Ellen Watterson, CSR, RPR, FPR
President, founder and owner of First Coast Court Reporters established in 2001. A native of Jacksonville, she obtained a CSR, Certified Shorthand Reporter certificate in 1977. Over the years she has had her hands in all aspects of the legal field, to include family law, civil and criminal law, medical malpractice, land condemnation cases and maritime law. She also has an extensive background in data processing, having served as computer manager for the Arvida Corporation in the early 1980s. In 1991 Ellen obtained her RPR, or Registered Professional Reporter certificate, and in 2010 obtained her FPR, Florida Professional Reporter certificate. She is a member of the National Court Reporters Association and the Florida Court Reporters Association. She feels her greatest professional accomplishment has been starting FCCR in 2001 and today providing a workplace for eight reporters and support staff in two locations. Additionally, Ellen strives for a verbatim, error-free transcript with unparalleled attention to grammar skills. She appreciates her attorneys and clients by providing a comfortable, unbiased environment for deposition and mediations with refreshments and homemade comfort foods. When not at work she finds pleasure in baking, family-oriented gatherings, is an avid sports fan and enjoys watching two nephews who play major and minor league baseball.
David W. Parrish
David began his court reporting career in 1975, joining the Official reporters in the Duval County Courthouse. David had many years experience taking Product Liability and Personal Injury jury trials, coupled with occasional criminal trials. He left the courthouse in 1980 to focus on deposition work, and has continued in that line since. After many years with one free-lance firm, David joined his long time friend Ellen Watterson shortly after she formed First Coast Court Reporters, and still remains an active reporter for her firm.
David grew up at the beaches and is presently a resident of Atlantic Beach. He has been a competitive offshore fisherman and enjoys walking the beach with his dog.
Amanda E. Robinson, RPR
Amanda E. Robinson received her Occupational Associate's Degree in Court Reporting from the Stenotype Institute of Jacksonville in 2003 and earned an Associate's of Arts Degree from the University of North Florida in 2004. She has been court reporting since 2002. Amanda's first three years of court reporting were spent in Gainesville, Florida. From 2005 to present, she has been working with First Coast Court Reporters.
Amanda's experience includes federal court, construction litigation, medical malpractice, worker's compensation, city council meetings, office meetings, family law, et cetera. Amanda is a Florida native, and she likes to spend her non-working hours with her two sons, Rylan and Gavin.
Cary Cardwell, RPR
Cary attended the Reporting Academy of Virginia in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She spent the next 20 years in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area as a free-lance reporter doing depositions, bench trials and jury trials, both civil and criminal cases. She moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in 2008.