Anthony D. Frisolone,
FAPR, RDR, CRR, CBC, CRI, CSR
Make Your Life Easier!
Anthony Frisolone began his court reporting career in 1994 as a freelancer and later became an employee in the New York State court system, where he stayed for almost 10 years. In 2004, he became a federal official. During all his years in the field, he looked to Stenograph to provide him with the best writing machines for his job and continued that tradition when he learned about Case CATalyst in 2005.
A few years later in 2008, the economy slowed down, which meant Anthony’s busy work schedule decreased. Did that stop him? No! He spent his newly found free time learning more and more about Case CATalyst with a colleague who was a Case CATalyst Certified Training Agent. His friend suggested that he, too, become a Training Agent. “I’ve always been engaged in the education of reporters by taking on interns and by instructing at a local court reporting school, and it seemed like a good fit for me,” Anthony explains. “I saw an opportunity to work with freelance deposition reporters, other officials, CART reporters, and students. I love it.”
As Anthony continually hones his court reporting skills through all of Stenograph’s products, he is able to teach others how they, too, can make their lives easier as they work. “After attending a Case CATalyst intensive training seminar, I was hooked on learning more and teaching others,” he says.
The Beauty of Number Conversion
Anthony has used other court reporting programs in the past and fared well with them. He also was a regular user of Stenograph’s élan Mira and Diamante writers, because they increased his level of performance on a daily basis. But his world truly opened up when he tried Case CATalyst. “Originally, I tried to pass the realtime exam using my previous program. It wasn’t cutting it. When I changed to Case CATalyst, it really helped.” You may wonder how it helped Anthony. Well, his previous dictionary had 140,000 entries, most of which were group defines and misstrokes. When he was able to remove these pesky characters, it cut his dictionary in half. Further, garbage strokes cut out over the course of time, reducing the dictionary even more and allowed him to edit his transcripts faster.
Case CATalyst has also made Anthony’s life easier with its number conversion abilities. He has worked on cases where millions of dollars have been discussed, and Case CATalyst allows these numbers to translate effortlessly. He considers these changes his end game. At one point, he had one trainee with over 50 years of extensive court reporting history who had 80,000–90,000 number entries. During his downtime, this reporter used the dictionary filter and was able to get rid of those. “He got to his end game!” Anthony exclaimed proudly.
Numbers can be quite troublesome not only for new reporters, but also for reporters who have been doing this for many years. Anthony has experience training reporters of all ages, from 20 to 72. Teaching a new reporter how to use Case CATalyst’s numbers conversion is a piece of cake; however, teaching court reporting veterans is more challenging because those reporters have developed bad habits when writing numbers. In these cases, Anthony suggests they take out all of the numbers and put 0 through 10 in words or digits and delete everything else. Remember, he says, Case CATalyst’s number conversion is text based, not steno based. “If you write one million five hundred eight thousand dollars in digits or words or a combination, it will convert to $1,508,000. I demonstrate it, and it’s like ‘wow,’” he says.
The Importance of Training
Anthony often has clients who sign up solely for number conversion training. That is how important and time-consuming numbers can be when not used properly. He makes sure that a reporter can walk away from his training being able to use the program immediately. Recently, a court reporter trained with Anthony on a Saturday and on Monday, she posted on his Facebook page, “Thanks for the training, Anthony D. Frisolone! Scoping now and implementing some of the tricks we went over. These sessions are invaluable and highly recommended. Thank you for helping me invest in my career!” He is proud of messages like these and more so that he knows he made a difference in someone’s career.
Hey non-Stenograph vendors, take note! Anthony credits Stenograph’s training and education resources for paving the way for court reporters. “Stenograph’s training and education resources are outstanding. There’s nothing like it,” he says. Plus, he says, being a Training Agent gives him an advantage. As a working reporter, he gets rare glimpses of new items and programs, which he can then pass on to others.
Enhancing Lives with the Diamante
When Anthony switched to the Diamante, he felt a weight lifted off his shoulders. Literally! The weight of the Stentura and Mira compared to that of the Diamante was a noticeable change. “I can’t believe I lugged that stuff around! I had to travel to South Carolina for a three-day job with the writer, cables, and everything in one bag. As I walked what felt like miles through Newark, Dulles, and Charlotte airports and back again, my shoulders didn’t feel strained,” he says. And best of all? It all fit in the luggage compartment!
Standing Out with Case CATalyst
Case CATalyst is your friend. It provides colorful themes, and there’s a whole range of colors and sizes to see things the way you prefer. It is court reporter friendly because it can be personalized to a great extent.
Color is not the only customizable feature of Case CATalyst. The word index and mini transcripts also are enhanced to produce top documents. Although court transcripts all have to look alike, Anthony advises to take the time to shine as a reporter wherever you can. Personalize your documents and make them stand out. “They’ll remember you next time,” he says. “And it keeps transcript orders coming in.”
How can you make yourself unique? Even the little things, such as how you provide the documents, help the support staff at law firms. They truly appreciate a reporter’s promptness and flexibility. They remember their favorite court reporters, and adding these touches makes you more marketable. Other programs make you jump through hoops to be able to be so obliging, but in Case CATalyst, it’s a breeze. “I was just finalizing a rough draft for a deaf CART client who is a law student in Florida,” Anthony says. “Finish’em e-mails him a PDF at the end of class, and it’s great!”
Great for Students
Anthony teaches at a local reporting school and he passes on all his knowledge to his students. Nowadays, students have a wide range of options. They can do CART, court work, freelance depositions, arbitrations, meetings, and more. Not everyone is cut out for court work, he says. Court often involves people fighting over money or suspects being ushered in and out in handcuffs. Some court reporters love this kind of work and do it full time, whereas some CART providers work in schools and universities during the year and take freelance depositions during the summer.
The ability to do any of these things is enhanced by Case CATalyst. If a student is unsure whether they should use the program, Anthony offers a straightforward explanation of why they should take the plunge. “I would tell them that with Case CATalyst, you can go from having no software to working. I’ve taught it in on a Saturday and people have gone to work on Monday,” he says.
Anthony’s Favorite Case CATalyst Features
- Automatic indexing: We had a bench trial and in the course of a week, we marked over a hundred exhibits. Without automatic indexing, I’d still be working on that index.
- Finish’em: Print, make an ASCII, and make a PDF all in one shot, and e-mail it in one fell swoop.
- TrueStroke Drag/Drop: Input what keys are giving you a problem, and it analyzes your writing and makes corrections as you go. Even on those days when you come to work and can barely find the keyboard, your realtime looks amazing!
- Instant refresh with CaseViewNet: This is great for the judge and attorneys using iPads. I regularly work with a nearly deaf attorney. I give him my iPad, and he can walk around with it. He is a very good lip reader and along with the realtime, he can get a full picture of what he’s hearing.
Why Does Anthony Love the Diamante?
- Its quality: It has provided flawless service since day 1.
- Its weightlessness: It saves your back if you walk around New York and take subways.
- Its seamlessness: Combined with Case CATalyst, it makes life very easy.
- Its smoothness: When you see someone with a total Stenograph solution, you know everything will run smoothly and take stress out of the day.
Check out Anthony’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NewYorkCaseCATtrainer/
Anthony D. Frisolone, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CBC, CRI, CSR