Editor’s Note

Peter Hecht, Executive Vice President Sales & Business Development Magna Legal Services

To our clients, friends, supporters, employees and court reporters, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year!

So judging by the cover, you have probably concluded that team Magna is celebrating our first two digit birthday, or perhaps better said, our big 10 year anniversary. I know it may sound cliché, but it really does feel like yesterday that I was sitting in a conference room with Mark Calzaretta making all our Jerry Maguire phone calls.

So where are we now? Well, for starters, thanks to our loyal clients and staff, we have won dozens of awards in the Legal Intelligencer, National Law Journal and The New York Law Journal. We’ve built a nationwide network of court reporters that have allowed us to cover depositions in every US Zip Code and we have launched new online jury research tools that have changed the way the legal and claims community uses focus groups and mock trials.

Through our conference program, we have created a unique series of edutainment type CLE’s that have raised thousands of dollars for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, while teaching attorneys new trial skills.

Most recently, we opened a new office in the Big Apple (that’s NYC in case you didn’t know) that features (again cliché ) state of the art deposition suites and a cutting edge graphics design studio.

So here’s what I’m thinking… I love what I do for a living and another 10 years with you all would be a real business blessing. I am fortunate that each day I get to work I still have the same energy as when Mark and I were making those calls.

Keeping my eye on 2017, here are three Magna predictions:

  1. Magna will break the record of winning multiple new categories for ALM’s “Best Of” surveys.
  2. Our damages assessment tool called Jury Evaluator will become the go-to litigation support tool for cases both big and small.
  3. We will raise the bar in the edutainment CLE arena with new content blending education and entertainment, while continuing to raise money for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary Magna Legal Services!

Peter Hecht
Executive Vice President
Sales & Business Development
Magna Legal Services