I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well.
There are scenarios we’ve anticipated and planned for: Severe weather disruptions. Power outages. Transportation delays and shutdowns. Public safety threats. But a pandemic brought about by a stealth, contagious virus is a challenge that is off the charts.
Back in March, when your practices and our company were compelled to work from home, the rhythm and routines of discovery changed profoundly. We’ve all had to pivot and adjust to connect remotely, and not miss a beat. I am grateful for your trust and dedication as we’ve shifted to new protocols, and learned alongside one another. We are most definitely in it together! It’s worked.
While we’ve always been in the forefront of innovation, scaling up to deliver the demand for technology for remote depositions – with security, paperless exhibits and ease-of-use-has been a key focus for us to ensure continuity for your cases.
Priorities for Opening Up
Now, as businesses in Massachusetts begin to open up, our priority is the health and safety of our reporters, videographers and staff. In accordance with Supreme Judicial Court orders authorizing remote proceedings, including swearing in witnesses, we highly encourage continuing to schedule depositions remotely. We have been conducting depositions this way since well before the COVID-19 public health emergency. Training and technical support are in place to cover every detail.
If a certain situation requires an in-person deposition, O’Brien & Levine will follow all federal, state and local guidelines to proceed safely and responsibly, and ensure that all participants are protected.
Efficiency and Cost-Savings
With travel and gathering in a crowded conference room still restricted, we have seen acceptance of, and appreciation for, the efficiency and cost-savings realized with virtual litigation proceedings. Technology replicates familiar procedures, for example, electronic exhibit sharing, to reduce litigation spend and streamline the deposition workflow.
In fact, there may be no going back to introducing exhibits by distributing cumbersome paper copies. We are always innovating to support your practices with new ways to manage discovery.
We have all persevered during this challenging time. I have deep gratitude for the O’Brien & Levine staff, reporters and videographers who have gone the limit, taking on new responsibilities and roles with professionalism and grace.
To sum it up: We’re here. And we’re here for you. Please let us know how you are doing, if you have questions about remote depos, and if we can help in any way.
My best to all,