Because I am able to break through attorney’s barriers to success and help them show up as real and authentic in front of a jury.
Why do I need a consultant If I am an experienced litigator?
Here’s why: most attorneys are way too close to their case. By the time trial nears, you most likely have spent months, if not years with the information and can no longer see the forest for the trees. I help you focus on what truly matters and what will resonate with a jury. Once we’ve narrowed down our focus I help you craft and deliver a message that has real impact, leading to more verdicts in your favor.
WhAT KINDS OF CLIENTS/CASES DO YOU WORK WITH/on?
I mainly work with civil plaintiff attorneys and criminal defense attorneys. I do no insurance defense work. I work on any and all types of cases that end up in front of a jury: product liability, mesothelioma, medical malpractice, personal injury, bad faith, wage claim, auto cases, class action and more.
What is the difference between a mock jury and a focus group?
A mock jury is assembled to give you an audience to practice your voir dire, opening or closing. Our mock juries are often just a group of volunteers who are there to offer feedback on your message and presentation. Focus groups are used for an entirely different purpose: to find out what people think about the various issues in your case. In many cases someone other than the attorney conducts the focus group, and the purpose is to gather information instead of practice your delivery.
Why do I need a jury consultant if I settle most of my cases?
You probably don’t. Although if you think your case is going to trial, I wouldn’t bet that it will settle and wait to hire a consultant when it doesn’t. In addition, hiring a consultant often helps you frame the case in a way that can lead to higher settlements. Twenty five percent of the cases I prep end up settling, and all of those cases settled for much more than the initial offer. There’s something to be said about sending the message to the opposition that you are serious and committed about going to trial.
Can you help me with witnesses?
Yes. Witness preparation is essential in most cases, because outside of opening and closing, the people who tell your story at court are the witnesses! We prepare your witnesses for trial by carefully walking them through their story and arming them with their core truths. We empower them with tools to help them stay calm so that they can communicate with precision and accuracy.
What are common misconceptions about trial consultants?
That there is one “formula” or trial technique that will help you win. There isn’t. There are several great tools out there; but the number one thing you can use at trial is YOU. There is no winning formula. I can help you tap into your strengths and organize your content in a way that makes sense to juries, but if you’re looking for a fail-safe approach to winning trials, you aren’t going to find it, here or anywhere else.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A TRIAL CONSULTANT?
Great question. Not all cases warrant hiring a consultant. In general, if you have a case valued over $500k that is likely to go in front of a jury, and at least six weeks to prepare, you are a good candidate for trial consulting. I work on smaller cases as well; many clients hire me to work up every case they take to trial to increase their communication facility in court. The skills you learn in our work together will assist you in all future trials, regardless of the size of your case.