Owner/ Senior Real-Time Reporter



In 2019, Max celebrated his 30th anniversary of his reporting career. His experience level allows him to specialize in reporting more complicated, technical matters. He also provides real-time services for attorneys requesting more advanced litigation support, currently now doing realtime wirelessly to iPads. He has certifications of Registered Professional Reporter (RPR), Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI) and Certified Court Reporter (CCR). Max is also a Licensed Court Reporter (LCR) with the state of Tennessee.


With Max’s teaching background, he has been asked by various professional groups such as NCRA, TCRA, STAR, and many state associations, and others to present seminars on subjects such as Court Reporting English, Professionalism in Court Reporting, Court Reporting Marketing, and Retention of Your Best Talent in Tough Economic Times. He has served twice as President of the Tennessee Court Reporters Association (TCRA), has served in every officers position with TCRA, and has also served a combined 12 years on the board of directors of TCRA.


In 2016, Max was nominated, interviewed, and elected to a 3-year position as a director with the National Court Reporter’s Association (NCRA). He has served on NCRA's committees for Finance, CASE, TAC, as well as performing rep assignments for NCRA across the US.  

In August 2019, Max became the President of NCRA at the NCRA Convention in Denver. 

He also served in 2019 on TCRA’s (Tennessee Court Reporters Association) Legislative Committee, with the committee successfully getting a positive piece of legislation affecting the profession of Court Reporting through the Tennessee Legislature, recently signed by the Governor into law, as well as aided in defeating two pieces of negative legislation directed at the court reporting  profession in Tennessee.

Max is a big believer in continually giving back and paying it forward for all this career has given to him and allowed him to accomplish.


Max enjoys gardening (vegetable and flowers), bowling, dining out, hiking, bike riding on Tennessee trails and Natchez Trace, and traveling around the United States and internationally with his spouse.

Max Curry is the owner of Elite-Brentwood Reporting Services as well as senior real-time reporter. He graduated from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 1989 with a Bachelor’s of Court Reporting (B.C.R.), becoming the first male in the country to receive the degree. Upon graduation from Ole Miss, Max worked from August 1989 to July 1990 in Memphis for an independent court reporting agency. He gained experience in a variety of litigation matters: Court (civil, criminal, and federal), depositions, arbitrations, military tribunals, conventions, and EUOs.  After a year in Memphis, Max moved to Nashville, where after an additional year of working for a local court reporting firm, he ventured out to start his concept of what a truly professional court reporting firm should be –Elite Reporting.  

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Jerri L. Porter,

 Senior Real-Time Reporter


Jerri, owner of Brentwood Court Reporting Services, LLC, has merged her highly successful local firm with the statewide high-profile firm, Elite Reporting Services, to become Elite-Brentwood Reporting Services.

The Kansas City native began her career as an official reporter with the State of Kansas. A certified realtime reporter with more than 30 years’ experience in Music City, Jerri started reporting in Tennessee through freelance agencies, reporting depositions, civil hearings, meetings, and conferences in the Middle Tennessee region. 

Jerri holds the professional certifications of Registered Professional Reporter and Certified Realtime Reporter through the National Court Reporting Association and is a Licensed Court Reporter in the State of Tennessee.   Jerri is a member in good standing with both the National and Tennessee Court Reporting Associations and has held board and/or committee positions in both.  Jerri currently volunteers her time teaching introduction to court reporting to those interested in a career in the profession through the NCRA initiative A to Z. 

Jerri enjoys cooking and entertaining. She is the mother of a daughter, Samantha, currently of Denver, Colorado, and her 4-legged charges, Popeye and Olive Oyl.  Jerri is excited to merge firms and work with longtime friend and colleague Max Curry and be STRONGER TOGETHER.

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Melissa M. Smith

Sr. Associate

Melissa M. Smith, RPR, LCR, CCR, graduated summa cum laude from Saint Louis University with a B.S. in Communication Disorders in 1998.  While attending graduate school at Washington University, she learned about court reporting and eventually ended up earning a court reporting certificate in 2003 at Tennessee Career College under the direction of Max Curry, owner of Elite-Brentwood Reporting Services.

After court reporting school, she joined Elite and earned her RPR in 2005.  From late 2006 to early 2008, she reported part-time while directing the court reporting program at TCC full-time.  In 2008, Melissa and her husband moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and not long after she began working on her own under the name of BenchMark Reporting Services. When Elite Reporting opened offices statewide in 2012, she re-joined the Elite Reporting family as its senior associate for East Tennessee.  Melissa is licensed and certified to practice in Tennessee and Georgia and is also an approved Eclipse software trainer.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Monica Parker

Office Manager

Monica lived in Rohnert Park, CA and graduated from Rancho Cotate High School in 2006. She moved to Spring Hill, TN with her husband Chris in July 2007. She joined Elite Reporting in September 2015.


Monica loves spending time at the park with her baby girl Jazmin, playing ball with her 3 dogs (Shadow, Shmokie, & Oliver) and going for walks with her mom.  

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Mary Ciezadlo

Video Manager

Mary is from Chicago, Illinois and joined the Elite family in April 2019 bringing eight years of experience in production and video. Having lived and worked in Chicago her whole life, she is very excited to have the opportunity work with Elite and experience all that Nashville has to offer. Mary already feels at home and is looking forward to having a great career with Elite.

In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading, traveling all over, watching college football and cheering on her Cubbies and Boilermakers!

Jennifer Johnson

Legal Videographer


Jennifer is from Chicago, Illinois and moved down to join the Elite family in October 2017. She loves everything about Tennessee but has a hard time adjusting to the southern heat.  Jennifer graduated from Western Illinois University in 2016 with a degree in Criminal Justice.

In her spare time, she loves to do all outdoor activities, watch her favorite Chicago sports teams, and binge watch shows on Netflix.

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Sophia Gordon

Legal Videographer

Sophia graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Film and Television Production. In 2015 she moved to Nashville, TN from her hometown of Louisville, KY. In 2017 she began working for Brentwood Court Reporting as a videographer. She is now excited to be a part of the Elite Team!

Sophia has devoted most of her free time to running an experimental live streaming network that showcases video work from niche genres and marginalized artists. She also has an instructional video series that focuses on DIY techniques in video making. Her goals are to provide more unique opportunities for artists and to maintain a safe space for them to create.

When she isn’t working with video, Sophia enjoys gardening, hiking, sketching, and electronics assembly.   

Eydie Hassell

Production Manager

Eydie is from a small farming community in the Missouri Bootheel but has lived in the Middle Tennessee area for more than 20 years.  Two of her 3 college age children were born in Nashville while her oldest was born in Knoxville.  While living in Knoxville, Eydie received her Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education in 1997 from UT Knoxville.   She joined the Elite-Brentwood Reporting Services in July 2020.


Eydie’s hobbies include gardening, vacationing on the beach with a good book, cheering on the Titans/Volunteers and hiking in Tennessee’s beautiful state/national parks.

Jaclyn Hinkle

Billing Manager

Jaclyn is originally from Northeast Ohio. She currently resides in Mount Juliet with her husband, Dustin, and her dog, Odie. 


She graduated from Sullivan University's College of Design & Technology in 2004. In 2005 she moved to Nashville and has been working in billing since 2010. 


She has been part of the Elite-Brentwood Reporting family since June 2019. Jaclyn enjoys hanging out with friends, going to local festivals, and binge watching all of her favorite shows.

Veneza Rivera

Billing Assistant

Veneza is originally from Tampa, Florida. She attended school in St. Petersburg, Florida, and graduated from  University of South Florida in 2017 with a Degree in Criminology. She moved to Nashville in 2020, and now resides in Lebanon with her husband, Austin, and her dog, Scout.
She joined Elite Reporting Services in March 2021 and is looking forward to all the opportunities that Elite will bring to her career. Veneza enjoys spending time with her family and friends and exploring all that Tennessee has to offer.


If you need a court reporter in Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, or Jackson, Tennessee, we are the most experienced and elite court reporters in the state.   We also serve Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi.