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Our Court Reporters

Jodi Harmon, Certified Realtime Reporter, Registered Merit Reporter

Jodi Harmon

Following in her father’s footsteps, Jodi became a freelance reporter in 1982. In 1993 she opened a court reporting agency in Florida, covering jobs throughout the United States and abroad on large-scale cases such as intellectual property, pharmaceutical, medical malpractice, asbestos, Big Tobacco and Enron litigation. Jodi's travels brought her to Japan in 2003 where her love for the culture, the people and the cuisine inspired her to open the first and only court reporting firm in the country. Today Jodi splits her time between reporting depos throughout Asia and in Client Services in the U.S. office where she can best serve attorneys and their staff by personally assisting them through the tedious logistics associated with setting up depositions in Asian countries.


Deborah Marshall, Registered Professional Reporter,
Certified Shorthand Reporter (Hawaii)

Jodi Harmon

Deborah's 31 years of experience include realtime closed captioning for television broadcasts such as NBC Nightly News, The Oprah Show, Good Morning America and a wide variety of sporting events from Major League baseball to World Wrestling Entertainment. While she was thrilled to be paid to watch TV, Deborah got the travel bug and took a two-year assignment in The Hague, Netherlands, covering history-making trials at the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Deborah loves to travel and learn about different cultures, hike, read, play chess and stay in contact with friends and family scattered throughout the world.


Melanie Giamarco, Registered Professional Reporter,
Certified Realtime Reporter, Registered Merit Reporter

Melanie Giamarco

Melanie has been reporting for 24 years and has spent a large part of her career freelancing internationally in such exotic locales as Brazil, Australia, Germany and England. She has extensive experience in reporting high-end cases involving pharmaceutical, re-insurance, intellectual property and asbestos litigation. Melanie enjoys mountain biking, skiing and whitewater rafting and is always up for an extreme challenge, both personally and professionally.


Tracey LoCastro, Registered Professional Reporter,
Florida Professional Reporter

Tracey LoCastro

Tracey began her realtime career in 1993 when the technology was still in its infancy. Tracey’s reporting experience includes internet trials (2005 Coleman vs. Morgan Stanley trial, streaming realtime to 40 connections per day) and depositions in Italy, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Korea and Taiwan. In 1997, she was on the realtime team covering the first ever "Big Tobacco" trial in Miami, Florida, which lasted 18 months, streaming hundreds of pages a day to attorneys and the media nationwide. Tracey enjoys the challenge of realtiming intellectual property depositions in Asia, experiencing different cultures and working with attorneys from all over the world.


James V. Beasley, Registered Professional Reporter, California Certified Shorthand Reporter
Nevada Certified Court Reporter

James V. Beasley

James launched his career as a realtime reporter in January 2004, and his outstanding realtime skills quickly provided him the opportunity to report large-scale, multi-party cases in the UK, Japan and Italy. His most interesting depositions took place in a Burmese refugee camp under armed guard. Most recently, James provided realtime on hundreds of depositions in the TFT-LCD antitrust matter throughout 28 states in the U.S. His passion for excellence stems from his love and devotion to his skillset. When James isn't reporting, he enjoys traveling, cooking, and cycling to raise money for local non-profits. James is very excited to be living and working in Japan.

Taking Depositions in Japan
  • "We have used the service that ARCR has pioneered in Japan during complex meetings for evidential and background fact-finding in major international arbitrations. The availability of daily transcripts proved invaluable."
    Robert Grondine, Partner
    White and Case
  • "I will recommend your services without reservation."
    Torsten Kracht, Esquire
    Akin Gump
  • "Before American Realtime came on the scene, my staff was consumed with sorting through the daunting procedures and protocols associated with taking depositions in the Asia-Pacific region."
    Peter M. Brody, Partner
    Ropes & Gray
  • "Their high-quality reporters allow us to provide excellent service and cost-savings to our clients."
    Philippe Riesen, Partner
    Hogan & Hartson
  • "We were impressed that you supplied your own configured realtime laptops for lawyers and interpreters."
    Torsten Kracht, Esquire
    Akin Gump
  • "You can look up the procedures on the U.S. Embassy's website and try to follow what is written there, but American Realtime helps you to navigate everything that is unwritten about deposition-taking in Japan."
    Joe Grinstein, Partner
    Susman Godfrey
  • "If you are even considering depositions in Asia this should be the first place you call."
    Benjamin McCracken, Esquire
    Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss
  • "I highly recommend this service for all types of meetings where a complete searchable electronic transcript will facilitate future reference and record keeping."
    Robert Grondine, Partner
    White and Case
  • "ARCR's seamless assistance based on their local experience with visas, conference rooms, hotels, interpreters, videographers and more eases that burden so that we can focus our attention on getting the testimony we need overseas."
    Peter M. Brody, Partner
    Ropes & Gray
  • "ARCR made taking depositions in Taiwan easy by helping us to assemble a very efficient and professional reporter-videographer-interpreter team."
    J.C. Rozendaal, Partner
    Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel
  • "ARCR is much more than a court reporting service."
    York Faulkner, Partner
    Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
  • "We had the unfortunate experience of using someone other than Jodi Harmon and American Realtime for court reporting services in Seoul. The difference we experienced, in both professionalism and competence, was quite palpable. I would not have wished that episode on anyone—including opposing counsel."
    Jon Crocker, Esquire
    Roetzel & Andress
  • "Their clean realtime, fast rough drafts, and the laptops they provided, helped us conduct swift and efficient depositions, even though the depositions involved technical subject matter and were interpreted."
    Steven H. Reisberg, Partner
    Willkie, Farr & Gallagher
  • "Expedited transcripts and video were available quickly with no hassle."
    J.C. Rozendaal, Partner
    Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel
  • "You would be a crazy gaijin if you tried to take a deposition in Japan without American Realtime Court Reporters. It is a pleasure working with Jodi and her staff, and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again."
    Joe Grinstein, Partner
    Susman Godfrey
  • "The accuracy in your realtime reporting in a patent deposition littered with technical terms was outstanding!"
    Torsten Kracht, Esquire
    Akin Gump
  • "American Realtime's accuracy is exceptional, especially with technical terminology and issues related to native Japanese speakers—skills they no doubt acquired from being in the unique position of living and working in Japan."
    Ryan S. Goldstein, Partner
    Quinn Emanuel
  • "The fact that they bring several realtime laptops to depositions is just icing on the cake. I recommend them without hesitation."
    Peter M. Brody, Partner
    Ropes & Gray
  • "I highly recommend ARCR. They handled depos in Hong Kong for us with four different interpreters of six Japanese and Chinese witnesses over two weeks and they did and excellent job."
    John D. Vandenberg, Partner
    Klarquist Sparkman
  • "Thay are an invaluable resource to those who face the complicated and extensive procedures for taking depositions in Japan, providing much-appreciated guidance at each step along the way."
    York Faulkner, Partner
    Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
  • "They consistently exceeded our expectations."
    Harold H. Davis, Jr., Esquire
    K&L Gates
  • "American Realtime provided us with excellent, personal service during depositions at two locations in Japan. I would recommend them without hesitation."
    Steven H. Reisberg, Partner
    Willkie, Farr & Gallagher
  • "I highly recommend ARCR in Japan. They provide excellent service, with a quick turn-around."
    Michael Heim, Managing Partner
    Heim, Payne & Chorush
  • "We rely heavily on American Realtime in Japan. The reporting is first-rate and they are very tech-savvy, accurate, and equally important, fast."
    Philippe Riesen, Partner
    Hogan & Hartson
  • "For our deposition needs, we will always call ARCR first, and if they are not available, we'll probably reschedule."
    Jon Crocker, Esquire
    Roetzel & Andress
  • "They did a great job on realtime transcription of technical terminology and provided us unusually clean rough transcripts."
    J.C. Rozendaal, Partner
    Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel
  • "For accuracy, reliability and professionalism, there is no better court reporting service in Asia than American Realtime."
    Harold H. Davis, Jr., Esquire
    K&L Gates
  • "American Realtime is an exceptional company that not only meets court reporting needs but also helps with the logisitics of taking depositions in Asia."
    Benjamin McCracken, Esquire
    Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss

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