Stewart Richardson court reporter spotlight: Tina Parent-Cowsert


Every month at Stewart Richardson, we recognize one of our outstanding court reporters for helping us provide the highest quality of deposition services. This month, we chose Tina Parent-Cowsert from our Valparaiso office to be in the spotlight.

“Tina takes great pride in her work and strives to always have accurate transcripts, to learn new software, to keep up with new rules and regulations, and to have her work in on time,” said Valparaiso Office Manager Kris Farkus.

In addition, Tina is reliable, punctual, and knowledgeable. She is the consummate professional. Whether it’s taking whatever job needs to be covered or helping other reporters when called upon to do so, we can always count on Tina to do a great job.



Tina graduated from the College of Court Reporting in 1994. From 1994 to 2000, she worked with three different court reporting agencies, and in 2001, she started work at Seidel & Sasse, which was later acquired by Stewart Richardson.

As a freelance court reporter/realtime writer, Tina provides a verbatim record of proceedings.

Get to know more about Tina, her time as a court reporter, and her experiences working for Stewart Richardson by reading our conversation below!

What drew you to Stewart Richardson originally, and why have you stayed with our company?
I originally started with Seidel & Sasse, (later becoming Stewart Richardson) and my goal was to be a part of a larger agency than the ones I had previously worked for. I wanted more flexibility with my working schedule since I had a newborn at home at the time.

I have stayed with the same agency now for 17 years because I truly enjoy the clients, the work I receive, and it is a great career!

What do you like about working as a court reporter?

I like the daily variety of the places I travel, the people I work with, and the things that I hear and learn during my job!

What do you like most about working at Stewart Richardson & Associates?

I am proud to be a part of a large agency that has state-of-the-art technology and is a well-known leader in the industry.

Valparaiso Office Manager Kris Farkus described you as reliable, punctual, and knowledgeable. What three words would you use to describe Stewart Richardson & Associates?

Professionalism. Precise. Speedy.

What do you like about working in your local community?

After being a court reporter for 23 years now, I like that I have worked with most attorneys in my region at my depositions at some point. Working in the same area all this time has given that to me, which is nice.

Tell us a bit about your family!

I met my husband, Steve in 1990, and we’re still married after all these years! He is the chef of the house and should own his own restaurant. We have two sons, Owen, 15, and Evan, 12. Owen is a 1st degree black belt in taekwondo, plays the ukulele, and he is also actively involved in speech and debate at his high school. Evan is one belt away from being a black belt. He has played piano for six years now, plays the drums, and absolutely loves playing basketball.

What are your favorite hobbies/activities?

Traveling, skiing, boating, photography, landscape gardening, outdoor hiking, walking, running, biking, camping, kayaking.

What is one interesting fact about yourself?

I lived in Key West, Florida in my younger years.

What is one interesting thing about court reporting that you don’t think many people know?

Closed-captioning on TV is provided by court reporters!

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone looking to become a court reporter?

Make sure obtaining certification is a top priority when finishing school. Court reporters are in high-demand, but being certified gives you respect with fellow court reporters.

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