Mock Trial Research Testimonials

“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

“We recently used Tsongas jury consultants to assist us in our highly successful Intellectual Property trial.  They assisted us with a mock trial, jury selection and conducted a shadow jury throughout trial.  The mock and shadow jury research proved to be very accurate and helpful, and they provided useful insights on the nature of the jurors in the venue and how they would respond to the unique elements of a patent infringement case.  They were an enjoyable team to work with, responsive and professional, and I appreciated their experienced, grounded, and practical recommendations.  I would highly recommend their trial services and look forward to working with them again.”

- Derek Gilliland, Nix Patterson & Roach, LLP, Austin, TX

“I recently worked with Tsongas on a mock trial in Southern California to prepare for my employment defense jury trial.  I found that their mock trial approach was organized and efficient, and that they paid great attention to the critical details. But, more importantly they provided very useful and practical recommendations for trial strategy.  Their rapid grasp of the case issues, and how jurors respond to particular evidence, case themes, and jury instructions was most helpful.  They offer constructive advice, engage in helpful dialogues about particular elements of the litigation and trial strategy, and they went beyond providing just a service.  They became more members of the trial team as they helped us gear up for the trial. I would not hesitate to recommend Tsongas services for my clients.”

- James A. Zapp, Paul Hastings, Los Angeles, CA

“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 worked with Tsongas consultants for years on large and high profile cases, as well as on jury trials where the exposure and stakes were lower, but the results were still critically important for our clients. We use them to collectively develop case and trial strategy, to enhance our opening and closing statement strategy, to assist us in selecting jurors, and to test our case and themes in mock trials. They make themselves available when they are needed, are quick and responsible to our needs, and always provide quality insight, opinions, and work product. Recently they assisted us in a uniquely challenging legal malpractice defense verdict related to intellectual property. We made use of all these services, and they developed some highly useful graphics for both opening and closing. We recommend them if you have a small case and just need some strategic consulting or if you have a large case where you may want to consider a number of their jury consulting services.”

- Robert Sulkin & Greg Hollon, McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren, Seattle, WA

“I have worked with Tsongas Litigation Consulting on a number of cases over the last decade. Tsongas trial consultants have helped me with graphics, case themes, jury selection and mock trials. I have found their work to be uniformly first rate. They have very good ideas and provide top notch service”

- Kelly Corr, Corr Cronin Michelson Baumbardner & Preece, Seattle, WA

“I consider using Tsongas’ services in every case I handle, not just in large exposure cases. Their case strategy process provides me with different types and levels of service customized for the case so I know I’ve always done my “jury due diligence.” I have done many mock trials with many different Tsongas trial consultants. I have always come away with critical insights that were essential prior to trial or ADR. However, I believe that Tsongas is very attuned to the fact that not every case needs a full blown mock trial. They offer cost effective alternatives and my clients appreciate that.”

- David A. Ernst, Davis Wright Tremaine, Portland, OR

“I’ve engaged Tsongas on jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations to collectively develop a strong and persuasive case story that can guide discovery and deposition preparation. They have helped me in intellectual property matters, securities litigation, and other complex commercial cases.  The Tsongas team has helped us prepare jury questionnaires, organize pre-trial focus groups and pick a jury and run Shadow Juries for us. I know when I retain Tsongas that I’m retaining the best around, and Tsongas works hard to meet our case schedule, as unreasonable as it may be. They are also very helpful in providing ideas for graphics and other court demonstratives. I do not hesitate to recommend Tsongas trial consultants to other attorneys nor to recommend their retention to my clients.”

- Peter Ehrlichman, Dorsey & Whitney, Seattle, WA

“We resolved our Clark County Nevada case at a reasonable figure in large part because we consulted you and you provided us, through a mock trial and jury consultation, with information we used to analyze our case and structure our settlement. Our case was a seven figure, possibly eight figure, personal injury case.

You set up a four panel mock jury in Las Vegas. The jurors your staff selected from the local populace were just like jurors I see in Las Vegas courts. Your price for all this work was imminently reasonable. We settled our case at Mediation just over a month after the mock trial and my client was very satisfied with the settlement.”

- Norman F. Boxley, Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP, Las Vegas, NV

“You have made the uncertainties of a civil jury trial manageable, workable and tolerable through your keen insight, common sense experience and judgment and consultation. Unpredictability has achieved a normative probability – something my clients bank on.”

- Michael A. Patterson, Patterson, Buchanon, Fobes, Leith & Kalzer, Inc., Seattle, WA

“Our firm had the pleasure of working closely with Tsongas trial consultants on a recent plaintiff case that received national attention. Tsongas did not become involved in the case until about seven weeks before trial, after most of the discovery and pretrial motion practice had been completed. In only a couple of conference calls, they grasped the facts, theories, and nuances of our case. Working quickly and efficiently with us, they designed and carried out just the jury research we needed, the results of which gave our whole team the confidence to stick to the game plan they helped us devise, no matter what our opponents threw at us. Their original, instinctive ideas for conveying our messages, which were confirmed through jury research, helped us arrive at the central themes of our case. They deftly used the research to chart out a jury selection strategy that was easy to implement and proved very successful. As the trial progressed, we constantly reminded ourselves of their specific advice and guidance. From opening statement through closing argument, we were lucky to have their specific input on every facet of our case presentation, including the design of key demonstratives. Tsongas consultants get my strongest possible recommendation as jury trial consultants.”

- Paul De Marco, Waite, Schneider, Bayless and Chesley, Cincinatti, OH

“I have engaged Tsongas jury consultants on several occasions to help me with a significant case heading for a jury trial. Most recently we worked together on a major race discrimination class action that resulted in a verdict completely in favor of my client – recognized by “The National Law Journal” as one of the Top Ten Defense Wins of the Year. Tsongas helped us prepare and conduct a mock trial that was extremely helpful in testing and refining our case strategy. They also offered valuable assistance in developing our opening statement themes and closing argument, the demonstrative exhibits that we used throughout trial, and our jury selection strategy. I am a big believer in their approach to this type of jury research; and frankly, I would not approach a major jury trial without it. The people at Tsongas are great to work with – helpful, creative, and responsive. I would recommend them highly, especially for high-profile or complex cases.”

- Michael Reiss, 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’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

“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

“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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