About Us

We created Lightning Law to increase access to evidence, to make the search for justice faster and more efficient, and to lighten the burden on our courts.

Our Story

Lightning Law was born in Seattle in 2017. The dream began as a simple attempt to save trees by using scanned exhibits instead of paper ones and has evolved into something even greater. The "paperless deposition" has become an integration of electronic documents and video, allowing for easy remote depositions.

Travel less, obtain quality transcripts, and get paid faster.

Lawyers and court reporters want to spend more time with their families and less time on the road or in the air. Obtaining testimony remotely and easily with Lightning Law meets this need. Court Reporters deserve to be paid faster and have a clear record of who has ordered their transcripts. Lightning Law was created to reduce needless costs associated with obtaining deposition testimony and make life easier for everyone involved.

Our Goal

Our goal is to master the remote deposition and remote in trial testimony. The administration of justice is a search for the truth. We find that the typical jury only hears part of the truth. A jury will hear only the testimony that the attorneys can deliver during trial. Witnesses who are far away or too busy do not testify. Streaming testimony into courtrooms can change all of that, while bringing down the cost of litigation and increasing access to justice.

Along the way, we see ways to make a difference for all litigants.

Remote in Court testimony can deliver essential translators, can allow in court appearances for litigants who cannot otherwise afford to be there and can effectively open the courthouse doors to those who might otherwise never “step foot” in it. More justice brings more light.

Our Team

Alisa Brodkowitz

CEO

Alisa is a trial attorney with over 20 years of experience. She has tried complex cases in multiple jurisdictions and litigated internationally. Her cases have been profiled by Le Monde, CNN and the Wall Street Journal. She is the past president of King County Washington Women Lawyers and of the Aviation Section of the American Association of Justice. Frustrated with the limited tools available to take remote depositions or present witnesses remotely at trial Alisa founded Lightning Law to provide a solution to these problems. Along the way, she found that by innovating in the area of remote testimony she could help increase access to justice and empower court reporters.. Lightning law blends her goals of remote litigation, equitable treatment of court reporters, and low-cost entry into a system that benefits all parties.

Julie Manhiem

COO

Julie joined the Lightning Law team in 2021 as Chief Operating Officer after spending two decades with Milliman, a Seattle-based management consulting firm. As Senior Director of Corporate Solutions, she led an internal operations team that successfully scaled Milliman’s business initiatives during a period of major company growth. Julie is uniquely qualified to help Lightning Law scale upward and develop successful workflow practices.

Amanda Iverson

CTO

Amanda joined Lightning Law in 2019 with over a decade of web development experience. Since taking the role of Chief Technical Officer in 2020, she has worked alongside the rest of the development team to turn the founding ideas of Lightning Law into a feature rich platform.

Scott Martin

CFO

Scott joined the Lightning Law as CFO with over 20 years of practice in strategic and financial planning. He brings sound financial decision-making and leadership to the executive team. Scott's executive experience includes time as President of S.M. Enterprises, parent company to several financial planning subsidiaries, and the founding of his own financial planning firm, InPlan Financial, in 2015.

Sherry Ortiz

Advisory Board Member

Sherry Ortiz joined the Lightning Law advisory board in order to advise on key aspects of insurance and the role that testimony plays in litigation costs.  Consulting on emerging markets, her extensive knowledge of insurance industry litigation and discovery is an asset to the team. Sherry currently holds the position of Senior VP, Claims Manager with the U.S. Aircraft Insurance Group, where she has worked since leaving private law practice in 2009.

Janis Machala

Advisory Board Member

Janis Machala serves as a Lightning Law advisory board member and key strategic advisor to the executive team. Since founding her consulting firm Paladin Partners in 1996, Janis has worked with dozens of Seattle-based startups to develop their strategies, products, markets, and workforces. Her expertise and industry knowledge has helped companies such as Allrecepies.com, RealityWorks, and PacStar scale upwards and establish market share.

Zoya Spencer

Advisory Board Member

As a freelance court reporter with over three decades of practice, Zoya is a key member of the Lightning Law Advisory Board. Consulting on all things court reporting, she provides a valuable perspective on how strategic decisions will impact the stenographers using Lightning Law for their freelance work. Zoya is active in court reporter industry leadership. She is the current President of CourtReporterCEU.com, a continuing education platform for the court reporting profession, and former President of Court Reporters United Washington.

Jdg. Laura Inveen (ret.)

Advisory Board Member

Judge Inveen joined the Lightning Law Advisory Board in 2020, following her retirement and tenure of 27 years as King County Superior Court Judge. As a powerful voice in both King County and Washington state judicial affairs, Judge Inveen brings valuable expertise to Lightning Law’s courtroom operations.