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MAGNA-FYI - December 2012
MAGNA-FYI - December 2012
Legal Intellegencer’s and New York Law Journal's
WINNER Best of 2012
Best of Court Reporting, End to End Litigation Consulting and Jury Consulting
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Streaminglining Relationships with Outside Counsel
Overruled by Joe Aronds
Overruled by Joe Aronds
Overruled by Joe Aronds
Jury Confirm 2.0
Jury Confirm 2.0
Jury Confirm 2.0
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Peter Hecht
Editor-In-Chief
Bonnie Schmonsees
Designer
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Editor's Note: Peter Hecht, Executive VP of Sales, Magna Legal Services
Peter Hecht
Friends of Magna LS,

A couple of months ago, Magna Legal Services was honored by the readers of The New York Law Journal as its #1 End-to-End Litigation Consulting Company and one of the top three Jury Consulting firms for 2012. In addition, The Legal Intelligencer rated Magna LS as the #1 Court Reporting Company for a third year in a row and the #1 Jury Consulting firm in 2012. We’ve received other awards in the past, but these seemed to mean so much more. The reason - it directly praised the end-to-end business model that drives the success of our company.

At Magna LS, we do work extremely hard to actualize our clients’ satisfaction. Our firm was designed specifically to meet the unique needs of our clients. The key ingredient to this success is our employees and court reporters. We attract and retain the best staff and provide all of our people with valuable training and professional development opportunities. We promote from within and we add new rock stars that will enhance the client experience. We involve our staff in company decision-making and business planning. And, oh yeah, we offer flex-time, naps, food, beer, babysitting, dog walkers, and just about everything else a professional could want.

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Interview with Nina Caroselli
Hands with a Home
Ms. Caroselli, an attorney with over twenty years of experience in the insurance industry and private litigation practice, joined the run-off team in 1996 as Senior Attorney focusing on asbestos, pollution and health hazard claims. Ms. Caroselli provided legal counsel to the run-off team with regard to coverage and legal issues and assisted the General Counsel in the management of the Declaratory Judgment team. In 2001, Ms. Caroselli was promoted to Vice President of Latent Claims with management and oversight responsibility for the company’s APH claims. In 2008, Ms. Caroselli was promoted to Senior Vice President and Director of Direct and Assumed Claims, managing a team of highly experienced associates responsible for the run-off of various liabilities, including APH, construction defect, workers compensation, professional liability, public entity and assumed reinsurance claims. Ms. Caroselli’s role expanded in 2011 as she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, becoming responsible for the company’s IT, Infrastructure and Operations functions.

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Truth is Simple but can be Hard to Find
I walk into the war room and see the defense lawyer looking unhappily at a large stack of boards. The boards lean against the wall showing contract language in ugly, black, dense letters on shiny white background. This is what a complex, multi-million dollar dispute came down to: one contract clause – half a page long and written in a language so dense that the best legal minds have to read it several times over. As is often the case, the contract was the result of negotiations between teams of lawyers. Regular citizens don’t have the endurance required to make it across and tend to stop reading somewhere on line 3 of the seven-line sentence, having lost their way among variously shaped brackets and inconsistent terminology.

Our first jury research project resulted in a complete loss for the defense in all three deliberating groups. But there was a ray of hope: Two of the most persistent and experienced jurors, who managed to read the contract clause, argued strongly in our favor (before giving up). The defense expected to lose in this research.

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What Makes Magna Legal Services the Best of 2012?
Magna Legal Services 2012 Award Winning Litigation Consulting Team: Mark Calzaretta, Vice President Litigation Consulting, Dave Calzaretta, Litigation Consulting Associate, Gary Calzaretta, Trial Consultant, David Johnson, GFX Consultant, Bart Jaworski, Litigation Consultant, Ron Kurzman, Vice President Litigation Consulting, Chad Graf, Graphic Designer, Stephen Tuller, Esq., Director & Litigation Consultant, Dave Kurzman, Litigation Consultant, Nicole Matthiesen, Director of Graphic Consulting, Rachel York, Ph.D., Litigation Consultant, Eric Rudich, Ph.D., Senior Litigation Consultant, Benjamin Scrimalli, Litigation Consultant, Hiliary Remick, Esq., Director & Litigation Consultant, Galina Davidoff, Ph.D., Director of Jury Consulting, Lauren Gregory, Litigation Consultant, Dylan Green, Trial Consultant.

Read a few 2012 Best of Testimonials from our friends and clients.

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