Godfrey | Johnson and COVID-19
Our firm is functioning perfectly. The courts are as well, within limits. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic will keep us all away from the office for a while, but for this firm, it is business as usual thanks to our advanced technologies and extensive training. We’ve been prepared for the current situation for many years.
What the courts are doing
The vast majority of courts are now accepting electronic filings, and have ordered parties to cooperate with electronic document transmission. Most courts have implemented similar procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, including vacating trial dates and restricting in-person access to courthouses. Most judges are either working from home or in isolated chambers. The majority of judges are still conducting hearings, albeit by telephone and occasionally by Zoom, as well as handling written motions. Most courts have also issued standing orders requiring counsel to stipulate to remote video depositions unless good cause can be shown why such a procedure is not feasible. The presence of the pandemic is not considered to be good cause to refuse such a stipulation; there must be other factors that are specifically related to a particular circumstance. Read more >
Our Cloud-Based Infrastructure
We have spent many years developing highly advanced, cloud-based technologies, which is a key ingredient to our success in practicing on a national basis. Using a combination of interrelated systems, we can perform virtually every function from distant locations that we otherwise would perform at our headquarters in Denver. The center of our systems is our highly secure on-line document management system, which gives us the ability to manage huge document libraries, analyzing documents, assigning metadata, reviewing documents for privilege sharing entire collections with a few mouse clicks. Our case management databases, calendars, task-lists, billing and human resources software are all remotely accessible and operate on laptops, phones and tablets from anywhere. Learn more >
Our lawyers and staff are working full-time
Every member of our staff has received extensive training on the use of our sophisticated systems, using our in-house video training libraries. No strangers to working remotely, these team members have the skill and ability to be more efficient while working from a distant location than most legal professionals when they are in the office. With the arrival of social distancing, our team didn’t miss a beat—they simply took advantage of the systems we have had in place (and continuously improved) for more than 12 years. During the period of lockdown, we have successfully handled a number of complex matters, including client emergencies, remote training of clients and other law firms, depositions, hearings and more.
digital telephone system keeps our switchboard live
We have a digital telephone system that allows our central switchboard and all of our extensions to work from anywhere. We can establish conference calls without complex dial-in instructions, while keeping track of every person on a conference line with a graphical interface.
Remote Video Deposition skills
While other firms are scrounging for ways to avoid working on cases, we have found a number of ways to push forward. Taking depositions by video (as opposed to taking an in-person video deposition) is a special skill. Handling exhibits, objections and maintaining control over the proceedings in a remote deposition requires special training which all of our lawyers possess. We work with reporting agencies that provide real-time transcripts, mark and record exhibits, and provide assistance to lawyer-participants that may not be able to access systems without help. Meanwhile, we prepare with great care for the deposition without losing time bargaining with other lawyers for their cooperation.
We are assisting other firms
Many firms have asked for our advice and help in order to continue functioning. We have responded by providing information, and in some cases on-line screen-sharing to show many of them how to make use of secure, Internet-based legal technologies.