|Bob Ackerman, CCR, President|
|Bob has been in the legal services field for more than 40 years. Upon Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps, he received an Associate's Degree in Court Reporting from the Hefley & Browne School of Business in New York. He was first employed as a Hearing Reporter with the Homicide Division of the Kings County District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, NY. He then became a Court Reporter with the Kings County Supreme Court.
In 1969, he became an Official Court Reporter for the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. After working there for 13 years, Bob started his own court reporting and related services company, Krauss, Katz & Ackerman, Inc. KK&A grew to become the largest company in the country providing court reporting and related services. In 1997, he merged his company with a public company.
In April of 2007, Bob joined Magna Legal Services, as president. Magna has offices in NJ, NY, PA, DE, FL & SC. In addition to court reporting, Magna offers Trial Presentation, Jury Research, Graphics Consulting & Design, Document Management, Subpoena Services.
|Mark Calzaretta, Director of Litigation Consulting|
|As a founding partner, and Director of Litigation Consulting, Mark oversees the operations for Magna Legal's Litigation, Graphic and Trial Consulting Team. Mark is a recognized expert in assisting attorneys with development of complex trial strategies, drawing on his extensive background in jury persuasion and analysis, trial technology and behavioral psychology. He has served as lead litigation consultant for hundreds of cases spanning more than twenty jurisdictions, and has mastery of more than a dozen litigation software applications. He has been a leader in the litigation consulting industry for more than 15 years. Recognized for his ability to combine an impressive technological knowledge with his background in Psychology, he has been featured in various publications, including PC Magazine and the National Law Journal, on the subjects of jury research, juror persuasion, legal technology, trial presentation, and litigation support.
Mark has lectured at Temple Law School and Seton Hall School of Law on the subjects of focus groups, jury research, jury selection and voir dire. He has provided continuing legal education courses, presentations and training across the nation for various organizations, law firms, judges and corporate litigation departments. Mark has provided pro bono services for victims of the 9/11 tragedy, in addition to his consulting engagements and legal seminar presentations. Mark is a graduate of SUNY Albany, with a degree in Psychology and Anthropology.
Mark has used his vast trial experience and expertise to aid in the selection of more than 100 juries in high-profile cases.
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|Peter Hecht, Executive Vice President of Sales|
|As the Executive Vice President of Sales for Magna Legal Services, Peter Hecht has orchestrated the company's growth from a single office start-up to an industry leader. Mr. Hecht brings to the company significant experience in identifying emerging markets, managing sales professionals and establishing new marketing partners. He has directed the company’s national and local sales and marketing initiatives through a period of remarkable growth. Peter is a leader in forging and cultivating strategic customer relationships in the legal services field. He is also the Editor-In-Chief of the quarterly newsletter called Magna-FY and co-chairman of the Educational Committee for Magna’s highly successful seminar series called, “Streamlining Relationships with Outside Counsel”. Mr. Hecht speaks frequently at professional associations and meetings on a wide range of issues regarding the litigation support and consulting industry.
Prior to Magna Legal Services, Peter was Director of National Account Sales for a global court reporting and litigation support firm. He created and implemented a multi-level sales and national rollout program that was successfully adopted by the entire organization. Mr. Hecht also negotiated and closed numerous national agreements. Previously, he was Global Account Manager for AT&T, where he secured $20 million in new contracts over a period of five years and was inducted into the company’s President’s Circle. Mr. Hecht earned his BA in psychology and sociology from Rutgers University.
|Ron Kurzman, Director of Litigation Consulting|
|Ron Kurzman, Esq., is a founding Partner and Litigation Consultant at Magna Legal Services, LLC. He is one of the leading experts in behavioral research and jury analysis, assisting counsel in the development of winning trial strategies for complex commercial matters. Mr. Kurzman works with some of the top law firms and corporation across the nation, providing tangible solutions that exist far beyond the simple confines of reports and statistics. The key to Mr. Kurzman's success has been his ability to integrate into the trial team and work with them to implement winning case strategies.
As a litigation and trial consultant, Ron Kurzman has assisted his clients in the development of proper trial strategies and tactics, jury selection and voir dire, implementation of shadow juries, witness communication training, the ordering of evidence, opening /closing statements, the development of themes and arguments, demonstrative evidence preparation, and teaching persuasion techniques. In addition to this wide variety of services - working under the notion that each and every case is unique - he has created a knowledge database of hundreds of cases that affords his clients the advantage of building off successful strategies in previous cases.
With hundreds of big name trials and jury research exercises to draw from, Ron Kurzman has become both a leader and innovator in the world of litigation consulting. In this regard, Mr. Kurzman has served as lead jury consultant in numerous multi-district litigations, high publicity white collar crime, securities cases, and Intellectual Property cases. Mr. Kurzman innovations in the jury consulting field have resulted in award winning products. Including the first, Online Jury Research Product, Jury Confirm, an online jury research tool that offers real time presentations and deliberations; Graphics For Trial, a web site that allows for the creation of customizable courtroom graphics; and Jury Scout, a brand new service which affords attorneys the opportunity to monitor the potentially dangerous social networking habits of their jurors.
Ron Kurzman is the author of an impressive library of articles on topics ranging from the "Jury Persuasion" to the "Art and Science of Jury Selection" and many more. He has also lead numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars at prominent Law Schools, Bar Associations, and Trade Groups across the country. Mr. Kurzman is most proud of his work with the New York Lawyers For the Public Interest.
|Leonard Levine, Director of Operations|
|Leonard Levine has had more than 15 years experience managing legal services companies.|
As Director of Operations for the Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware Division of a publicly traded company, Lenny managed the legal services operation of a division with $24,000,000 in annual revenues.
While there, he handled all of the managerial responsibilities of the division, including oversight of the budget, all expenditures, approximately 70 employees and more than 100 staff court reporters.