Graphic Designer vs. Graphics Consultant

What is the difference between a Graphic Designer & a Graphics Consultant?

Visual components are the main elements that help your jury understand and retain information.

Expert graphics consultants provide demonstratives that effectively communicate technical, financial, medical and other complex information.

Click below to learn more or to request a complimentary case consultation with an expert graphics consultant.

Visual Commuication: Controlling the Story

Controlling the Story with Trial Graphics

When presenting your trial story, the picture each juror is painting in their minds will vary from juror to juror. Using visual communications will help control the story you are trying to tell, and help alleviate past experiences and biases.

Control the narrative will trial graphics. Click below to learn more or to request a complimentary case consultation with an expert graphics consultant.

Magna Legal Services Acquires Barkley Court Reporters, Inc.

Magna Legal Services Acquires Barkley Court Reporters

Magna Legal Services expands deeper into the west coast court reporting market with the acquisition of Barkley Court Reporters, Inc..

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Magna Legal Services is pleased to announce the acquisition of Barkley Court Reporters, Inc..

Barkley is a leading provider of court reporting and deposition technology services for law firms and corporations. Barkley was founded in 1972 with the mission of giving attorneys ready access to like-minded court reporters whenever and wherever needed. Over the last decade, Barkley has expanded its service offerings and established itself as a key player in court reporting and deposition technology services.

Barkley represents a highly complementary acquisition for Magna that enhances Magna’s existing capabilities in court reporting. “Barkley is a fantastic fit with Magna,” said Mark Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Magna. “We have a shared emphasis on providing our clients with best-in-class service quality and assistance. We look forward to our collaboration with Barkley.” Peter Hecht, Founding Partner and Magna’s Executive Vice President of Sales, said, “Barkley is a great addition to Magna and adds significant coverage for our west coast clients. We are excited to work together with the Barkley team to continue to deliver exceptional service while providing the convenience of one-stop shop advantages with the introduction of our medical record retrieval and litigation consulting services.”

“Magna is the perfect next chapter for Barkley,” said Mason Farmani, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Barkley. “We are highly enthusiastic about joining forces and being a part of a scaled, industry leader like Magna, and believe it will allow us to provide even better services to our clients while accelerating growth in our business. I am excited about what this partnership will bring for our clients, court reporters and team.”

Existing Barkley operations will continue business as usual, and Barkley clients will receive the same level of high-quality customer support as prior to the acquisition.

About Magna Legal Services

Magna is a leading provider of litigation support services to law firms, insurance companies, and corporations, offering a broad array of services that support clients through each phase of the litigation process, including court reporting, graphics design, jury consulting, record retrieval, and translation services.

Modern Jury Research Technology: Online Solutions for Increased Reliability & Convenience

Both modern and traditional jury consulting practices can help attorneys gain insight into how jurors are likely to respond to case facts before entering the courtroom. However, powerful advances in technology make jury research more statistically reliable, easier to conduct and more cost-effective than ever before.

In this article, we’ll break down how modern jury consulting services work and how they may benefit you ahead of your next big trial date. 


Benefits of Using Modern Jury Consulting Technology

Advanced technology in jury research increases the reliability and understanding associated with potential juror decisions. 

These solutions offer huge benefits when dealing with complex, high-value cases, so it is imperative attorneys understand every tool at their disposal. 

Benefits include:

  • Larger data pools
  • Increased statistical reliability
  • Robust findings
  • Convenient & time-efficient sessions
  • Quick turnaround of analysis
  • Cost-effective
  • Real-time polling
  • & more

Advanced Data Analysis with Modern Jury Research Solutions

With modern jury research, attorneys are able to access larger pools of data for analysis with increased convenience and efficiency.

This benefits legal teams looking to:

  • Gauge a reliable range of potential damages if the case went to a jury trial
  • Test themes, storylines & venue climate in order to prepare the most effective trial strategy
  • Use jurors’ social media & online activity backgrounds to discover potential biases & past experiences during jury selection and throughout the trial

A standard trial jury comprises individuals with diverse backgrounds and views, most without legal expertise. As such, they can be unpredictable. Technical consulting solutions provide a wide range of insights at every stage of the trial process. 


Online Tools for Reliable Jury Research

There are several solutions that offer powerful insight into potential jury outcomes ahead of an important trial date:

Online Focus Groups & Mock Trials with JuryConfirm

Featuring Evidence Analyzer Powered by AI

JuryConfirm is a highly comprehensive virtual jury research platform. Attorneys present their cases to jurors in their trial venue. Jurors then deliberate at length in the virtual courtroom, displaying their video feeds to preserve the ability to read emotions & body language. The Evidence Analyzer uses AI technology to assess juror reactions and provide related insights on your case presentation. 

Evidence Analyzer Powered by AI
Automatically takes notes & monitors jurors reactions & feedback to the presentations

Live Attorney Presentations with Limitless Capabilities
Display & annotate exhibits, videos & other visual aids in real-time

Simulated Courtroom Environment
Interactive juror profiles & live video feed of juror deliberations and attorney presentations

Real-Time Results
Fully customized questionnaires, polling & presentation feedback

Detailed Reporting
Featuring strategic recommendations and key take-aways

This comprehensive, technologically advanced framework provides all the benefits of both remote and in-person mock trials. 

Damages Assessment with JuryEvaluator

Magna’s patent-pending case valuation tool, JuryEvaluator®, offers a scientific and statistically significant damages assessment for your actual case from your actual jury pool.

This research considers the effect of current media climate to provide insight into your case risk, exposure & value.

  • Research conducted in your case venue using your actual case facts
  • Research captures present-day surrogate juror attitudes and biases
  • Statistical analyses provide a reliable range of potential damages if the case went to a jury trial (economic, non-economic & punitive)

Damages Assessment Report includes:

  • Methodology & Respondent Demographics
  • Juror Questionnaire Responses
  • Jury Simulation Data Analyses: Traditional & Pro-Plaintiff
  • Case Script
  • Juror Open-Ended Responses & Analysis with Key Takeaways
  • Damages Analysis & Allocation of Fault

Social Media Surveillance for Jurors with JuryScout

Interpret a juror’s or potential juror’s online activity to discover any past experiences or biases which can affect their perception of your case with JuryScout.

JuryScout uses include:

  • Jury Selection:
    As courts are limiting access to jurors during jury selection, online activity reports can provide additional information to show past experiences, political and religious affiliations & more.
  • Predicting Juror Behavior:
    By creating a personalized matrix of information for each potential juror, JuryScout provides insight into whether a juror has attributes that lead to bias.
  • Post-Verdict:
    Here’s an example: Following an unfavorable verdict on a high-profile case, JuryScout found cached information which located four jurors who violated the court’s instructions. Counsel was able to use this information as part of the appeal.

Which Jury Consulting Method is Right for Your Case?

Be confident in knowing how a jury is likely to approach your case.

Magna Legal Services offers a full array
of litigation consulting services, including risk assessment & strategic recommendations.

Our experienced jury consultants use a multi-phase jury research methodology to ensure the statistical reliability and robustness of our findings

Request a free case consultation with Magna today to see how we can assist you in providing the best possible representation for your clients.

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Magna Legal Services Partners with On Time Reporting, Inc.

Magna Legal Services Acquires On Time Reporting, Inc.

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Magna Legal Services is pleased to announce the acquisition of On Time Reporting, Inc.

On Time was founded in Long Island by Debra Coletto and has since established itself as one of the largest independent providers of court reporting services in the Long Island and New York region.

On Time represents a highly complementary partnership for Magna that enhances Magna’s existing capabilities and market position in New York. “On Time is a fantastic fit with Magna’s existing service offering,” said Mark Williams, Magna’s CEO, “We believe that the combination of the two organizations will result in attractive growth opportunities and are delighted to welcome On Time into the Magna family.” Founding Partner and Executive Vice President of Sales at Magna, Peter Hecht, added, “We are excited to continue delivering the high-quality court reporting service On Time’s clients have come to expect while also offering access to Magna’s other litigation support service lines.”

“Our firms’ complementary industry strengths, similar collaborative culture and focus on exceptional service will be valued by clients in New York,” said On Time Founder Debra Coletto. “I am enthusiastic about the next chapter for our clients, court reporters and team members.”

Existing On Time operations will continue business as usual, and On Time clients will receive the same level of high-quality customer support as prior to the partnership. On Time will continue its operations based in Mineola, NY.

About Magna Legal Services

Magna is a leading provider of litigation support services to law firms, insurance companies, and corporations, offering a broad array of services that support clients through each phase of the litigation process, including court reporting, graphics design, jury consulting, record retrieval, and translation services.

Chopped for CHOP 2022 Conference Photos

Chopped for CHOP Fundraiser
for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Conference RECAP


This annual Magna LS “Edutainment CLE” was held at the Borgata in Atlantic City on June 22nd & 23rd, 2022.
Moderated by Peter Hecht, Richard Fabian and Rachel York Colangelo.

The Fundraiser Mock Trial Challenge featured four of the best trial attorneys in the USA and raised over $30,000.00 for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Conference Photos




Virtual Depositions: Benefits & Tips to Succeed

The 2020 pandemic forced litigation into a remote world, but virtual depositions are here to stay.

Litigation came to a halt at the start of the COVID pandemic, but when there seemed to be no end in sight, reluctant litigators were forced to continue their business remotely.

Safer-at-home restrictions quickly modernized the legal world. Litigators started conducting proceedings virtually and soon embraced the benefits that came with them.


Benefits of Virtual Depositions


Limits Travel

  • Virtual depositions can be conducted from nearly any location, avoiding the challenges that come with getting people to one location. This benefits parties who have limited time, are caregivers, or otherwise have travel limitations.


Reduces Costs

  • Virtual depositions cut costs associated with:
    • Travel accommodations for attorneys, deponents, court reporters, videographers, etc.
    • Conference rooms
    • Stenographer, videographer or interpreter hourly rates
    • Food, beverage & other necessary accommodations
    • Printing and shipping costs (eliminated due to electronic exchange of all documents)
    • Reduces fees and per diem rates for court reporters


Decreases Scheduling Conflicts

  • Litigation moves faster due to decreased scheduling conflicts.
    • Remote proceedings save time and eliminate the hassle of traveling, making it much easier to find a time when all parties can meet.


Greater Court Reporter Availability

  • To overcome the recent shortage of reporters, Magna Legal Services can provide a dual-certified court reporter to a virtual deposition even if they are out of state.
  • Court reporters can be available on much shorter notice.
  • Court reporters have more flexibility in their schedule due to the lack of travel; this allows attorneys to be more specific in deciding which court reporter they will use.


Enhances Privacy

  • Break-out rooms allow all parties to meet privately.
  • Magna Legal Services’ online platform, Magna LitigationVision, is fully encrypted and secure, protecting all log-in data and ensuring the privacy of every session.


Time Efficient

  • Limiting travel allows court reporters to get transcripts back to attorneys quickly, increasing the rate at which attorneys can close cases.
  • Video recording and editing can be sent electronically, avoiding delays.
  • Break out rooms make it faster for parties to have separate conversations whenever necessary.


Increases Organization

  • Everything is stored online, making misplacing exhibits and other important information a thing of the past.
  • All parties can receive instant access to electronic exhibits.

Click here to read how virtual depositions work.

Tips for A Successful Remote Deposition


Prepare for Connecting

  • Have your link to join the deposition handy, and make sure your witnesses have their links as well as instructions for the event. When you schedule your virtual deposition with Magna, we send your link in the body of a calendar invite so you have it on hand.
  • Ensure you and your party have contact information needed in case of any connection issues. Magna’s MLV techs are available by phone, email, and chat for the duration of your deposition.
  • If you and/or your witnesses are using virtual backgrounds, make sure they are set up in advance.


Plan Exhibits Ahead of Time

  • Organize all exhibits ahead of time to avoid delays or mistakes.
  • Name files appropriately and keep them easily accessible.
  • Consider using a deposition manager with Magna LitigationVision Plus (MLV+) to assist with seamless transitions between exhibits.
    • Send all necessary documents to MLV+ manager so exhibits are organized prior to the deposition. They will also share these documents with the court reporter.


Use a Deposition Manager with MLV+

  • Magna LegalVision Plus (MLV+) provides comprehensive session management operated by an experienced trial technician. MLV+ managers will provide seamless support throughout the entirety of your event. An MLV+ 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 (including moving people between rooms, controlling room access, and ensuring confidentiality)


Prepare Your Witness Thoroughly

  • Virtual depositions allow for an up-close look at a witness’s facial expressions, make sure your witnesses are aware of this and are properly prepped.
  • Consider using an expert consultant to help your witness feel more in control of their testimony. Witness communication training can help witnesses develop a deeper understanding of the themes, context, and purpose of their testimony and correct behaviors that get in the way of positive perceptions.


Take Planned Breaks

  • Use a deposition manager with MLV+ to plan breaks ahead of time so all parties are aware of when they will have time to break and regroup.


Stay Concise

  • Virtual depositions involve looking at a computer screen for hours on end, so it is important to get to the point quickly in all aspects of a deposition in order to keep focus.


Avoid Technology Issues

  • Providers like Magna Legal Services will test all equipment and ensure that it is ready to be used, this will help avoid any connection issues and decrease technology related delays.
  • Rent necessary equipment or a hot-spot internet connection with Magna Flight Packs.
  • Perform platform training with MLV prior to the deposition (MLV works on all virtual meeting platforms).
  • Magna LitigationVision provides continuous tech support and monitoring during a deposition. If any tech issues arise during a deposition, a tech support professional will be available instantly with MLV’s chat feature.


Limit Distractions

  • Aim for a distraction-free environment to avoid delays and maintain professionality.
  • Use custom virtual backgrounds if needed to help limit any peripheral distractions.


Communicate Transcript Requests

  • Provide order requests and any special requests to the court reporter prior to the end of the deposition.

Virtual Depositions with Magna LitigationVision


Magna LitigationVision (MLV) is Magna’s virtual deposition platform, which gives you the ability to 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.

Virtual platform features include:

  • Schedule a Court Reporter, Videographer, or Interpreter to Join Remotely
  • Connection Using Computers, Tablets or Smartphones
  • Ability to Display and Annotate Your Exhibits
  • Instant Tech Support and Monitoring
  • Free Platform Training Prior to Proceeding
  • Remote Facilitation of Breakout Rooms
  • Free Custom Virtual Backgrounds
  • Certified Trial Directors/ Exhibit Managers (MLV+)
  • Certified Legal Videography
  • Technology agnostic – use your preferred platform

Analyzing & Monetizing Construction Defect Claims

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 Schwartz of 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.

This webinar originally aired live on 1.27.2021

Webinar details:

Panelists:
Pete Fowler, Founder, Pete Fowler Construction
Scott Horwitz, Esq., National Director of Graphics Consulting & Trial Presentation, Magna Legal Services
Aileen R. Schwartz, Senior VP, Sr. Corporate Counsel US & Privacy Officer, Hill International, Inc.

Moderated by:
Paul S. Danner, Esq., Partner, Goldberg Segalla

Presented by:
Peter Hecht, Partner & Executive Vice President of Sales, Magna Legal Services

Learn more about utilizing trial graphics & tutorials for complex cases here.

Click here to view a list of more upcoming webinars & conferences.

What to Expect from Magna in 2021

Hello, fellow COVID-19 haters! Like you, I can’t wait to slam the door on 2020. The year was a disaster for so many of us, both professionally and personally. To say the pandemic was difficult would be a ridiculous understatement. Magna LS would not have survived 2020 without our dedicated staff and network of kick-ass court reporters. Both groups have made taking virtual depos second nature. Lastly, I would like to extend a HUGE “Muchas Gracias” to all of our clients! Together, we found new and old litigation support tools to expedite our recovery and get our respective businesses back online. So, bye-bye 2020!  Here is what you can expect to see from us in 2021:

1. The same “No Charge” commitment we made in 2020 for our virtual depo platform will continue in full force in cities and states that are still struggling to reopen during the pandemic. Click HERE to schedule a virtual deposition.

2. More COVID-19 juror impact studies and complimentary “Results” roundtables. To learn more about our juror studies, contact me or your account rep at 866-624-6221. 

3. Two new brick-and-mortar offices. When the dust settles, visit our office space in Downtown LA and Fort Lauderdale, FL. More conference rooms with all the AV bells and whistles! Click HERE for a full list of Magna office locations.

4. My fingers are crossed and I’m knocking on wood in hopes that our mock trial fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, “Chopped for CHOP”, will finally return on June 2nd and 3rd and I am super confident we will be doing some awesome unconventional conventioning with our “Battle of the Experts” seminar on October 6th and 7th at The W Hotel in South Beach, Miami! Click HERE to see our conference schedule.

5. Oh, yeah…. more webinars, both big and small. More CE & CLE courses. Click HERE to stay up to date on our webinars.

6. Lastly, our team is locked and loaded for travel as soon as the COVID coast is clear. So…. we will be seeing you in the flesh in 2021.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Blessed Kwanza and Happy New Year! I hate COVID-19!

Peter Hecht, Partner & Executive Vice President of Sales, Magna Legal Services

Updating & Translating Contracts and Important Documents

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.

Legal 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: Magna Language Services

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.

Click below to request a no-obligation translation quote or to learn more about Magna’s translation and interpreting services.


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