All posts by Scot Henderson

Scot Henderson

President and Co-Founder

Why In-House Litigation Counsel Are Embracing Remote Deposition Technology

According to a report from Thomson Reuters, the top priority of legal departments is controlling the costs of outside counsel[1]. That’s no surprise, considering that 68 percent of legal departments are taking on more work without corresponding budgetary increases. Meanwhile, hourly rates for outside counsel are rising for 71 percent of survey respondents. In order to cope with this disparity, legal departments of all sizes are leaning heavily on technology to improve efficiency. Of the many solutions available, remote deposition streaming is one of the most promising.

In our conversations with the litigation counsel of Fortune 500 companies, they view remote deposition streaming as a cost-effective way to add value and increase efficiency in the discovery process. Remote deposition streaming allows corporate legal departments to:

Keep Abreast of Corporate Litigation

With just five minutes of training, remote deposition streaming can reap big benefits. In an eight-party case, our technology remotely streamed 60 depositions that took place around the country over a span of 45 days. Some days included two or three simultaneous depositions, making travel to all of them impossible. In-house counsel were able to remotely view key witness depositions and communicate directly with deposition counsel on a real-time basis.

Maximize Time Efficiency

One corporate patent counsel at a major pharmaceutical company traveled to key witness depositions in Europe until a snowstorm forced him to stay home. Watching a deposition remotely turned him into a staunch supporter of the technology because it saves him the cost and hassle of traveling while still allowing him to communicate with deposition counsel: “Going to Europe used to be fun, but at this point in my life I would rather save the two full travel days and $5000 in airfare.” Remote deposition streaming saves on travel, but what’s even more important is that it enables corporate counsel to be “at” the deposition without ever leaving their office.

Get Greater Return from Litigation Budgets

Shrinking discovery budgets make it difficult to send multiple outside counsel to a deposition. With remote deposition streaming tools, junior attorneys can conduct a deposition while more experienced attorneys and corporate counsel watch remotely and provide real-time feedback and advice. Streaming the deposition remotely also allows expert witnesses to view and assist deposition counsel at a fraction of the cost of travel.

Sixty-five percent of corporate legal departments1 seek to allocate work to firms that are proactive in reducing costs while still providing first-class service. Making effective use of technology like remote deposition streaming accomplishes both, and it differentiates outside counsel from the competition by demonstrating their commitment to value and customer service.

Henderson Legal Services CEO, Chip Henderson, Esq., has pioneered the use of technological innovations in the court reporting industry for the last 25 years. For more information, contact Henderson Legal Services and learn how we can help support your commitment to your clients.

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[1] Thompson Reuters, 2018 Legal Tracker LDO Index.

Henderson Legal Services Retains Greg Mazares to Expand National Sales Team

ARLINGTON, Va.Aug. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Henderson Legal Services, Inc., a leading global provider of deposition and related services to corporations, law firms, and government entities, today announced that Gregory J. Mazares has been retained as Executive Vice President of Sales to expand, train, and manage the company’s national sales team.  In this capacity, Mazares will provide experienced senior leadership of sales.  He is based in Los Angeles, CA.

Over the past 30 years, Mazares has built a track record of success as a senior executive in the legal servicesindustry. Recently, he served as president of sales, a Board member, and major shareholder at eDiscovery services leader Discovia. He built and managed Discovia’s national sales team which drove the company’s material growth between 2013 and 2017, when the company was acquired by Lighthouse eDiscovery.  Prior to his joining Discovia, he served as president and CEO of Encore Discovery Solutions, where he led the company’s turnaround and dramatic growth in revenue and profitability. Under his leadership, Encore became a significant national eDiscovery services provider and was acquired by industry leader Epiq Systems for $100 million in 2011.

Mazares has over 12 years of experience in the court reporting industry, during which he was part of a management team which executed a roll-up strategy to acquire over 30 firms to form Esquire Deposition Services. He also served as president of the national deposition services division of Spherion Corporation, which resulted in the growth and sale of the business to industry leader Veritext. He then served as president of the parent company of Esquire Deposition Services prior to his successful entry into eDiscovery services.

His three decades of experience in the legal services industry include leadership roles in deposition services, electronic discovery, document review, trial consulting, demonstrative evidence, courtroom presentation technology, document management, legal research, and legal staffing. Earlier in his career he held marketing and general management positions at Carnation Company, Nestlé USA, and First Interstate Bancorp. Mazares holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

“We are confident Greg will guide us through our next phase of rapid growth,” said Henderson Legal Services president Scot Henderson. “We particularly value his management expertise with global legal services companies, his outstanding track record of building successful legal services firms, and his ability to recruit and retain talented people.”

Henderson Legal Services has been led since 2002 by Scot Henderson and his brother, Chip Henderson, who as CEO is the company’s leading business generator.  The company’s Chairman, Douglas B. Henderson, was a founder of the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in 1965.  Doug retired from full-time legal practice in 2013.  During his distinguished career, he served as lead counsel in over 90 intellectual property litigations and appeared in trial and appellate courts across the United States.

Mazares added, “I’m very excited about joining the strong team and quality operation Scot and Chip have built.  This company does great work and has a wonderful reputation. I look forward to helping Henderson Legal Services expand its global leadership in deposition and related services, as well as become the “company of choice” for talented sales, operations, and technology professionals.  We are looking for outstanding sales talent in any location.”

So, Where Do You Work?

It’s a common question we all get asked. At parties. By relatives.  By neighbors.

There are two answers to this question.  There is the “where do I go every day to work” answer and there is the “where is my work conducted” answer. Read More

Best Advice Ever For Deposing A Witness

Throughout our many years at Henderson Legal Services, we have arranged close to 100,000 depositions. I have been honored to work with many of our nation’s outstanding attorneys from some of the world’s great law firms both large and small.  As a “fly on the wall” so to speak, I have been privy to how these men and women have prepared for and successfully deposed their witnesses. The list of great advice I have gleaned from these legal legends would be a long one.  Read More