Updating & Translating Contracts, Employee Handbooks, Disclosures, Signage & other Important Information

Covid-19 took the whole world by storm. Now more than ever, your communication needs to be up-to-date, informative and accurate — no matter what language it is read in.

To protect your organization from liability, make sure the documents/disclosures that matter most are regularly updated and accurately translated. A lousy translation can open your organization up to unwanted litigation, possibly offend others, or otherwise harm your credibility.

Use high-quality translations for the important stuff:

  • Employee Manuals, Policies & Procedures
  • Safety Protocols
  • Contracts & other Agreements
  • Disclosures
  • Website Language
  • Updates, Alerts & other Communication
  • Signage & Information Posters

Can I trust Google Translate?

Business Insider noted a bizarre Google Translate fail for translating a list of countries from English to Spanish. “Ten of the 30 countries got cut from Google’s version of the list, and for some reason, Honduras is repeated four times, while Guatemala and the United States appear twice”

Click here to read Business Insider’s full article, “4 times Google Translate totally dropped the ball”.

Machine translation engines like Google Translate don’t recognize context and also tend to translate more literally. If someone is viewing your website in another language, are you confident that what they are reading is accurate?

Magna offers post-machine translation review & editing. Our experienced translators will review existing translations for accuracy, saving you time and money versus translating from scratch.

However, translating from scratch will always give you the highest-quality translation while preserving the right context and tone.

Magna Translation Services

Magna Legal Services provides added value compared to traditional stand-alone translation agencies through first-hand industry expertise and knowledge of the specific needs of our clients.

Our translators are all college-educated professionals with extensive experience in legal, medical, technical and business fields.

All Magna translators sign confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, so your confidential information is always secure with us.

Translation Packages

Save 25 – 30% when you bundle your translation needs with Magna.
Magna offers custom-tailored translation solutions, so you only pay for what you need!

Whether you need one language or many, full translation from scratch or review/editing of existing translations, or a combination thereof — Magna can handle it all.

Please contact your Magna Account Representative or Leo Duran at LDuran@MagnaLS.com for a free quote!

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Court House

Magna Mock Trial Contributes to Client Win on All Counts

Court House

In preparation for an upcoming patent infringement matter in the United States District Court, Central District of California, the Honorable Judge Josephine L. Station presiding, Magna Legal Services (“Magna”) conducted both a mock trial and hourly consulting services as the case moved towards trial. Legal counsel from the firm Russ August & Kabat represented Pavo Solutions, LLC, a South Korean company that manufactures USB flash drives. Ben Wang, lead counsel with Russ August & Kabat, represented Pavo.

Over the course of the trial, Magna acted in the capacity of a strategic litigation consulting firm, through one of its senior jury consultants, Dr. John Gilleland. Strategic litigation consulting involves a systematic approach to optimizing the jury selection process and helps to refine the trial presentation themes and strategy of one’s case. The jury consultant frequently draws on the information gathered in the pre-trial research effort for additional follow-up consultation, which in this case, included both witness communication training and voir dire/jury selection assistance.

Trial Background and Specifics

Pavo manufactures a USB flash drive with a patented swivel cover.  The suit alleged that Kingston Technology manufactured and sold a product with identical, patented elements.

The Mock Trial Process

Magna conducted a mock trial on behalf of Russ August & Kabat utilizing three (3) separate panels of deliberating jurors. These panels followed a full trial format in which they heard opening statements, key evidence including witness testimony and then closing arguments from each of the respective parties.

The detailed feedback from each of the three deliberation panels helped to guide Mr. Wang’s trial team in the refinement of their case structure and trial presentation strategies. The Magna research team made recommendations ranging from: high-level structural issues for the various trial arguments, down to suggestions for simplification of key witness testimony. If left uncorrected, even the smallest of these issues could have a material impact on the actual trial.

After the mock trial, Mr. Wang said, “This mock trial was particularly helpful; feedback and issues were spotted all the way down to the team’s organization. The feedback at the mock trial turned out to be (identify) a key issue at trial and we were prepared for it, so we managed to keep it out. Having it come up in the mock and forcing us to prepare our response to it, got the judge to say “no-go”.  If we had to do it on the fly, we might not have had the same result.”

Through the mock trial process, Mr. Wang was able to anticipate challenges ahead of time, giving him and his client a distinct advantage in the actual trial setting.

Focus on Voir Dire

Dr. Gilleland’s recommendations regarding voir dire topics were of particular importance when it came to the actual trial. Through the mock trial process, Dr. Gilleland was able to formulate and refine specific questions, which were likely to help identify each jurors’ probable verdict orientation. Mr. Wang was able to take these questions and apply them to the actual trial, resulting in a positive impact on the eventual decision. “It was helpful to have Dr. Gilleland here to provide a first draft of questions for the jurors,” said Mr. Wang following the completion of the trial.

Magna specializes in end-to-end litigation consulting. Through Magna’s consulting process, we help clients set the stage for any of their litigation needs, including: scheduling depositions, language services, medical record retrieval, social media surveillance, graphics/demonstratives, trial technology and jury/bench/arbitration research and consulting. To learn more about our jury consulting process, request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide to Jury Consulting, from our website or contact our offices to schedule a free case consultation of your own.

Jury Consulting Guide

Strategies for Successful Virtual Courtroom Proceedings: Webinar by WAWTA

Webinar originally aired live on August 20, 2020

“In-person civil proceedings may be making a comeback in a few parts of the country, but virtual litigation is going to remain the order of the day for awhile longer.”

Law.com covered a great webinar that took place last week, “Strategies for Successful Virtual Courtroom Proceedings”, presented by the Washington Area Women Trial Attorneys and hosted by Magna’s own Canby B. Wood, Esq.

In May 2020, a Texas court held the nation’s first jury trial via Zoom. WAWTA’s webinar featured Judge Miskel, who presided over that case, as well as U.S. District Judge Paul Grimm, and other expert panelists. Watch the full webinar recording above to hear the panelists as discuss the future of remote courtroom proceedings in a COVID-19 world and new litigation strategies, including best practices for virtual hearings, trials, and motion arguments.

Law.com journalist Scott Graham wrote:

Texas state court Judge Emily Miskel was the star of the 90-minute webinar. Miskel presided over the nation’s first remote jury trial in May, and it sounded as if virtual proceedings have become second nature for her. “I finished up a bench trial today at lunchtime and we had about 24 people watching on YouTube,” she said.

Miskel said that four of the 12 jurors who served on her May trial had previously served on in-person juries, and reported that they could see witnesses and evidence on Zoom better than they could when seated from an angle, across a large courtroom. “I know many judges and attorneys are cautious about whether you can judge a witness’ credibility on Zoom,” she said, but the feedback from participants has been positive.

Click here to view the full Law.com article.

Webinar Speakers:

  • Judge Paul W. Grimm, United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Judge Emily Miskel, 470th District Court, Collin County, Texas
  • Michelle S. Kallen, Deputy Solicitor General, Office of Attorney General of Virginia
  • Katherine A. Helm, Partner, Dechert

Co-Moderators:

  • Sarah A. Tomkowiak, Partner, Latham & Watkins
  • Sarah M. Gragert, Counsel, Latham & Watkins

Introductory Statements:

  • Canby Wood, Esq., Magna Legal Services; Co-Founder, Washington Area Women Trial Attorneys
  • Judge Mark A. Drummond, Circuit Court Judge, 8th Judicial Circuit of Illinois (Retired); Judicial Director, Civil Jury Project

Click here to view more upcoming webinars and conferences by Magna

Award-Winning Legal Services: Magna LS Voted Legal Intelligencer’s Best of 2020

Magna Legal Services is honored to be named a Best of 2020 winner by the Legal Intelligencer. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who voted us as the “Best of” in Pennsylvania for:

Magna Legal Services was founded in 2013, and to this day, no other company matches its range of services. Magna is the only company with organic roots providing services throughout discovery, pre-trial and trial. When clients talk, Magna listens, and that is why Magna is an ALM “Best Of” winner every year. Magna is there for their clients with 24/7 scheduling and dedicated customer service.

This year, COVID-19 forced everyone into a new virtual world. Magna was able to quickly and seamlessly transition to 100% virtual platforms for its end-to-end litigation services. Completely remotely, clients can continue to hold depositions, arbitrations, meetings, witness communication training, focus groups, mock trials, and other jury research sessions.

Magna’s online research tools, JuryConfirm and JuryEvaluator software completely changed how attorneys prepare for trial. Instead of building products to attract clients, Magna found what clients needed and developed products and methodology to fit those needs.

Everyone at Magna recognizes our client relationships have made us who we are today. We would like to thank our communities for their trust and support. For more information about this contest, and how winners are selected, please visit the Legal Intelligencer’s website.

Virtual Mock Trial for Nursing Students: Tarrant County College & Texas A&M University Law School

FORT WORTH, Texas (PRWEB) August 13, 2020

On October 9th, Tarrant County College and Texas A&M University School of Law are hosting their first mock trial geared toward nursing students, which will now take place virtually with the support of Magna Legal Services.

The mock trial program is designed to help students understand the legal responsibilities of healthcare workers, malpractice cases and other legal implications of the nursing practice. Viewers will watch the case unfold as a nurse takes the stand and the prosecution and defense present their arguments.

The mock was originally planned as an in-person event, but due to COVID-19, will now be held virtually. Magna Legal Services, an end-to-end litigation support company, will be contributing its expertise and resources to host the event live using its virtual platform. “The unforeseen pandemic has cancelled classes and disrupted education throughout the nation. We are proud to sponsor this event and help ensure the nurses of tomorrow are properly prepared for their careers and ready to start caring for their communities”, stated Peter Hecht, Magna Partner & EVP of Sales.

Fully understanding the legal implications of their practice is extremely important for healthcare workers. Because mock trials give invaluable insight into the legal aspects of nursing, Tarrant County College (TCC) would previously finance their students to attend mock trials hosted by other schools. To make this opportunity further accessible to all of their students, TCC decided to host their own annual mock trials, starting with the October 9th event.

Texas A&M University (TAMU) School of Law joined TCC in hosting the mock trial, contributing their resources, expertise and esteemed personnel. Their law students, specifically those interested in health law, are encouraged to attend the mock trial.

Jim Mullen, RN, JD will play the nurse on trial, prosecuted by Colleen Carboy, RN, JD and defended by Kathleen Kearney, RN, JD. Expert witnesses include Nancy Roper Wilson, RN, JD and Patricia Blair, RN, JD. Justice Lee Gabriel will preside over the mock.

Magna Legal Services has been hosting virtual mock trials for over a decade, with even greater popularity following the start of COVID-19. TCC’s mock trial will be held on the Magna LegalVision platform, with Magna’s trial presentation consultants managing exhibit display and annotations and handling back-end tech support.

“Whether it’s a trial, hearing, arbitration, mediation or deposition, the Magna LegalVision platform has the flexibility to mimic any in-person proceeding, except with all the added benefits of going virtual” said Andrew Lunanuova, Magna’s Director of Audio, Video and Virtual Services.

Hosting the event remotely will allow for social distancing and a larger audience capacity. Virtual proceedings also prove for increased viewer attention and understanding due to:

  • Greater exhibit visibility— All exhibits and demonstratives will be displayed directly in front of each attendee on their devices, ensuring they can see and hear everything. In contrast, exhibits for in-person trials are usually displayed on TVs and format boards, where distance and other factors can hinder visibility.
  • Enhanced annotation— Magna’s virtual platform allows for seamless, real-time annotating, like highlighting and blow-ups, which will improve viewer understanding.
  • Speaker view— The virtual platform allows each attendee to have a front-view of each speaker, rather than the side or back-view they would normally have at an in-person trial.
  • Speaker identification— Viewers can better follow along with the presentation because all speaker names are clearly visible throughout the event’s duration.

The Tarrant County College & Texas A&M University Law School mock trial plans to bring in over 500 attendees including first-year TCC nursing students, TCC faculty and TAMU students focusing on health law.

To learn more about virtual proceedings and mock trials, visit MagnaLS.com.

District of Delaware Pushes Back Jury Trial Scheduled to Be Among First Since Shutdowns

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware again postponed all jury trials last week, including what would have been one of the first to be held in person in the country since the COVID-19 pandemic limited court proceedings nationwide.

Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminals LP’s intellectual property case against energy companies Powder Springs Logistics LLC and Magellan Midstream Partners LP, which has been pending for almost three years, was scheduled to go to trial beginning August 3, with a combination of in-person appearances and remote witnesses, but has been postponed indefinitely.

U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark of the District of Delaware issued an order July 16 stating the decision to postpone federal jury trials in Delaware at least through the end of August was made as a safety precaution in an attempt to both minimize the large gatherings that jury selection would entail and cut down on travel for those involved in court matters.

U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard Stark of the District of Delaware. Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM

In a memorandum order issued at the beginning of the month, Stark outlined what were intended at the time to be precautions taken during the Sunoco trial, including having witnesses testify remotely and limiting the number of people permitted in the courtroom.

“This is something of an experiment,” Stark wrote in the order, which concluded by noting the possibility of a continuance. “I expect I will follow different procedures in other cases and at different times and I strongly suspect my colleagues (in the District of Delaware and elsewhere) will do things differently than I plan to do at this trial. I am entering this order as the presiding judge in this specific case, not as chief judge of the district.”

If the trial had gone forward, it would have been preceded by only a handful of in-person jury trials to have begun in the U.S. since court systems began determining individually how to address the pandemic. In April, during what may have been the first attempt at a jury trial since courts closed, jury selection for the trial of a man in Ohio ended abruptly when the defendant became short of breath and the trial was postponed.

Federal jury trials have only just begun in Texas, and New Jersey has resumed trials that were cut short months ago, though the state isn’t currently beginning new jury trials. Similar to the District of Delaware, an order was issued over the weekend pushing back jury trials in Florida, which had planned to resume jury trial proceedings Monday.

“By what I can tell and what’s been reported, they’ve all been running relatively smooth. They’ve not surprisingly had a couple technical issues,” said Dan Wolfe, senior director of jury consulting for Magna Legal Services, of the trials that have taken place recently. “In terms of just getting people in and out and things of that nature, they seem to be going fairly well, by all accounts.”

As is the case throughout most of the country, trials are also on hold in Delaware’s state courts, with in-person jury trials not to take place until the Delaware Judiciary reaches Phase 3 of its four-phase reopening plan, though trials that don’t require a jury have been underway. Currently, Delaware courts are under Phase 2 of the plan. On July 6, Chief Justice Collins J. Seitz Jr. extended the state’s judicial emergency and said it’s expected to stay in Phase 2 until Aug. 6 and likely longer.

Wolfe said, based on the trials that have proceeded so far, he’s seen two predominant factors that seem to be key in a court system’s ability to resume trials. First, he said, courts have ensured they have access to a space large enough to hold everyone needed for a trial while maintaining social distancing guidelines, whether that be a large courtroom or a location such as a gymnasium or theater.

Second, Wolfe said, the courts that have been able to successfully start jury trials have been those in judiciary systems with good communication. He said it’s expected that people will be more likely to show up for jury duty if the court system has communicated to them the procedures in place for their safety beforehand.

“People have been fairly accommodating and understanding and appreciative that the court personnel have tried to work really hard to accommodate the jurors,” Wolfe said. “Anecdotally, several people have reported everybody being ‘more patient.’”

Magna recently surveyed 500 people nationwide in an attempt to gain insight on how prospective jurors’ attitudes might have been impacted by COVID-19. While the results of the survey are still being analyzed, Wolfe said 60% of those surveyed said they would be less critical of those working in health care than they might have been prior to the pandemic, while more than 80% said they were concerned about the safety of health care workers who are dealing with the virus directly, and 23% said they, a family member or a close friend has been a first responder who has addressed COVID-19.

“Certainly, (in) cases like medical malpractice cases, it’s that notion of a halo effect,” Wolfe said. “We saw this post-9/11 for firefighters and law enforcement officials, this positive perception. So certainly, we’re seeing that here.”

Wolfe said Magna has also noted that during both mock jury trials and proceedings involving remote witnesses during actual trials, jurors reported approval of seeing people speak via video call, rather than in front of them in a courtroom.

“They actually report a more positive experience because they can see the witnesses more closely, whereas in a courtroom, they might be more distant and it might make it more difficult for them to judge facial expressions and the like,” Wolfe said.

This piece originally appeared in Delaware Law Weekly on July 22, 2020.

Juries in a Post-Coronavirus World: New Lawsuits, New Exposure, New Juries!

This webinar originally aired live on July 22, 2020

We hosted a webinar on July 22nd “Juries in a Post-Coronavirus World: New Lawsuits, New Exposure, New Juries!“, to answer:
– What will juries and plaintiffs’ counsel do in a post COVID-19 world?
– What new lawsuits will be filed…and how will juries respond?

View the video above to hear our panelists discuss the new developments in defending Coronavirus lawsuits.

Moderated by:
Robert Tyson Esq., Tyson & Mendes, Partner

Panelists Include:
Mark Calzaretta, Magna Legal Services, EVP of Litigation Consulting
Richard Fabian, The RiverStone Group, Chief Strategy Officer
Stefanie Milch, Hallmark Financial Services, Vice President
Julia Macias, Sysco Corporation, Manager, Casualty Claims

Produced by:
Peter Hecht, Magna Legal Services, Partner & Executive VP of Sales

Q&A coming soon!

Thank you to everyone who tuned in!
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Trial Lawyers Strike Back as COVID-19 Fuels Litigation Support Innovation

As the COVID-19 pandemic began shuttering courthouses and law offices across the country, two attorneys who use the litigation management platform Litify told its chief revenue officer, Terry Dohrmann, that the company could become the legal industry’s Zoom—in reference to the video conferencing app that has become wildly popular as people across the globe practice social distancing.

The comments, Dohrmann said, got the company leaders thinking, “If we really are [the legal industry’s Zoom], then let’s act like it,” he said. And with that, the company began to develop its enhanced video conferencing program called Uplink, which launched recently.

The program is one of several litigation support applications and services that have been developed, tweaked or repackaged by litigation support companies in an effort to meet the growing and evolving demands of trial attorneys, as the coronavirus has forced the industry into a new normal.

On the firm side of things, Philadelphia attorney Kevin Marciano of Marciano & MacAvoy said that, as a personal injury lawyer, he rarely had to focus before on thoroughly tracking time, but, with his staff now working from home, he has begun asking employees to start filling out regular time sheets. And to make sure they stay focused on work-related tasks he also asked his workers to download software that keeps track of what they are doing online.

“It gives you some control,” Marciano said. “I actually think I’m going to use it when things get back to normal. You can’t be with someone all the time, but this gives them the ability to work independently.”

The stories illustrate a trend that attorneys and legal tech industry insiders are beginning to see, as the coronavirus is leading trial lawyers to experiment with new technologies and has fueled a wave of innovation from the litigation support industry. According to court watchers, these new trends will likely lead to lasting changes for the legal world once the pandemic subsides.

“COVID-19 is going to be the mother of all innovation,” Peter Hecht, executive vice president of sales at Magna Legal Services, said.

Evolving Demand

Along with a need for new technologies aimed at pushing cases forward in a virtual environment, the new environment has driven a need for technology that helps attorneys tackle the challenges of managing their workforce remotely.

Along with Marciano, several trial attorneys who spoke with The Legal said they have turned to management programs, such as ActivTrak, that allow firm leaders to closely monitor their employees’ online activity.

For Marciano, the technology has been a ”game-changer.”

According to Marciano, the program can tell how long a computer’s been idle, it can take screenshots of an employee’s computer every few minutes, and it can print out a pie chart of all the websites the staff has been on in a given day.

The program not only allowed his firm to keep an eye on their workers, but it also helped the employees adapt their work schedules to what made the most sense, given their family situation, he said.

“You have to be flexible,” Marciano said. “It’s hard, but people are adjusting.”

Philadelphia attorney Jon Ostroff of Ostroff Law said he has also been exploring ways to monitor his employees remotely, and has been using a Voice Over Internet Phone system as a way to keep his workers connected remotely. The system, which he said is more secure than Zoom, can allow staff to set up chatrooms for the various internal groups that need to stay in constant contact, such as pre-litigation paralegals. It has also helped the staff hold regular office-wide meetings, which he said is a big part of maintaining firm culture.

“We don’t want people to be isolated. Part of what works in our office is our culture,” he said.

Echoing sentiments expressed by others, Ostroff said he is exploring ways to allow his staff to continue working remotely, even after the pandemic has passed. Specifically, he said he was considering the idea of having work stations, which attorneys could use on the rotating basis, only coming into the office two or three days each week.

“We are so pleased with the way working remotely has gone, we’re not going to stop with this. We’re absolutely going to set up ourselves to be a virtual firm,” Ostroff said.

‘Something’s Going to Stick’

Magna Legal Services recently launched JuryConfirm 2020, which expands the company’s online capabilities for handling focus groups and mock trials, allowing for multi-day online sessions.

The program, which revamps the company’s existing JuryConfirm platform, was already in the works before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but according to Hecht, the program dovetails perfectly into the shifting needs of the trial bar.

Along with the JuryConfirm2020 program, he said, the company is working to marry existing services with the trial bar’s emerging needs. For instance, he said the company has started offering expanded virtual deposition services, which include a jury consulting technician who can handle all the exhibits.

Several attorneys who spoke with The Legal said that one of the downsides of virtual depositions is that, with big files having to be sent beforehand, attorneys often lose the element of surprise. According to Hecht, the company’s newer services are aimed at addressing those concerns, among others, and with the programs becoming more like the live thing, attorneys are going to increasingly rely on these devices, growing the demand even further.

“I think the online deposition platforms are going to be here to stay. So many people are just naturally going to say, I want to do this one remotely,” Hecht said. “They’re going to have done this hundreds of times. It’s going to become natural.”

Dohrmann said his company has been almost busier than it was before COVID-19 hit.

Along with launching Uplink, the company also launched in recent weeks a condensed version of its cloud-based platform, called LitifyGo, which allows attorneys to access the system from anywhere, including a tablet or phone.

Attorneys, he said, are increasingly interested in finding easier ways to share documents, and to more seamlessly communicate with clients, so his company is finding new ways to use portals for document sharing and adding communication features so lawyers can do things like text directly from the Litify platform.

With so many court systems partially shut down and offering varying degrees of services, attorneys have also been struggling for weeks to stay on top of the ever-changing patchwork of delayed deadlines and filing procedures, and firm leaders, who used to get a feel for the firm’s caseload and progress by walking the halls, have also been looking for ways to keep a virtual eye on what’s coming in and what work is ending. Dohrmann said attorneys have been increasingly looking to online dashboards to help them tackle those problems as well.

“They’re looking for better ways to stay as close as they have been in the past, so it’s leveraging technology to do so,” he said. “Embracing technology, rethinking client communication, those are all definitely what we’re seeing.”

Since the shutdowns, the legal industry has faced unprecedented challenges, and there has been a lot of confusion. However, according to litigation tech insiders, one things is certain: the time is ripe for innovation.

“People are going to pop things out there,” Hecht said. “And something’s going to stick.”

This piece originally appeared in The Legal Intelligence on May 6, 2020.

Ultimate Guide to Jury Consulting

Remote Depositions, Except with Magna

We make remote working, a little more personal.

Magna LegalVision provides clients with real-time access to depositions, meetings, hearings and mediations. You can:

  • Connect using computers, tablets or even smartphones
  • Use a custom virtual background
  • Record entire session (mp4 format)
  • Display and annotate your exhibits
  • Schedule a court reporter, interpreter, or certified legal videographer to join remotely

The Magna Difference

We take care of our clients— you’ll feel the difference. We’re here for you 24/7, 365 days a year with client-focused customer service. When scheduling, you’ll get a confirmation of your event right away with all of the event details. We’ll provide the dial-in information to each participant and offer everyone training on how to use the Magna LegalVision platform.

Be Confident with Magna

You can be confident in hosting your event remotely— Magna’s tech support will test each parties’ equipment before the session. A MLV technician will introduce himself at the beginning of the session and will be available from start to finish.

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.

Certified Legal Videography: CLV is available for all MLV depositions. The videographer will provide you with an official copy of the event, for both on and off record.

Equipment Rental: 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 depositions.

Complete Deposition Management

Magna LegalVision Plus (MLV+) will provide you with full deposition management powered by one of Magna’s award-winning trial technicians. Combining years of courtroom tech experience with Magna’s virtual platform, our deposition managers are able to provide seamless support throughout the duration of your event. The deposition manager will handle:

  • Presenting exhibits, demonstratives and videos
  • Real-time management of annotations, zooming, blow-ups, highlights and markings
  • Creating and managing break-out rooms (moving people in between rooms, controlling room access and overseeing confidentiality)

Putting Your Best Face Forward

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.

Looking to learn more about our full suite of online legal services?
Give us a call at 866-624-6221
or schedule a virtual deposition today.

Witness Preparation for Remote Depositions

During the COVID-19 crisis, Magna is offering 45 minutes of FREE witness prep with one of our expert jury consultants *Discounted 10% after the first 45 minutes.

Defending a remote deposition?
The Magna LegalVision (MLV) platform allows you to virtually depose a witness, or defend a deposition, from anywhere in the world. While MLV makes remote depositions easy, there are some tips and tricks to help witnesses and attorneys perform well in a virtual platform.

Magna Legal Services has been facilitating remote depositions for over a decade. However, many people are just now taking and defending depositions for the first time in a virtual format. Magna’s consultants are experts in preparing witnesses and attorneys for remote depositions. They will share their practical tips and logistical considerations, explain how remote depositions work and the platform’s capabilities, and will provide advice to attorneys on how to prepare themselves and their witnesses.

In any setting, in-person or online, witness preparation:

  • Reduces or eliminates witness anxiety
  • Clarifies the deponent’s role in the case
  • Helps deponents stay on message
  • Assists in developing a credible conversational tone
  • Identifies and mitigates any non-verbal issues, such as tics, fidgeting or eye-rolling
  • Provides techniques for effectively handling documents and exhibits

Witness preparation eliminates the added layer of anxiety from the virtual setting by:

  • Practicing. Deponents can feel “alone” without counsel, so a practice session with the platform can help diminish this
  • Reviewing procedures for pauses, objections, and exhibits
  • Instructing deponents where to look for the most natural and effective presentation (particularly if being recorded)
  • Familiarizing participants with the remote platform’s features (chats, mute, viewing exhibits, etc.)
  • Coaching on attire and effective posture

Magna consultants will work with your key witnesses and provide them with performance feedback in a non-threatening context making suggestions regarding style, language, and demeanor. Magna consultants help witnesses feel more in control of their testimony while adhering to the rules of testimony and to avoid being “advocates” for their side of the case.  We develop “safe harbors” that give witnesses structure and tools to deal with tough cross-examination questions.  The use of videotape feedback during witness communication training can often help a witness identify what the jurors may perceive.  These tools will allow your witnesses the opportunity to learn and practice strategies in order to best respond to challenging questions and deliver the most effective message at trial.

To book a witness preparation session, or any of Magna’s services, contact us at 866.624.6221 or Scheduling@MagnaLS.com