Without question, COVID-19 has overturned familiar patterns in every field including the legal system. When it comes to jury trials, courts around the country are trying to adapt to conduct fair and effective trials while keeping jurors, litigants and court staff safe from infection. As U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell of Eastern District of Kentucky described her efforts to conduct a COVID-era trial, the process can be “like building an airplane while you’re flying it.” Measures to address COVID safety while resuming jury trials will evolve based on what the courts and litigants learn in the early days, and on the surge and decrease of COVID rates in different venues.
Magna understands that a perfect deposition is the key to any winning case. To assure you every advantage at trial, we invest in the best and most experienced court reporters and arm them with the latest technology. We offer nationwide coverage and 24-hour scheduling, assuring you reliable service at competitive rates.
With Magna LitigationVision (MLV), you can depose a witness from anywhere in the world. MLV provides clients with REAL-TIME video access to depositions, mediations, arbitrations, hearings, meetings and other proceedings. During the COVID crisis, we’re offering our MLV platform for FREE with a Magna court reporter.
Schedule a Court Reporter or Interpreter to Join Remotely
Connect Using Computers, Tablets or Even Smartphones
Magna’s state-of-the-art video deposition services are complete with digitization and synchronization. Video testimony is one of the most effective tools for witness presentation and impeachment in the courtroom, and also makes your deposition review straightforward and more cost-effective than traditional paper review.
You can be confident in hosting your event remotely— Magna will test equipment before the session and our tech support will be available from start to finish. The platform is fully encrypted & secure Help is always just a click away. You could use MLV’s chat feature to ask tech support any questions you have and get immediate help.
Complete Deposition/ Exhibit Management
Magna LitigationVision Plus (MLV+) will provide you with full session management powered by one of Magna’s seasoned trial technicians. Combining years of courtroom tech experience with Magna’s virtual platform, MLV+ managers provide seamless support by:
Presenting exhibits, demonstratives and videos
Real-time management of annotations, zooming, blow-ups, highlights and markings
Creating and managing break-out rooms
Don’t have the equipment? No problem! Magna offers a state-of-the-art flight pack system: iPad & stand, bluetooth speaker, conference phone, hotspot & extension cable. We ship these flight packs hundreds of times per year, often to last-minute events.
Custom Virtual Backgrounds
Put your best face forward, no matter where you’re streaming from. Magna’s team of talented designers will create custom virtual backgrounds tailored to your firm’s branding. For FREE. Choose a design, and we’ll customize it with your firm’s logo and colors.
Certified Legal Videography
Certified legal videographers (CLV) are available for all MLV events and have the ability to swear in witnesses. The videographer will provide you with an official copy of the event, for both on and off record.
Magna’s expert graphics team focuses on providing clients with demonstratives that effectively communicate technical, ﬁnancial, medical and other complex information. Our experience, gained from thousands of hours of trial work, allows us to skillfully manage any presentation situation, from a high-stakes trial to a one-day mediation.
Virtually all construction or property related decisions should be made with costs in mind. But some people are afraid of math.
Regardless of whether you’re an attorney, insurance professional, property owner, or manager, you need to be able to focus on the “vital few” issues, and virtually ignore the “trivial many.” This means knowing how much things cost – not to the penny, but rather a reasonable approximation. The best place to start, when working to make smart economic decisions, is on the BIG expensive issues. You begin by chopping a project into logical parts, and estimating the cost of those chunks, so you can see the forest AND the trees. The earlier in the process you do this, the better.
Magna Legal Services hosted a webinar on January 27, 2021 (recording below), which featured expert panelists explaining the framework behind analyzing and monetizing construction defect claims.
“There’s a lot of parties involved [in a construction defect case]. You have to understand the structure and you have to speak the language… whether it’s the folks on the ground or in the board room, you have to be able to do both,” said Paul Danner of Goldberg Segalla.
Aileen Schwartzof Hill International, Inc. says she makes sure to bring in experts early on to prevent dragging out litigation. “I’ve had cases that were brought in and there were no damages against us. If there are no damages, there is no case”, she said.
If the case ends up going forward, it’s important that it is not a jury trial, Aileen noted, saying “nobody on a jury wants to listen to your construction defect claim. They’re falling asleep. You really need a judge who knows what you’re talking about to hear the cases.”
Every party wants to get the case settled sooner to avoid costly and timely litigation. Magna’s Scott Horwtiz said “Magna’s jury consultants are getting involved more and more on the early side of things to test theories and test themes to see if a small amount of money up front could take care of all of this”.
When preparing your case, organization is key. Pete Fowler explained the importance of starting with “a discreet list of issues — whether its one issue, or hundreds of issues.” In conjunction with the list of issues, Fowler utilizes “a sensible list of costs associated with each issue, and a sensible list of all the people who might be involved with each of those issues.” “It gets to be this big horrible matrix,” he added.
Watch the full webinar recording below to hear our expert panel break down these complex cases.