Legal Video Streaming

Since our inception in 2016 as a progressive, full-service litigation support firm, Cleveland Reporting Partners, LLC has proudly called Cleveland’s historic Ohio City neighborhood home. Located just a mile west of the downtown business district, Ohio City has been expanding and redefining itself for decades as countless restaurants, bars, breweries, coffee shops, delis, and retail stores have opened and thrived. Even more recently, many professional offices have made the move from the traditional downtown neighborhoods to office buildings all throughout Market Square, making Ohio City the bustling Cleveland neighborhood it is today.



As founders of CRP (Todd L. Persson, Grace Hilpert-Roach and Christine Zarife Green), we started with a vision for a new court reporting and litigation support firm with an operations philosophy like nothing else that existed in Cleveland, and the choice to office in Ohio City rather than Downtown was the first step to bring that philosophy to life. Basically, our mantra was: “Let’s look at what all the other guys are doing and do it different, more efficiently and secure, and in some cases the complete opposite.”

The success of our business model was apparent, as we saw exponential growth in our first year-and-a-half in not only our court reporting department, but also our subpoena and video divisions. And just as our proprietary paperless records retrieval system and department was starting in its beta phase (available to limited clients, full launch Fall 2018), and we were approaching our two-year anniversary in March 2018, we knew we had forever outgrown our first office and a completely new build-out was necessary.


The historic United Bank Building sits on the southwest corner of Lorain Avenue and West 25th Street across from the Westside Market and the park at Market Square. It is anchored on street level by Crop Bistro & Bar and Penzeys Spices, and 9th floor penthouse and rooftop tenant Skylight Financial. Convenient $5 parking is accessible from West 26th Street behind the building.

When CRP outgrew its original office on the 4th floor, we sat down with the building architects and came up with a design of the complete gut and build-out for our new office that would reflect our minimalist philosophy, but still meet the company’s spatial and functional needs.


CRP’s new headquarters consists of a spacious reception area, a large production room/kitchenette, and two Zoom videoconference-equipped conference rooms.

The large, main conference room seats 10 to 12 comfortably, and our smaller conference room seats 6, which can also function as a break-out room. All depositions or arbitrations held in our office will enjoy complimentary coffee bar, tea, water, soft drinks and snacks, as well as secure wifi and printer/copier support.


Cleveland is a big law town. Litigation is one of our largest industries. Consequently, there is a very competitive litigation support market, with some court reporting and litigation support firms having been in operation for over 50 years. So to break into such a huge market, with the history and loyalties that have been in place for decades, we knew we had to offer something new, something recognizably different with a fresh and modern, progressive business philosophy.

We first researched existing platforms in the court reporting industry for scheduling, production, and delivery and found that nothing out there could provide the level of service or security we knew could separate us from the existing, somewhat tired pack that all use the same third-party vendors and offer the same services.

Knowing that we couldn’t just copy old business models and operations to be successful, we partnered with global leaders in cloud storage and data security to help us create simpler, more functional and secure processes that in turn makes the overall experience of working with Cleveland Reporting Partners something like nothing else seen before in the litigation support industry.

We have Business Associate Agreements in place with some tech giants of the world that allowed us to create industry-specific interfaces and lines of communications using their ultra-modern, user-friendly platforms, giving our clients the peace of mind that none of their clients’ confidential information or case data will ever be compromised or intercepted in delivery or at rest, or in the continuum of our own work product prior to delivery.

All that said, and aside from our industry-leading 7 calendar-day regular delivery, the most recognizable difference our clients rave about is CRP’s customer service. Litigation is a 24/7 industry. Work on our clients’ cases doesn’t stop at 5:00 pm on weekdays, and it certainly doesn’t stop on weekends. Contact with CRP and the specific reporter on your case is also 24/7 by phone or email. And that can make all the difference in the deadline-driven and unpredictable world of complex civil litigation.

As we have settled in to our new offices, we take pride every day knowing that our clients’ needs are met securely, with considerable care and thoughtfulness. At CRP, we don’t just provide our clients a list of finite services to choose from. Instead, our philosophy is to determine what challenges our clients are facing in any aspect of their cases and create efficient, innovative solutions.

We look forward to seeing you out in the field, Cleveland; or if you want a break from downtown for an all-day dep, we’d be happy to host in Ohio City!

CRP Co-Founders:

Todd L. Persson

Grace Hilpert-Roach

Christine Zarife Green

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It is 2017, and we live in a streaming-dominated world. We stream our entertainment and our news. We often stream out of boredom while waiting in lines, sitting in the airport or on a plane, or just about any other place where we find ourselves in an unavoidable state of static inertia with nothing but time to kill and a device in our hands. Thus, it may be time to expect secure streaming capabilities from your litigation support for all your video depositions.

Is it time we ditch the DVD format when it comes to video depositions? Well, not completely. There are still instances where you will need your DVDs, such as when you are in a trial playback at a venue with limited or no wifi access or technology to support streaming. But you can come pretty close to eliminating these relics completely by working with litigation support and court reporting firms who offer video streaming as part of their client repository.

Cleveland Reporting Partners, LLC created its business model from the perspective of a litigator, and we imagined what tools we would want or expect from the litigation support we would work with. Video deposition streaming was very high on that list, as many of us at CRP do not  even have DVD/CD-ROM drives on our laptops, and we are frequently using tablets which obviously do not have this hardware. Because of this, when we created our online client office and repository, CRP Direct, video streaming capability was a must.

7 Benefits of Video Deposition Streaming

1. It’s Secure

Our cloud storage partner and host of CRP Direct is incredibly secure with 256-bit AES encryption, which is the level of security used by the Federal Government for Top Secret files and beyond the level of encryption required by HIPAA. All your videos are password protected with passwords that you create and can change at any time. Simply let us know who in your practice will need access, and CRP will make sure access is granted with separate passwords for all members of your team.

2. It’s Immediate

Log in to CRP Direct and start watching. It’s that simple. No waiting, no downloading, no hassle. Easily and quickly navigate through the entire file using your touchscreen or click and drag with a mouse on the play bar. Of course, if you need to download onto your computer or thumb drive, just click “download.”

3. It’s Ultra-Responsive

Whether you’re using a smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac, accessing and streaming all your video depositions in CRP Direct is effortless and ultra-responsive. No more searching for all your DVDs in a matter where there have been many video depositions taken. They are all right in front of you on any of your screens and ready for viewing. Easily jump from one deposition to the next without the hassle and bulk of hard copy DVDs.

4. It’s Convenient

No longer are you bound by the memory constraints of the device you are using. Lengthy video depositions can be many, many gigs in file size, so without streaming capability, viewing your video depositions on tablets and smartphones would not be possible. Let CRP worry about file sizes and memory space, and you can focus on your work product freely on any of your favorite devices.

5. It’s Time-Saving

All members of your team will have immediate access to all video depositions in a case, even if you are all over the country. No more waiting for DVD copies to be made or ordered and sent around the country in the mail. You can all stream simultaneously no matter where you are, anytime, on any device.

6. It’s High Quality

For streaming capability to work in CRP Direct, our cloud storage partner requires files of MP4 quality or greater. Does this mean that you will pay extra for the higher quality video files? Absolutely not. Cleveland Reporting Partners is proud to offer as standard MP4 files with your electronic file order.

7. It Will Streamline Your Workload

Imagine having the freedom to annotate in a transcript file or have a Word document open while working on a depo summary without having to click in and out of tabs on your desktop or laptop and having your video deps seamlessly streaming on a tablet next to your computer. Or imagine not having to pack or worry about misplacing physical DVDs when working on a large case out of town. All your videos will be at your fingertips whenever you want them, on whatever device you choose to work on. These and other conveniences are possible when working with litigation support who offer video streaming capabilities.

Again, there may be times when you must have a DVD copy of any video deposition, and we know this. CRP is happy to provide DVDs for any video depositions ordered. At the end of every job, our CLVS videographers will always ask you what formats you require. However, when you work with Cleveland Reporting Partners, we encourage taking advantage of the video streaming capabilities we have put into place for your convenience and ease. Our clients know that if they ever have any questions or concerns, tech support is a simple phone call or email away.

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About the Author:

Todd L. Persson has been serving the Cleveland legal community as a court reporter since 2002 and is a Co-Founder of Cleveland-based litigation support firm Cleveland Reporting Partners, LLC. He has spoken on the future of court reporting and technology on the Stenographers World Radio national podcast, has had blogs featured nationally by the National Court Reporters Association and the American Translators Association, and has contributed articles to the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal. To read Todd’s full bio, visit our Partners page. Connect with him on LinkedIn here.

CRP Blog Editors in Chief:

Grace Hilpert-Roach has been serving the Cleveland legal community as a court reporter since 1992 and is a Co-Founder of Cleveland Reporting Partners, LLC. To read Grace’s full bio, visit our Partners Page. Connect with her on LinkedIn here.

Christine Zarife Green has been serving the Cleveland legal community as a court reporter since 2008 and is a Co-Founder of Cleveland Reporting Partners, LLC. To read Christine’s full bio, visit our Partners Page. Connect with her on LinkedIn here.

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