Echo is the Gold Standard of court reporting.  We are a boutique business, an Austin-based court reporting firm that is proud to be owned and operated by an Austin local. We specialize in intellectual property and/or patent disputes, commercial litigation, mass tort, family law, business disputes, cryptocurrency, malpractice, and more.  We pride ourselves in providing high-quality work products confidentially and tailor each service to meet the unique needs of our clients' most important cases. 

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Echo Connection’s mission is to provide clients with an exemplary product that is reliable and accurate.  We uphold the highest professional ethical standards. We pride ourselves in exceptional customer service, providing professional, courteous, and friendly assistance that are tailored to the specific and unique needs of our clients at all levels. No case is too big or too small. We have a passion for the written certified record and want our clients to know there are no substitutions for the GOLD STANDARD.

april c. balcombe

April has been a Certified Shorthand Reporter since 1993 and a Certified Realtime Reporter since 2002. She specializes in real-time streaming in complex litigation, including depositions, arbitrations, and trials.  She provides final transcripts and rough drafts along with her real-time feed when requested.  April's commitment and dedication to the verbatim record is commiserate with her accurate transcripts. 

April’s recent experience was doing realtime streaming and rough drafts for a $26 million breach-of-contract case.  Another highlight from April is she realtime captioned, both in person and remotely, renown people such as Bill Gates, Karl Rove, Richard Dawkins, as well as countless popular authors and professors. Her captioning has included live audiences from one person to 2,000 people to the entire state of Texas.  April has captioned live, breaking news events for extended hours at a time while maintaining composure and focus during traumatic events such as the Sandy Hook and Fort Hood shootings.

April’s extensive judicial experience includes civil and criminal litigation, reporting both for state and federal cases ranging including breach of contract, patent law, medical malpractice, family matters to capital murder. 

April lives in Southwest Austin with her husband, son, and two dogs.

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To Contact us Immediately for Scheduling: Call 512.900.3409 or email


SPECIALIZE IN Court Reporting, Certified Realtime Reporter, Patent law, Cryptocurrency Law, Intellectual Property, Medical Malpractice, Commercial and Business Litigation, Mergers, Breach of Contract, Mass Tort, Product Liability, Major accidents, Divorce and Family Law and more

Servicing Austin, Bee Cave, Dripping Springs and surrounding areas

YOUR CASE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT - Don’t have what happened in the ALEX MURDOUGH TRIAL happen to you.  Our superior skills will provide you with a TRANSCRIPT YOU CAN RELY on that is CERTIFIED and ACCURATE

In-Person and Remote Depositions, Arbitrations, Hearings, and Trials - Will Travel - Certified in Texas and Nationally


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Court Reporting Services

Realtime Streaming in person or online

Same-Day Rough Drafts

Repository for Certified Transcripts and Exhibit Portal

Video Services

Picture in Picture

Video Synching


In addition to traditional court reporting services, we offer our clients daily copies realtime and/or offer a special bundle for both realtime and rough drafts. We rigorously strive to meet strict deadlines while providing high quality products. We have the capability of providing live and remote depositions. Our goal is to provide our clients accurate realtime and certified transcripts to aid in efficient workflow.


With the new FCC Rules in place, we ensure our clients we are complying with any and all requirements. Our captions are accurate, synchronous, and aligned properly. We have experience with city council meetings, commissioner court meetings, news stations, emergency captioning, severe weather coverage, political debates, along with many other venues.

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April C. Balcombe


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