Optima Juris Opens as the World’s First and Only Agency Dedicated to Depositions Abroad

Optima Juris LogoFounded by Internationally-Recognized Global Deposition Expert Ian Hardy, Optima Juris Revolutionizes the Industry With Free Advice and Consultation
Irvine, California September 21, 2011 –Today, Optima Juris made a significant mark on the legal industry, opening its doors as the world’s first deposition services agency to provide services exclusively outside of the United States. By capitalizing on a growing demand for global testimony, Optima Juris will be the only agency dedicated to organizing U.S. depositions abroad, making it possible to depose witnesses in any country or region on the planet.
Headquartered in Orange County, California, and with eight field offices in such far-flung locales as Dubai, Hong Kong, Paris, and Johannesburg, Optima Juris helps U.S. law firms, lawyers and court reporting agencies organize local and cost effective solutions for their depositions abroad. Leading the way with an innovative and original approach to the business, Optima Juris extends professional advice and consultation to its clients at no cost.
Up until now, court reporting agencies have been almost completely focused on depositions happening in the U.S., with only minor operations abroad. As a revolutionary new company, Optima Juris will do exactly the opposite and only focus on depositions in countries outside of the U.S. By going global, Optima Juris hopes to carve out new market territory during a time when U.S. court reporting agencies are feeling the pinch of the recession. Because it does not operate within the continental United States, Optima Juris will work with domestic agencies rather than competing against them.
Internationally-recognized global deposition expert Ian Hardy started Optima Juris after many years of living and working abroad as a legal videographer in Paris, France. Ian, a California native, realized that depositions taking place outside of the United States were growing year by year as the U.S. legal industry embraced globalization.
Ian said, “When I was working in Paris, I was able to see up close and personal what it takes to set up a deposition in a foreign country. There was a real void in the industry for a company like Optima Juris, a new kind of agency that is not only experienced and qualified, but also completely devoted to handling depositions globally.”
Depositions abroad require significant advance planning and an in-depth understanding of local customs and practices. Sometimes complications can arise, like when a volcanic eruption in Iceland blocked all air traffic in and out of Europe, completely disrupting dozens of depositions that U.S. lawyers were conducting there at the time. “That was one of the roughest weeks for us in terms of logistics,” Ian remembered. “While other agencies were outright canceling their depositions, we were able to find alternative ways to bring attorneys, court reporters, and videographers together with their witnesses in Europe. No depos got canceled on our watch.”
As a firm believer in serving the legal community, Ian set up Optima Juris to provide free information for lawyers through blog articles and complimentary consultations with its cadre of Global Deposition Experts. Global Deposition Experts are specially trained consultants working for Optima Juris who guide clients through the requirements for setting up their depositions in any country in the world.
As President of Optima Juris, Ian Hardy’s experience and expertise have made him the go-to source for understanding the issues and requirements for successfully arranging depositions abroad. As an active member of the international legal community, Ian will give talks to law firms, domestic reporting agencies, and in-house legal departments on how to successfully set up and conduct legal depositions globally. He is the first and only specialist to provide such advice, based on over twelve years of professional experience.
Leveraging social media such as Facebook to stay in touch with clients, Optima Juris will be giving away a free iPad 2 to celebrate its launch. Anyone can enter to win by liking Optima Juris’ Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/OptimaJuris
Ian feels that his company has settled on a unique and largely undeveloped market. “It’s just common sense that with globalization, more and more witnesses will be located outside of the United States. At Optima Juris, we plan to be the best-positioned agency to capitalize on that trend.”
About Optima Juris
Optima Juris is the first and only agency that provides U.S. deposition services – court reporters, legal videographers, interpreters, and conference facilities – exclusively outside of the U.S. Founded by internationally-recognized Global Deposition Expert Ian Hardy, Optima Juris has more experience conducting global depositions than any other agency in existence.
Headquartered in California and with offices in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, Optima Juris provides unparalleled local resources and working knowledge to make global depositions happen.

Ian Hardy

Ian Hardy is an internationally-recognized Global Deposition Expert and President of Optima Juris, the world’s first and only agency specialized in deposition services for U.S. legal matters abroad. With over 20 years of experience organizing depositions throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Oceania, Ian is a leading expert in global deposition consulting and services.