About Our Principal

Jan Ballman, FAPR, RPR, CMRS, DSA-MN

Jan Ballman, President & CEO
Jan Ballman, Principal

“I’m extremely proud of the fact that the most skilled and highly credentialed court reporters in this state have chosen to affiliate with Paradigm.”

Jan Ballman is a Registered Professional Reporter (“RPR”), a Certified Manager of Reporting Services (“CMRS,” one of two in Minnesota), and a Class of 2017 Fellow in the Academy of Professional Reporters (“FAPR”).

Jan began her career as a court reporter in 1981.  In 1990, she was elected President of the state court reporters association.   This experience afforded the opportunity to meet many outstanding court reporters and industry leaders.   In 1993, Jan collaborated with two highly regarded colleagues–Jayne Seward and Lisa Richardson–to form Ballman, Richardson & Seward.   Five years later, Jan led the merger of BR&S with two well-known and highly respected firms–Schultz & Sorenson; and Oliver, Mitchell & Maves—and launched Paradigm Reporting & Captioning on January 1, 1998.   Paradigm took Minnesota by storm, becoming overnight its largest reporting & captioning company, with many of the state’s brightest leaders and best talent now under one roof.

Jan has always had a knack for business development and maintaining strong relationships.  After a 20-year career as a court reporter, Jan retired her steno machine in 2002 in favor of taking the helm of Paradigm on a full-time basis.

A recognized leader at both the state and national level, Jan was bestowed Minnesota’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, by the Minnesota Association of Verbatim Reporters and Captioners in 2004.  In 2010, Jan was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of the National Court Reporters Foundation and was honored to accept the appointment as Chair of the Board from 2014 to 2016.  In August of 2017, Jan was inducted into as a Fellow into the Academy of Professional Reporters.  Currently Jan Ballman is the only court reporter in Minnesota to have attained the professional distinction of FAPR.

Outside of her chosen profession, Jan enjoys working with local nonprofits, mentoring tomorrow’s leaders, and exploring the world of wine.  Since 2011, Jan has been delighted to chair “Legal Wine Lovers,” an official affinity group of Minnesota Women Lawyers.


  • Northern Technical School of Business, 1981 Court Reporting Graduate

Professional Certifications and Honors

Service and Community Involvement

  • Chair – National Court Reporters Foundation (2014-2016)
  • Board of Directors – STAR (2013-2014)
  • Vice Chair – National Court Reporters Foundation (2012-2014)
  • Chair – Minnesota Women Lawyers Legal Wine Lovers Committee (2012-Present)
  • Chair – Minnesota Women Lawyers Research Committee (2011-2015)
  • Secretary Treasurer – National Court Reporters Foundation (2011-2012)
  • Founding Board Member – TeamWomenMN (2011-Present)
  • Member – Women Presidents Organization (2008-2013)
  • Trustee – National Court Reporters Foundation (2009-2016)
  • Member – St. Paul Police Foundation Board (2009-2010)
  • Member – NCRA Marketing Court Reporter Value Task Force (2008-2009)
  • Chair – NCRA Firm Owners Community of Interest (2006-2008)
  • Co-Chair – NCRA Affinity Programs (2007-2008)
  • Co-Chair – NCRA Public Relations Committee (2007-2008)
  • Chair – NCRA Freelance Community of Interest (2004-2006)
  • Chair – Minnesota Association of Verbatim Reporters & Captionsers’ Distinguished Service Award Committee (2005)
  • Member – NCRA Constitution and Bylaws Committee (2002-2003)
  • Member – MAVRC Past President Advisory Council
  • Founding Editor in Chief of MFCRA’s quarterly publication THE FREELANCER
  • Vice President – Minnesota Court Reporters Association (1992)
  • Chair – MFCRA Nominating Committee (1992)
  • Member – Janus Committee (four-person committee, chosen by presidents of MCRA and MFCRA, to merge MCRA and MFCRA back into one state association) (1993)
  • President – Minnesota Freelance Court Reporters Association (1990)
  • Frequent contributor of articles to state and national court reporting publications
  • NCRA MAVRC Mentor
  • Frequent presenter of CLEs
  • Frequent speaker for Dress for Success & Going Places Network
  • Member – The Power of 100 – Twin Cities 
  • Member – Minnesota Association of Verbatim Reporters & Captioners
  • Member  – Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting
  • Anoka Technical College (Advisory Board Member)
  • St. Paul Police Foundation (Auction Chair)
  • Convent of the Visitation High School (Past Fundraising Event Committee Chair)
  • Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church (Past Fundraising Event Committee Chair)
  • Birthright of St. Paul (Past Director)
  • Archdiocese of St. Paul (Past Fundraising Committee Member)