must repeat the items in Rule 30(b)(8)(A)(i)-(iii) at the beginning of each unit of the recording medium. The deponent’s and attorneys’ appearance or demeanor must not be distorted through recording techniques.

(C) After the Deposition. At the end of a deposition, the officer must state on the record that the deposition is complete and must set out any stipulations made by the attorneys about custody of the transcript or recording and of the exhibits, or about any other pertinent matters."
 
This amendment adds a requirement that the court reporter provide an on-the-record statement before and after a deposition is conducted.  Just like Neb. Ct. R. Disc. § 6-330(b)(7), the parties can stipulate away this requirement, if desired.  Without said stipulation, these on-the-record statements will become part of the record.
 
The final important amendment is to Neb. Ct. R. Disc. § 6-330(e), which governs the reading and signing the deposition transcript.  Rule 30(e) now reads as follows:
 
"(e) Review; Waiver; Motion to Suppress.

(1) On request by the deponent or a party before the deposition is completed, the deponent must be allowed thirty days after being notified by the officer that the transcript or recording is available in which (a) to review the transcript or recording and (b) if there are changes in form or substance, to sign a statement listing the changes and the reasons for making them. The deponent may be allowed more or fewer than thirty days if the parties stipulate to or the court orders a different number of days. The officer must note in the certificate required by Rule 30(f)(1) whether a review was requested and, if so, must attach any changes the deponent makes during the period specified above for review.

(2) All objections to the accuracy of the deposition, including objections to accuracy of the interpreter’s interpretation of the questions or answers, are waived if a request for review is not made before the deposition is completed or, if a request for review is made, no changes are submitted to the officer in the time and manner required by subdivision (1) of this rule and no motion is made pursuant to subdivision (3) of this rule.

(3) If a request for review is made, the deponent or any party may move to suppress the deposition pursuant to Rule 32(d)(4) on the ground that the deponent was not allowed to review the transcript or recording as provided in subdivision (1) or that the transcription or interpretation of the deposition is inherently inaccurate."
 
The Comments to Rule 30(e) go on to note that this modification now requires the deponent or party to invoke the right to review before the end of the deposition and gives the deponent or party thirty (30) days to review after being notified that the transcript or recording is available.  This is contrary to the former rule, where the deponent had a right to review unless the right was waived by the deponent and the parties. This modification is important because now the presumption is that the reading and signing of the transcript is waived unless expressly stated otherwise.  Thus, if the right to review is not invoked, then the transcript of the deposition is deemed to be accurate.
 
Although these amendments may not affect the way an attorney prepares for or conducts a deposition, they are important procedural modifications that should be considered when scheduling and conducting a deposition.  
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Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters Provides Trial Presentation Services for $40 Million Jury Trial in San Jose, California

Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters Provides Trial Presentation Services for $40 Million Jury Trial in San Jose, California

Congratulations are once again in order for the Law Firm of Kramer Levin after a $40 million verdict was announced on August 4, 2015 in the Finjan, Inc. v. Blue Coat Systems, Inc. matter.  The verdict followed a three-week trial before the Honorable Beth Labson Freeman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  The jury found that five of Finjan Holdings, Inc.'s six patents were literally infringed by Blue Coat with the sixth being infringed by the Doctrine of Equivalents.  The jury ultimately decided Finjan was entitled to $39,528,487.00 in damages as a reasonable royalty for Blue Coat's infringement. 

 

I worked closely with Kramer Levin's  legal team of Paul Andre, Lisa Kobialka, James Hannah, and others, to provide a seamless display of exhibits, demonstratives, and videotaped depositions.  With each side limited to only 18 hours to present their cases, a quick, efficient presentation of the case was paramount.  Accordingly, I had to bring in extra trial presentation items to ensure an optimal setup.  I also assisted with the creation and modification of PowerPoint presentations throughout trial.  I was asked to combine trial exhibits and tutorial animations for direct and cross examinations of expert and fact witnesses.  Congratulations to Kramer Levin and its client, Finjan!

 

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Look to Thomas & Thomas for Realtime Text and Video Streaming

Look to Thomas & Thomas for Realtime Text and Video Streaming

Often times attorneys need to depose witnesses in various locations across the country.  Sometimes that can require additional attorneys and/or support staff members to have to travel to those various locations, which can cause the client to incur additional costs compared to a traditional, local deposition.  With the advent of realtime text and video streaming, attorneys and support staff individuals can now attend any deposition remotely.  By using various platforms, such as LiveDeposition, individuals are able to view the transcript in realtime, see and hear the deponent as he or she testifies, and communicate with their team via a private chat.  Realtime text and video streaming also gives clients the ability to attend depositions remotely in the event they want to watch the deposition, but are unwilling or unable to travel.  In addition to realtime text and video streaming, the basic function of realtime allows attorneys read the questions and answers as they happen, search the transcript for a specific word or phrase, and highlight important text for future reference.  

 

The above picture is a deposition Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters recently provided realtime text and video streaming for.  This stream was provided to various law firms, clients, and experts across the country.  As a result, numerous individuals did not have to travel to attend the deposition, reducing time, money, and effort spent by all parties.  Be sure to think of Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters the next time you need realtime text and video streaming.

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Throwback Thursday: Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters Provides Videoconference for Warren Buffett's Trial Testimony

Throwback Thursday:  Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters Provides Videoconference for Warren Buffett's Trial Testimony

"Three weeks into Brendsel's trial on administrative charges, Buffett's testimony by video link was the most vivid, yet. The Berkshire Hathaway chairman, who is a member of the board of The Washington

Post Co., sat at a table against a wrinkled gray backdrop, a Coke bottle in easy reach and looked into the lens. Brendsel and other participants in the proceeding watched Buffett on big-screen televisions in a richly paneled Washington courtroom."

 

On October 30, 2007, Warren E. Buffett testified about how he saw early signs of Freedie Mac's woes.  However, he did not do so live.  He did so from the offices of Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters and Certified Legal Video, LLC.  In an attempt to accommodate Mr. Buffett's busy schedule, his staff asked that Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters provide a videoconference feed between our office in Omaha, Nebraska and the Washington courtroom.  Below is an article by the Washington Post about Mr. Buffett's testimony and the underlying videoconference that Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters provided.

 

Buffett Testifies That He Saw Early Signs of Freddie Mac's Woes


By David S. Hilzenrath
Washington Post StaffW1iter
Wednesday, October 31, 2007; D03

 

Billionaire investor Warren E. Buffett sat in front of a video camera in Omaha, spelled his name for the record and minced no words as he testified for the government yesterday in its case against former Freddie Mac chief executive Leland C. Brendsel.


Brendsel is accused of presiding over accounting manipulations and running Freddie Mac in a reckless manner. Buffett, one of the most successful and revered investors, sold a huge stake in the mortgage funding company before the manipulations came to light, and the government wanted him to explain why.


Buffett said he was troubled in part by a Freddie Mac investment that had nothing to do with its business.


"I follow the old dictum: There's never just one cockroach in the kitchen," Buffett said.


The government is trying to show that Brendsel's promises of double-digit earnings growth set Freddie Mac on a dangerous path, and Buffett said they were another key reason he sold.


Sometimes, when executives offer earnings projections and cannot make the numbers, "they start making up the numbers," he said.


Trying to deliver smoothly increasing earnings "can lead to a lot of trouble in any company," and it is "unachievable" at a company like Freddie Mac, whose business is inherently unpredictable, Buffett testified.

 

Under cross-examination by an attorney for Brendsel, Buffett acknowledged that many companies offered earnings projections, including two big companies where he has been a director, Coca-Cola and

Gillette.


He agreed that his antipathy for the practice was a minority view among professional investors. Asked to read aloud from Freddie Mac annual reports, he showed that the McLean company had been predicting "mid-teens" earnings growth years before he began liquidating his stake.


Three weeks into Brendsel's trial on administrative charges, Buffett's testimony by video link was the most vivid, yet. The Berkshire Hathaway chairman, who is a member of the board of The Washington
Post Co., sat at a table against a wrinkled gray backdrop, a Coke bottle in easy reach and looked into the lens. Brendsel and other participants in the proceeding watched Buffett on big-screen televisions in a richly paneled Washington courtroom.


Because the case involves regulatory rather than criminal charges, Brendsel is not at risk of going to prison. He is trying to avoid liabilities and penalties that could exceed $1 billion.


With a fortune estimated at $52 billion, Buffett, known by admirers as the Sage of Omaha, ranked second on Forbes magazine's latest list of the richest Americans. Buffett has pledged the vast majority of
his wealth to the philanthropic foundation run by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, who topped the list with $59 billion, and Oates's wife Melinda, also a member of the Post Co. board.


Buffett said he bought stock in Freddie Mac in the 1980s because "it looked ridiculously cheap." He said his company became one of Freddie Mac's largest shareholders before it began liquidating its stake in the late 1990s at an eventual profit of about $2.75 billion.


Buffett said he met with Brendsel and former Freddie Mac president David W. Glenn five or six times over the years at Brendsel's request, initially at a summer house Buffett had in Laguna Beach, Calif.
Brendsel requested and followed some of his recommendation whom Freddie Mac should appoint to its board, Buffett said.


Buffet said he became troubled when Freddie Mac made an investment unrelated to its mission. He wasn't clear on the specifics but said he "didn't think that made any sense at all" and "was concerned
about what they might be doing ... that I didn't know about."


Achieving "mid-teens" earnings growth "seemed to become more and more a mantra of the organization," giving him greater cause for concern, Buffett said.


Buffett said he reviewed Freddie Mac's annual reports every year he held stock in the company. Presented with excerpts from reports for as early as 1992, he agreed with Brendsel's lead attorney, Kevin
M. Downey, that he held onto his shares while Freddie Mac repeatedly affirmed its earnings goals. Buffett said he thought he expressed his concern to Brendsel in several conversations but added that he
didn't keep notes or a diary and couldn't recall details.


Downey said the specific wording about mid-teens earnings growth did not appear in a disclosure Freddie Mac filed in 2001, but Buffett rejected the implicit suggestion that Brendsel was responding
appropriately to his concern.


"He may have seen the writing on the wall," Buffett said.


Downey suggested that Freddie Mac properly tempered its projections, pointing to warnings in an annual report that its earnings could be affected by various adverse developments. Buffett said the
cautionary words were merely legal boilerplate.


"I would not be particularly impressed by them," he said.


Asked by the judge, William B. Moran, whether he felt his concerns were vindicated, Buffett said, "I think they were fully vindicated."

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Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters Provides Trial Presentation Services for $30 Million Jury Verdict

Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters Provides Trial Presentation Services for $30 Million Jury Verdict

Congratulations to the Law Firms of Kramer Levin, New York, New York, and local counsel, Koley Jessen, Omaha, Nebraska, and their amazing trial teams for their most recent jury verdict in the civil lawsuit of Prism Technologies v. Sprint Spectrum L.P. The matter was tried to the Court and Jury, the Honorable Lyle E. Strom, Senior United States District Judge for the Federal District Court of Nebraska, presiding. This case was the second of five patent infringement trials against the five major U.S. wireless carriers - AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon.

 

Congratulations also to Geoffrey S. Thomas, J.D., and certified Trial Presentation Specialist, for his role in the successful delivery of courtroom visual technology. The result was a seamless presentation of demonstratives and exhibits presented at trial. Clean, on-point videotaped deposition clips highlighted and pinpointed important trial testimony. Dual laptops used simultaneously during opening, closing, and witness examinations, ensured a quality and flawless presentation at all times. In the end, the synergistic mix of attorneys, witnesses, support staff and specialized and professionally administered courtroom technology garnered a $30 million jury verdict for the plaintiff.  Congratulations!

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Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters Reports 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting

Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters Reports 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting

On May 2, 2015, Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters reported the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting held at the CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska.   Thomas & Thomas has provided same-day transcript court reporting services for the Annual Meeting since 2011.  Roughly 40,000 people from all around the world showed up to witness the 50th anniversary of Warren Buffett taking control of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. 

 

Congratulations to Kristen Teel, RPR, CRR, and Brianne Starkey, RPR, CRR, court reporters extraordinaire, on a job well done!

 

And congratulations to Mr. Buffett for once again making Omaha proud.

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Nebraska Court Reporters Association's 2015 Spring Convention - Omaha, Nebraska

On March 28, 2015, John Thomas of Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters attended the 2015 Nebraska Court Reporters Association's Spring Convention here in Omaha, Nebraska.  The convention was held in downtown Omaha and consisted of the following presentations and speakers:

 

  • Court Reporting Ergonomics - Pramila Kalaga, MS, CPE
  • Criminal Defense and Civil Liberties - James Martin Davis, JD
  • Awareness of Gangs and Gang Activity - Nissa Jones, JD and Lieutenant Kenneth Kanger
  • Psychology of Terrorism - Wade Greening

 

In addition to the above-referenced presentations, the Nebraska Court Reporters Association sponsored a reception to recognize Brenda L. Fauber, RDR, CRR, CPE, of Omaha, Nebraska, for receiving the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.  The Distinguished Service Award is given out by the National Court Reporters Association ("NCRA") and is designed to encourage and recognize work amounting to distinguished service by individual members of NCRA for the benefit of the reporting profession. That may include work as a member, committee member, director or officer of the Association, for the JCR, in state or local association affairs, or in the field of public affairs or public relations.  Ms. Fauber was also recognized for her accomplishments at NCRA's Annual Convention last fall.  Ms. Fauber can be seen below with NECRA President Beverly Heurter.  From everyone at Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters, thank you to Brenda Fauber for her distinguished service to the court reporting profession.

 

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Trial Presentation Services - The Future of Presenting a Case at Trial

From discovery through trial, Thomas & Thomas has you covered.

 

Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters is a full-service litigation support firm providing strategic consulting to litigators nationwide, from discovery through trial.


We pride ourselves on our mastery of technology in the courtroom. Not only can we help you in the initial discovery process, but we can also support you during the intensive preparation leading up to trial.


With almost 40 years of experience in the industry, we are confident you will be delighted with the quality of our trial consulting services and competitive pricing. Our trial consultants are seasoned professionals providing consistent, high-quality trial preparation and presentation services for our clients.

 

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Our litigation services include:

 

  • Demonstrative graphics
  • Document management
  • On-site trial support
  • Video services

 

So whatever trial support services your firm may need, why not contact us today for more information.  We can discuss your requirements in detail and provide you with references, if needed, and competitive, affordable pricing.

 

Call us (402-556-5000) or email us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

 

Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters is leading the way in trial presentation services and we welcome the opportunity to assist you with any litigation or court reporting issues you may have.  Please call our office to schedule a personal meeting. Let us show you the benefits of the multitude of services we have to offer. We look forward to making your life easier.

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Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters Provides Trial Presentation Services for Trademark Case in Wilmington, Delaware

Earlier this month, one of Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters' Trial Consultants provided trial presentation services for a trademark case in the United District Court - District of Delaware.  Although the matter did not go to trial, Thomas & Thomas' trial consultant, Geoffrey S. Thomas, J.D., provided invaluable trial preparation assistance to the law firm and attorneys involved.  Mr. Thomas was tasked with creating and presenting deposition clips, organizing exhibits, demonstratives, and PowerPoint presentations, and simulating in-court presentations to prepare the witnesses for trial.  This particular case was made even more difficult due to the time limitations each side had to present their case.  This meant Mr. Thomas had to have everything fine-tuned and ready to present on TrialDirector, as seconds and minutes were of the essence.  

 

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Thomas & Thomas is Nebraska and Iowa's leader in trial presentation services.  Whether you are in Omaha, Lincoln, Council Bluffs, Des Moines or beyond, as with our court reporting services, we can now also support your growing trial practice with our Trial Services Department.  From mediations to the courtroom, Thomas & Thomas can give you the technical support and courtroom expertise you need to win your next case.  We provide our clients with everything they need to create a visually persuasive presentation for any environment, including professional audio/visual equipment, video editing, synchronized videotaped deposition clips, and trial presentation software.  We also design digital timelines, tiral graphics, and opening and closing presentations, to help you prove your case to the trier of fact.

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Best Court Reporting Gadget/Tool - Adobe Acrobat

Best Court Reporting Gadget/Tool - Adobe Acrobat

In honor of National Court Reporting & Captioning week, Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters is acknowledging one of its favorite court reporting gadgets/tools - Adobe Acrobat.  From converting emails to PDFs, to bate stamping documents, to editing forms and pages, Adobe Acrobat makes office life so much easier.  We use it for emails, transcripts, forms, exhibits, and trial presentation services on a daily basis.

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2015 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week kicks Off Feb. 15

2015 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week kicks Off Feb. 15

TheTakeNote campaign, launched by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast and CART captioners, and legal videographers, will serve as a main theme during the 2015 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week, which will run Feb. 15-21. This year’s event marks the third year NCRA has sponsored the celebration designed to help increase the public’s awareness about the growing number of employment opportunities the profession offers.

 

NCRA’s Take Note campaign launched in September 2014 and is based on the findings of an industry-wide outlook report conducted by the independent research firm Ducker Worldwide. The study determined that over the next five years, some 5,500 jobs in the court reporting and captioning profession are expected to become available.

 

Court reporters, captioners, CART providers, and court reporting schools around the country will participate in the week-long event by hosting an array of activities such as visits to high schools to showcase the profession, open houses, Veterans History Project interviews, media outreach, and more.

 

NCRA has made a wide range of resources available to its members, court reporting schools, and others at both crTakeNote.com and NCRA.org. Resources include tips on presenting the benefits of the profession to potential new students, press release templates, social media-appropriate logos and banners, and ideas for hosting special activities. NCRA will also support an official legislative recognition of National Court Reporting & Captioning Week and rely on its social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, and blogs to reach thousands of people throughout the week.

 

“National Court Reporting & Captioning Week is an opportunity for our profession to celebrate the valuable contribution this vocation provides to ensure vital records are captured and maintained,” said NCRA President Sarah Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, an official court reporter from Jefferson, Ohio.

 

“The areas where we work are vast and range from serving as official court reporters to freelance reporters who work strictly taking depositions or recording the proceedings of a variety of meetings and such, while broadcast and CART captioners do wonderful work to help better the lives for millions of Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing by providing captioning in real time for live sporting and theater events, church services, movie houses, and many other venues.”

 

Nageotte will help kick off the week with a presentation to members of the Hawaii Court Reporters and Captioners Association during a luncheon being held Feb. 14 that will cover the findings of the industry outlook conducted by Ducker Worldwide. Nageotte will also discuss the TakeNote campaign and share tips on how best to highlight the professional outlook to high school students. Representatives from Hawaii’s statewide student news network will also be in attendance and will generate a news segment to share with middle and high schools.

 

“I’m very excited about this opportunity to help increase awareness about the court reporting and captioning profession and will ask everyone attending to commit to contacting at least one person within their network and educate them about the opportunities this career path offers,” said Nageotte. “In fact, I’m urging everyone in the court reporting and captioning profession to do the same throughout National Court Reporting & Captioning Week.”

 

For more information, visit NCRA.org. Career information about the court reporting profession—one of the leading career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree—can be found at crTakeNote.com.

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Getting to Know Your Young Lawyers Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association

Getting to Know Your Young Lawyers Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association

In the most recent article of the Nebraska Lawyer, there was a section dedicated to getting to know the Young Lawyers Section Members of the Nebraka State Bar Assocition.  Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters's Geoff Thomas was one of nine Nebraska attorneys interviewed for the article.  Below is an excerpt from that article.

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Geoffrey S. Thomas, J.D., T.P.P., is a 2012 graduate of the Creighton University School of Law, and a certified Trial Presentation Professional, in charge of Business & Technology Development at Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters and Certified Legal Video, L.L.C., in Omaha, Nebraska. As the head of Business & Technology Development, Mr. Thomas’s focus is on researching and implementing new court reporting technologies, including videoconferencing, online repositories, synchronized videotaped depositions, and real-time technology to mobile devices. His certification as a Trial Presentation Professional takes him directly into the courtroom to assist attorneys with the creation and presentation of electronic exhibits, video, and other demonstrative evidence before the trier of fact. Mr. Thomas also assists with and facilitates jury focus groups and mock trial presentations.

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Court Reporting - "This Job Makes Six Figures, with No College Degree"

Court Reporting - "This Job Makes Six Figures, with No College Degree"

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"'There is going to be a demand, and a need, for at least 5,500 new positions over the next three to five coming years,' said Sarah Nageotte, president of the National Court Reporters Association. Fifteen percent of the industry is poised to retire. Nageotte said a lot of people are not even aware the career still exists. 

 

Court reporting not only exists, it's expanding.

 

Most new reporting jobs are outside the courtroom, doing depositions or closed captioning. There is a new federal initiative to provide captioning services to hearing-impaired students. The pay for those jobs can range from $35 an hour up into six figures. One current opening for a court reporter in San Francisco starts above $100,000, plus benefits."

 

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Court Reporting Technology: From Cicero to the iPad (7 of 7)

Court Reporting Technology: From Cicero to the iPad (7 of 7)

Hyperlinked Exhibits

 

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            Navigating between the transcript and corresponding exhibits can be a waste of time.  With hyperlinked exhibits, attorneys are able to go directly to the desired exhibit without the headache of locating it at the end of the transcript or in a separate volume all together.  In a hyperlinked transcript, if an exhibit is referred to (ex. "Exhibit 1"), every time that exhibit is referenced in the transcript, an attorney can click on the word ("Exhibit 1") and view that exhibit.  Not only does this additional function save time while reviewing a transcript, but it also provides the attorney with an easy and effective way of showing the transcript and exhibits at trial.  Hyperlinked services vary from court reporter to court reporter, so be sure to ask your court reporter or court reporting firm what options and outputs they have to offer.

 

Online Repositories, Invoicing, and Scheduling

           

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            Today, just about everything is paperless and can be accessed online, so why aren't your court reporting services?  Well, they actually can be.  Things like online repositories and online calendaring allow attorneys and their support staffs to have complete control of their court reporting services with only the click of a mouse.  With online repositories, attorneys are notified via email when their transcripts or videotaped depositions are ready for viewing, giving them instant and remote access to these important case materials.  Online repositories also give other attorneys in your office or experts working on the case the ability to access case materials at any time.  Online calendaring provides attorneys and support staff with the opportunity to conveniently change deposition dates and times, increasing productivity and reducing wasted time.  Electronic invoicing decreases paper usage and eliminate misplaced invoices.  Some court reporters and court reporting firms provide online access to those invoices, a convenient resource when trying to determine expenses when settling a case.  Contact your court reporter or court reporting firm to find out how your law practice can go green and save time and money while doing it.

 

Conclusion

 

            A lot has changed since Marcus Tullius Tiro started taking dictations for Cicero in 63 B.C.  Court reporters now instantly stream the text of your deposition to attorneys or experts anywhere in the world.  They arrange for attorneys to depose witnesses and experts on the other side of the country.  Just as lawyers have taken advantage of technological advances, so has the court reporting profession.  The days of providing a plain, basic transcript are over.  Although there is no telling how technology will advance over the next 2,000 years, attorneys can rest assured that the court reporting profession will continue to be there assisting, innovating, and making your life easier long into the future.

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