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Ted Brooks

 


Lisa DeCaro



Leslie Ellis, Ph.D.



Richard Gabriel



Faye Honig



Suann Ingle



Doug Keene, Ph.D. 



Karen Lisko, Ph.D.



Charlotte A. Morris, M.A.



Sarah Murray



Jessica Salerno, Ph.D.


Karen Susman

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Dan Wolfe, Ph.D.



Ted Brooks has been providing trial presentation and litigation support services to law firms for over 20 years. As Managing Partner of Litigation-Tech LLC, he is one of the first and few to offer HIPAA-Compliant Zoom Hosting (“Technical Bailiff”) for remote, in person and hybrid trials, arbitrations, and depositions.

Ted has written hundreds of articles, has presented many CLE courses, and has won numerous professional awards. He is a Founding Advisory Board Member of The Online Courtroom Project, a collaborative group of professionals who have completed and published a study on remote jury trials from voir dire to verdict, presented the NITA/OCP Online Trials Summit, and have jointly written a book to be published soon by the ABA.

Ted’s trial experience includes the Los Angeles Dodgers (McCourt) Family Law trial, People v. Robert Blake Criminal Defense, Western MacArthur Asbestos case, and Johnson & Johnson Surgical Mesh Trial.





Lisa DeCaro has assisted hundreds of attorneys and witnesses across the country to translate case facts and research results into persuasive messages. In 1997, she co-founded Courtroom Performance, Inc., a trial consulting firm dedicated to improving oral advocacy. Lisa’s practice specializes in witness preparation and trial strategy for the defense of civil cases, and she has assisted in victories involving many Fortune 100 companies in high-profile litigation. Lisa is a frequent speaker at regional seminars and national conventions, including the annual conferences of DRI and the ABA Litigation Leadership Section, and state bar or specialty programs in nearly every state, and she has served as faculty for colleges and conferences nationwide. In addition to her book, The Lawyer’s Winning Edge: Exceptional Courtroom Performance (Bradford Publishing, 2004), she has written articles for national legal publications (including DRI’s For the Defense, The Jury Expert, ALI-ABA’s Practical Litigator, ABA’s Tips from the Trenches, The Brief, and Lawyers Weekly USA).






Dr. Leslie Ellis is the founder and principal consultant at The Caissa Group. She has been conducting research on jury and judicial decision making for 25 years and works with clients on high-risk and complex civil and white-collar criminal matters. She works with clients to develop themes and trial strategies, conducts mock jury/bench trials and arbitrations, and assists with case assessments, witness preparation, jury selection and general case strategy. She is also a frequent speaker on the topics of jury, judicial and arbitrator decision making. She has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University.







Richard Gabriel is President of Decision Analysis, a national trial consulting firm. He has particpated in more than 1,500 trials in both the civil and criminal arenas across the country. Mr. Gabriel has assisted counsel in the high profile trials of O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony, Aaron Hernandez, Phil Spector, Enron, Whitewater, and three cases he has participated in have resulted in United States Supreme Court decisions. Mr. Gabriel is the author of Acquittal: An Insider Reveals the Stories and Strategies Behind Today’s Most Infamous Verdicts about his high-profile trial work and is the co-author of Jury Selection, Strategy and Science. He is the Founder of the Online Courtroom Project, which has assisted the courts, counsel, and clients to continue their access to the justice system during the COVID-19 pandemic.  He is a former President of the American Society of Trial Consultants and worked with ABOTA, IAALS, and NCSC on national recommendations for implementing Expedited, Summary, and Short Jury Trials. He was a committee member on the American Bar Association’s Achieving an Impartial Jury Advisory Group and is an advisor to the Civil Jury Project at NYU Law School.






Faye Honig is a Research Analyst at Dubin Research & Consulting (DRC), a New York-based full-service litigation consulting firm. Faye performs qualitative and quantitative data analyses, researches media trends, assists with jury selection, and leads the planning and managing of all aspects of research projects, i.e., focus groups and mock trials. Prior to joining DRC, Faye did consulting contract work for Trial Innovations and completed her Master's program externship with Winning Works. Faye received her B.A. in Psychology & Law and Society from American University in 2016 and her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from George Washington University in 2018. Faye is also the Chair of Membership for ASTC.







Suann Ingle is one of the country's top visual communication consultants for trial attorneys. An expert graphic designer, she is also a trusted partner who offers decisive presentation strategy and execution. After thousands of hours in the hot seat in courtrooms and arbitration hearings throughout the United States and Europe, Suann remains calm, focused and unflappable

regardless of circumstances. This enables her to  sense what's coming , and adjust visual communication on the fly to keep decisionmakers focused on the merits of the case.

Suann's talents and experience take on even greater power when she integrates her graphics and presentation expertise with mock  trial  research. Strategic  partnering  with more than one hundred jury research consultants (many who are

members of the ASTC), she has developed a keen sense of how people learn, retain, and decide issues in groups and how trial attorneys can benefit from that knowledge. She and her team convert this understanding into compelling messages with speed and precision, even when headline engagements require around-the-clock support.

In July 2017, Suann began serving on the board of the American Society of Trial Consultants.






Dr. Keene was founder and President of Keene Trial Consulting, a national litigation consulting firm originally based in Austin, Texas. After a preliminary career as a clinical psychologist and expert witness, he began Keene Trial Consulting in 1994. Since that time Doug has consulted on hundreds of lawsuits of virtually every type.  He has prepared witnesses from over 20 countries, has conducted focus groups, mock trials, mock bench trials and mock arbitrations on cases ranging from car accidents to commercial lawsuits and IP litigation with 10- and 11-figure damage models. Major commercial clients have included Google, Amazon, Applied Materials, Airbus, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Red Hat Technologies, BorgWarner, Microsoft, and many others.  In addition to major civil litigation, Dr. Keene has assisted on white collar crime cases, including wire fraud, RICO, obstruction of justice, gambling enterprise, bank fraud, tax evasion, and harboring of illegal immigrants.  

Although Keene has provided the full range of trial consulting services in the past, currently his practice is limited to witness preparation and development of case themes.






Litigation consultant Karen Lisko, Ph.D., works with attorneys to make them more persuasive.  Karen draws upon 30 years of research with judges and juries to strategize with legal teams in civil and criminal litigation. Karen holds a doctorate in legal communication, a specialized degree attained by only a few consultants in the nation, and is the author of two books, Patently Persuasive and Proven Jury Arguments and Evidence. Her doctoral research began a three-decade long study of gender and persuasion inside and outside the courtroom.

She routinely provides litigators with in-depth strategic advice on their oral arguments in hearings and at trial. By developing a deep understanding of the case throughout the jury research process, Dr. Lisko will use that knowledge to advise the trial team on effective case strategy. Most recently, she has advised the Arizona judiciary on best practices for online jury trials and is a founding member of the Online Courtroom Project which is a national group of retired judges, attorneys, and trial consultants studying and advising trial attorneys and judges regarding online hearings, bench trials, and jury trials.

Dr. Lisko has been an invited lecturer at law schools, including teaching a jury persuasion course at Lewis and Clark Law School and as a guest lecturer at: Arizona State University, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and the University of Kansas.






Charlotte (Charli) Morris has been assisting lawyers in criminal and civil litigation since 1993. Her expertise includes the design and analysis of focus group research, case theme development, opening statement/closing argument construction, the development of Supplemental Juror Questionnaires (SJQs), attorney and judge conducted voir dire and jury selection strategies, as well as witness evaluation and preparation. She has consulted on a wide variety of case types in State and Federal Courts across 39 states. Charli has also frequently served on the faculty of trial advocacy colleges and has been a featured guest speaker at Inns of Court, bar association conferences, continuing education programs, and other litigation practice seminars. She has been an active member of the American Society of Trial Consultants since 1993. Her first book on trial advocacy, The Persuasive Edge co-authored with Richard J. Crawford, Ph.D., was published in October of 2005. Charli holds dual Bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s degree in Litigation Science from the University of Kansas. Her graduate research focused on theories of persuasion and decision making behavior, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and voir dire strategy.







Sarah Murray is the President of Trialcraft, a trial and jury consulting company based in the Bay area. Trained as anthropologist at Bryn Mawr College and UC-Berkeley, a former Fulbright Scholar, Sarah has broad training in social science and over 30 years of qualitative and quantitate research experience. Early in her working life, she also worked as a technical writer and editor and technical trainer, using her understanding of organizational and social dynamics to combine technical training with workflow analysis to help people not just learn to use a software program, but learn to re-imagine their work processes incorporating new technologies in ways that put people and not machines first.

Sarah has worked as a trial and jury consultant for over 20 years and has worked on thousands of cases, civil and criminal, in state and federal courts around the country. She excels at research design, voir dire and jury selection, witness preparation and the development of persuasive trial narratives. Sarah has worked with online survey research programs since 2007, using online surveys routinely in mock trial and focus group research and has been using Zoom to conduct research, witness preparation and community meetings for the past three years. She loves to collaborate as well as to coach others in how to effectively integrate technology into their work routines.





Jessica M. Salerno is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Social and Behavioral Sciences division of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. She is a founding member of the ASU Program on Law and Behavioral Science and the Future of Forensic Science Initiative. She is a fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology and ASU’s Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. She serves as an academic adviser to the NYU Civil Jury Project. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Middlebury College in 2003 and her doctorate in social psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012.

Dr. Salerno’s research interests include several lines of inquiry that apply social psychological theory and experimentation to jury decision making processes. She has published research about a range of topics relevant to jury decision making, including the jury deliberation process, how jurors evaluate the quality of scientific evidence, the role of emotion in jury decision making, the impact of gruesome evidence, juror biases, judicial rehabilitation, and jury selection.

Dr. Salerno's work has been published in top tier peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as law reviews. Her jury decision making research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Psychology-Law Society, the American Bar Foundation, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She serves on the editorial board for Law and Human Behavior, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychology, Public Policy, & Law. She has won awards for her research, such as the American Psychology-Law Society's Early Career Award, and the Association of Psychological Science’s Rising Star Award. Her jury decision making research has been covered by many major media outlets, such as The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, NPR, Huffington Post, and the BBC.




Denver’s Karen Susman is back by popular demand. She’s spoken for ASTC, Arapahoe, Douglas County Bar and Broomfield Colorado Bar Associations, Colorado Bar Association and The Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association. Karen is known for solid content, interactivity and fun! 






Dr. Daniel Wolfe is Senior Director of Jury Consulting at Magna Legal Services, a full-service litigation consulting and strategic communications firm with offices in Chicago, Delaware, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tampa, and Boston, Washington DC.

Dr. Wolfe provides research-based and experiential data analysis to trial teams nationwide and oversees the standards in practice of the jury consulting team nationally. Dr. Wolfe works on high-profile and large-exposure litigation involving such matters as antitrust, product liability, intellectual property, professional malpractice, environmental, and securities. He consults on national litigation matters pertaining to a variety of industries, including automotive, airline, pharmaceutical, petroleum/petrochemical, biotech, and medical. An expert in the fields of witness preparation, voir dire, and jury selection, he is also skilled in providing quantitative and qualitative analyses of venues through focus groups and mock trials.

A jury consultant and researcher since 1986, he has been in the national spotlight on numerous occasions for his work on high-profile criminal and civil cases involving celebrities and professional athletes. He has appeared as a commentator on both local and national talk shows and has been quoted in a wide range of media, including national publications such as The National Law Journal, Lawyers Weekly, Newsweek, and USA Today. He has authored many articles and book chapters on the subjects of juries, juror perceptions, ethics in trial consulting, and the interrelation of attorney gender and courtroom bias. Dr. Wolfe has over 30 years of jury consulting research experience and has worked on over 1,800 cases.

A noted jury consulting expert, Dr. Wolfe has been honored to present for numerous legal organizations throughout the country, including the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, Defense Research Institute, several Inns of the Court, and various state and local bar associations. His professional affiliations include the American Psychological Association, the American Bar Association, the American Psychology-Law Society, and the American Society of Trial Consultants, of which he is past president.

Dr. Wolfe received his J.D., his Ph.D. in law and psychology, and his M.A. in psychology from the University of Nebraska. He holds his B.A. in psychology and sociology from Colorado State University.





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