Trial Consulting Posts

  • Public Debate about the Trump Investigation, Juror Deliberation, and Closing Arguments

    This is peril. Not the kind of “mortal peril” the young Weasley children faced from time to time, but the kind of client relations peril that comes with wading, even ever so slightly, into one of the most polarizing issues, …

  • I “sort of” want you to stop saying that: A trial consultant’s rant about a vocal filler infiltrating our persuasive communication.

    I “sort of” want you to stop saying that. No! I do want you to stop. Not kind of. Not sort of. I do want you to stop saying “sort of.” “Sort of” appears to have become the vocal filler …

  • Speaking to Your Jurors' Core: Core Trial Strategies for Success

    The Holy Grail of trial persuasion is to speak to jurors in a manner in which they can adopt an advocate’s or witness’s words, language and themes when they think about the case and deliberate to a verdict. Language shapes …

  • How College Football Can Impact Your Trial

    Many of us at Tsongas are college football fans. Actually, that may be understating the passion some of us feel for our respective alma maters. And since none of us went to Alabama, the college football season usually brings us …

  • Two Communication Lessons from the First Presidential Debate 2016

    The 2016 election year is the most partisan in recent history. It seems that many voters are so entrenched that some have wondered if one of the most classic forums of democracy, the political debate, might be rendered moot. After …

  • From Good to Great: Communication Tips to Address Two Common Communication Barriers Women Face

    Originally published in Defense News, Summer 2016 We recently had the pleasure of meeting with a group of female professionals at a roundtable luncheon to discuss the communication issues they felt were keeping them “good” communicators, not “great” communicators. They …

  • Ahead of the Curve: Three Positive Choices Attorneys Can Make to Improve Outcomes

    I was listening to an episode of This American Life entitled “Choosing Wrong.” The theme of the show explored the repeated poor choices many of us make when a better choice is available. The podcast featured Alain de Botton describing …

  • Practical Tips for Courtroom Success

    I recently attended a CLE given by a veteran judge about what, in his experience, works and what doesn’t work at court. He spoke about what judges want from lawyers and what he thinks jurors want from lawyers, the latter …

  • Trial Consulting is back in the public’s eye

    Trial consultants have had a few minutes of fame in our profession’s relatively young history. The O.J. Simpson trial put trial consultants on the public’s radar. Among the media coverage of race, money, and fame, was the role of the …

  • Advocacy and Attitude

    Recently I had the pleasure of being a guest lecturer at the University of Washington’s Trial Advocacy class, taught by Bill Bailey, Esq., practitioner turned law school educator. The students were bright and engaged. We discussed principles of human and …

  • Published in The Jury Expert: Identifying Googling Jurors

    The Googling Juror is becoming increasingly important to identify. In the December 2015 issue of The Jury Expert, researchers Alexis Knutson of Tsongas Litigation Consulting with Edie Greene and Robert Durham of University of Colorado Colorado Springs published an article …

  • Finding the Flow in Every Case, Big or Small

    I was recently reminded of a conversation I had with two attorneys near the beginning of my career as a baby jury consultant. I was working with a senior partner and an associate on a witness preparation for trial for …

  • Jury Consultants or Litigation Consultants? Why Not Both?

    Several high profile criminal cases are currently underway in our country: that of Erath County trial of Eddie Routh, accused of murdering former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield, the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber, …

  • Questions for a Jury Consultant

    On the frequent business flights I take around the country, I often strike up a conversation with the person seated next to me on the airplane. I try not to be “that guy” who bugs someone who clearly wants to …

  • The Vanishing Civil Trial and Trial Consultants

    January 18th, 2012. A recent Yale Law Review article documented the rarity of civil trials in the modern American judicial system.  The authors rattled off a series of statistics to illustrate the infrequent occurrence of civil trials, with the number …

  • The Golden Age of Litigation Preparation

    January 10th, 2012 We have all heard the laments of days gone by in every field. Old school journalists speak openly about “the old days” when there was “a code.” In litigation, new lawyers who struggle to get experience in …

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