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Y esterday, I deposed a defense medical expert for three hours in Chicago. We routinely send records out to be summarized for easier review in India. We are in the midst of litigating a serious traumatic brain injury case in South Carolina. We house all of our scanned documents on a highly secure and robust server in Miami, and we do all of this from our office in St. Louis. Technology has changed the way we practice. As I cross-examined this defense doctor for three hours via Zoom, I thought about how nice it was to have everything I needed right in front of me in case something came up. I didn’t have to pack everything up, slog to the airport at 4 a.m., hope my flight was on time, hope I got to the court reporter’s location in time, make my return flight, waste a day traveling, etc. Instead, I spent the rest of the day working on other cases after the deposition. The only issue we had with the sound during the depo was the sirens going off in Chicago. The rest of the quality was superb. We use an inter-office communication system known as Slack. It may be our most valuable asset. Our whole office, including our freelancers in India, use the system to communicate. We send documents, updates, letters, quick messages, and more through it. It
us more organized. All of this results in a better service provided to the client, which is our ultimate goal. We have a freelancer in India who is amazing. We send her something one day, and we wake up to it the next, no questions asked. We can outsource smaller projects to her like organizing or summarizing records and have them returned in a week or so. She provides meticulous details and top-notch work. We found her through UpWork. It is another practice that has allowed us to work on more pressing items, which always seem to pop up. These days, I can present exhibits on my iPad to the jury. I use an $89 software to deftly present documents to the jury and highlight what is important and what is not. I use it during depositions as well. There’s no need for the big foam boards or lugging tons of boxes around anymore. We basically show up to trial with a few boxes and a TV, and we are ready to go. It makes me optimistic as to what else we will be able to do in the next few years. I remember just five or so years ago, I had to pack up everything in rolling briefcases when I wanted to go to a deposition or had to travel. I hated it. It was heavy, annoying, and inefficient. Don’t get me wrong, modern tech does not come without its headaches. For two weeks, we couldn’t access our files in Miami
because of server issues. We couldn’t access them just this past week for a day or so, which can be crippling to our practice. I guess that is the trade off with technology — when it works, its unbeatable. When it doesn’t, you are literally at a standstill, begging for help. It’s funny how the same thing can cause such drastically different reactions. I’m sure that is not unique to technology. Anyway, as we continue to build on how we can help you, we are looking forward to the next developments and
how we can use them to do our jobs better.
makes our work smoother, it makes our communication cleaner, and it makes
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