HOW DID YOU BEGIN YOUR CAREER IN COURT REPORTING?
My first introduction to court reporting came when my sister started working at a captioning company that employed several court reporters. She decided to pursue a court reporting career and had told me all about it. I was in high school at the time and thought it sounded like an interesting job. I was too young to start any college programs, but I wanted to begin my training as soon as possible. So I did some research and enrolled in an online training program. After high school, I interned at some court reporting firms in Pittsburgh and was hired shortly afterward.
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO COOK & WILEY?
I worked for several years for a small court reporting firm in Pittsburgh. After getting married, my wife and I decided to pursue our careers in Virginia. I called Cook & Wiley just to find out more about the firm and was surprised when my call was directed straight to Jeanne Wiley! We met and discussed Cook & Wiley, and I knew it was where I wanted to work.
WHAT INTERESTING OR MEMORABLE MOMENT HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED WHILE COURT REPORTING?
A few months after I started my career, I was sent to a job to cover a hearing for the City of Pittsburgh Planning Commission. I was provided very few details beforehand, so when I arrived, I was surprised to see a room filled with TV cameras and protesters. The Planning Commission was taking up a controversial new development, and this was the first of a series of meetings. The councilwoman tried to keep the chanting of the audience to a minimum, and I survived with a clean transcript. The next morning my office manager called me and said, “I saw you on TV last night!” I never knew court reporting would make me famous!
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW COURT REPORTER?
It is important to make a good impression and be helpful. Be prepared to provide extra pens and Sharpies so that the attorneys don’t have to search for them while focusing on their examination. Be willing to provide attorneys visiting from out of town with recommendations for places to eat or visit. Little gestures like these go a long way to make your clients appreciate you and want to do business with you again.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU WHEN YOU ARE NOT WORKING?
When I’m not working, I am most likely playing video games or taking long hikes all over Virginia with my wife and dog. We especially like visiting Roanoke and Norfolk.