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Our Management Team


Michael Thompson


Michael Thompson began his career in 1992 at a legal technology company focused on providing computer networking solutions to law firms, including design, implementation, and support.

In 1999, he was hired by I-DEP, LLC to support the launch of the world’s first remote deposition platform.  Primary responsibilities included the training of court reporting firms on I-DEP’s technology and introducing remote deposition streaming to law firms and corporate counsel.  I-DEP was awarded a U.S. Patent on interactive video, and was named the Top Legal Technology product by American Association for Justice (AAJ).

Mr. Thompson launched Thompson Court Reporters, Inc. in 2003. TCR has earned national recognition for its ability to manage complex, multi-district litigation services. Their veteran team of court reporters and videographers, located throughout the U.S., is a major component of the company’s success.

Mr. Thompson oversees daily operations, researches and implements new technology offerings, and maintains close contact with our clients.


Ashley Staley

National Scheduling Manager

Ashley Staley is responsible for the national and international scheduling of arbitrations, depositions, hearings, and trials.  She is an organized and dedicated business professional with over a decade of customer service and hospitality experience. Previous work includes office scheduling, event management, program development, marketing, sales, and customer service experiences.


Patrick McPherson

Director of Video Services

Patrick McPherson has been in the video industry for twelve years producing and editing video projects. He is a skilled and experienced legal video specialist with extensive knowledge of technology, video, and audio equipment.

Patrick is responsible for video and audio recording, video-text synchronization, media encoding, video editing, problem solving, and innovation.  Patrick is also part of the Moderating Team.


Pam Kamper

Accounting Manager

Pam Kamper is responsible for all accounting matters, including invoices, accounts receivable, and accounts payable. She also assists with vendor and office management.

She has been working in Bookkeeping and Accounting for over five years, with expertise in Quick Books and A/R Collections.


Nick Barbone

Production Manager

Nick Barbone has spent the last 13 years in the court reporting industry.  His areas of expertise go above and beyond the daily tasks associated with transcript & exhibit production.  Nick is proficient in all transcript file formats and has extensive audio/transcription experience.  He is a solution provider, with excellent logistics skills.  Nick also manages our team of Moderators for remote proceedings.


Eric Schneider

Production Assistant

Eric Schneider is a Production Assistant for Thompson who specializes in producing and organizing transcripts, exhibits and video. They are a writer, multi-instrumentalist and audio producer from the heart of the rust belt. They lend their wide, diverse range of experience and their personality to TCR.  Eric is also part of the Moderating Team.


Bruce Witty

Vice President - Video Services (retired)

Bruce Witty has been a legal video specialist for 15+ years. He has a background in video and audio production that stretches back more than three decades.

As the director of Thompson’s Video Department, he oversees all facets of video production including video recording, video encoding, video-text synchronization, digital editing, DVD/CD production, and video problem solving. Bruce also leads our pursuit of emerging video technologies.


Marisa Heise

2021 Intern

Marisa Heise is an undergraduate student at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. She is majoring in Economic Consulting and Law, Ethics, and Decision-Making and minoring in Apparel Merchandising. 

Her work at Thompson included WordPress website design, LinkedIn marketing outreach, and expansion of our firm to other states. She also gained a firm understanding of Thompson’s business model and the court reporting industry.  

Check out what she is up to now on LinkedIn.



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