Hi everybody. Thank you for joining us again,

if you've been in the previous sessions

or this is your first session.

This next discussion is

with two panelists I'm very excited to have.

Their names are Mark Ivey,

who is CEO of E-Depositions,

and Michael McDonner, who is

president of Kentuckiana Court Reporters,

as well as Milestone Reporting.

This session is going to touch

upon some of the topics we covered earlier,

but also from the agency owner perspective

and also from more of the attorney perspective

and the practicality of some of

the changes that's happening not only with COVID,

but as we move further down the line post-COVID to

changes in digital reporting overall.

Michael, Mark, thank you very much for joining us today.

Happy to be here.

Thank you. Why don't we get into our next slide, please.

We're going to have

about five topics we're going to cover.

Mike talks about a current normal versus a new normal,

which I agree with, because all we

have today is what we currently know.

Ways you could drive

digital reporting in practice, particularly with COVID.

What the future may look like,

some of the challenges there.

How to conduct digital depositions during COVID,

more around the remote.

Mark Ivey has input in the way he does it in his state.

Educating and training attorneys.

We've touched upon this briefly,

but Michael's actually delivered CLEs around this.

With that, let's go to the next slide.

So it's a different question than before.

We talked about a new normal earlier

and we talked about it in a broad future.

But right now, we have a current

normal in practice due to COVID-19.

What I'd like to do is just put up

the next slide, and we'll start with Mike.

Where do the attorneys stand with digital depositions and

proceedings in terms of

remote proceeding in terms of COVID, pre and post?

Well, obviously there's a difference of opinion.

I've been a big stickler for the current

normal or the new normal.

I know that's we're going against maybe the trend.

About 10 years ago, I did practice law as

a medical malpractice defense attorney

and a variety of other litigation.

I still have a lot of, obviously, friends

and colleagues from

that time, and what I can tell you is

that attorneys whose practice is primarily litigation,

they don't see this as

a permanent setting for

how they're going to conduct depositions in the future.

The most effective way to examine

someone or cross-examine someone is in-person.

Obviously, there's lots of social signaling that goes on

between humans that just

doesn't come across in a video conference.

Quite frankly, there's a lot of attorneys

who want to intimidate

and make their presence known in

a deposition without crossing any type of line.

But you just can't do that when the person that you're

examining is sitting in the comfort of their home,

sipping coffee in their slippers or whatever else.

It's just different.

What I'm hearing from a lot of

our litigators is they're still trying to

hold out hope that they

can take critical witnesses in person.

Right now, they're simply doing a lot of

the rudimentary witnesses that they don't

perhaps care as much about or find as important.

I would say, any of the serious litigators,

they're going to go back to in-person depositions.

That's my opinion.

But people who take a few here and there,

some of the litigators where it's

almost a commodity, like worker's comp in most states,

they seem much more receptive

to this being a permanent solution.

So I think a serious percentage of it will remain remote.

Thank you.

That's my experience.

Mark, you may have a slightly different

opinion from your experience?

It's almost a little bit the same opinion.

What we've found on our end is that there's a resistance

from attorneys to do

the Zoom or video conference depositions.

Much for what we just heard is, it's not in-person.

You're not seeing the nonverbal communication that you

usually see in face-to-face.

Also, there's attorneys that

like the home court advantage.

They like to have somebody come to their office,

and it's more on their terms and on their turf.

There's part of that that's being pushed back.

We have some of our clients that

early on saw what was coming down

the pipeline as far as

the coronavirus, how it was taking place.

I actually have one attorney that in January

he'd contacted me about doing

video conference depositions, and he

saw that in the near future

in-person depositions were going to be limited.

He was way ahead of the curve.

I didn't think it was going to be as

serious as he said it was,

but he saw what was coming,

and he was one of the early adopters.

What part that we found is,

at least on my end,

I've seen much more of a push by plaintiff attorneys to

get going on remote depositions and

more of a resistance from defense attorneys.

I think that's just because

defense attorneys can push things back

a little bit more and plaintiff attorneys

are trying to push things forward.

There's been a little bit of an internal battle I've seen

between attorneys of trying to get stuff scheduled,

trying to get video conference depositions going,

but they're getting pushback from

the other side, and

it seems like it's mostly defense attorneys.

I think with the courts keeping everything pushed back,

at least in our area,

we don't know when the courts are going to open back up.

We don't know when jury trials

are going to start back up,

but cases keep stacking up, and we're

getting to a critical point where I think

this new normal of doing

video conference depositions is going

to force people's hands to just start doing them.

Thank you for that. Let's go

to the next slide because that ties into this.

There's a necessity to same room

and practice per Mike,

and Mark agrees with that to an extent.

There's procedural limitations we used to have

on that, perhaps, and practice preferences.

But given that this is the current normal, and you

talked about defense attorneys okay with delaying things,

whereas plaintiffs' attorneys may not,

what's getting them, from

your perspective, to build trust? Because you do

have to deliver these remote, you're delivering

quite a bit remote and digitally.

What's building trust with them from

your perspective? Mark, we'll start with you.

That's the big piece in digital depositions or

doing things differently that

we've battled the whole time.

Mike has a little bit different story,

where he has a more of a hybrid of

court reporting and digital, and we're full digital.

So we've always been bucking

the trend of doing stenography and stuff.

I've been in this business for

seven years now, and I will tell you

that trust has been

the hardest thing to build with attorneys.

Because for 50 years prior to going digital,

that's all attorneys have done is had

a stenographer in the room

typing next to them. It brings comfort.

That's what they're used to,

and when you change that and

you go to just recording things and they

can't see somebody actively

participate in the deposition,

they have a little bit of distrust there.

I think with video conferencing,

that trust is even more important.

Attorneys are looking to people

that understand the process,

they understand the technology,

and that if there's issues that arise,

that depositions can be stopped and things can be fixed.

The trust factor is big, and I don't

know if I can really speak to this as much as Mike

as far as a court reporting side goes

with the video conference depositions,

but there has been,

from our experience with our client base,

a little bit of, I don't want

to say it's trust, but hesitancy.

They're worried that everybody in a remote location,

is the record going to be protected?

Is the record going to be clearly recorded?

Is this something that they can use down

the road in a court proceeding

or a motion or anything like that?

The trust part is big right now.

I think that's one of

the biggest pieces that we're working on right now

is informing our clients that

we're able to do this and they need to trust the process.

Go ahead, Mike.

Yeah. It would almost help defining

sometimes what digital reporting

is, and of course it's a lot of different things.

But for us, before COVID,

it was a court reporter who is simply using

digital technology rather than stenographic technology

to create a transcript.

That reporter is not simply recording,

they're also actively taking

tag files and they're able to do

playbacks and a number of other things

just like a stenographer would.

The shift to remote doesn't necessarily help us,

it almost creates a new line of

problems in that if people saw them,

if they had problems with their Zoom calls,

and then they said, Well,

that's because it's digital, then it gives

us a black eye we didn't have before.

So what we did for probably the

first month-and-a-half to two months

is every deposition would

have two people on it the entire time.

One person whose sole job was like maybe Danielle's

here to make sure that

everything goes right with the Zoom feed,

all of the mics are working,

all the audio's good,

all the video is good.

They help with internet problems,

and then the court reporter's solely

focused on court reporting.

Now we've shifted to a process where we have

one person who's a Zoom specialist or a Webex specialist

who starts the room up,

make sure everything's working

well, and then they step away from it,

but they're available to be called back

in to help as you go so

that we get a smooth of a process as possible.

But I guess to your point, Tony,

is that they're doing something new and it's

with new technology that they didn't want to do before,

and that at least opens

people's minds to no longer being trapped in the idea of,

I have to have a stenographer or I have to have Ruth,

who I've used for 30 years.

They'll start to trust technology more in general,

as long as it's done correctly.

My bad. Thank you both very much for that,

and let's go to the next question, which is here.

This is more about driving it in practice itself,

and we've previously discussed

some of this in prep to this call.

Can we go to the next slide?

As business owners, looking at

deposition growth, Mark, you're all digital,

Mike, you guys are digital, and

you have some other businesses with that, as well,

but we may have some agencies that are

looking to make a transition and

they're not really there yet.

Depositions as percentage of

all transcript volume based upon

some statistics we're going to show you later,

and that you know represent the majority of

the market out there or serviceable proceedings.

Digital court reporting is

a smaller percentage of that still.

However, over the next three years,

that's going to increase.

The growth we see

is going to be driven by a couple of factors,

and we've discussed this before,

continued attrition and

reduction in stenographic community,

technology improvements, pressure on cost,

faster turnaround time.

Both of you have gotten to very high levels

of competitiveness and success

with your respective businesses with digital.

What do you think the growth is going to

be in terms of digital reporting,

where it just becomes another form of

court reporting over the next several years?

Do you see it accelerating now with

COVID, or does it not really matter at this point?


Well, for us, the only thing that slows us down

from expanding digital growth

is walls and barriers

that prohibit their entry into the marketplace.

Because everywhere we go,

once we enter the marketplace,

we're at a competitive advantage.

We can train people faster.

We get people from

a wider variety of demographic population.

It takes a certain personality to

want to learn shorthand,

which is like learning a second language,

then how to type it super fast.

So you get a lot of different personalities involved,

and it makes them easy to work with,

and we can perform where we

generate a transcript that's accurate,

that is completed faster than a

traditional stenographic system, and more affordably.

The only barrier for us to entering

marketplace is it's statutory in nature,

at least in my experience so far.

But there is always room for improvements in technology.

Obviously the ability to transcribe faster,

which Verbit's been very helpful to

us in a significant portion of our business,

and just the ability to capture really great audio,

obviously, and have good competent reporters.


Yeah. To tag along that,

there's actually, in the chat

I just read real quick, somebody brought up trust in

the training side of stuff, and

that kind of goes into what Mike's saying.

For us it's really important to have

competent people that are recording depositions.

Attorneys need to be comfortable with

the fact that the person that's

recording the deposition, one,

understands the process, two,

understands the rules of civil procedure in

regards to recording a deposition,

and understands how important making

sure every aspect of

the deposition is recorded without any issues.

All it takes is one question in

a deposition not to be recorded

the right way and that could

be the most important question in the whole deposition.

It's training people to

understand the importance of depositions.

In our side of the business,

we haven't looked at trying to take people off

the streets and train them in this process.

We did that in the beginning and it just didn't work.

We needed to try and find people that understood

the legal aspects of what a deposition is.

A lot of our digital reporters are trained

professionals in the sense that they're all paralegals.

They've either worked for law firms for

multiple years in litigation,

or they have a good education in

the legal field as a paralegal.

We look to try and create that trust and being able

to have a great record by putting somebody

in the brim that understands the whole process

and understands the technology

that they're sitting in front of, what Mike said.

Yeah. I want to touch on that, too,

because I didn't see the question

and I think it's a good one.

I think there's some misconception that people are pulled

off the street and just go in

with a tape recorder or something.

If that's what we were doing, we would've gone out of

business a long, long time ago.

The person asking the question said there's

a licensing board who will pull

a reporter's license if they don't do well.

Well, I believe in markets.

If we didn't produce an accurate verbatim transcript

in a group of

professionals who communicate with one

another daily, we'd go out of business.

Nobody's going to use a court reporter who can't report.

The reality is that it is very accurate.

I would say about 75-80 percent of

our court reporters hold

at least a four-year degree from

a state college or better.

We're not pulling

people out of the community college,

not that there's anything wrong with that.

But there's training.

It can be done faster because you're not

learning how to type a second language,

you're learning how to use resources that we

all grow up using now in terms of computers.

But if you're not doing it right,

you won't last long.

Just to add to that real quick, too, Mike,

I spent a lot of time before I started this business,

before I ever recorded a deposition,

and I spent a lot of time talking to judges and attorneys

in my area about the record.

One of the judges that I met with,

he was a senior judge,

very well-respected,

and he was the one that told me that,

Look, my juries are changing.

My juries are people that are

walking into the courtroom that had been born and

raised with iPhones in their hands and things like that.

They're technology-savvy people.

Providing a technology-savvy deposition in

a court proceeding has more impact than a transcript.

To your point of the accuracy and things like that

on our end, when we recorded deposition digitally,

the audio-video recording is the official record.

A transcript that's created from that recording is

just an aid to the official record.

It sits better with the courtroom. Again,

it's training the right people and make

sure that the recording's done properly.

Great. Thank you both for that, and

I appreciate you pushing that out because that

adds to a question on the changing role of how you

have to deliver with digital reporting, and

stenographic as well for other agencies, is,

if you look on the left,

this is the current normal.

We came into this with

a proposed shortage and

attrition in the stenographic market.

Mark, you've talked about in the past

how it's difficult to some markets to

get certain proceedings fulfilled for depositions.

And now, since February,

we have five additional layers

of complexity we all have to deal with.

Not just in legal, but across the board.

We've had the crisis response,

how to be a rapid change in the courts to

keep the courts moving for certain proceedings,

reporting agencies, how to

adapt the potential economic downturn.

Now we're looking at phase mitigation,

reopening. Some states may

saw an ongoing virus suppression and reemergence.

We all like to be back in the same room.

Some states we may,

some states we can't.

Within a few months, we may have an

effective anti-viral. We just don't know,

but this is the current normal.

What in your mind is our ability to service with

digital and other deposition

needs, changes to live remote deposition,

a potential of backlog of cases,

increasing demand, and more proceedings?

Is the industry prepared to handle it?

Enough people trained in remote,

or enough people trained to handle the volume?

Given all this, where is digital

situated to be a potentially good response mechanism?

From my perspective, if

you need to add court orders quickly,

you can obviously train them faster than you

can train a stenographer.

Stenographer school generally is two years minimum.

Some people take six years, may also take eight.

So it's obviously something that can be done much faster.

The other thing I would say is that

our digital court reporters take

a deposition, at least one every single day.

They're working at least eight hours every single day.

Our stenographers generally like to

take 2-3 depositions a week.

You have some that are work horses that

do more, you have some that do less.

Digitals can be helpful in that they

both can be trained faster to add them

on and they can take

a higher volume of work in my experience.

Mark, anything you want to add?

Yeah. Again, coming from this from

the full digital perspective,

I've been paying attention to the marketplace

for the last seven years.

There is a shortage of court reporters that is happening.

I've talked about it in

some LinkedIn articles that I've done.

We've had experiences with

certain law firms trying to go out of

state and not being able to find a court reporter

because they're not available.

I think that what's

going on with the marketplace right now,

there's going to have to be a shift or a push

to handle the volume that's coming.

I know everybody's had a slowdown at a certain point,

but things are starting to pick back up.

My concern is that the marketplace is going to have

more demand than there is services available.

But this industry isn't

something that somebody on the street

is looking at saying,

Hey, what if we got into the digital deposition market?

This change is going to have to come

on the side of who's already in

the marketplace of transferring

or moving from stenographic to digital,

or breaking an arm off and going digital.

But this isn't an industry that

people are paying attention to right now,

and there is going to be

some demand issues I foresee in the near future.

Thank you. Next slide, please.

Mark, you touched upon this in some of

our prep discussions, particularly around Nevada.

What we heard from other people in

previous presentations is, obviously we're

seeing some changes to the civil rules and

procedures to allow remote notary and others.

Is it going to be permanent?

There's always been ways not to have to

be in the same room for a proceeding.

What's your take from where you

sit and your state in Nevada?

Well, Nevada, in 2005 they changed

the rules of civil procedure to mimic

the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,

which is, you can record a deposition via sound.

It was sound, sound and visual, or stenographic.

They just changed the language in

this last legislative session to say audio,

audio-video, or stenographic, and that it just

needs to be recorded in front of

somebody that can administer an oath.

They do have a rule in Nevada,

it's a stipulation rule that

if all parties stipulate, a deposition

could be recorded in front of anybody.

Doesn't matter who it is as

long as they all stipulate to it.

But as far as my business goes,

my Bible is the Rules of Civil Procedure.

That's how we record.

That's how we create our end product.

There's certain things that we have to do to provide to

attorneys and courts that fits those rules.

In Nevada we're just wide open right now

to record in any manner that we want.

I was briefly talking to Mike before.

We've done some work in California,

but California is a stipulation state.

You have to get parties to

stipulate to recording non-stenographically,

and the rules divert or favor stenographic deposition.

So I think if there's enough demand on the marketplace,

attorneys are going to have to push their legislatures to

adapt new rules so they can get depositions done.

I see, in the future, everything's

going to be done digitally. That's my opinion.

Mike, anything you want to add?

In terms of rules we've seen it all.

The slide here is accurate.

Our core markets are Kentucky,

Colorado, Florida, and the surrounding regions.

Kentucky and Colorado have

temporarily adopted that

standard language that everyone is

about notarial acts, and it has to be audio-visual,

and the recording has to be maintained for 10 years.

Florida has a constant renewal of a Supreme Court order.

I think it's up to us as people in

the industry, and certainly organizations like the AAERT,

Speech to Text Institute,

the NCRA, to lobby their states to go ahead and put

a permanent rule into place where those don't exist

so that these practices can continue.

Because even if we get a vaccine,

who knows when that will be,

there's still going to be a certain percentage

of the population that simply isn't

comfortable sitting in a room with

a stranger, and that's going to

happen for a long, long time.

The elderly,

the immunocompromised, and a lot of those people

make up our lawyers and our experts.

So some type of permanent solution will have to happen.

Okay, let's go to the next slide, please.

It's a little bit about more fulfillment,

but from your perspective.

Next slide, please.

We've talked a lot about these digital tools,

people adopting the [inaudible] , but they're

not without their challenges.

In our previous discussion, Mark and Mike,

you talked about it's not exactly the same,

it's a different fulfillment,

but there are some challenges

to it and why there is a preference for the same room.

So, Mike and Mark, and then we'll start with Mike.

Mike, you being a former attorney,

can you give us some of

your challenges just from

a practice perspective with using some of these tools,

doing remote live and

how you work around that with the attorneys?

There's a lot of different ones. For me personally,

what would be very frustrating is just trying to

handle large volumes of records.

Certainly in medical malpractice cases,

there are a whole lot of medical records that you're

asking experts and treating

nurses and doctors

about, and that's going to become extremely cumbersome.

It's cumbersome enough in person.

So you really have to make

sure that they plan adequately ahead of time.

We tell everybody to go through and label

every possible document they could use,

put it all in one folder on their desktop,

deposition of Joe Smith or whatever.

That way they don't risk opening

attorney-client communication or something else

that's concerning during the deposition

while they're trying to share exhibits.

Obviously they need to learn how to use

all the annotation tools, and

we provide all of that training to

our court reporters and our clients.

But, again, the other big problem for me

is one that you hit on earlier, which is trust.

We have clients who are

very concerned that the witness is going to receive

communications during the deposition

and essentially be coached

on answers because no one can see what they're doing.

One of the solutions we have is

they can use one of our

conference rooms if they'll come to it,

where we sanitize the whole area

and we put up essentially a second camera.

There's a webcam on the witness and then there's

a second camera that's watching the witness' computer

and watching where the witness is

so that you know the witness

isn't sitting there getting fed answers the whole time.

We've also done that sort of remotely where we go

and set up a hotel or conference room near that person,

use a sanitary process,

set up multiple cameras,

and then the witness comes in and testifies from there

while our court reporter's still remote.

So just basic things like that are two examples of

problems we've seen, and the key is

really train the lawyers ahead of time.

I think I'm over the 70 CLE mark at this point.

We do them almost daily.

I had an attorney who's practiced for

40 years finally broke down and said, yeah,

I've got cases that have to go forward, and

so we did a one-on-one CLE for two hours with

him just to familiarize himself with Zoom

and Webex. Got to train your clients.

Go ahead, Mark. Go ahead.

That training part is big.

In some depositions

we have attorneys that use TrialPad.

You can use TrialPad and

hook it up to Zoom

where you can pull up exhibits and mark them.

That's helped in some situations, like Mike talked about,

the document-intensive cases,

where they can actually set up a case in TrialPad

and use that as a way to

show the exhibits during a deposition.

But the training part of the attorneys

and even the deponents of what their role is

is important in this time.

I just put the slide up here, and this has been on

some previous sessions, as well.

From an agency owner's perspective,

how important is it to know this technology?

Are these must-haves? Are these differentiators

for where you're going?

Mark, maybe you can pick up on that.

Yeah. We use a couple different companies

as far as the technology side.

There's recording software companies like

SoniClear that are great recording tools,

that they've developed a deposition type

of tool where you can record

and do playbacks of questions and things like that.

We're trying to sell

our attorneys that we're technology experts,

so we have to prove that to them.

We can't show up with,

as Mike said, a camera and a tape recorder.

They need to see that we have a grasp on our technology.

I think technology's just getting better and better.

We've talked about working with Verbit in the future,

things that we want to do with you guys as far

as being able to do live transcripts

and things like that in end-user kind of aspects.

The more we can show

attorneys that we understand the technology,

and the technology actually helps their case,

their clients, and saves them money, it's big.

We have to be technology experts

or we wouldn't have any clients.

I agree with that completely.

In terms of platforms,

I would say 90 percent of

our depositions are taken by Zoom right now,

even though we tell all of our attorneys to

go with, Webex is what I prefer.

It's the only secure platform

that I'd found, or it's the most secure, I would say.

Zoom does not have end-to-end encryption,

it's had a lot of hacking problems.

I think it's subject to three class-action lawsuits,

and yet all the lawyers use it.

But be sure that

you're at least familiar with all the platforms

so that you can speak about them in an educated way

and give your client all the information they need

so they can choose what they think is best for them.

I will talk about just that real-time, you've

got that third point there,

and Neil had asked about the role of

real-time. I think it's huge.

We have several going on right now, real-time depositions.

We're using Remote Counsel to stream the text.

I know there are some other options

out there that you can use, as well.

Particularly in cases that call for it

that are highly technical in nature,

or terms are very specific and important,

like IP type of cases,

we see a whole lot of requests for real-time,

where it's getting streamed and it works fine.

Tony, your audio is cut out on my end.

Yeah. I'm on mute again. My apology, guys.

I was just trying to keep the background noise.

That leads into a few questions

now I'd like to answer, because we

have another session that's going to start shortly.

But I got a couple of good questions.

Mike, you touched upon it, and so did you, Mark,

and it's a very good question.

This is coming from an attendee.

You have a client that wants to

use Zoom and the video feature,

but no reporter, and the client says they'll

have the transcript typed up if needed later.

I guess the question is: How can

a reporter certify the record at that point?

So it's just the video, and it looks like

the client will have the transcript typed up later.

What are you certifying?

If you guys go to

the QA, I think you'll see that question.

Well, yeah. I would say in

the jurisdictions and where I practice,

that's not a practice that we would find acceptable.

I guess it depends. Arguably, if it's noticed

properly in Colorado and Kentucky,

then you can take a deposition by video only,

and then you can transcribe it later.

For example, if you're in Florida,

you can take a video only if all parties stipulate

and/or have a court reporter present.

So in those states it's fine.

I'm not sure where Sharon practices,

so maybe it's different in her particular jurisdiction.

I did also want to touch on, people are asking,

how are digital reporters

streaming real-time and things of that nature.

We employ stenographic reporters.

I don't dislike stenographers.

The problem is there's not enough of them to go around,

so we have great real-time stenographic reporters

who do our real-time reporting for us.

To follow up on that,

in Nevada, as where we primarily do our depositions,

we have to have a script

that we read when we go on the record,

and that script has to state who we are,

who we work for, where the deposition's being recorded,

the date, the time,

the deponent, swear the deponent in.

Because we do everything through all digital,

and our official record is the audio-video,

that recording is what we certify.

We don't certify the transcript.

In our script that we read

in the beginning after we swear the witness in,

we actually put on the record that this is

an audio-video-recorded deposition,

and a transcript will be created

as an aid to the official record.

Then when we provide the final product,

if the attorneys just want

the video based on our recording,

that is the official record,

then we will create

a certification that we recorded that deposition

and have all the admonitions in that certificate.

On our side, we don't certify a transcript.

But what we do is,

through Verbit and through our process,

we sync that transcript to the video.

One of the nice aspects of that that we found is that,

I have the utmost admiration for court reporters.

I could not type all day.

I just couldn't do it. But everybody

makes mistakes. We're all humans.

We might hear a word a little

differently than what's said on the record,

or a stenographer might type

a word or a sentence that's just a

little differently than what it's said.

By having the audio-videos as the official record,

we can always make adjustments to

the transcript if we make a mistake,

which we try not to, obviously.

But that's our process as far as certification.

One more question here.

Actually, this is something you've

both touched upon in previous discussions.

The individual stating that they had

a poor experience with

a deponent who was not familiar with Zoom.

Given that, how do you and

how much lee-time should you get for

preparation in advance for witnesses,

and how do you work with the attorneys on that?

There are some people who've never used Zoom,

that may have very limited bandwidth access.

How do you account for that in your preparation and

training for the attorneys with the witness?

A lot of it comes down to equipment problems.

It's people who just don't have

adequate bandwidth, as you pointed out.

We will ship a laptop, a webcam,

and a hotspot to every single witness who requests one,

and then, of course, we're not even charging our clients

for it right now to try to keep everybody working.

But that way, it ensures that we have a good video feed,

reliable Internet, and a piece of equipment that works.

Of course, we sanitize that before and after its use.

Otherwise, it's just educating them.

A lot of the times the attorneys have a good sense

for how much they or their witness knows

or doesn't know, and they'll ask for more help or less.

In the CLEs we do, we tell everyone

to include in their notice

an instruction for all participants

to test the Zoom links that we provide

at least two days before it's scheduled, preferably more.

So that you don't show up the day

of and have some technical problem,

and have to reschedule and waste

everybody's time and money.

Then we just have the training in place,

just take as much time as necessary to

make sure everybody's comfortable with it.


Be pretty similar to what Mike's talking about.

What we do is,

we provide a checklist to

our clients that is for themselves and their deponents.

If it's their client that's being deposed

or somebody else doing the check-in with the Zoom.

If they're new to Zoom and they've never used it,

we'll set up a test call with them to make

sure that they understand

the dynamics of how to use Zoom,

what their role is,

that the connection works okay.

So we'll take the time prior to

the deposition to connect to a deponent

and test out and make sure everything works okay.

Just recently, we had a deposition

where it was a personal injury case

where a young man had gotten in a car accident.

He went outside of his work

and did the deposition on his phone.

Well, he was too far away from the building,

so he lost WiFi,

and now he was just on cellular data.

We had to stop the deposition

because the connection was so poor

and get him to a location that was useful.

A lot of it is educating both sides.

We've created a checklist for our attorneys,

and we've created a checklist for our deponents

to be prepared before the deposition starts.

Great. I just want to thank you both very much

for your contribution today and your insight.

It was very excited to have this session.

To the remainder of the participants,

session four will be starting very shortly.

That's a market overview provided by Strategy&.

If you have any further questions from this session,

please get them over to us

and we'll get them answered for you.

Once again, Mark and Michael,

thank you so much for your time, much appreciated.

Thank you.


Thank you. Bye-bye, everybody.