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eBook: COVID-19’s Impact on the Future of Virtual Depositions

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | May 10, 2021

Historically, face-to-face depositions have been the norm in litigation. Even as technology has advanced over the last several decades, ushering the world into the internet age, legal practice has clung to tradition. In the last 15 years, there has been a steadily growing acceptance of technology’s role in litigation due in no small part to…

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eBook: Make Your Zoom Meeting as Secure as Possible

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | March 11, 2021

This eBook reviews security measures deployed by Zoom and security measures that should be adopted by users of the platform. Together, they can create an information-sharing environment that meets the legal profession’s ethical obligation to take reasonable measures to protect client information from access by unauthorized persons in most uses.

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eBook: Elements of a Strong Remote Deposition Protocol

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | February 23, 2021

Remote depositions are an efficient means of obtaining discovery at a time when few are able or willing to travel or gather in groups. More importantly, the reality for litigators today is that it is very difficult to obtain a continuance until some future date when the public health crisis will abate sufficiently to allow in-person depositions to resume.

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eBook: A First Timer’s Guide to Deposition Interpreters

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | February 3, 2021

Whether it’s an employment discrimination case or a personal injury matter, a patent dispute, or a cross-border antitrust proceeding, the probability that an attorney will encounter parties and witnesses with limited English proficiency rises every day. Not only is the United States becoming more diverse, its courtrooms are also often the forum of choice for…

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Revised State Data Breach Laws Demand Attention

Revised State Data Breach Laws Demand Attention

By Jim Ballowe | July 27, 2021
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I’ve written quite a bit during the past year about cybersecurity, urging lawyers to take seriously their obligations to protect client confidential information and to be judicious when acquiring technology and services that will be used to store and transmit client data. I’m returning to the topic of cybersecurity again today, this time to note…

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The Deposition Service Provider’s Role in Trimming Insurance Industry Expenses

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | July 19, 2021
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Back in 2017, we wrote about the impact that modern deposition management services can have on the leading impediments to insurance company profitability: unallocated loss adjustment expenses (ULAE), allocated loss adjustment expenses (ALAE), and losses paid out to claimants. Today, as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and into an era of uncertain insurance…

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The Role of Depositions in Preserving Trial Errors for Review

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | July 13, 2021
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Whether it’s during a deposition or during trial, the job of preserving errors for judicial review is a vital part of the litigator’s professional obligation to his or her client. Many trial outcomes turn on evidentiary rulings, particularly on the exclusion of evidence that one party believes is absolutely essential to its case. When this…

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Court Reporting’s Alphabet Soup: What Do Those Letters Mean?

By Christine J Willette, RDR, CRR, CRC | July 7, 2021
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As an attorney, paralegal, or legal assistant seeking the services of a court reporting professional, have you ever wondered what all those letters following a court reporter’s name mean? They’re professional certifications, the “alphabet soup of court reporting,” and they hold the key to finding the right court reporter for your next deposition, hearing, or…

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Lawyers, Be Tough Customers When Purchasing Technology

By Jim Ballowe | June 29, 2021
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Lawyers, ask yourselves:  Can I ethically connect my work laptop computer to an unsecured public Wi-Fi network? What data security measures are in place at the technology vendors that store and process my clients’ confidential information? Do the software applications that process my clients’ confidential information have the latest security updates? If you don’t know…

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Virtual proceedings demand litigators best efforts

Virtual Proceedings Demand Litigators’ Best Efforts

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | June 22, 2021
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Courts are now reopening across the country and the social distancing requirements that upended traditional civil litigation practices for the past year are gradually being eliminated. The “old normal” appears to be just around the corner. No more need to polish those hard-earned virtual advocacy skills, right?  Yes and no. Although it’s true that in-person…

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Litigators Urge Caution With Virtual Jury Trials

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | June 16, 2021
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Legendary jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote that “hard cases make bad law,” by which he meant that a legal rule fashioned for an extraordinary circumstance can be inappropriate for the resolution of everyday disputes.  Holmes’ century-old aphorism was recently invoked by several experienced litigators in a discussion about the merits of virtual justice and whether…

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Litigators Share Their Best Advice for Succeeding in Remote Depositions

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | June 8, 2021
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For litigators, representing clients during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant developing the skill to effectively conduct a remote deposition. With few courts willing to wait for the day when in-person depositions could safely return, remote depositions — a somewhat novel discovery device in pre-pandemic times— became, out of necessity, the norm. In a litigation environment…

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16 Tips To Nail Your Next Remote Deposition or Hearing

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | June 2, 2021
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The American Bar Association’s Litigation Section recently gathered two experienced virtual advocates and one judge to discuss their experiences handling remote depositions and virtual trials during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lessons they dispensed were the product of hard-earned experiences in early 2020 — the pioneering days of virtual proceedings. Some were earned through practice and…

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In-House Counsel Rely on Values, Teamwork to Navigate COVID-19 Challenges

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | May 26, 2021
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Businesses and their legal counsel are being stress-tested by unprecedented developments largely out of their control: the 2020-21 COVID-19 pandemic and growing social unrest arising from racial justice issues in the United States. Top lawyers at three multinational corporations recently explained how their organizations navigated these uncharted waters and how the experience is driving positive…

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