Jury Selection Testimonials

We have worked with Tsongas Jury Consultants for years. Recently we had the chance to work with Tsongas Trial Consultants in a plaintiff product liability case. It was a tough case, and we had only a modest budget for jury consulting, but we wanted to make sure we were on the right track and get their advice on how to execute the trial theme strategy, jury selection, and trial graphics. Tsongas got up to speed quickly and we worked collaboratively with them to develop, simplify, and refine trial themes. Their astute understanding of jury behavior allowed us to target the case themes to our jury; they assisted us in developing a comprehensive and practical jury selection strategy, and they worked with us to develop and produce a number of demonstrative exhibits to express our case themes and organize and frame our evidence visually for the jury. The jury verdict was a great success for our clients and we appreciate Tsongas’ professionalism, experience, and responsiveness to our particular needs. We look forward to using them again.

- Matthew J. Sekits, Bullivant Houser Bailey, PC

I have relied on the sound wisdom and practical advice of the Tsongas team for years.  Their commitment to delivering excellent service is one of their strongest traits.  I recently worked with members of the team on the development of case themes, jury selection, opening statements, and closing arguments in three cases and the results have been excellent.  I would not hesitate to recommend the Tsongas team to those looking for reliable, dedicated, and valuable strategic litigation partner.

- Craig A. Thompson, Esq., Venable LLP, Baltimore, MD

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 trial consultants for years.  Most recently they assisted us in a legal malpractice case that had some particular complexities and challenges.  Their process and method of analyzing cases and developing a coherent and persuasive case strategy is highly practical and illuminating.  They helped us make the case efficient and more manageable for a jury.  In addition, they designed and developed demonstrative exhibits for opening and closing, helping us package and present our information in efficient and appealing ways.  They were responsive, took direction when needed, made strong recommendations when they felt they needed to be made, and we worked as a team to the great benefit of our client.”

- Christopher W. Tompkins, Betts, Patterson & Mines, P.S., Seattle, WA

“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 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 found the Tsongas jury consulting firm invaluable in teaching and assisting in jury selection and theme development, and developing the story points for trial. Two points about working with the firm on a dozen or so cases come to mind. First, there’s nothing so uncommon as common sense. We lawyers tend to forget what makes non-lawyers tick. Second, the Tsongas people with whom I’ve worked–all of them–helped teach me to find the box, and then how to think outside of it, in preparing complex civil litigation for trial.”

- Milt Rowland, Foster Pepper, Spokane, 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’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

“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 recommend using Tsongas jury consultants in your most significant and serious cases in Nevada. I have used them on complex commercial cases, fraud cases, significant plaintiff actions, and construction defect matters. Tsongas offers valuable aid in developing jury trial strategies and the “story” that you will need to tell a jury so that they clearly understand your client’s case and are more willing to fight for it.

Tsongas has a unique and effective method of developing high risk juror profiles, supplemental juror questionnaires, and evaluating high risk jurors by “scoring” the nature of their attitudes and experiences. Their extensive experience with Las Vegas jury attitudes allows them to contribute in the most meaningful ways to case and theme development as well as with voir dire and effective jury selection strategies.

The Tsongas team also provided powerful and engaging demonstrative exhibits and PowerPoint presentations for opening and closing. These have helped me control the key issues in my cases and present juries with a clear and persuasive visual story.

I would not hesitate to call them if you want to give your client a unique advantage.”

- Mark A. Hutchison, Hutchison & Steffen, Las Vegas, NV

“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

“Invaluable, insightful, and effective best describe the skills the jury consultants at Tsongas Litigation Consulting bring to jury selection. I have for years used the Tsongas team to assist on contract case, legal malpractice cases, construction defect cases, and other forms of complex commercial litigation, and they have assisted me with jury selection in every major trial and will continue to do so except where opponents hire them first.”

- Bradley S. Keller, Byrnes & Keller, 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
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