Magna Legal Services Acquires Chicago-Based Trial Graphics Company

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Company’s Acquisition Marks Significant Midwest and West Coast Growth for the Only Provider of Full Suite of Trial and Jury Consulting Services

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“Our firm is in a continual growth mode, and bringing Creative Counsel into our organization is the next step in our development plan." - Magna Legal Services President and Founder Bob Ackerman

Magna Legal Services, the largest company in the nation providing a full suite of in-house services in Jury Research, Litigation Graphics, Language Services, Trial Presentation and Court Reporting, announced today that it has acquired Creative Counsel, a firm that offers Visual Consulting, Exhibit Design and Presentation Technology Support to legal, insurance and corporate clients. Creative Counsel’s staff, led by Owner and President Denise Monteil, is comprised of top experts in visual design and presentation technology, servicing clients including Fortune 100 companies in four regional offices; Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

According to Magna Legal Services’ President and Founder Bob Ackerman, “Our firm is in a continual growth mode, and bringing Creative Counsel into our organization is the next step in our development plan. Creative Counsel has an excellent reputation and client loyalty, so when the opportunity presented itself, we jumped at this chance to establish a solid footprint in Chicago and in turn, introduce their flagship customers to Magna’s extensive suite of services.”

The acquisition was finalized on October 30, 2015, increasing the size of Magna’s graphics group and solidifying the firm’s position as the largest company providing the full suite of in-house Jury Research, Graphics and Court Reporting services in the country. In her new role with Magna, Ms. Monteil will manage the company’s Chicago and Los Angeles offices and will oversee staffing and market growth.

According to Monteil, “Over the last 20 years, Creative Counsel has grown into a strong team with loyal clients throughout the country, and now we are ready to take the next step. Magna’s nationally known and respected breadth of services beyond graphics will add a whole new dimension of service options for our clients, and I am excited to see where our partnership takes us.”    

Along with recent business development hires over the past few months, this acquisition “entrenches us in Chicago, and significantly enhances our west coast presence,” added Mark Calzaretta, Magna’s Executive Vice President of Litigation Consulting. “As we continue to work with more clients across the country, it’s essential for us to retain the most talented individuals possible, and Creative Counsel certainly represents the cream of the crop.”

Kenyon Group, LLC acted as exclusive advisor to Creative Counsel and arranged this transaction.

About Magna:
Magna Legal Services is the country’s only company providing a full suite of jury research, litigation graphics and court reporting with end-to-end legal support services to law firms, corporations and governmental agencies from its 19 offices in 13 states throughout the nation. As an end-to-end service provider, Magna provides strategic advantages to clients by offering legal support services at every stage of legal proceedings. Magna’s mission is to ensure that all legal support needs are delivered in a high quality, reliable and responsive manner.

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