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5 Benefits of Scheduling Depositions As Early As Possible

Litigation is often a high-stakes and fast-paced business that does not always provide the luxury of comfortable lead times ahead of deadlines. But if you can schedule depositions as early as possible, it will help to maximize the quality of the service you receive and minimize the cost of court reporting services.

Here are five key benefits of scheduling depositions as early as possible:

  1. Secure most qualified court reporter

The best court reporters are in high demand and, as a result, their calendars tend to fill up quickly. By booking a deposition as far in advance as possible, you are able to select from a larger pool of available, experienced court reporters. This improves your ability to secure the assignment of the most qualified court reporter for your specific deposition needs.

  1. Obtain cleanest transcript

Just as litigators need to invest time in case preparation if they are to do their best job for the client, court reporters can deliver a higher quality service to you if they are given more lead time. Advance scheduling of a deposition provides more time for our court reporter to review the notice of deposition, a key terms list (e.g., technical terms, medical terms, acronyms, etc.), pleadings, interrogatories and copies of previous deposition transcripts.

  1. Minimize costs

Scheduling depositions as far in advance as possible is perhaps the single most important thing you can do to keep expenses to a minimum for your client. Early scheduling enables us to obtain the most economical travel arrangements if the assignment requires rural or overseas travel. It also allows time to book any ancillary services or third-party assistance needed (e.g., a videographer and translators) without paying rush fees.

  1. Continuity of court reporters

Most litigators and paralegals prefer to work with the same service providers whom they have come to know and trust over time. Advance scheduling of depositions allows our court reporting case manager to assign the best reporter for this specific type of litigation. This allows for maximum continuity of service to the client.

  1. Minimize logistical snafus

The last thing you want to worry about is arriving at a location for a deposition and running into logistical snafus that delay or frustrate the process. Early scheduling of depositions allows us sufficient time to book the most convenient conference rooms and then to conduct location testing, which is especially important if remote feeds will be required.

It’s important to understand that not all court reporting firms deliver these five benefits when depositions are scheduled far in advance. This level of service is standard operating practice at Henderson Legal Services.

For more information or to schedule a deposition, please click here or call 877.548.8787.

Nan Marshall – Vice President, Client Services

Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) Recap

What a wonderful panel of amazing women judges/lawyers from the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) of LA!  The topic was Class Action Settlements: Tips/Pitfalls for Obtaining Judicial Approval. Susanne Paisley, VP of Business Development, is a proud member of ABTL who attended the April 10th program on behalf of deposition services leader Henderson Legal Services.

Henderson Legal Services Announces Promotion of Gary Sharn to Vice President

WASHINGTONFeb. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Henderson Legal Services, Inc., a leading global provider of court reporting and related services to corporations, law firms and government entities, announced the promotion of Gary Sharn to vice president in its sales organization.  Sharn was the Company’s leading revenue producer in 2018.  He is based in Arlington, VA.

“Gary has been a major contributor to our company’s rapid growth,” said Chip Henderson, Henderson Legal Services’ CEO. “He is a great team player and one of the finest sales talents with whom I have worked in over 20 years in the deposition services industry.”

Since joining Henderson Legal Services in 2010, Sharn has developed many of the company’s largest client relationships and manages complex matters for many large law firm and government clients. Sharn has over 13 years of experience selling deposition and related services and is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

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Henderson Legal Services Expands National Sales Team to Fuel Continued Growth

Global Deposition Services Leader Adds Experienced Personnel in Multiple U.S. Regions 

Washington, DC. – December 11, 2018– Henderson Legal Services (HLS), a leading global provider of deposition and related services to corporations, law firms and government entities, announced that it has hired three experienced sales professionals to accelerate its continued growth.  The newest sales team additions are based in multiple U.S. time zones to support the company’s expanding national client base.

The new sales professionals include Susanne Paisley, a 21-year court reporting industry veteran who serves as vice president of business development based in Los Angeles; Jim Corcoran, vice president of business development based in New York City, who brings to the company over 24 years of experience selling eDiscovery and litigation support services; and Taryn Blair, director of business development, based in Phoenix, who has just under eight years of experience working as a senior litigation paralegal for two prominent U.S. law firms.

In 2002, Chip Henderson, who had been a leader in the court reporting industry for several years, and his brother, Scot Henderson, founded Henderson Legal Services, Inc.  Chip serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer while Scot has built one of the industry’s most efficient delivery systems as President and Chief Operating Officer.  The company’s Chairman, Douglas B. Henderson, was a founder of the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in 1965, where he served as lead counsel in over 90 intellectual property litigations and appeared in trial and appellate courts across the United States. Doug retired from full-time legal practice in 2013.

“With the addition of several new corporate and law firm clients in 2018 and more to come in 2019, we will continue to grow at a significant level,” said CEO Chip Henderson.  “As always, we have been very diligent in hiring experienced and extremely talented people to augment a professional staff which is among the best and brightest, as well as the most stable, in our industry.”

Henderson Legal Services Becomes a Corporate Business Partner of the International Practice Management Association (IPMA)

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 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 it has become a corporate business partner with the International Practice Management Association (IPMA), the premier resource for information and education on the management of paralegals and other practice support professionals in law firms and corporate law departments globally.

IPMA’s mission is to advocate for the effective use and management of these professionals, to promote and enhance the proficiency and professionalism of its members, and to provide thought leadership to its membership, the legal industry, and the public at large on the value of utilization and management of paralegals and other practice support professionals.

“The IPMA is delighted to begin what we hope will be a long-lasting partnership with Henderson Legal Services,” said Laura Porter, IPMA’s president.  “We are excited to welcome them to our professional community as a Corporate Business Partner. We believe this partnership will help us deliver even more value to our members as we continue to provide more resources and build a larger professional network.”

In 2002, Chip Henderson, who had been a leader in the court reporting industry for several years, and his brother, Scot Henderson, founded Henderson Legal Services, Inc.  Chip serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer while Scot has built one of the industry’s most efficient delivery systems as President and Chief Operating Officer.  The company’s Chairman, Douglas B. Henderson, was a founder of the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in 1965 where he served as lead counsel in over 90 intellectual property litigations and appeared in trial and appellate courts across the United States. Doug retired from full-time legal practice in 2013.

“We are very pleased to participate in the IPMA’s efforts to provide information and educational programs to paralegals, case managers, practice managers, litigation support managers, and other key legal professionals who, coupled with skilled attorneys, are the lifeblood of any successful law practice,” said Henderson Legal Services’ Scot Henderson. “As a knowledge-based provider of deposition and related services, we utilize our expertise to minimize the economic pressures and resulting hierarchal demands in corporations and government agencies to reduce cost without sacrificing quality.  Our business is all about quality and trust.”

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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.”

Save Big with Streaming Depositions

Our clients are saving at least $1,100 on per-person travel-related expenses when they attend out of town depositions remotely using Henderson Legal’s LiveLitigation streaming feed. Click this Link to view a 2-minute video showing how Henderson’s time-saving technology works. Read More

Deposition Trends to Watch for in 2018

Henderson Legal Services analyzes key deposition trends and gathers feedback from thousands of attorneys. We share these insights to keep you current on new technologies and to offer practical, economical solutions for your practice.

The demand for Internet-based deposition streaming increased substantially from 2016. Attorneys and their corporate counsel are more frequently attending depositions remotely. Read More