Court Reporting: An Attorney’s Guide


Many of our listeners are new, solo, or small firm attorneys, so we like to explore and demystify as many topics as we can to help them in their practices. In this episode we explore the court reporting and captioning industry. Court reporters have long played a crucial role in the legal world, but there is a lot more to this industry than quietly recording testimony for the record.

Hosts Christine Bilbrey and Karla Eckardt speak with Christine Phipps about a court reporter’s unique skills; the important role court reporters play before, during, and after trial; and how the court reporting and captioning industry is adapting to pandemic related challenges. They also discuss qualifications, certifications, and other practical considerations attorneys should evaluate when choosing a court reporter in Florida.

Christine Phipps is a Registered Professional Reporter, the President of Phipps Reporting, Inc., and the current President of the National Court Reporters Association. She received her degree in court reporting from Broward State College. She spent the first two years of her career as an official court reporter and then the next 15 working all over the world as a freelance court reporter. Christine then opened her own court reporting and litigation support agency, Phipps Reporting. In addition to reporting, she is also an Eclipse Trainer and has served as Chair of the NCRA’s Technology and Freelance Committees. Christine has received numerous awards including the 2014 Most Enterprising Woman of the Year and her company has made the Inc. 5000 list every year since 2014.

This podcast has been approved by The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Department for 1 hour of General CLE credit. Course #4472.


Florida Courts: Court Reporting

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National Court Reporters Association

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