My name is Rachel Hymel.
You may not recognize that name, but if you are an attorney, you definitely know my clients and chances are, you have seen my work. I do not make repeated sales calls to your office, nor do I fill your mailbox with quarterly advertising. I just work...for your colleagues over the past fifteen years...and my clients are successful.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1992, I became part of the initial Biodyne Inc. start-up team. We helped many talented trial attorneys pioneer the regular use of
computer animation technology in the legal industry. In 1995, I encouraged our firm to begin exhibiting at continuing legal education programs around Texas. I personally met with attorneys, paralegals, nurses, experts
and consultants to discuss using computer technology to create graphics, websites and 3D animation for court cases. Biodyne, Inc. was invited to participate in both the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the State Bar
of Texas' CLE programs in 1996. Between 1992 and 1997, I worked on presentation methods and materials for more than 50 legal cases throughout the state.
In the spring of 1998, my partner and I began our own company,
Chard Squared. We continued to create quality demonstrative evidence for the legal industry at an affordable price. I am proud to have created presentations for dozens of legal cases with multi-million dollar outcomes
for both plaintiff and defense clients. With repeated requests, we expanded our computer design skills to craft unique corporate identities, stationary suites, full-color brochures, catalogs and websites for dozens of
owner-operated businesses in Houston and throughout Texas. To round out Chard Squared's content creation, my long-time photography hobby became a professional endeavor in 1999. I have photographed portraits, weddings,
corporate functions, commercial products, residential interiors, charity events and private parties. I also photographed medical instrumentation, accident scenes, 3D models and hundreds of radiographs in the course of
our legal work. As we began 2002, Chard Squared had completed its 50th legal animation for clients nationwide. It was the 100th legal animation I had worked on in nine years. My photos had been incorporated into various
multimedia projects and were published numerous times in print and on the internet.
Within a few years, Chard Squared was being invited to address various professional groups as experts in our field. Whether we were
speaking to large or small groups of lawyers, nurses, or students, we took these invitations as an honor. In June of 2001, I accepted attorney Craig Ball's invite to address the Houston Trial Lawyers Association (HTLA)
Monthly Membership Luncheon: "Technology and the Art of Persuasion" and spoke about using technology to persuade potential clients and peers through the use of websites. I also spoke to the Capital Area
Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants in May of 2003 regarding "Effective Presentations in Litigation", discussing basic presentation techniques. During the second half of 2003, Chard
Squared had been retained on its 100th legal animation (my 150th legal project).
Throughout 2004, I participated in a series of Business Journalism Workshops. Upon completion of these three courses, I was invited to
become a Member of the Circle of Achievement by The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at the American Press Institute. In the fall, news venues were calling Chard Squared, and both the local CBS
television affiliate (Channel 11) and The Houston Business Journal requested interviews in order to create feature stories on our company. By the end of 2004, the people behind Chard Squared had spent more than a dozen
years creating animation and countless graphics, website and photography projects for legal clients across the United States.
During 2005, I started my own company, Rachel Hymel Multimedia
and began working on photo, video and multimedia projects. I designed and managed several websites, I created multimedia presentations incoporating graphics, photos, audio and video, and photographed portraits and events. I became the exclusive photographer for many families and several businesses (including law firms and high-rise condominiums). I expanded my video work to include recording legal depositions and day-in-the-life sequences, digitizing video from various formats for non-linear video editing and creation of video CDs and DVDs. I and was invited by the Houston West Chamber of Commerce to be a founding member of the First 50: Women Driving Business. I became a Member in Good Standing of the American Guild of Court Videographers, an AGCV Certified Court Video Specialist (CCVS), a distributor for Visionary trial presentation software and a member of the Professional Photographers of America.
2006 proved busy. I attended my first international photography convention in January. In late spring, my photo of Minute Maid Park during a 2005 World Series Game graced the cover of the The Houston Bar
Association 2006 Pictorial Roster. I continued legal video work for my own clients and also began shooting for outside court reporting and video firms. In response to my clients' demand for state of the art digital
presentations, I began synchronizing deposition video to its corresponding transcript. I photographed several events for The Lamar Tower, Sambuca Events/Crystal Ballroom, plus many private businesses, individuals and
Happy clients, good work and word of mouth
referrals continue to bring me new projects in 2007. The legal video work has grown to include regular use of two-camera shoots and travel for depositions nationwide. I am currently on the Approved Vendor List for the
Texas Medical Legal Trust. Photo work includes Portraits, Private Parties, Charity Events and Corporate Functions. Video Editing and Multimedia presentations for legal cases, corporate functions and individuals keep me
busy. Several new websites are also in progress.
Since 1992, some of the finest legal minds in this country have believed in what I do and repeatedly hire me to work for them. I am proud that many of my earliest
professional clients are still current clients today. I am also grateful to consider several of them my personal friends. I appreciate your interest in my services and qualifications. My resume and a list of clients
that have hired me in the past is available on-line for your review. I eagerly await years of continued success in the future. I will accept nothing less.
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