Witness Preparation Testimonials

I recently used Tsongas jury consulting to assist in witness preparation and jury selection for a trial in downtown Los Angeles.  They immediately made themselves available and worked with our schedule, despite hurdles, including expanding their initial time commitment to add a couple of witnesses who needed more assistance than initially anticipated.  The primary benefit of their work was the significant increase in the witnesses’ self-confidence and comfort with the examination process.  Their knowledge of course did not change, but their ability to effectively convey that knowledge to the jury changed significantly, and they were no longer intimidated by the process.  The help with jury selection, especially where the judge requested voir dire of all 36 prospective jurors at once, was also very valuable. They know the ins and outs of the jury selection process and the LA jury pool very well.

- Claudette Wilson, Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, San Diego, California

My colleagues and I have worked with Tsongas on theme development, jury selection, witness preparation, openings and closings in multiple product liability (prescription drug) cases.  Their insight has been invaluable in helping us shape an effective story and selecting the best juries possible.  They provide concrete suggestions and feedback in an efficient manner.  For all these reasons, they quickly became an integral part of our team.  We are better advocates because of their guidance.  I recommend them to anyone needing this type of jury consulting, and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.

- Sherry Knutson, Tucker Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL

“I and others at my firm have worked with Tsongas trial consultants for years.  We recently engaged Tsongas in a highly challenging and complex commercial case that was ultimately tried over 5 weeks in federal court.  The Tsongas consultants provided valuable input in assessing the case strengths and weaknesses, crafting an appropriate story strategy, and developing a compelling opening statement.  In addition, they also assisted us in jury selection, bringing a sound and scientific methodology to the process of evaluating potential jurors, and worked with us in preparing one of our key trial witnesses.  We recommend them highly and look forward to working with them again.”

- Cori Gordon Moore, Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle, WA

“We recently worked with Tsongas trial consultants on a complex civil case, involving multiple claims, counterclaims, allegations of fraud, Lanham Act violations, trade libel, conspiracy, as well as trademark infringement.  They immediately rolled up their sleeves and dug into the important documents and relevant deposition testimony.  They quickly grasped the case and helped us conduct a thorough and well-designed mock trial where we were able to test our case themes and strategies.  In addition, they assisted us with preparing witnesses before and during trial, jury selection, and opening and closing.  They were with us in court the entire trial, offering fast feedback and daily suggestions and insights.  They became a part of our trial team and were there with us late into the night, always with valuable suggestions and insight, and with a positive “can do” attitude the entire time.  I valued their input a great deal; it was helpful and consistently on point.

Moreover, I enjoyed their company.  I was so impressed that I had Tsongas co-present with me at a Dallas Bar Association conference on the art and science of jury selection.  The program was well-attended and very well-received.

Tsongas will make a difference in your case.  By the time you are walking into court on the first day of trial, you are better prepared as a result of Tsongas’s involvement in your pre-trial.  I definitely will use them again and heartily endorse trial consulting services to clients and fellow practitioners of the art of trying cases.”

- John W. Bickel, Bickel & Brewer, Dallas, TX

“We have used Tsongas jury consultants for a number of our employment defense cases and trials in Southern California.  Defense verdicts in every trial.  They are top-shelf trial consultants and a valuable part of our team.  They provide great insights and recommendations on trial themes and narrative development for opening statements and closing arguments as well as well-designed and executed mock trials.  They have assisted us in witness preparation, helping our witnesses become comfortable telling the truth well in both direct and cross examination.  Tsongas trial consulting has also helped us with jury selection, which they approach in a systematic and scientific manner.  They listen to our needs, help us pick the best services within our particular budgetary constraints, and then deliver the goods.  All in all, when you go to battle, they are an important resource to have on your side.  I do not hesitate to recommend their trial consulting services to my partners, colleagues, and clients.”

- Emilio Gonzalez, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Los Angeles, CA

“For many years, Tsongas Litigation Consulting has provided me with tailored jury consulting services in complex business litigation cases and legal malpractice cases.  Whether it’s simply a few hours of witness preparation or a full-blown trial strategy session with jury selection assistance, I’ve found Tsongas to be responsive, practical, and cost-effective.  They are professional and well-grounded.  I always look forward to working with them.”

- Joseph C. Arellano, Kennedy, Watts, Arellano & Ricks LLP, Portland, OR

“I have worked with Tsongas jury consultants for years, as a practicing trial lawyer and now as a General Counsel.  Tsongas has assisted me in the development of case strategy and its execution.  In particular, they have helped in the preparation of our key witnesses to tell the truth well in depositions.  We recently worked with Tsongas on a complicated breach of contract case, working with some of our highest level employees.  Tsongas, working directly with me and our outside counsel, helped us have our witnesses feel truly comfortable with the process, control the deposition situation and tell the truth in an efficient manner.  I do not hesitate recommending their trial consulting services to my peers who want their witnesses to be prepared for the trial strategy and tactics of opposing counsel, so the witness can control the process, and tell what actually happened in the clearest, most efficient and most persuasive way.”

- Alexander A. Baehr, Colliers International, Seattle, WA

“After two years of motion practice, discovery litigation and general wrangling, my client was pretty tired and worn out. As we approached trial, his story began to sound dull after having been told so many times. The Tsongas team was instrumental in helping my client prepare for trial. As they worked with him, the passion returned, he became more assertive, clearer and more confident. He was ready for cross-examination and, if anything, made our case stronger when the other lawyer was questioning him. The Tsongas people also helped me craft a clear and simple theme, and then created diagrams and a timeline which made the case easy to explain to the jury. After the jury retired to deliberate, they sent a note to the Judge “Can we get a copy of Mr. Greene’s demonstratives? The jury not only gave us our prayer, they knocked out most of the other side’s counterclaims and awarded $3.5 million in punitive damages. We worked well together as a team and I would not want to take a significant case to a jury without getting their help. The earlier, the better.”

- S. Ward Greene, Greene & Markley, Portland, OR

“I have retained Tsongas for the last five years to help me win complicated employment defense trials in multiple states throughout the West Coast.  Whether it is assisting my witnesses in telling the truth well and in the most effective and persuasive manner; conducting a mock trial to help me assess the risks of my case and then refine a trial strategy to minimize those risks; or helping me to pick a jury; Tsongas has always provided the best of service and insight.  Tsongas trial consultants have helped me with early assessment of my most difficult cases and helped to develop an effective defense narrative at the early stages of the litigation.  They have helped to develop key demonstrative exhibits for trial and have conducted highly valuable post-verdict interviews.  All of their work is performed on a timely basis and with excellent attention to detail.   I have found Tsongas to add tremendous value to my cases.  Based on their track record and the superior quality of their work, I do not hesitate to tell my clients that they should make the extra investment so that together, we can get them the best results possible for their cases.”

- Portia R. Moore, Davis Wright Tremaine, Seattle, WA

We have used the Tsongas team for several of our most important cases. The more we use them, the more impressed we become. They continue to impress us with their pragmatism and insights. They offer solutions, not just observations. They provide case-specific recommendations, not just boilerplate suggestions. They work with us and our clients to develop a cogent and meaningful approach to our most challenging issues. They have become part of our trial team, not just a bolt-on accessory. I have not found a more talented group of jury consultants.

- B. Trent Webb, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City, MO

I have worked with the Tsongas firm for over 20 years. Their work is top notch in every important phase of trial consultation, including witness preparation, theme planning, attorney trial performance coaching, and jury selection.

- David B. Markowitz, Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf,PC, Portland, OR

“I have worked with Tsongas Litigation Consulting since 1989. They have played crucial roles in my cases by conducting mock trials, preparing witnesses, designing demonstratives, performing jury research, preparing jury questionnaires, conducting post-trial juror interviews, and assisting with voir dire. I simply would not consider my trial preparation adequate or my team complete without the professionals at Tsongas by my side.”

- James Moriarty, Moriarty Leyendecker, Boulder, CO

“I have worked with Tsongas trial consultants for many years and their work on a recent commercial case exemplifies why. Their insights contributed in every aspect of the trial. They were not just helpful, they were integral.”

- Stephen F. English, Perkins Coie, Portland, OR

“I’ve relied on Tsongas for a variety of different matters across the country. Whether for strategy development, research, witness preparation or focusing themes and language for trial, their deliver practical information that always improves my chances of success.”

- Eric P. Schoonveld, Hall, Prangle & Schoonveld, Chicago, IL

“I have used Tsongas Litigation Consulting several times in complex litigation. I found the experience to be invaluable. On a case that went to trial, the firm’s assistance in developing a jury questionnaire allowed us to accurately identify problem jurors, as well as jurors that would be receptive to our case. Pre-trial strategy sessions permitted us to identify case strengths and weaknesses, and a mock jury helped reveal juror’s thought processes. The witness preparation was helpful in permitting first time witnesses to overcome their fears of testifying before a jury.”

- Cynthia L. Ducey, Delaney, Wiles, Hayes, Gerety, Ellis & Young, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska

“I had the opportunity to work with Tsongas on all aspects of a complex legal malpractice case. Your insight into major themes of the case proved invaluable, and I was impressed by your ability to integrate the themes into exhibits and witness preparation. You brought clarity to a case I thought I knew well.”

- Elizabeth Fraley, Fraley & Fraley LLP, Dallas, TX

“I recently engaged Tsongas to aid in a securities arbitration hearing for a major client. The strategy session for arbitration that Tsongas provided helped us simplify and make the case theory more powerful. In addition, they helped us prepare a key witness for the arbitration, improving both the effectiveness and efficiency of his testimony, so that he could more accurately and powerfully convey case facts to the panel. Complementing the strategy and testimony were the demonstrative exhibits created by Tsongas, which further helped clarify and convey key points. These services were very helpful in securing a finding for our client.”

- Julie Thrall Burrow, Hendrickson, Chicago, IL

“I have worked with a myriad of trial consultants over the years and you are at the top of my list. I cannot thank you enough for your incredible and thoughtful advice and calm insights regarding jury selection, case strategy, graphics and the preparation of the most difficult witnesses in hard-fought, high-stakes intellectual property litigation. It has been a joy and pleasure to work with you.”

- Ken Keller, Kreig Keller Sloan Reilly & Roman LLP, San Francisco, CA

“I’ve been fortunate to have used Tsongas’ services for sharpening trial strategy, conducting focus groups, witness preparation, graphics and animations in both complex jury and court trials. Their team provides the highest level of trial consultant services, and I am very pleased at the results. I plan to use Tsongas in the future, and would strongly recommend them to my colleagues.”

- Richard Yugler, Landye Bennett Blumstein, Portland, OR

“I have worked with Tsongas jury consultants on my most significant Las Vegas jury cases in recent years, including breach of contract and fraud cases. Tsongas is reliable and responsive, providing top notch advice on case strategy, opening and closing arguments, litigation graphics conceptualization and production, witness analysis, and strategic jury selection. Its consultants offer a different and useful perspective on jury behaviors and principles of effective persuasion. Tsongas’ work reflects its understanding of our local jury pool, and its unique and detailed methods of detecting high risk juror bias merge quantitative analysis of juror characteristics with qualitative and insightful evaluations of prospective jurors. Tsongas provides efficient value, from inception through trial, and its services should be considered for all of your significant jury cases.”

- Peter C. Bernhard, Kaempfer Crowell, Las Vegas, NV

“Your research, consultation, experience and judgment were extremely helpful to the plaintiffs at each stage of trial preparation. We were very happy to have you on our side in the Exxon Valdez litigation. Your entire trial consulting staff was great to work with. We think you are the best in the world at what you do.”

- Brian B. O’Neill and Lori Ann Wagner, Faegre & Benson LLP, Minneapolis, MN

“I had the opportunity to work with members of the Tsongas Litigation team during a complex medical malpractice trial involving a number of sensitive ancillary issues including age, race and fame. With their help, we were able to present a forceful and spirited defense balanced against the careful handling of the potentially derisive aspects of the case. They were instrumental in developing case themes and refining critical issues as well as focusing a number of inexperienced and difficult witnesses. Importantly, they brought a sense of calm, grace and good humor to battle the stressors of trial. I look forward to working with Tsongas jury consultants on future matters.”

- Kenneth M. Webster, Hall Prangle & Schoonveld, Las Vegas, NV

“We have worked with the consultants at Tsongas for many years. They have done exceptional work for us in complex commercial litigation, and condemnation cases. Most importantly, they have helped us serve our client’s needs better by aiding us with case strategy development, mock trial research, jury selection, graphics, witness preparation, and opening statement development for trial. I would recommend the Tsongas team of professionals highly, whether it is for a high exposure case where you could benefit from a wide range of their professional services or if it is a smaller matter and you just need some assistance in one or two areas.”

- Jeffrey A. Beaver, Graham & Dunn, Seattle, WA
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