Testimonials

“I have abandoned my traditional voir dire style as a result of my recent work with Tsongas and am now a true believer in their approach.   I had always used voir dire as a way to get a first start at highlighting the strengths of my case and sometimes inoculating as to “bad facts,” but was convinced by Tsongas consultants to focus on identifying and eliminating negative bias on the jury.  They helped me craft and deliver effective voir dire questions aimed at finding highest-risk jurors.  Their reassurance that I was not risking “poisoning the well” was right on the money.

By asking tough – and pointed – questions to ferret out bias against my large corporate employer, I was able to not only use my peremptory challenges to remove three dangerous jurors, I successfully removed six others for cause.  Tsongas’ approach seemed risky, but actually made a lot of sense to me – and the entire venire.  It has fundamentally changed the way I will do voir dire.”

- Amy Joseph Pedersen , Stoel Rives LLP, Portland, OR

“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 their services for my clients.”

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

“Tsongas played an invaluable role in helping us develop our opening statement and closing argument in a recent trial.  Their focus on not only themes and language, but on how the structure and flow of closing argument can influence the process of deliberations were helpful in getting jurors focused on the strengths of our case.  Through Tsongas, we’ve learned that it’s not enough to just persuade jurors in opening and closing; it’s important to give them a process and the tools to take control of deliberations in a way that best serves your client’s needs.  More importantly, Tsongas provided practical, real-world advice rather than just generic recommendations or abstract theory.  I would recommend Tsongas to any attorneys preparing for trial.”

- Richard B. Jolley , Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, inc., 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

“The members of the Tsongas team provide an insightful sounding board for trial themes, strategy, and translating complex or mundane facts into easy-to-understand concepts.  Early in a case’s preparation, I found that their case strategy exercise provides a fantastic way to organize case themes and deficiencies – on both sides of the case.   I also found that Tsongas has real-world experience in IP cases that assists litigators beyond the traditional feedback that a general trial consultant might provide. In a recent trial, Tsongas helped our team prepare for voir dire and streamline our case presentation, and received useful feedback throughout the trial.  It is difficult to argue with the results in both cases, which were resolved overwhelmingly in our clients’ favor.”

- Bobby Ghajar , Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Los Angeles, CA

“We recently used Tsongas 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 services and look forward to working with them again.”

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

“I have worked with Tsongas 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

“I have worked with Tsongas 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 services to my peers who want their witnesses to be prepared for the strategy and tactics of opposing trial 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

“I was very pleased with the variety of services I received from Tsongas for my employment defense case.  From in depth strategy for opening and closing to engaging graphics that helped tell my client’s story in a persuasive and compelling manner, Tsongas delivered, even when the lead time was short and deadlines were approaching rapidly.  I will use Tsongas again in the future. “

- Everett W. Jack, Jr. , Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, New York, NY

“I recently had a major trial and used Tsongas’ Trial Technology Consulting for a variety of services. The Tsongas tech consultant was a critical member of our trial team.  He was exceptionally capable at producing and demonstrating effective demonstratives in the courtroom.  Throughout proceedings, he gave me valuable insights as to how to make best use of  the technology in the context of presented evidence and testimony.  I cannot speak highly enough about Tsongas and its team of consultants, and would recommend their services to anyone preparing to present complex testimony at trial.”

- Steven W. Block , Foster Pepper, Seattle, WA
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