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Giving Back With A Grateful Heart

Giving Back with a Grateful Heart  As a business owner, I will always be grateful to my first cheerleaders – the friends and family who supported my decision to start Donovan Reporting over 25 years ago. Adele Grubbs was my … Continue reading

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Celebrate America’s Freedom and the System That Protects It

Celebrate America’s Freedom and the System That Protects It   This month, we as Americans celebrate independence. Over the past 241 years, our country has grown from just a small group of revolutionary patriots to leaders of the free world.  We … Continue reading

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4 Reasons Why Exhibeo™ Is Right for Your Next Deposition

How much time do you spend preparing for the average deposition? All that copying, sorting, stapling, and shipping can leave little time for else – like quality control. But what if I told you there was a better way? Donovan … Continue reading

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It’s National Administrative Professionals Week!

National Administrative Professionals Week

With National Administrative Professionals Week fast approaching, I wanted to take a few moments out of my increasingly frantic schedule to share some words of homage to all of our hyper-organized, always helpful, multi-tasking friends on the front lines of … Continue reading

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Whistle While You Work: Tips For a Tidy Work Space

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I just love that scene in the classic Disney movie when Snow White tidies up the dwarfs’ cabin. She and her woodland creature friends take a dirty, disorganized space and make it sparkle – all in the length of time … Continue reading

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Help Wanted: A Profession Worth Considering

Do you like suspense novels? Are crime dramas your TV addiction? We may have a job for you! Last week was the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) 2017 Court Reporting and Captioning Week. The organization celebrates the hard work c … Continue reading

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Tune In to What Really Matters

  Last week was unseasonably warm in the South. It was so nice I didn’t even need a coat – in January! What a wonderful way to start a new year. The sun was shining as I drove to the … Continue reading

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Cooking Up Holiday Cheer at Donovan Reporting

While there are many wonderful “ingredients” to a perfect Christmas holiday, one of my favorites is preparing those special, delicious, tried-and-true recipes for my family and friends! So the other day, when I stopped by my daughter Erin’s house, I … Continue reading

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5 Secrets to a Smooth Deposition

    If there’s one thing we all appreciate, it’s when our day runs smoothly. I can’t tell you how many times I wake up with a thoughtfully planned course of action, only to have my day take a completely … Continue reading

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Take Action During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Means Action I’m willing to wager that each of you know or are aware of someone affected by this frightening and     life-changing disease. Either way, a wake-up call is in order!  Did you know?  About one … Continue reading

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Ethics Take Center Stage

Do you know who I wouldn’t want to be right now? A candidate for the President of the United States of America.  I mean, it’s hard enough to be a voter in these tumultuous times! As the election approaches, the … Continue reading

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Words to the Wise: Common Grammar Mistakes to Avoid

  What was your favorite subject in school? Was it history? Maybe science? What about grammar? While grammar may not be the most glamorous subject, don’t underestimate its importance. Words are powerful, and when used incorrectly, they can send an … Continue reading

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Top 5 Reasons Why Cross-Examination Works! -From a Court Reporter’s Perspective

#5: Cross-examination provides the opportunity to paint a picture using your version of the facts. It allows you to, in effect, testify for the witness, demonstrate your knowledge of the facts, and potentially create a no-way-out situation. Real-Life Example: “Mr. … Continue reading

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Cameo™ Brings Flexibility to Your Schedule Imagine this:  You’re sitting on the beach, enjoying a few more hours with your family before you head back home for a critical deposition. Sound familiar? What if you didn’t have to go? What … Continue reading

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Donovan Reporting Tees Up for Families in Need

On Friday, April 29th, we were privileged to partner with the Cobb County Bar Association as a silver sponsor of the fourth annual Law Day Classic Golf Tournament. Benefitting their Children’s Emergency Fund, the tournament has quickly become a highlight … Continue reading

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Donovan Reporting wishes all of our clients and the legal community at large a HAPPY LAW DAY!

May 1 is National Law Day. Donovan Reporting salutes all the lawyers out there who work hard for social justice! Over the years, I’ve noticed that when the general public speaks about lawyers, whether it’s a social setting, business meeting, … Continue reading

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Celebrating 25 Years with a New Adventure

In 1991, I was in need of a job.  The Honorable Tom Cauthorn, for whom I had served as official court reporter for the preceding 12 years, announced he was leaving the bench to enter the world of private practice, … Continue reading

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Celebrating Court Reporting

February 14-20 is National Court Reporting & Captioning Week. For the past 25 years, unbiased and ethical reporting has been the foundation of Donovan Reporting’s business model. Thanks for the opportunity to capture the record; we appreciate and celebrate your … Continue reading

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Nationwide Scheduling with Local Expertise

Scheduling Out-of-State Depositions Can be Tricky. Here are a few important factors to consider: Is the remote reporter adequately certified? Will the venue be to your client’s liking? Can you trust that the transcript will be accurate and arrive in … Continue reading

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5 Tips to Save Your Sanity During the Holidays

As a court reporter, perfectionism tendencies are in my DNA. I have spent the better part of the last 25 years building a business based on the goal of achieving 100% accuracy. Capturing the entire record, verbatim, is the business … Continue reading

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3 Important Ethical Responsibilities of Every Court Reporter

Star Wars is coming! Good versus evil… Right versus wrong… Those both make interesting fodder for Hollywood blockbusters; most of us rally for the good guy (or gal) because he respects the norms of society and seeks justice for cultural … Continue reading

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Gratitude In the Midst of Chaos

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As the holiday season approaches, world news casts an alarming shadow, and many of us find it difficult to navigate the daily updates of terror and chaos in France and other volatile parts of … Continue reading

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Comma? Period? Semicolon? Punctuation Tips To Get It Right, Every Time

As a court reporting firm owner, my life’s work involves countless words on endless pages. I find great value in well-written communication. Likewise, poor grammar is a pet peeve. Over the years, friends and colleagues have looked to me as … Continue reading

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July 4th Inspiration

As a business owner in the Atlanta area, I am encouraged on a regular basis by the hard working and inspirational staff, reporters, and clients of Donovan Reporting. Here’s one story from Susan Taylor, our quality control manager, which touched … Continue reading

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Save Time & Money With Deposition Summaries

In the legal field, most attorneys charge by the hour. Meanwhile, clients expect the best possible return on their legal investment.  For that reason, Donovan Reporting is now offering Deposition Summaries to those who are seeking ways to save their … Continue reading

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Truth Be Told, I Think Lawyers Are Great!

Donovan Reporting salutes all the lawyers out there who work hard for social justice!  Over the years, I’ve noticed that when the general public speaks about lawyers, whether it’s a social setting, business meeting, or in any number of situations, … Continue reading

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Ethical Court Reporting in a Big Box World

March is Ethics Awareness Month. As a court reporting firm owner, this is reason to celebrate and educate regarding ethical court reporting! Celebrating Reporter Excellence Since the dawn of transcription, court reporters have had two primary roles in the legal … Continue reading

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7 Common Grammar Mistakes To Avoid

National Grammar Day Has Arrived! As a court reporter, National Grammar Day presents the perfect opportunity to discuss one of my favorite subjects: Grammar! The love of grammar can be a blessing and a curse – a blessing because it … Continue reading

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National Court Reporting & Captioning Week

Not every profession has a week honoring their tradition, but we do! February 15-21 is National Court Reporting & Captioning Week. At Donovan Reporting & Video Conferencing, we’ll take every opportunity to celebrate all that is involved with capturing the … Continue reading

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36 Questions To Enrich Your Relationship

For this post, I’m taking a short break from the specifics of court reporting… I hope it’s a welcome diversion from your daily deposition! Valentine’s is in the air! From chocolate roses to love-stamped candy hearts, this time of year … Continue reading

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10 Safeguards To Avoid Reporter-Related HIPAA Violations

HIPAA regulations and red-tape are popping up everywhere. In fact, you can’t even visit your family doc (that you’ve known for 20 years) without having to sign another form. While the legislation is cumbersome (and responsible for the death of … Continue reading

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7 Strategic Benefits of Realtime Court Reporting

When it comes to litigation effectiveness, whether in the deposition room or courtroom, savvy lawyers agree that realtime court reporting offers a strong strategic advantage. Important note: Realtime is NOT “business as usual.” If realtime is preferred, work with experienced … Continue reading

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How Ethical Is Your Court Reporting Firm?

Court reporters serve a critical role in maintaining the integrity of the judicial system by serving as an unbiased officer of the court. If your court reporter isn’t providing ethical excellence, it is definitely time to work with one that … Continue reading

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Video Conferencing Saves Time and Money

Video Conferencing Saves Time and Money Do you ever feel the need to be in two places at once? Donovan Reporting & Video Conferencing may not be in the business of cloning; however, thanks to video conferencing, it is now … Continue reading

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7 Timesaving Tips From Your Court Reporting Firm

  Happy New Year! As a court reporting firm owner, a new year brings a whole host of action items and goals. It can be challenging to prioritize and tackle our ever-growing list. These days, it’s passé to say that … Continue reading

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Deposition Gratitude – Winter Wonderland

“Once again, the holidays came so fast!  And there’s so much to do!” I’m not sure about you, but I feel the end-of-year pressure all around… From family and friends to colleagues and clients, everyone is taking care of holiday … Continue reading

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Atlanta Court Reporting Firm Launches New Blog

I’m so excited! As we approach the end of 2014, Donovan Reporting is improving our successful communication efforts with the legal community by providing ongoing updates, education and helpful deposition best practices via our newly polished blog. Welcome, and thanks … Continue reading

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Why It’s Isn’t Possessive!

One of the most common errors I see, whether it’s in a court reporter’s deposition transcript or on a billboard in Downtown Atlanta, is the use of it’s as the possessive form of it. EXAMPLE:  Virtue is it’s own reward.  … Continue reading

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Affect vs. Effect

Is it Affect or Effect? Affect and effect are two words that give people a lot of pause.  Which one is it? If you learn this basic rule, you will be correct almost all of the time. Affect is a … Continue reading

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Possessives Made Easy

The mere thought of possessives makes some people cringe. But really, it’s not as hard as you think! We all know that to make a noun possessive, simply add ‘s. The boy’s hat The waiter’s tip The banker’s box In … Continue reading

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