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Trials Will Resume On… (are you ready with your digital litigation tools?)

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

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Recently on their CTLA podcast, “Pod Ipsa Loquitur,” Mike Walsh and John Kennedy talked with Chief Administrative Judge for Civil Matters Judge Jim Abrams about the reopening of Connecticut courts in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Will the courts be opening in November as Connecticut Chief Justice Robinson suggested recently in the Hartford Courant? Does Connecticut Practicebook provision 23-68 currently allow the court to order that a trial proceed by interactive audio-visual means? These are just some of what was covered in a fascinating conversation. No spoilers here, so listen to the podcast to find out all you can about these topics, and to get an idea for the “Post Pandemic” jury trial timeline.

Geomatrix Digital Litigation Whitepaper

And we have the perfect accompaniment for your podcast listening. Before you start listening, download the new Geomatrix Whitepaper: Litigation in the Digital Age, which will equip you with a thorough understanding of the incredibly powerful digital tools Geomatrix deploys to help litigators win. After reading the whitepaper you’ll know just what digital tools you have to work with when court reopens. After listening to the podcast you may have a better idea of when that will be and how much time you have to get ready for it. Remember these powerful digital tools for litigation can also be incorporated into remote proceedings. Let us help your firm Win More Cases, Win More Verdicts, and Win More New Business.

Follow the link to listen to the interview with Judge Abrams on the Pod Ipsa Loquitur podcast.

 

 

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“Like Lighting a Match”

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

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“It’s like lighting a match,” said attorney Dale P. Faulkner of Faulkner and Graves, discussing how the pre-existing osteoarthritis condition lay dormant in his client.

“The fear of an impending broadside crash caused him to grip the steering wheel so tightly as to cause a flare up in the joints in his hands.  He knew immediately that something was wrong.”

The permanency rating by experts put his client’s disability at 10-14%, but according to Faulkner, “because of the nature of his profession, this was devastating.”

The plaintiff was a periodontist; a skilled physician who performed microsurgery every day on between 5 and 7 patients.   This surgery requires very precise movements in areas near the sinuses and roots of the teeth.

Attorney Faulkner sought an effective way to convey how the painful change in dexterity affected his client and the way he continued in his practice. He turned to Geomatrix.

“Dale and I have been working together for nearly 40 years,” said Cathie Reese.  “I can always count on him to come up with creative and clever ideas.  We developed an approach where we would interview the Doctor in his operatory, and then have him demonstrate the techniques and tools of his trade.”

The video was short but powerful.  It helped Faulkner secure a settlement of just under $1 million dollars for his client, only 2 ½ years after the accident.

According to the plaintiff in his interview, “I feel an obligation to society to continue in my practice.  I am doing right by people and really helping them and that’s a tremendous satisfaction.”

“My greatest fear is that there would come a time when I would have to end my career early…because I love what I do.”

Video used in the course of litigation does not have to fall into a particular category.  Let Geomatrix help you uncover creative ways to tell your clients’ stories.

 

 

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Air Space Condominium: The CT Supreme Court Made it Legal, Video Makes it Understandable!

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

The creation of an Air Space Condominium in Connecticut is a legal structure that gives developers, investors, banks and property owners a way to maximize return on property investment, offer future liquidity and flexibility and, where banks and lenders are concerned, can help with restructuring and modifications of loans supported by distressed real estate assets.  It’s easily financeable and insurable, and lets owners raise cash by selling only parts of the property while maintaining ownership and long term cash flow of the retained real estate.  It sounds great right?

The problem is that converting multi-use buildings into one air space condominium is not as widely known or utilized in the real estate   industry.  It is unique and difficult to explain verbally, making developers, investors, banks and property owners  reluctant to engage law firms to do this work which, in some cases, may result in lost opportunity.

Patrick Hanna, Partner at Carmody Torrance Sandak Hennessey, said, “I used to roll a survey map out on a conference table and have clients or potential clients gather round while I used colored markers and my limited drawings to attempt  to explain how air space condominiums work.”  He thought that there might be  a better way to explain the concept.

“I thought that a video using animation and aerials would help me to communicate exactly how the concept works for an audience of people in the Real Estate world like bankers, developers, investors and owners, but there would be other benefits too.”

The video he created with Geomatrix Productions works beyond its role as a creative means of marketing.  It is used as an in-house training tool for associates and attorneys that do not focus their practice on real estate to help those attorneys get up to speed and confident in discussing and recommending the approach or at least having a working knowledge of the subject in the event the topic arises.

“It also makes clear to attorneys outside the Real Estate and Land Use practice that we have a unique offering. It opens the door to easier marketing conversations when the opportunity arises.” Thus, the video provides an opportunity for cross-training and cross-marketing.

“The video was a challenge for us to produce,” said Cathie Reese, producer.  “It took us some time to fully understand the process so that we could boil it down into something that made it look simple.”

The legal process is not so simple.  It’s a niche offering and Carmody was part of the Connecticut Supreme court case that validated the concept.

The video resides on the landing page of the firm’s Real Estate | Land Use practice, and has been pushed out on social media.  According to Hanna, “I will use it at presentations and seminars; much more interesting for the audience than listening to me!”

Video helps market, sell, train and more.  Give Geomatrix a call; we’d like to discuss your ideas and ways we can help you.

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Don’t Miss this Powerful Zoom Feature

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

Zoom’s most under-utilized feature: On-screen presentation of exhibits

Presenting on-screen exhibits during remote video depositions is a powerful feature of these applications but requires learning a complex new technology or adding a trained trial technician to your deposition.  The features available are quite effective and are similar in some ways to our electronic trial presentation services or a picture-in-picture video deposition.  All attending the deposition can see exhibits shared in real time. Remote video depositions allow for exhibit annotation with distinctions of who creates the mark ups. We offer a look into technician operated, and self-run exhibit presentations in this short video.

Zoom’s fatal flaw: no control over on-screen video feed

While do-it-yourself automatic Zoom recordings may appear as an easy solution, they have one basic limitation that renders them practically useless for the recording of video depositions.  An automatic Zoom recording offers no control over the on-screen video feed and will switch views depending on who is speaking.  There is value in your witness’s reaction and that value is lost when the recording is compromised due to the automated functionality of Zoom.  A Geomatrix depo technician will manage the process and ensure  a dependable, professional recording.

Remote video deposition recording technology is evolving quickly. Call Geomatrix to find out more about it or to schedule your remote video deposition.

 

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Remote Video Depositions: Overcoming the Limitations and Utilizing the Features

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

Recording Quality: Know the Difference

Many video conferencing software applications offer built in recording capabilities and it’s important to understand the quality of video you are getting with these options and the limitations they can present. While do-it-yourself Zoom recordings may appear as an easy solution they have severe limitations that make them ill-suited for high quality video deposition recording. With Geomatrix, the quality of the remote video recording resembles traditional in-person video depositions.

Here’s a side by side comparison of some features essential for producing a high quality remote video deposition recording.

Control over on-screen video feed: Zoom NO. Geo YES.

There is value in your witness’s reaction; a video produced by Zoom’s automated recording function that switches views depending on who is speaking loses important moments with your witness.

Multiple back-up video files recorded: Zoom NO. Geo YES.

Geomatrix creates multiple data and audio back-up recordings, your deposition can be archived in the real world and not only live on the cloud as it would with a Zoom auto-recording.

Realtime tech support during deposition:  Zoom NO.  Geo YES.

Individual participant software setup, exhibit presentation, final product delivery is handled by a knowledgeable professional. Technician run remote video depositions allow for attorneys to focus solely on the examination while the technician employs such features as…

On-screen presentation of exhibits:  Zoom YES.  Geo YES.

Presenting exhibits during remote video depositions is a powerful feature of these applications but requires learning a new technology or adding a trained trial technician to your deposition.  The features available are quite effective and are similar in some ways to our electronic trial presentation services or a picture-in-picture video deposition.  All attending the deposition can see exhibits shared in real time. Remote video depositions allow for exhibit annotation with distinctions of who creates the mark ups. We offer a look into a technician operated, and self-run exhibit presentation in this short video.

Remote video deposition recording technology is evolving quickly. Call Geomatrix to find out more about it or to schedule your remote video deposition.

 

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Remote Video Depositions Explained

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

Some of the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic will likely not go away when things go “back to normal.” Remote recorded depositions are one of the services that you’ll find comes in handy even when social distancing becomes a distant memory. Watch our short explainer video to learn just how easy we make conducting a remote recorded video deposition.

Ready to schedule your first remote recorded video deposition? Still have some questions about it? Call us at 203-389-0001. We can help.

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Are You Guilty of Being “That” Zoomer?

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

When meeting in-person, it’s easy to set up a quiet, private place to meet one on one. Given the times we live in, finding a private corner for yourself might not be as easy to come by. When talking in front of a camera, it’s important to be aware of yourself and your surroundings. Watch our very brief helpful tips video to help utilize your video conference software and be a good Zoomer at your next meeting.

Call us to find out how we can help you use video conferencing effectively in your practice.

Our thanks to Amanda Nugent of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey and Board Secretary of the New Haven County Bar Association, and her father Donald Harvey for their assistance!

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5 Unprofessional Video Conference Mistakes to Avoid

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

With video conferencing becoming an essential way to communicate between colleagues and clients, it’s important to be mindful of how you represent yourself on screen. From the expression on your face to the scenery behind you, what’s caught on camera will be reflected on the screen for others to see. When having a meeting via video, a little preparation will ensure you present a professional appearance.

Watch the short video to find out the Do’s and Don’ts of preparing for your next video meeting. Call us to find out how we can help you use video conferencing effectively in your practice.

Our thanks to Jeremy D’Amico for his assistance demonstrating the Do’s and Don’ts!

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3 Reasons Why Picture in Picture Video Depositions are Here to Stay

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

Improved technology means picture in picture video depositions have finally come into their own. There are many reasons why they are so effective, here are three big ones.

1. Deponent is always on camera. Even when visual evidence is presented. Picture in picture video depos use a secondary source, be it an Elmo document camera or a connected laptop to present visual evidence on screen while the depo tech keeps the primary camera focused on the deponent.

2. Easy inclusion of original digital evidence. Sourcing images directly from a laptop means higher quality visual evidence is not compromised by having to point the camera at images printed out on paper, or having to shoot a video playing on a monitor.

3. Capture a witness’ reaction in real-time as they view the evidence. Seeing a witness react their first time watching a surveillance video of a crash can be incredibly impactful.

Watch the short video to see how PIP video depos work and learn how you can use them effectively. Call Geomatrix to find out more, or to schedule a picture in picture video deposition.

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Ex-insurance insider reveals why insurance companies undervalue your case and what to do about it.

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

Insurance adjusters use algorithms to reduce a human tragedy to cold, quantifiable data. These numbers generally determine their view of what a case is worth, and inform the offer they’re willing to make.

“They’re all sad, all compelling, but they’re paper.” -Bill Ronalter

Plaintiff’s attorney Bill Ronalter of Shipman and Goodwin has insider insight into the process of insurers, having spent six years working in the large loss division of a major national insurance firm. In that environment he says, there are often a hundred cases vying for attention, “They’re all sad, all compelling, but they’re paper.”

“We wanted to show the insurance company the strengths of our clients, the types of witnesses they were going to be faced with.” -Gayle Sullivan

Charles Price and Gayle Sullivan of McEnery Price Messey & Sullivan believe those paper case files fail to convey a true sense of the human impact involved. When they need to bring special attention to a case, they bring in legal video experts. In a recent injury case they worked with Geomatrix to produce a Day in the Life settlement video. According to Sullivan, “We wanted to show the insurance company the strengths of our clients, the types of witnesses they were going to be faced with.” Apparently they succeeded, having settled the case for $13.5 million.

Bergenn and Ronalter have won over $60 million for their clients in cases where they worked with Geomatrix.

Ronalter and Shipman & Goodwin partner Jim Bergennn are masters of using video to take on the insurance companies. Over the past few years they have won over $60 million for their clients in cases where they worked with Geomatrix. Their strategy to achieve maximum effectiveness when presenting a case to the chain of insurance decision makers involves ensuring everyone involved gets a first-hand look at the videos they have Geomatrix produce.

Recalling his days working for the insurer, Ronalter said “What brings one case to the top of the pile is when we get video in. When I saw a video, well done, it really struck me.”

Call Geomatrix to find out how we can help bring your case to the “top of the pile.”

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