COURT REPORTERS

freelance reporters

We work with an excellent group of certified and independently-contracted court reporters throughout the state. Our partnerships are based on respect and support, and we invest in quality core business infrastructure (such as business cultivation efforts, scheduling services, document production management, statewide facilities, et. al.) to allow them to do what they do best.

Owner

Charles Fisher – Founder/Principal

Chuck was born in a manger in Thermopolis, Wyoming…he would tell you.

He grew up with his three sisters, mom and dad in Miles City, Montana, running around the hills along the river and causing trouble before his parents moved the family to Wolf Point, where they ran the local Sherman Hotel. Chuck helped with the hotel and in the summers Chuck worked on ranches that the O’Brien family owned. Chuck played drums in a band called the Exterminators and finished high school. Upon graduation, Chuck and his buddy enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp and set off for bootcamp in California and then were sent off to Okinawa and Vietnam.

After a tour in Vietnam he returned to Montana and moved to Missoula to begin college at the University of Montana on the GI bill.

Finding that the university wasn’t really for him at the time, he got into the recycling business with some friends, and started the first recycling centers in Montana. He met Laura at the Monk’s Cave and they soon married. When they found out they were having their first child, they realized they needed to find a more stable career. Searching for information on court reporting and for a change of scenery, they loaded up and headed off to Phoenix where he began school. Finding that Phoenix was not quite where they wanted to start a business, Chuck and Laura decided to finish his schooling in Seattle, after which Chuck and Laura returned to Montana to start their “adult” careers and lives

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Chuck has spent nearly 40 years court reporting and building his business with Laura, working out of various buildings in Bozeman, moving eastward down Mendenhall, ultimately to a little brick house where they spent most of their time churning and growing. He also relentlessly traveled the state and around the country reporting, and has incredible stories to tell about all the crazy and interesting adventures he’s had with many attorneys around the state. About 10 years ago, having a vision to help alleviate some of that ongoing travel for the business, Chuck decided to open several Fisher hubs around the state to offer video conferencing and to be able to connect people for business in a meaningful way that would help save time, travel and expense. The business has continued to grow from there and currently supports a crew of 20+ people, using all the services of video, video conferencing around the world, court reporting and trial support.

Over the years, Chuck and Laura loved to have a boat and bring their kids to the cabin at the lake during the summers. He loves music, playing the guitar, landscaping and working on projects. He mostly loves flying his Cessna 182 airplane which has continued for decades, flying all over the country, Canada, into the back country, and lately down into Mexico on the Baja, where he a Laura have found a wonderful little community to enjoy the sun and boat on the ocean amongst the sea creatures, when they’re not up in Montana working. He adores his 5 grandchildren who adore their “Pop”.

charles@fishervideoconferencing.com

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Kasey Fisher, RPR

Hi, I’m Kasey, one of the Fisher daughters and court reporter in our family business. Having been raised in this great industry and company with my parents, I knew court reporting was what I wanted to do when I grew up! I went to court reporting school at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington from 1999-2002 and immediately returned to Bozeman to begin my career and have been at it ever since!

When I’m not pounding out the pages on my machine, I am enjoying lots of quality time with my husband, step-son, and my three kids. My kids are super busy swimming on the Barracudas, and playing hockey, lacrosse and running cross-country. You will find me on the sidelines at each of their events cheering them on!

In addition to being super mom to my awesome kids, I love to SCUBA dive, travel near and far, camp, boat, ski, run a little, and spending time with my family and friends, cooking for them!

kasey@fishercourtreporting.com

Deb Fabritz, RPR

Deb graduated from American Institute of Business in 1979 in Iowa where she grew up (that long ago!). She started her court reporting career in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1985, she returned home after a family death and started her own agency. She married and moved to the Chicagoland area in 1990 and kept busy working for two agencies in the area. She moved to Montana in 2009 and says she will never move from here! She and her husband like driving the backroads of Montana, fly fishing, golfing, hiking and snowmobiling. She has two sons.

deb@fishercourtreporting.com

Candi Uselman, RPR, CRR

Candi was born and raised in Roberts, MT. She has reported in North Dakota, Florida and North Carolina over the past 20 years and has enjoyed learning the laws unique to each state. She is happy to finally return home with her husband to join Fisher Court Reporting and raise her family.

candi@fishercourtreporting.com

Jennifer Wells

Hello! I began my court reporting career in Tampa, Florida after completing the court reporting program at Erwin Technical Center.

While attending school, I worked for Dreyer and Associates, a court reporting firm in downtown Tampa, learning the ins and outs of scheduling and transcript production. Back then, there was no scanning exhibits, texting, and email was pretty new, so I spent a lot of time in front of the copy machine preparing transcripts for delivery and on the phone confirming depositions and scheduling court reporters while dreaming of becoming one.

Before that, I attended the University of Tampa where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications. I consider myself one of the lucky people who have found a career that they truly enjoy.

jennifer.wells@fishercourtreporting.com

Sharon Gaughan, RDR, CRR, CRC

A 32-year veteran of reporting, retiring from the State of Montana District Court at the end of 2014 and joining Fisher Reporting at the Billings Office January of 2015.

Sharon also holds NCRA’s Registered Professional Reporter, Registered Merit Reporter, Registered Diplomate Reporter, Certified Realtime Reporter and Certified Realtime Captioner certifications. She is also Past President of the Montana Court Reporters Association and recipient of their Distinguished Service Award in 1998. On the national level, she has been very involved with testing and certification for reporters since the early ‘90’s and is currently a member of NCRA’s Skills Test Writing Committee.

When not reporting, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, preferably outdoors on the back of a boat fishing in the summer and cruising to someplace warm in the winter.

sharon@fishercourtreporting.com

Debbie Eickhoff, RPR

Having reported for 35-plus years — crazy to think it’s been that long — I have done a variety of reporting: court, grand jury, hearings, and freelance work. I feel very blessed. I get paid to learn, and I learn something new every job. It also gives me the freedom to spend time with my children and grandchildren, which is my most favorite thing to do. Winters, downhill or cross-country skiing are what I’d rather be doing! The rest of the time, I enjoy hiking, biking, camping, floating the river, and traveling.

debbie.eickhoff@fishercourtreporting.com

Robyn Ori English

I have two kids, Daniel and Allie. Daniel will be graduating from the University of Montana with an MSI degree in May. Ali will graduate in December with a business marketing degree. Just got married in July 2016 to John, a Medevac Blackhawk helicopter pilot with the National Guard. He will be deployed February 2nd and will be gone for a year, during which time, I will reside in Dillon where I am surrounded by friends and family to help get me through John’s absence. I’ll then head back to Billings until his daughter graduates from high school in 2019. John has three kids, including Rob, who will be entering medical school shortly, Emma, who is a freshman at MSU, and Jenny, who is a sophomore at Skyview in Billings. My hobbies are golfing, watching sports, concerts.

In terms of my court reporting experience, when I was 16 years old, my brother told me a good friend of his was a court reporter and made $50,000 a year and drove a red Trans Am. That was back in the late seventies. I knew what I wanted to be from that moment on. I got through Court Reporting School in 17 months. It seemed to come Pretty Natural to me and I loved everything about it. From 2000 to just recently, I worked as an official court reporter part-time for Judge Tucker in Dillon. Prior to that, I worked for Judge Gary from 1985 to 1989 and Judge Honzel from 1991 till 1997. I have worked with Fisher Court Reporting on and off over the years.

robyn.ori-english@fishercourtreporting.com

Kathy Hilton

Hi! I started and finished my court reporting school clear back in the seventies! I graduated from
Rasmussen Business College in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and immediately began working in Great Falls
for a very small firm. I returned to my home town of Dillon, Montana, and was the official court
reporter for the Fifth Judicial District Court until 2000. Since that time, I have continued working
for the district as a contract reporter part-time and began working more closely with Fisher Court
Reporting.

I feel so fortunate to have found a career that I truly enjoy and which has introduced me to so many
wonderful and unique people.

kathy.hilton@fishercourtreporting.com

Mary Sullivan, RPR, RMR, CRR

Graduated from school at the Stenotype Institute of South Dakota at 19.
Completed school in 17 months.
Moved to Missoula on April 1, 1981 to begin my freelance career. (36 years now. Wow!)
Cover Federal Court, State Court, Grand Jury, depositions.
My certifications are Registered Professional Reporter, Registered Merit Reporter, and Certified Realtime Reporter.

mary.sullivan@fishercourtreporting.com

Barbara Batts, RMR, CRR

Reporter for 35 years in Billings and Maui.
Registered Merit Reporter and Certified Realtime Reporter.
Interests: Books, music, movies, hiking, hot yoga, my puppy Hobie, spending time with friends and family.

barbara.batts@fishercourtreporting.com

Tina Brilz

I have been a court reporter since December 1976, having graduated from the South Dakota Stenotype Institute in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. My first job was in Helena, Montana, for the Workers’ Compensation Court, where I worked for six years. Then I moved to Wyoming for four years in State District Court. I then moved back to Helena and went to work in Federal Court, where I worked until I retired in March 2017, including 12 years in Great Falls and four years in Billings.

I now fill in when needed in Federal Court, and I am pleased to work with Fisher Court Reporting when requested. I am a busy grandmother to three grandchildren, and I try to stay involved with my three sons.

tina.brilz@fishercourtreporting.com