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At Moburg, Seaton & Watkins we know what is important to you and your firm. We are committed to serving you by delivering accurate and timely transcripts.

Our team of professional, certified court reporters are knowledgeable and highly skilled and capable of handling complex litigation.

Moburg, Seaton & Watkins is locally owned and operated. We cover Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett, Bellingham, Olympia, Vancouver, Bremerton, Port Angeles, — all of Western Washington. We also have reporters licensed in Idaho and California.

Large complimentary conference rooms are available in our Seattle office with free coffee service and wireless internet. We also have a convenient downtown Seattle location at 1001 Fourth Avenue, Suite 4400.

We've recently added a videoconferencing suite that seats up to 18.

Upon request, our office staff will assist in locating court reporters nationwide.

Schedule with us today and see why Moburg & Associates has such an excellent reputation.

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The Prince of Copyright Enforcement

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[02/26/16]   A Class Action Consumer Protection Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against A Court Reporting Company in Washington State

A class action lawsuit has been filed in Washington State against U.S. Legal for alleged unfair and deceptive practices that puts plaintiffs at a financial disadvantage--specifically, charging plaintiffs at a higher rate than insurance companies for court reporting services.

Had a great holiday party last night with our team of reporters. They are the best!!! A pleasure to work with them!

Spreading some cheer! Smiles are contagious around these little guys.

[06/11/15]   It's graduation time, a time when your babies will make one of their first adult decisions which may impact the rest of their lives. Will they pursue a four-year degree, go to a community college or a trade school? Are you concerned that if they move away to attend college that they won't have the fortitude to complete it and it will be money down the drain? I would like to introduce you to on one of the most lucrative professions in the job market. The Eldorado Success featured court reporting in its May 21, 2015 newspaper. I have copied it here for you to read. If it sounds like a job that would suit your young adult, you can contact Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington (253) 833-9111. Please take the time to read this article if your graduate's post high school education is still undecided.


SAN ANGELO — As high school graduation approaches, many
students are struggling to decide their next steps. A career in court reporting offers graduating seniors an attractive alternative to the traditional four-year college degree. Lower student loan debt, high demand for court reporters, starting salaries in the mid-$40,000s and many career paths to choose from make court
reporting an excellent alternative to traditional college degrees.
With more than $1.2 trillion in student loan debt nationally,
Americans owe more for their post-secondary education than they do for their automobiles and credit cards. According to The Project on Student Debt, 59 percent of Texas college graduates
leave school with more than $25,000 in debt. Court reporting
schools typically offer two-year programs that cost, on average, the same as one year of community college. By comparison, this means a court reporting graduate will spend less than half the time in school and carry less than one-quarter of the debt of a
student holding a bachelor’sdegree.
An independent study conducted by Ducker Worldwide (Ducker), one of the nation’s leading marketplace analyst firms, shows demand for court reporters will exceed supply within three years,
yielding a nationwide shortage. By 2018, there will be 5,500 new court reporter jobs available in the U.S., with the greatest demand
occurring in California, Texas, Illinois and New York. Currently, there are approximately 32,000 court reporters working
in the U.S. However, the workforce is aging, and 70 percent of court reporters are over the age of 45. Retirement rates and
new rules adopted by the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) in 2014 to improve the quality of
broadcast captioning are a primary driving force for
the projected shortfall. Ducker also reports that the average starting salary for a court reporter
is $43,000. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth rate for court reporting salaries is expected to increase by
14 percent through the year 2020. Compare that with an
average starting salary of less than $40,000 for a bachelor’s
degree, and a career in court reporting is even
more attractive.
“Projected shortages in the stenographic court reporting profession come at a time when many graduates with traditional four-year degrees are struggling to find employment,” said
Sarah E. Nageotte, CBC,CRR, RDR and President
of the National Court Reporters Association.
“Court reporting is a career path with above-average job security and earning potential, as compared to its more traditional counterparts.
With opportunities for court reporters on the rise, students who graduate will hold more than a piece of paper – they’ll hold a job.”
Despite the terminology, only 28 percent of stenographic court reporters actually work inside a courtroom day-to-day. Most
operate in a freelance capacity for legal depositions or provide ADA-compliant captioning for medical transcriptions, educational
settings and business meetings. This freelance status allows court reporters to set their own schedules, working wherever and whenever they choose.
For more information on the court reporting profession
and schools in your
area, visit

[05/31/15]   Standards of practice guidelines: Court reporters
Laws and rules
The Department of Licensing is responsible for regulating the Court Reporting Practice Act for Washington State under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 18.145. The following rules set the standards of professional practice for court reporters and detail the requirements for transcript preparation:

WAC 308-14-130: Standards of professional practice
WAC 308-14-135: Transcript preparation format
It’s the responsibility of each licensed court reporter to make sure he or she follows these rules. Failure to follow these rules can result in revocation of your court reporter’s certificate or other disciplinary sanctions under RCW 18.235.020(2)(vi) and RCW 18.235.110.

Certify only properly formatted transcripts
It has come to our attention that there is software available that stretches transcripts so there are fewer characters per standard line. This is a reminder to all licensed court reporters in Washington State that it’s your responsibility to adhere to the requirements of WAC 308-14-130 and WAC 308-14-135.

Part of your responsibility includes certifying only those transcripts that comply with the mandatory guidelines of WAC 308-14-135. Therefore, if you don’t format your own transcripts, it’s advisable to review the final version of the formatted transcript before you sign the certification sheet.

It’s never advisable to sign blank certification sheets. In fact, signing a blank certification sheet may violate RCW 18.235.130(4), which allows us to discipline any court reporter who engages in “incompetence, negligence, or malpractice that results in harm or damage to another or that creates an unreasonable risk of harm or danger to another.” Further, it is unlawful under WAC 308-14-135 to certify a transcript that has been stretched so it no longer complies with the requirements for transcript preparation.

[03/12/15]   Brackets or parentheses?

When inserting “sic” into the transcript, you should use brackets instead of parentheses
Margie Wakeman Wells, page 414-17:
“Brackets are used to show an insertion of words into a document that are not part of the original material.”
“You are the ‘author’ of the transcript and therefore need to use brackets for any insertion you are going to make into the text of the transcript. Because we used a typewriter, where there were no brackets, for transcription for so many years, we used the word sic in parentheses. Use brackets now that they are available on the keyboard.”

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