Business Partner Testimonials


Midwest Litigation - Strengthen and Support
July 9, 2017

What is a business partner? One possible definition of a partner is the heavy timbers that strengthen a ship’s deck to support a mast. And that is exactly what a business partnership should seek to accomplish – strength and support.

Midwest Litigation Services and its sister companies, Midwest Trial Services and Aequitas Alternative Dispute Resolution, are proud to call the ALA Gateway Chapter our continued partner. Our shared involvement in the legal and local community both strengthen and support each other and our missions.

The ALA allows us to connect with people in the legal community who are looking for ways to make their cases run more smoothly - Midwest is that solution. We also increase our involvement in the local community through our partnership with ALA. Recently, we worked with the ALA to provide bagged lunches for kids who were visiting incarcerated parents. It is opportunities such as these that allow us to support our community together.

MLS has a long history, beginning with Debbie Weaver in the court reporting business since 1979. In 1985, she bought Taylor & Associates and brought on Kelly Willis as a partner in the business in 1994. Debbie and Kelly founded Courtroom Technology Consultants in 1998 to provide state-of-the-art trial presentation. The services of both businesses continued to expand throughout the Midwest. This growth led to a rebranding in 2004 to the names “Midwest Litigation Services” and “Midwest Trial Services.” The Midwest family of businesses expanded again in 2010, when Debbie founded Aequitas Alternative Dispute Resolution. By founding Aequitas, Debbie created a chain of services that will provide anything and everything from the first stage of a case to the last.

Midwest not only provides a diverse list of services but is also certified as a diverse business by WBENC, a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise by the State of Missouri and is DBE certified by USDOT. This is very important to us; by dedicating ourselves to diversity, we are able to strive and create a positive image in the legal community.

For over 30 years we have made it our mission to invest in and support the local legal community that has supported us. With 12 offices and over 250 litigation service partners, we are here to serve you locally and nationwide.

Deborah C. Weaver
Midwest Litigation Services | Aequitas ADR | Midwest Trial Services
Phone: 314-644-2191



Royal Cup Coffee - The Circle of Trust
December 4, 2016

One of my favorite comedies was the original Meet the Fockers (I did say the ORIGINAL).  There is a scene in the dressing room where Jack Burns explains to Greg Focker that in order to stay in the circle, he must be able to trust him.  Once you break the trust, you are out of that infamous circle.  How spot on is that statement?  It reigns true in life; with family, friends and even in business.

Just over 12 years ago, I moved from the dark side and joined forces with Royal Cup Coffee. As a third generation family owned business, their vision and mantra of customer centricity matched mine perfectly.  We both truly value the idea and process of customer relationships that goes much deeper than providing coffee and stir sticks to our clients.  For that reason, I was tasked with the role of “the ALA guy.”  From that point forward, I went to every local business partner event, served coffee at Service Juris day, painted curbs at the YWCA with my clients and never missed exhibiting at a regional or national conference.  Why?  I did this to build trust, credibility, customer intimacy and ultimately…friendships. 

I know we are all tired of hearing this but we live in a much different world today where millennials are here to stay, social media owns our lives, people seem to never look away from their smart phones and tablets and web based research and due diligence are the norm. However, it still remains that people want to do business with people they like and people they trust and feel comfortable with.  This is why you want to maximize your relationship with your business partners. We need you there too!

I remember the ALA national conference in Las Vegas quite a few years ago. Royal Cup had a party on top of the Stratosphere Hotel that included 3 death-defying rides as part of the event.  I happened to get on one of the rides with a woman who I had never met and we both screamed our heads off and had the best time.  Over the years, I saw her at many of the local, regional and national conferences and forged a great relationship and friendship that couldn’t have happened otherwise.  She was not a client at the time but after many years, she gave us the opportunity to service her firm.  She told me the reason she chose Royal Cup was the fact that “we are always there, have a great reputation in the ALA community and I feel like I can trust you”.  My wife would always ask me when I got home from each conference or event “did you sell anything”?  I would tell her “not yet…but I did make some new friends.” Thank you for allowing me in your circle of trust.

Brant Bosley
Royal Cup Coffee
National Account Executive
Cell: 404-392-2284