Urlaub Bowen & Associates

Donna Urlaub


"To be a great court reporter, you must first be a great student and a dedicated practitioner. Greatness comes with practice and passion."

Donna Urlaub is one of the most recognized names in the court reporting field. A Certified Shorthand Reporter since 1969, she is known as one of the fastest and most accurate court reporters in the country, and now the world. She has won the Illinois competition for court reporting speed and accuracy 11 times since its inception in 1986, and has qualified in the National Court Reporters Association Speed Contest numerous times, earning gold medals in individual legs and overall silver in 2014 and bronze 6 times. In September 2008 she took first place in the Great Lakes Realtime competition. She is the only person in the history of the Illinois contest to win both the speed AND realtime contests, not once, not twice, but three times (2009, 2015, and 2017). She competed at Intersteno, a worldwide competition, in Budapest, Hungary, in 2015 and brought home a third place medal.

Donna is a Registered Professional Reporter, Registered Merit Reporter, Certified Realtime Reporter, and member of ILCRA (Illinois Court Reporters Association), NCRA (National Court Reporters Association), and STAR (Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting). She also serves on the CSR (Certified Shorthand Reporters) Board of the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. She has over 50 years of experience in a wide range of litigation areas, with special expertise in medical and technical testimony.

Donna's passion for personal and professional excellence is evident in the way she conducts herself and her company. Feeling a deep responsibility to her community, she instituted Urlaub Bowen's green initiatives, implementing many environmentally-safe practices that reduce waste and support a healthier, cleaner world for everyone. She also continues to work directly with her clients, striving to excel and succeed, and she has used that champion spirit to spur Urlaub Bowen & Associates to the forefront of court reporting agencies in the state of Illinois.