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PHIPPS REPORTING ACQUIRING ACCURATE STENOTYPE

PHIPPS REPORTING COMPLETES TENTH ACQUISITION ACQUIRING THE LARGEST FIRM IN THE COVETED CORRIDOR OF THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE, ACCURATE STENOTYPE

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: Phipps Reporting has acquired Accurate Stenotype, a 43- year-old Tallahassee-based court reporting firm.

“Accurate Stenotype is a prestigious firm with an excellent reputation,” said Christine Phipps, President and CEO of Phipps Reporting based in West Palm Beach. “Aligning with firms like Accurate who share our core values is part of our strategic plan to become one of the strongest firms in the industry. This acquisition further enhances our commitment to quality stenographic services and ethics.”

Due to the ever-increasing technology demands of clients and the need for greater reporter coverage throughout not only the state of Florida but the United States, Accurate Stenotype

decided to pursue a firm with greater resources. “Having established and built this business since 1976, along with the loyalty and hard work of the office staff and reporters, I felt it best to partner with Phipps Reporting, so I can now focus on doing what I enjoy doing, and that is court reporting,” said Sandi Nargiz, President of Accurate Stenotype. “Phipps Reporting is the ONLY agency I wish to work for, as they have a similar model of doing business to Accurate’s, and that is client/staff/reporters first; people before profit!”

About Phipps Reporting

Phipps Reporting’s principals have been providing exceptional service to the legal community for more than 30 years. The firm delivers worldwide coverage with technical mastery and

personal finesse for clients that range from Fortune 500 companies to large, high-profile trials. Phipps Reporting has locations both internationally and across the United States with corporate headquarters in Florida, and an expansive network of over 2,000 court reporters and 500 affiliate firms.

For more information, visit www.phippsreporting.com.

 

PHIPPS REPORTING OPENS IN WISCONSIN

PHIPPS REPORTING OPENS NEW OFFICE IN WISCONSIN

Office combines nationwide excellence with local expertise

 

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: Phipps Reporting, one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing companies in America, opened a new office in Milwaukee, conveniently located downtown at 740 N. Plankinton Avenue.

Joining the Phipps team is Scott Marcus, Director of Wisconsin Operations. Marcus brings nearly a decade of experience in the court reporting industry. Prior to joining the team, Marcus oversaw operations at Gramann Reporting, headquartered in Milwaukee.

“I am excited to join a company that shares my belief that the relationships we build with clients are what makes us successful in this industry,” said Marcus. “During my career, Phipps Reporting has always been looked upon as a firm that sets standards by which all other reporting companies should strive for. My new position will allow me to continue to do what I’ve always loved: build relationships with clients and reporters.”

“Our new office in Wisconsin further enhances our national footprint through expansion in the Midwest,” said Christine Phipps, president and CEO of Phipps Reporting, headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. “We are all excited that Scott has joined the Phipps Reporting team. Scott’s detailed knowledge about all facets of court reporting and legal support services, combined with his Midwestern values and genuine care for people, makes him uniquely qualified to run our Wisconsin operations.”

About Phipps Reporting

Phipps Reporting is privately owned and operated by realtime stenographic reporters that have been providing exceptional service to the legal community for more than 30 years. The firm delivers worldwide court reporting, videography, interpreting, and process services with technical mastery and personal finesse, for clients that range from solo-practitioners to Fortune 500 companies. Phipps Reporting provides mobile and remote services at state of the art locations both internationally and across the U.S. with corporate headquarters in Florida. For more information, visit www.phippsreporting.com.

 

PHIPPS REPORTING COMPLETES NINTH ACQUISITION

ACQUIRING MIAMI’S STALWART TAYLOR & JONOVIC COURT REPORTERS

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: Phipps Reporting has acquired Taylor & Jonovic Court Reporters, a 40-year-old Miami-based court reporting firm.

“Taylor & Jonovic is a prestigious firm with an excellent reputation,” said Christine Phipps, President and CEO of Phipps Reporting based in West Palm Beach. “Aligning with firms like Taylor & Jonovic who share our core values is part of our strategic plan to become one of the strongest firms in the industry. This acquisition further enhances our commitment to quality stenographic services and ethics.”

Due to the ever-increasing technology demands of clients and the need for greater reporter coverage throughout the United States, Taylor & Jonovic decided to pursue a firm with greater resources. “Phipps Reporting stood out from the rest. They have a wonderful reputation in our community,” said Craig Taylor, President of Taylor & Jonovic. “Christine Phipps personifies the very best in the court reporting profession. Her dedication to the reporting industry, to her company and staff, as well as her clients is unsurpassed.”

In addition to other notable trials, Taylor & Jonovic reported the Broin v. Phillip Morris and Engle v. R.J. Reynolds trials which resulted in the largest verdict and longest trial in U.S. history.

About Phipps Reporting
Phipps Reporting’s principals have been providing exceptional service to the legal community for more than 30 years. The firm delivers worldwide coverage with technical mastery and personal finesse for clients that range from Fortune 500 companies to large, high-profile trials. Phipps Reporting has locations both internationally and across the United States with corporate headquarters in Florida, and an expansive network of over 2,000 court reporters and 500 affiliate firms. For more information, visit www.phippsreporting.com.

Web Conferencing

Web conferencing aka “Cloud Depositions” is the newest method of remote attendance which Phipps Reporting is proud to be able to say was first to lead the industry with this technology back in 2010.  Web conferencing, unlike VTC, is connected through mobile internet devices instead of directly connected IP addresses.  While mobile internet reliability has improved significantly, there still exists locations with limited or challenging connectivity like thick concrete walls which you would find in hospitals, dense building populations like Chicago or NYC, or rural or mountainous areas.

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Features

  • Attend from anywhere with computer, tablet or phone
  • Present and interact with exhibits live
  • Host up to 100 attendees simultaneously

CORPORATE LOCATIONS

WEST PALM BEACH

1551 Forum Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (Suite 200-E)

 

 

 

FORT LAUDERDALE
100 SE 3rd Ave, Ft lauderdale, FL 33394 (Suite 2200)

Phipps Reporting makes prestigious Inc. 5000 list for fifth year in a row

WEST PALM BEACH – FLA., August 20, 2018 – This week, Inc. magazine announced the 37th Inc. 5000 list recognizing the fastest-growing private companies in America, and Phipps Reporting, headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla., has been included for the fifth year in a row. Phipps Reporting was ranked 4,024 for 2018 and is the first court reporting firm to make the Inc. 5000 list for five consecutive years.

“Phipps Reporting competes as a team to raise the bar year after year,” said Christine Phipps, RPR, LCR and

(TN/NJ), FPR, President and CEO of Phipps Reporting. She credits the company values of competing ethically, valuing people and quality work for the firm’s success. Phipps also serves as Vice President for the National Court Reporters Association.

The prestigious list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses—and has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

Making the list for five consecutive years is “a truly extraordinary accomplishment,” said James Ledbetter, Editor in Chief of Inc. Media. “Of the tens of thousands of companies that have applied to the Inc. 5000 over the years, only a fraction have made the list more than once. A mere one in 10 have made the list five times.” The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October 17 to 19, 2018, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort, in San Antonio, Texas. As always, speakers include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.

About Phipps Reporting

Phipps Reporting’s principals have been providing exceptional service to the legal community for more than 30 years. The firm delivers worldwide coverage with technical mastery and personal finesse for clients that range from Fortune 500 companies to large, high-profile trials. Phipps Reporting has locations both internationally and across the United States with corporate headquarters in Florida, and an expansive network of over 2,000 court reporters and 500 affiliate firms. For more information, visit www.phippsreporting.com.

For more information, contact:
Phipps Reporting
Christine Phipps
954-802-8643
christine@phippsreporting.com

Why you should always hire a stenographic court reporter for your legal proceedings

By Christine Phipps, RPR, FPR, LCR(TN/NJ), CEO of Phipps Reporting

The person who cuts your hair needs a license to perform that service. So does the bartender at your local happy hour place. However, in more than 25 states, court reporters are not required to have any kind of licensure in order to practice. This means that some firms send out digital recorder operators under the guise of “court reporter.” These operators audio-record the proceedings and may or may not transcribe them later. A stenographic court reporter, instead, is writing every word in real time during the proceedings.

Differences between stenographic court reporters and recorders

Stenographic court reporters usually hold a bachelor’s or associate degree in court reporting. Degree requirements often include proficiency in English grammar as well as technical jargon like legal and medical terminology. A digital recorder operator may have six months of training or less before sitting in a courtroom or deposition suite. Stenographic court reporters are both personally and ethically committed to capturing every word.

The most professional stenographic court reporters have earned and maintain certification from the National Court Reporters Association. The entry-level certification, the Registered Professional Reporter, guarantees the stenographic court reporter can write at 225 words per minute minimum at 95% accuracy and proves a baseline knowledge of English grammar, medical and legal terminology, technological savvy, and industry best practices. In order to maintain their certification, NCRA-certified stenographic court reporters also need to keep their skills and knowledge current through required continuing education units. Furthermore, they are held to an ethical standard to remain impartial guardians of the record. If an NCRA-certified stenographic court reporter fails to uphold these standards, they risk losing their certification if a client lodges a complaint against them with the National Court Reporters Association.

Pitfalls of audio

Most people are familiar with the most obvious pitfalls of audio recording: malfunctioning equipment, operator error (such as forgetting to press “record”), terrible acoustics in large courtrooms, technical interference, and ambient noise from loud air conditioners, people coughing or sneezing, or side conversations. All of these can make it difficult to impossible to hear the recorded testimony. But consider some of the other, less obvious ways that audio or digital recording can go wrong.

Have you ever realized that you’ve been singing the wrong words to a song? One of the issues with audio recordings is that different words can sound the same. A digital recorder operator often isn’t the same person transcribing the audio recording. Since the transcriber was not in the room, they can misinterpret or mishear words on the recording and add them to the transcript. However, a stenographic reporter is paying attention to each word and punctuating live as the proceedings are happening. Stenographic court reporters are trained to listen for and identify homophones and other words and phrases that sound similar. They can modify how they’re writing a word to make sure it’s the correct one, and because they’re present during the proceedings, they can discern what the word should be through context as they’re writing.

Sometimes words are simply mispronounced due to human error, accents or dialects, or even garbled, unclear speech. A stenographic court reporter is a trained listener who can hear all kinds of speech and still write it clearly and accurately. This skill is even more important with technical testimony. Many stenographic court reporters have developed an expertise in certain types of testimony (such as medical malpractice or asbestos) so they are already familiar with some of the vocabulary and jargon used in those types of proceedings. A stenographic court reporter can also use a word list of technical terminology and proper nouns to modify their writing ahead of the proceedings. This ensures these words will come up correctly while writing the record.

Sometimes, attorneys and witnesses will even try to outsmart a digital recorder by using tactics like speaking low, hoping either the words would not be picked up on the record or to slip in something objectionable (only to be discovered after the record has been finalized). A digital recorder operator may not know when something is spoken too quietly for the technology to actually record it. Or, if someone isn’t monitoring the recording every second, they may not even know about it. But a live stenographic court reporter, who must be present every moment to capture the record, can interrupt if they were unable to hear something. A stenographic court reporter can also interrupt to keep people from talking over one another or to clear up issues in real time all in their effort to ensure the record is clear.

Technology is quickly advancing, and some of the issues described earlier may seem to become moot points as artificial intelligence and voice recognition continue to develop. However, AI and VR cannot control human emotional behavior, such as stopping a heated argument. And as technology continues to develop for good, it also continues to develop for evil.

The cons to developing technology

Technological advancement brings with it rapid advancement in fraud. Think of recent headings about major companies who have faced security hacks or digital information being held for ransom.

Some advances in technology, even if they’re developed with good intentions, can be used for nefarious reasons. For example, one of the experimental technologies presented at Adobe MAX 2016 was Photoshopping Voiceovers, or VoCos (the demonstration is available on the Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube channel). This technology allows a user to alter the words in audio recordings by typing in new words that come out in the original speaker’s voice. Adobe presented VoCo as a quick solution to fixing errors in voiceovers, but the hacking implications are more worrisome. Suddenly, in an audio-recorded trial or deposition, “John hit the door” becomes “John hit the child,” one of which is a felony.

Technology can now do the same thing with video. Imagine a video of the president saying, “I am initiating a Twitter war” that is, with minimal effort, changed to, “I am initiating a North Korean war.” This is an extreme example, but the same tricks used in fake news can also change an official record. Audio and video recordings of legal proceedings will need to follow a chain of custody similar to murder weapons or DNA evidence, but stenographic court reporters can also play a role in protecting the integrity of the record. While a transcript will be held with the court, a stenographic court reporter will also keep archived copies of all proceedings they cover, as per states’ and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, in a separate, secure location.

There is no room for error or oops moments when it comes to capturing the record. Stenographic court reporters are quasi-judicial officers of the court — something a few pieces of metal and a microphone could never be.

About Phipps Reporting

Phipps Reporting’s principals have been providing exceptional service to the legal community for more than 30 years. The firm delivers worldwide coverage with technical mastery and personal finesse for clients that range from Fortune 500 companies to large, high-profile trials. Phipps Reporting has locations both internationally and across the United States with corporate headquarters in Florida, and an expansive network of over 2,000 court reporters and 500 affiliate firms. For more information, visit www.phippsreporting.com.

For more information, contact:
Phipps Reporting
Christine Phipps
954-802-8643
christine@phippsreporting.com

End Cord Terror!

Christine Phipps, writing for The JCR, discusses solutions for dealing with tangled wires and cords associated with electronic devices.

Originally printed in The JCR, the full text is copied below. Read the original article here.

“Where is my cord?”
“Which one is which?”
If you have ever asked yourself these questions, then Recoil Winders is your must-have product!

Recoil Winders end the age-old problem of tangled, lost, and unidentifiable cords and cables once and for all. This cord organizer can finally solve cord clutter. Recoil Winders makes it easy to find, store, and organize all of the cords you carry. No more searching for the right charging cord or forgetting which cord belongs to which device; just label the face of the Recoil Winder with the name of the device for matching purposes. In addition, Recoil Winders prevent cords from getting tangled, bent, or torn from lack of a proper storage solution. This easy-to-use cord management tool makes earbuds or any other cord retractable.

More information can be found in this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RN36N-y57M 57M

Christine Phipps delivers “The basics of realtime scoping” at the 2014 TechCon

Christine Phipps, RPR, from West Palm Beach, Fla., a veteran when it comes to working with realtime scopists, shared some insights and tips with attendees at TechCon about successfully working with realtime scopists.

Phipps provided the audience with an overview of how she works with two realtime scopists located in Alaska and California respectively, as well as a proofreader.

Among her tips: the realtime provider and the scopist must have the same document settings such as margins, paragraphs, and tabs; compression settings need to be checked so there is enough time for audio to be pushed up to the Internet; access to good quality audio is critical to ensure scopists can deliver the highest quality product.

See the original article at The JCR, here.

PHIPPS REPORTING ACQUIRES ONE OF THE OLDEST FIRMS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY

Contact: Christine Phipps
Christine@PhippsReporting.com

PHIPPS REPORTING ACQUIRES ONE OF THE OLDEST FIRMS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY
Florida Court Reporting Firm Announces Fifth Acquisition

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Christine Phipps, CEO of Phipps Reporting, Inc., has announced the acquisition of Weathers & Associates, a respected 44-year-old West Palm Beach court reporting firm. Weathers & Associates represents the fifth acquisition by Phipps Reporting.

Weathers & Associates was established as B&R Reporting in 1972 and has specialized in all types of litigation reporting including product liability, medical malpractice to high-end divorce (i.e. Pulitzer). Owners Rus and Bonnie Weathers will bring a substantial client list to Phipps including sizeable law firms, solo practitioners and legal clients in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“We chose Phipps Reporting because we came to know that Christine’s agency was made up of top-notch reporters and is on the cutting edge of litigation support technology, which is what we wanted for our clients going forward,” stated Mr. Weathers. “We also were inspired by Christine’s work with NCRA and locally mentoring and assisting court reporting students, and her interest in helping her professional associations. We believe that our clients are in good hands with Phipps Reporting.”

“Rus and Bonnie are one of the longest-standing court reporting agencies in Florida with an excellent reputation in the community,” noted Christine Phipps. “I was honored that Weathers chose Phipps Reporting as the only firm they would entrust with their clients based on our commitment to excellence, the reputation we have built in the community, and our ethics and integrity. When I started Phipps Reporting, this is the culture of which I have dreamed.”

About Phipps Reporting, Inc.
Phipps Reporting has been providing exceptional service to the legal community for more than 26 years. It is one of the largest independent court reporting firms in the Southeast, with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tampa. In 2014 and 2015, the company ranked in Inc. Magazine’s list of the nation’s fastest growing companies.

In the last two years, Phipps Reporting expanded its Orlando presence with the acquisition of MJC Reporting of Orlando, and enhanced its West Palm Beach offices with the acquisition of established agency Preferred Real-Time Reporting and Debra Duran & Associates.

The company’s services include worldwide coverage for court reporting, streaming realtime text and video, instant testimony delivery, videography and case management services. Headquartered in West Palm Beach at 1551 Forum Place, Suite 200E, West Palm Beach, FL; please call 888-811-3408 or info@phippsreporting.com

COURT REPORTERS: THE SILENT GUARDIANS OF THE RECORD

The East Central Minnesota Post Review posted a column on Oct. 30 written by Judge Greg Galler that pays tribute to the court reporting profession.

Galler, who is chambered in Washington County, notes in his column that, “while a court reporter’s work is not flashy, it is of critical importance to a properly operating judicial system. Ensuring that whatever occurs in court is accurately recorded and preserved makes court reporters the silent guardians of the record.”

Read the entire article here.