Client Advocacy During COVID-19

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  1. The need for legal services and client advocacy during COVID-19 has not subsided so it is time to bid adieu to outdated law practices that are no longer effective in ensuring that clients' legal matters are addressed in today’s unique environment.
  2. My practice employs the latest technology to ensure that from the moment you call my office to the moment I step into a virtual courtroom on your behalf your legal interests are protected.
  3. This means that court proceedings such as motion hearings, or non-jury trials will take place in a virtual courtroom setting rather than inside the courthouse.
  4. Although, in the recent past courts have seen the advent of the use of the telephone for motion hearings and video feeds for individuals with workers' compensation cases the legal profession has never encountered shutters on the courthouse doors.
  5. During my recent non-jury trial before the 12th Judicial Circuit, I utilized the latest technology that included Intel processors, dual 27-inch monitors, 4K ultra high definition webcams, solid-state hard drives, and quality speakers powered by a network with upload speeds of 10 Mbps.

The need for legal services and client advocacy during COVID-19 has not subsided, so it is time to bid adieu to outdated law practices that are no longer effective in ensuring that clients' legal matters are addressed in today’s unique environment. My practice employs the latest technology to ensure that from the moment you call my office to the moment I step into a virtual courtroom on your behalf your legal interests are protected.

Even though the global pandemic has resulted in a significant slowdown in some areas, the wheels of justice have continued turning. The onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic has physically closed courthouses across Florida. Despite this, the 12th Judicial Circuit, which includes Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties, remains hard at work in a new legal setting—the virtual world. By working remotely, the court is able to handle caseloads at near 80% capacity.

This means that court proceedings such as motion hearings, or non-jury trials will take place in a virtual courtroom setting rather than inside the courthouse. This is also true of any oral argument before the District Court of Appeals. Although, in the recent past courts have seen the advent of the use of the telephone for motion hearings and video feeds for workers' compensation cases the legal profession has never encountered shutters on the courthouse doors. Therefore, for effective client advocacy during covid-19, it is imperative that traditional methods of practicing law be enhanced with expert technology platforms.

During my recent non-jury trial before the 12th Judicial Circuit, I utilized the latest technology that included Intel processors, dual 27-inch monitors, 4K ultra high definition webcams, solid-state hard drives and quality speakers powered by a network with upload speeds of 10 Mbps. I was positioned to effectively advocate on behalf of my client, be heard and seen clearly by the Judge and litigants—all from my office conference room. I also utilized a laptop solution for witnesses sequestered in separate locations.

Although the equipment is high tech, practice ensured that I would be proficient at introducing evidence and exhibits via screen share. Technological interruptions and user errors negatively impact the pace of a trial. Effective legal advocacy and “courtroom” skills must now include technical expertise.

I have the experience and confidence to effectively represent my clients no matter the setting. If I can bring my experience to your legal case or if you have questions about navigating the court system or client advocacy during COVID-19 please feel free to contact me.

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