July 1, 2015 marked the official first day of retirement for Paradigm Founding Partner and 45-year court reporting veteran Mary Mitchell. Her esteemed career began after graduating from court reporting school, Minnesota School of Business, with honors in 1970. She began as an official reporter in Hennepin County, working with Judge Susanne Sedgwick, until moving to the East Coast becoming self-employed as a freelance reporter in 1980.
In 1983, Mary returned to Minneapolis and launched Oliver, Mitchell & Maves Court Reporting. On January 1, 1998, OMM joined Ballman, Richardson & Seward Reporting as well as Schultz & Sorenson to become Paradigm Reporting & Captioning.
Mary is one of the most highly certified court reporters in the country, with eight acronyms after her name that objectively demonstrate her expertise. She holds the RPR (Registered Professional Reporter), the RMR (Registered Merit Reporter), the RDR (Registered Diplomate Reporter), the CRR (Certified Realtime Reporter), the CCP (Certified CART Provider), as well as two AEs (Award of Excellence), one achieved in the State of Virginia and one achieved in the State of Minnesota. In 2002, Mary was honored with the ultimate in recognition in our profession, the Minnesota Distinguished Service Award. She has achieved “qualifier status” in the National Court Reporters Association’s annual speed contest and was a licensed professor of court reporting, teaching at both Northern Technical College as well as Anoka Technical College. Throughout Mary’s career, she has been extremely active in local and national court reporting affairs, including holding the presidency of the Minnesota Court Reporters Association for two terms.
A top-tier reporter, Mary was often “lead reporter” for Paradigm on many high-profile, extremely technical, and extraordinarily complex cases. A technology guru, Mary’s personal brand always represented the state of the art. Mary not only taught but mentored numerous court reporters throughout her illustrious career, and many in the room on the evening of July 1st referred to her as “A Court Reporting Legend” when sharing their “Mary Mitchell stories.”
Mary’s innumerable contributions to the court reporting profession will never be forgotten. The insight, experience, expertise, analytics, enthusiasm and drive for excellence that she brought to the Paradigm table every day is a big part of who we are today.
Mary, we miss you already! But we wish you all and only the best in your well-deserved retirement!