Hon. Christine M. Arguello
Leslie Ellis, Ph.D.
Jeff Frederick, Ph.D.
Justice J. Gary Hastings (Ret.)
Karen Lisko, Ph.D.
Charlotte A. Morris, M.A.
Hon. Sean O'Donnell
Judy H. Rothschild, Ph.D.
Mary Rose, Ph.D.
Will Rountree, Ph.D.
Pete Rowland, Ph.D.
Jessica Salerno, Ph.D.
Matt Williams, Ph.D.
Alicia Aquino is an NCRA accredited Trial Technology Consultant and President of Aquino Trial Services based in San Diego, California. Alicia is well-versed in legal project management, graphics, mock trials and presentation of evidence.
Her passion to help others is demonstrated through her work, empowering women, fostered youth, and the LGBTQ+ community. Alicia is a community leader and very active within San Diego County; she currently serves as President of the Tom Homann LGBTQ Law Association Foundation Board and committee member of the ABA Women of Legal Tech Summit. She also sits on various committees with the Lawyers Club of San Diego and Women in e-Discovery, San Diego Chapter. Most notably she is a founding advisory board member of the Online Courtroom Project. She has presented to several legal associations from Coast to Coast on trial preparation, trial presentation and best practices for remote court proceedings.
Hon. Christine M. Arguello: Christine M. Arguello is a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Previously, she was a nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Ken Broda-Bahm has provided research and strategic advice on several hundred cases across the country for the past 27 years, applying a doctorate in communication emphasizing the areas of legal persuasion and rhetoric. As a tenured Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Dr. Broda-Bahm has taught courses including legal communication, argumentation, persuasion, and research methods. He has trained and consulted in 19 countries around the world and is Past President of the American Society of Trial Consultants.
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.
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).
Chris Dominic serves as President and Senior Consultant of Tsongas Litigation Consulting, Inc. He leads the company’s national practice and counsels’ clients on cases ranging from everyday litigation and ADR to some of the highest profile, highest stakes trials in the nation. Dominic began working with Tsongas Litigation Consulting in 1997. He has presented many seminars across the nation on case strategy, witness preparation, pre-trial research, jury selection, opening statement, closing argument, and jury decision-making. Dominic’s practice is broad but spends significant time on multidistrict litigation, class actions, commercial, and intellectual property matters.
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.
Dr. Jeffrey T. Frederick, President, Jeffrey Frederick Trial Consulting Services, LLC. Dr. Frederick has been involved in jury selection and jury research in hundreds of cases since 1975. He received his MS (1979) and Ph.D. (1980) in Social Psychology from North Carolina State University. He has written extensively on the topic of jury trials and trial advocacy, including three key books in the area, Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, 4th Edition (2018), Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Supplemental Juror Questionnaires (2018), and The Psychology of the American Jury (1987), as well as numerous publications, including the chapter, Online Jury Selection: Best Practices. (In press). In K. Broda-Bahm & R. Gabriel (Eds.). The Online Courtroom: The Future of Remote Technology in the Litigation Process. Chicago: American Bar Association. He is a co-founding member of the Online Courtroom Project and a member of the Maricopa County Civil Innovation Task Force.
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.
Justice Hastings received a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Southern California in 1968 and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in May of 1972. He was admitted to practice in December of 1972 and for thirteen years practiced with Belcher, Henzie & Biegenzahn in Los Angeles where he defended clients involved in product liability, medical malpractice, construction defect and bad faith insurance claims. He was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 1985 where he served as a trial judge in every type of criminal and civil action and served as the supervising judge in the Southwest Branch in 1989 and 1990. In 1993 he was elevated to the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Fourth Division, where he served until his retirement in 2006. He then became an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern Law School where he taught Trial Advocacy and a seminar on the American Justice System for 12 years. He continues working with moot court teams at Southwestern and California State University, Long Beach. In 2008 he joined Alternative Resolution Centers and worked as a neutral mediator, arbitrator and referee until last year. He has also served on faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Southern California Regional Program, from 1994 to present. He served his third and final year as a Commissioner with the California State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation in 2020 and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Online Courtroom Project.
In 1994, Justice Hastings helped found the Benjamin Aranda III chapter of the American Inn of Court where he has presided as President on three different occasions and is still active. In 2019, Justice Hastings helped found the Southwestern Law School chapter of the American Inn of Court and serves as President.
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.
Paula Hannaford-Agor, the Director of the Center for Juries Studies, joined the Research Division of the National Center in May 1993. In this capacity, she regularly conducts research and provides technical assistance and education to courts and court personnel on the topics of jury system management and trial procedure; civil litigation; and complex and mass tort litigation.
She has authored or contributed to numerous books and articles on the American jury including Jury Trial Innovations (2d ed. 2006), The Promise and Challenges of Jury System Technology (NCSC 2003) and Managing Notorious Trials (1998). She received her law degree and a Master of Public Policy degree from the College of William & Mary in 1995 and her Bachelor of Arts in Government & Politics from George Mason University in 1991.
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.
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.
Sean Patrick O’Donnell is a Superior Court Judge for King County, based in Seattle, Washington. Judge O’Donnell is the former President of the Superior Court Judges’ Association, a statewide organization representing the 192 trial judges across Washington and is the former Chief Criminal Judge for King County.
Judge O’Donnell attended Georgetown University and Seattle University School of Law. Before being elected in 2013, Judge O’Donnell was as a senior deputy prosecuting attorney for King County. He was a member of the ‘Green River Task Force,’ which oversaw the investigation and prosecution of serial killer Gary L. Ridgway. Judge O’Donnell served as a special assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington in the Terrorism and Violent Crimes Unit.
Judge O’Donnell successfully tried the state’s first human trafficking case and first commercial sexual abuse of a minor case. He completed rotations on the Special Assault Unit and was a member of the ‘Most Dangerous Offenders Project,’ a specialized group of prosecutors responsible for all homicide cases within the county. Judge O’Donnell was also a Chief Trainer for the National Association of Attorneys General for human trafficking.
Judy H. Rothschild, Ph.D. has over 35 years’ experience in jury/trial consulting. She started her own firm in 2001, after being a Senior Consultant with National Jury Project (1984-2000). She consults on cases in state and federal courts from multi-party litigation to smaller everyday cases. Specializing in civil litigation she has been the lead jury/trial consultant plaintiff and defendants in landmark business cases, and for plaintiffs in tobacco, asbestos, personal injury, and employment cases. Her expertise has helped her clients obtain multi-million and billion dollar jury verdicts, defend against, or alternatively successfully settle cases. She often works collaboratively with other jury consultants. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California Berkeley. Has been a research sociologist and consultant on federal, state, and regional projects, and taught at University of California (Berkeley and Davis), and California State Universities, and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley from 1994—2000. Dr. Rothschild served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Trial Consultants (2013-2017), and an advisor to the Civil Jury Project, at the New York University School of Law.
Mary Rose received an A.B. in Psychology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Duke University. Formerly a research fellow at the American Bar Foundation, she is currently a professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches courses on social science and law as well as social psychology and research methods. Her research examines lay participation in the legal system and perceptions of justice, and she has written on a variety of topics including the effects of jury selection practices on jury representativeness and citizens’ views of justice, jury trial innovations, civil damage awards, and public views of court practices. She is also an investigator on the landmark study of decision making among 50 deliberating juries from Pima County, Arizona. She has served on the editorial boards of Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, Criminology, Social Psychology Quarterly, and Law & Human Behavior and is a former trustee of the Law & Society Association.
Will Rountree, J.D., Ph.D. is a Senior Trial Consultant and partner with Bonora Rountree since 2005. Will has acquired in-depth consulting experience in over 1,000 cases, and developed specialties in antitrust/unfair business competition, employment discrimination, criminal defense, intellectual property, mass tort/personal injury, and breach of contract cases.
As the Associate Editor of JuryWork: Systematic Techniques, Will conducted extensive legal and social science research for the most comprehensive and up-to-date manual for the practice of jury consulting. Will has written extensively on jury composition challenges, post-trial interview techniques, the discriminatory use of peremptory challenges and voir dire questioning techniques in restricted time conditions. Combining consulting experience and research, he has developed specific voir dire questioning methods to assist attorneys in revealing jurors’ biases in high-stakes litigation.
Will received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.
With more than 27 years experience in trial consulting, Dr. Rowland is an expert in jury research, case assessment and advocacy strategy. In 1994, Pete founded Litigation Insights (formerly called Center for Trial Insights – KS), and over the years, he has advised trial lawyers in hundreds of high-exposure civil cases, specializing in mass torts, employment, product liability, intellectual property, and insurance coverage cases.
His focus on theme and story development led to his development of jury research models that have been particularly effective with assisting counsel in developing their case strategies. One such model, called “Insights Focus Group Research” (IFG), focuses on early case assessment. This research helps clients develop an approach built upon juror input rather than assumptions. In essence, the information gleaned from an IFG provides the building blocks to refining themes and strategies for not only presenting the case at trial, but for the discovery process leading up to trial.
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.
Dr. Shelley Spiecker has been advising attorneys on case strategy and litigation persuasion for 26 years. She has extensive experience persuading legal fact finders including judges, jurors, and arbitrators. Dr. Spiecker advises litigators on how to strategically present issues and arguments, address case weaknesses and employ effective case themes, and she helps transform individuals from nearly any background into credible and effective witnesses.
She has extensive experience in the design and analysis of mock jury trial and focus group research as well as mock bench trials and mock arbitrations. Her studies of the tactical use of innuendo in the courtroom, and her analyses of effective opening statements and closing arguments have been recognized as valuable contributions to the trial consulting field.
With experience helping prepare witnesses from a multitude of backgrounds from taxi drivers to Fortune 100 CEOs, she specializes in assisting medical defendants and has helped over 2,000 medical providers with communication skills training. She surveys and interviews jurors continuously to stay abreast of attitudes toward the medical community, medical care, and issues in medical negligence litigation to best help providers project credibility, competence and compassion in their testimony.
Dr. Spiecker received her Ph.D. in Legal Communication and M.A. in Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods from the University of Kansas.
Tara Trask is President of Trask Consulting, a boutique litigation strategy, trial consulting and jury research firm with a national presence. Her practice focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on complex commercial litigation, including intellectual property, (patent and trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation) antitrust, securities, breach of contract and fraud. She has also assisted both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving products liability, insurance, and oil and gas. Over her 27-year career, Ms. Trask has been involved in over 450 jury trials in 25 states and U.S. territories. She is a past president of ASTC, currently serves as a trial consultant advisor to the Civil Jury Project at NYU Law and inspired the character “Marissa Morgan” on the CBS hit television show, “Bull.”
Matthew W. Williams is a Superior Court Judge for the State of Washington. He was elected to the Superior Court in 2016. Prior to serving on the Superior Court, Judge Williams served six years as a District Court Judge.
He teaches at the Washington State Judicial College and serves as member of Washington State Superior Court Judges Association (SCJA) Ethics and Education Committees. Since 1985 Judge Williams has been developing programs training judges, advocates, law students, law enforcement personnel in such diverse areas as case management, advocacy, forensics, collision reconstruction, effective management/personnel strategies, and negotiation strategies/tactics. Judge Williams serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for the Global Understanding of the Rule of Law (IGUL), and as a Judicial Advisor to the Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law.
During the past year, Judge Williams has served as a pioneer in the use of virtual technologies allowing courts and justice systems to “keep the wheels of justice turning” during the difficulties of pandemic. He has personally conducted multiple remote/virtual jury and bench trials, and successfully implemented a matrix of remote/virtual court protocols and processes. He is a member of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Post-Pandemic Planning Workgroup, and has provided consultation and training to judges throughout the United States on every aspect of remote/virtual operations.
Judge Williams received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Nebraska (1980), and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska School of Law (1983). He holds the rank of Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and has served as a martial arts and personal defense instructor. As a pilot he has logged over a thousand hours of pilot-in-command hours throughout the United States.