About Us

We know how to handle any situation that you’ll encounter because we’ve seen it all. Our experience in the industry has created a team of experts that are trained to handle any problem and ready to go above and beyond the needs and expectations of our clients.

We have all of the technological capabilities to meet your needs and we do so with a thoughtful and customized approach.

All three of the firm’s principals are court reporters and have worked in every conceivable role within the firm. The culture of superior client service is highlighted in everything we do.

Our entire firm works with a fierce resolve to do whatever is necessary to meet your needs as a client.


Herb Appel, Principal

When Herb was standing on the baseball diamond at the University of Florida in the 1970s, he acknowledges he was not day-dreaming about the court reporting business. Indeed, when he migrated north to Atlanta a few years later and decided to attend court reporting school, he found a profession that put the hand-eye coordination he needed for baseball to a pursuit that became his passion for the last 40 years. Herb still cautions that when that call inevitably arrives from the Atlanta Braves, his court reporting days will be over.

Brooke French, Principal

When Brooke first arrived in Atlanta to attend Brown College of Court Reporting, she intended to return to her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, upon graduation. By the time this happened, she had fallen in love with the city of Atlanta and now calls it home. She thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the lawyers and paralegals she has come in contact with who subsequently have become long-term clients of RBI. Brooke is proud of the fact that RBI has remained a family-like business that cares so much about each client and every employee and is always striving to ensure RBI is the elite court reporting service you can depend on. In her spare time, Brooke loves to garden, chair fundraisers, and, most importantly, spoil her grandson.

Harvey Schulman, Principal

A funny thing happened when Harvey graduated from the University of Florida and moved to Atlanta with aspirations to pursue a career in advertising … he met a man named Forrest Brown who convinced him to come to work as a printer in his court reporting agency. After wearing multiple hats while learning the business of court reporting and performing duties as office manager, Forrest suggested that Harvey might consider attending court reporting school. Ultimately Harvey worked as a reporter for Stuart Huseby & Associates before forming Regency-Brentano in 1986.