Our Team

Jessica Baer, M.A.

Consultant

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Jessica’s education in the social sciences and in-depth experience in legal consulting over the past nine years have provided the foundation for her role at Litigation Insights.  Jessica specializes in designing supplemental juror questionnaires, leading focus groups and performing qualitative research analyses.  She has worked on cases involving transportation issues, intellectual property and medical/pharmaceutical matters, to name a few.  She has an extensive background in legal communication and began her consulting career during her post-graduate years where she taught public speaking and worked in the juvenile court system as a mediator in alternative dispute resolution.

Education

  • M.A., Communication Studies, Miami University of Ohio
  • B.A., cum laude, Communication Studies – Rhetoric, Miami University of Ohio
  • B.A., cum laude,  Political Science, Miami University of Ohio

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Joan Beck, M.A.

Medical Illustrator

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Joan is an award-winning medical illustrator, with over 25 years of experience, who specializes in demonstrative exhibits for medical devices, pharmaceuticals, surgeries and other medical procedures. Joan helps clients take a jury inside the human body to see how organs function, where medical devices are placed, how drugs interact and how different surgeries are performed.

Joan’s work and her articles on medical illustration techniques have been published in numerous medical and legal journals. She is a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators and frequently lectures on the topic of medical illustration and its application to litigation consulting.

Education

  • M.A., Biomedical Communications from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
  • B.S., Biology and Chemistry from the University of Minnesota

Selected Articles and Presentations

  • “The Production of Legal Exhibits,” Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA.
  • “Medical Legal Illustration”, Association of Medical Illustrators National Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • “Demonstrative Evidence for the Defense,” Indiana Continuing Legal Education forum, Indianapolis, IN.
  • “Impacting with Visual Evidence,” Minnesota Trial Lawyers, Seminar on Modern Visual Evidence, Minneapolis, MN.
  • “Medical Legal Illustration, Beyond the Basics,” Association of Medical Illustrators National Convention, Cincinnati, OH.

Luan Billam

Desktop Publishing Supervisor

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Adam Bloomberg

Managing Director – Visual Communications

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With more than 22 years of experience, Adam has consulted with hundreds of trial teams to develop communication strategies and presentations that educate, inform and persuade judges, juries and arbitrators.

Adam has led teams of graphic artists and IT staff in support of our client’s trials and war-room needs in a plethora of cases, such as commercial, oil and gas, product liability and toxic tort cases.  Adam has “hot seated” numerous high profile trials and mock trials over the last two decades.  Some of those high profile cases include State of Texas v Big Tobacco, Conwood v US Tobacco and Neuheisel v University of Washington.  He has published articles on trial technology and graphics in various professional periodicals including the National Law Journal.

Education

  • B.S., Communications, Texas Christian University

Selected Articles and Presentations

Cort Chase

Senior Trial Technology Consultant

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Cort Chase is a leading expert in Trial Technology Consulting for the litigation industry. With over a decade of hard work in the industry, there are few people with the level of experience that Cort has. Cort started out in the business near the beginnings of litigation support in 1999 at inData where he managed lit support projects such as scanning, coding and video deposition processing for large and small firms across the country. Having a cool head and a steady hand, he found that he had a passion for “working in the trenches” and in 2003 started working as a “Hot Seat Operator” where he continues this work today. Cort has received numerous accolades and comes highly recommended by his clients. Having worked on over 100 legal matters, Cort Chase is an industry leader in the litigation support industry.

Katy Cook, Ph.D.

Consultant

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Sandy Dickinson

Administrative Coordinator

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Danielle Eberle

Case Manager

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Danni’s background in the field of Communication enables her to plan successful jury research projects. Prior to joining the Litigation Insights team, Danni worked in the professional sports public relations field. Throughout that time Danni gained valuable experience in event operations and logistics. Danni is also a member of the Social Networking team which provides detailed profiles of potential jurors’ online presence.

 

Education

  • B.A., Truman State University

Bret Eltiste

Senior Trial Technology Consultant

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Bret has 18 years of experience in the audio visual industry implementing instructional-based technology. Through the installation and use of interactive whiteboards, projectors, tele-strators and tablet computers Bret is constantly finding the best techniques to help trial teams educate jurors.

With more than 10,000 hours of “hot seat” operation, our clients have relied on Bret to develop trial-specific strategies and presentations for high profile trials, focus groups, arbitrations and mock trials.  His litigation support expertise includes trial and war room technology, and trial logistics.

Education

  • B.B.A., The University of Mississippi

Litigation Consulting Disciplines

  • inData Certified Trial Director trainer
  • Sanction
  • PowerPoint
  • MS Office
  • Adobe
  • Pinnacle Studio

Robert Gerchen

Senior Consultant

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Bob works with clients on the development of courtroom themes and witness preparation in both civil and criminal cases. He identifies key educational and emotional elements of a case to create compelling case narratives. He consults on witness order and content to ensure maximum storytelling impact. Bob has also assisted numerous clients in developing multi-media mediation presentations that are designed to expose the weaknesses of the other side’s case and motivate opposing decision makers to be more flexible in the negotiation process. Clients have often called on Bob to present the opposing case for mock trials. He has experience with product liability defense, medical malpractice, toxic tort, and trademark and patent issues.

Bob began his legal consulting career with the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office, Hardcore Gang Unit. While there, he trained attorneys in courtroom communication skills and assisted the attorneys with argument preparation and courtroom presence. Bob is the author of the book “101 Quick Courtroom Tips for Busy Lawyers.”

Education

  • BGS, Foreign Studies/Russian, University of Missouri – Columbia

Selected Articles and Presentations

Shannon Gilley

Senior Designer/Animator

With more than 22 years of experience in graphics creation and education, Shannon is an Emmy and Telly award-winning artist and an expert in crafting visual communications that inform and persuade target audiences.

Specializing in 3D animation, Shannon has designed and produced educational projects for high-profile clients including the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He combines his past experience as a Professor of Media Arts, expertise as Animation Director, and academic research in cognitive and instructional psychology to create powerfully informative graphics solutions.

Education

  • MFA, Visual Studies, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • BS, Intercollege Program in Art/Computer Science/Film Study, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Selected Articles and Publications

  • Gilley, S. & Bielicki, J. (2013). Sci-Candy: Animation-Based Learning and the Next Wave of Science Education.
  • Gilley, S. & Bielicki, J. (2013). Geothermal Energy: Enhancing Our Future. EnergyPathways.org

Lisa Gring-Pemble

Consultant

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Dr. Lisa Gring-Pemble brings more than two decades of experience in story and thematic analysis and small-group facilitation. She has studied and published widely on topics including persuasion, narrative, and social entrepreneurship. She especially enjoys conducting mock trials, developing supplemental juror questionnaires, and conducting juror post-trial interviews. Gring-Pemble serves on the research committee of the American Society of Trial Consultants. In addition to trial consulting, Gring-Pemble is an associate professor in the School of Business at George Mason University. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate, she holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in communication from the University of Maryland.

Carey Hand

Senior Case Manager

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Prior to joining the Litigation Insights team in 2010, Carey worked for a number of years in the hospitality industry. She excels at logistics and operations, and her attention to detail is a great asset to the team. Carey’s experience in event operations provides her with the insight to plan successful jury research projects. Carey is also a member of the Social Networking Search Team which provides detailed profiles of potential jurors’ online presence.

Education

  • B.S., Endicott College, Hospitality Management and Event Management

Susan Harris

Director – Finance and Administration

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Susan has more than 20 years of experience in senior management of professional services firms. She has successfully led teams in human resources, finance, operations, facilities, information technology and administrative support. Additionally, she has played a key role in strategic planning, including mergers and acquisitions. Susan serves on LI’s management team and is responsible for the financial and administrative areas of the firm.

Education

  • B.S., Business Administration, University of Missouri – Columbia

JudeAnne Heath

Social Media Content Manager

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Over the last seven years, JudeAnne has planned and coordinated numerous focus groups, deliberation groups and mock trials, with an eye toward project execution.  Her success is due to her extensive background in event and logistical planning.  In addition to her case manager role, JudeAnne has taken on the role of content manager for Litigation Insights’ own online presence. She coordinates the Litigation Insights blog and social media content on Twitter and LinkedIn. JudeAnne is also a member of the Social Networking Search Team which provides detailed profiles of potential jurors’ online presence.

Education

  • B.A., University of Notre Dame

Barbara Hillmer, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant

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Barbara has more than 25 years of experience in research, consulting and case management, working with clients to help them achieve their goals.  She is particularly skilled at interpreting quantitative and qualitative data to analyze cases from jurors’ perspectives and structuring thematic narratives that appeal to jurors’ sensibilities.

Her jury research projects have covered a wide range of matters including banking, financial services, product liability, employment, and financial and securities litigation, as well as environmental litigation and toxic torts.  Her background in communication and group dynamics allows her to develop persuasive case themes and strategies that connect with jurors.

Education

  • Ph.D., Communication – Small Groups and Organizations, University of Kansas
  • M.A. Communication, University of Kansas
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin – Madison

Selected Articles and Presentations

Jill M. Leibold, Ph.D.

Director – Jury Research

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With over 11 years of trial consulting experience, Jill has applied her expertise in juror decision-making to hundreds of cases across all genres of litigation. Clients rely on her skills in preparing challenging witnesses for deposition and trial, and on her extensive experience in jury selection for both civil and criminal cases. She specializes in developing statistically based, juror risk profiles to identify jurors for cause and peremptory strikes, and also applies the qualitative analyses to develop case stories and themes.

Jill frequently presents at national legal conferences and writes for legal trade publications about juror attitudes, implicit bias and jury selection in the areas of environmental and toxic torts, personal injury, asbestos, insurance bad faith, patent and trademark, product liability, fraud and criminal cases.

She is based in Los Angeles and applies her understanding of California juries in pro bono work for the state and local communities. For example, she worked with a team of local and national counsel to develop a standard juror questionnaire for asbestos cases for the Southern California courts.

Education

  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, Michigan State University
  • M.S., Social Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Psychology, University of Minnesota – Minneapolis

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Christina Marinakis, J.D., Psy.D.

Director - Jury Research

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Christina began her career in trial consulting in 2010 after over a decade of research, study, and applied practice in law and psychology.  Based in Los Angeles, she has assisted trial counsel during jury selection and with daily trial monitoring in venues across the country, helping clients obtain favorable outcomes in notoriously difficult jurisdictions such as Baltimore, Miami, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco.  Christina draws from her backgrounds in law, psychology, and jury research to draft juror questionnaires, voir dire questions, jury instructions, and verdict forms.  Through her experience conducting focus groups, mock trials, and shadow juries, she has analyzed hundreds of mock jurors, in addition to interviewing actual jurors post-verdict.  Christina regularly assists counsel in developing and implementing trial themes throughout voir dire, opening statements, and witness testimony, and she is particularly skilled at translating legal concepts to juror vernacular.  Her case experience includes products liability, antitrust litigation, class action, legal and medical malpractice, contract disputes, patents, securities, fraud, trade secrets, employment discrimination, wage and hour, toxic tort and criminal work for both prosecutors and defendants.

Education

  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Widener University
  • J.D., summa cum laude, Widener University School of Law
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology Widener University
  • B.S., Bioscience Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University

Selected Articles and Presentations

  • Marinakis, C.M. (2016).  How Should Scientific Research Be Presented to Judges and Juries?  Insights.
  • Marinakis, C.M. (2016).  Essential Strategies for Preparing for Trial.  Presented at The Northeast Corporate Counsel Forum, Atlantic City, NJ.
  • Marinakis, C.M. (2016).  How to Obtain a Fair and Impartial Jury in Mass Tort Litigation.  Presented at The Mass Tort Judicial Forum, New York, NY.
  • Marinakis, C.M. (2016).  Falling on the Sword:  Implications of Stipulating to Liability.  Presented at the USLAW Spring Client Conference, Palos Verdes, CA.
  • Marinakis, C.M. (2016).  How Should I Introduce My Jury Consultant at Trial? Insights.
  • Marinakis, C.M. (2016).  Is It Ethical to Research Jurors Online during Jury Selection? Insights.
  • Wilinski, J. & Marinakis, C.M. (2016).  The Reptile Brain Strategy:  Why Lawyers Use It and How to Counter It. Insights.
  • Marinakis, C.M. (2016).  Can I Conduct My Own Jury Research to Save Costs? Insights.
  • Pitera, M.J. & Marinakis, C.M. (2016).  Unique Approaches to Jury Research to Leverage Your Position.  Webinar presentation for State Farm Insurance.
  • Marinakis, C.M. (2015).  What Is the Best Way to Raise a Batson Challenge?  Insights.
  • Marinakis, C.M. (2015).  Bias is in the Eye of the Beholder:  Response to Revealing Juror Bias Without Biasing Your Juror:  Experimental Evidence for Best Practice Survey and Voir Dire Questions, The Jury Expert, Vol. 27, No. 4
  • Marinakis, C.M. (2015).  Juries in Lead Paint Litigation:  Using Voir Dire and Graphics to Gain an Edge at Trial.  Presented at the National Lead Litigation Conference, Boca Raton, FL.
  • Marinakis, C.M. (2015). Diversity in the Courtroom:  A Competitive Advantage. Presented to in-house counsel for Honeywell International, Inc., Parsippany, NJ.
  • Marinakis, C.M. (2015).  Educating the Jury:  Graphics and Animations for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Cases.  Presented at the Drug & Device Defense Forum, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Phillips, M.R. & Marinakis, C.M. (2014). Obstacles to Jury Diversity: Common Misconceptions about Batson Challenges. Manuscript for the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar, Chicago, IL.

Marti Martin Robinson

Designer - Case Manager

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Marti has 16 years of experience in creative writing and graphic design.  Combining her expertise with Photoshop, Illustrator and Powerpoint, with a strong attention to detail and love of the written word, Marti works with trial teams to produce clean, relatable visuals that focus on telling the most compelling story possible.

Education

  • Hennepin Technical College – Advertising and Graphic Design
  • Classes at University of Minnesota and University of Toronto with an emphasis on writing

Litigation Consulting Disciplines

  • 2D animations
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • PowerPoint

Mary Miller

Office Manager, Minneapolis

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Jennifer Nemecek

Consultant

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Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in litigation consulting, assisting with the design, implementation and analysis of focus groups, mock trials and deliberation groups and collaborating with trial teams during the jury de-selection process.  Over the years, Jennifer has worked in most all genres of litigation, including employment, product liability, toxic tort, medical malpractice, contract disputes and intellectual property.  Jennifer specializes in the development of supplemental juror questionnaires and the analysis and interpretation of jurors’ responses.  She has been instrumental in developing and implementing Litigation Insights’ jury selection method for coding trial jurors’ written responses to SJQs, which aids in developing additional voir dire, identifying cause strikes and making more intelligent and strategic decisions for the use of peremptory strikes.

Education

  • A.S., Paralegal Studies, Denver Business College
  • B.A., Criminal and Juvenile Justice Studies, Ithaca College

Selected Articles and Presentations

 

Veronica Neutzler

Case Manager

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Veronica has more than seven years’ event planning experience.  She has demonstrated excellence in leadership, group instruction and team-building.  Her strong drive for perfection and attention to detail result in well-planned and executed projects.  Veronica is also a member of the Social Networking Search Team which provides detailed profiles of potential jurors’ online presence.

Education

  • B.S., Truman State University

Pauline Nichols

Accounting Specialist

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Merrie Jo Pitera, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

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Merrie Jo is a psychology and communications expert who specializes in complex litigation and trial consulting and has more than 25 years of experience in the field. She helps clients perform at their highest levels and has managed hundreds of cases during her career. She understands what’s at stake and she knows how to help clients build persuasive themes.

Her areas of expertise include intellectual property, employment, commercial, environmental and product liability litigation. Merrie Jo is a perceptive listener and observer of jury dynamics and sentiments and provides clear insights into how they are likely to impact a case. In addition to being a jury specialist, Merrie Jo also prepares witnesses for depositions, trials and congressional hearings. She is a frequent national and international speaker on jury behavior and witness prep methods. She routinely publishes articles in a variety of law journals on jury selection and trial preparation.

Education

  • Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Kansas
  • M.A., Social Psychology, University of Kansas
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Psychology, Clemson University

Selected Articles and Presentations

  • Pitera, M.J. & Czyz, K. (2016).  Which Is Best When Conducting a Mock Trial: One Jury Panel vs. Multiple Jury Panels?  Insights.
  • Pitera, M.J. & Hillmer, B. (2016).  Storytelling for the Defense – The Defense Attorney’s Guide to Beating Plaintiffs at Their Own Game.  Indie Books International, Oceanside, CA.
  • Pitera, M.J. & Marinakis, C.M. (2016).  Unique Approaches to Jury Research to Leverage Your Position.  Webinar presentation for State Farm Insurance. 
  • Pitera, M.J. & Bloomberg, A. (2015).  To Settle or Not to Settle:  Using Jury Research to Inform Trial Decisions.  CLE Presentation to in-house claims adjusters for AmTrust North America, Dallas, TX.
  • Pitera, M.J., Hillmer, B.C. (2015).  To Select or Deselect?  Understanding Jury Trends for Jury Deselection.  Presentation for Ogletree Deakins, Kansas City, MO.
  • Pitera, M.J. (2015). Mock Trial Versus Deliberation Group: What Is the Difference? Insights.
  • Pitera, M.J. (2015). What Does a Mock Trial Cost? Insights
  • Blackwell, J.W., Ford, B. & Pitera, M.J. (2015).  Litigation Masters: Trial Demonstration.  Presentation for the 35th Annual Mid-Year National Bar Association Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Pitera, M.J. & Babbitt, E.K. (2015). Effective Witness Preparation, Miss America and the Essence of Communication. Insights.
  • Pitera, M.J. & Wilinski, J. (2014).  To Select or Deselect?  How to Develop a Juror Profile in Employment Cases.  Presentation for Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, Kansas City, MO.
  • Pitera, M.J. (2014). Confidentiality and Online Jury Research: What Are the Risks? Insights.
  • Pitera, M.J. (2014).  When a Lawsuit Makes It to the Jury:  The Litigation Risks Both Transaction and Litigation Attorneys Should Know.  CLE presentation for State Farm Insurance, Bloomington, IL.
  • Pitera, M.J. (2014). Witness Tip: When Is It Appropriate for a Witness to Show Anger? Insights. Winner of LitigationWorld Pick of the Week.
  • Leibold, J.M., Pitera, M.J., Price, J.M. & Dukart, J.Y. (2013). Attitudes toward Japanese corporations. For the Defense:  Defense Research Institute.
  • Pitera, M.J. & Wilinski, J. (2013). Connecting with your jury: Ways jurors learn, remember and make decisions.  Presented to Defense Research Institute.
  • Pitera, M.J., Cohen, R., Johnson, J., Smith P., Woods, C. (2012). Rainmakers – Social anomalies, genetic aberrations, well-trained salespeople or just really good at what they do?  Presentation for the DuPont Legal Network Marketing and Referral Conference.
  • Pitera, M.J. (2012).  Understanding the modern juror in product liability litigation.  Presentation to Husch Blackwell Product Liability Group.
  • Rupp, T., Pitera, M.J., McQuin, R.S., Hudson, L., Stewart, M.R. (2011).  Effective opening statements.  Panel presentation at Kansas Association of Defense Counsel.

Jennifer Romero

Accounting

C. K. “Pete” Rowland, Ph.D.

Chairman emeritus

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With more than 25 years experience in trial consulting, Dr. Rowland is an expert in jury research, case assessment and advocacy strategy.  In 1994 Pete founded the firm 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 develop their case strategies.  One such model focuses on early case assesment.  It is called “Insights Focus Group Research.”  This research helps clients develop an approach that is built upon juror input rather than assumptions.  In essence, the information gleaned from the 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.

Education

  • Post-Doctoral Exchange Fellow.  Jury Psychology & Decision Making, University of Kansas
  • Ph.D., Political Science/Political Psychology, University of Houston
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Houston
  • B.A., Political Science, California State University

 

Amy Schmitt

Case Management Administrative Assistant

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Neal Skorpen

Designer Consultant

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Neal has been working in a variety of digital media for almost 20 years. He has created storyboards, animated scenes and designed characters and props for various animation and video game software and graphic storytelling. Heal has developed instructional presentations, activities and other materials. He is highly skilled in creating clear, compelling narratives through sequential imagery.

Neal brings dedication to every project he is involved in. He works diligently to craft each graphic into the strongest expression of the trial team’s vision.

Education

  • BFA Visual Design, University of Oregon Honors College

Litigation Consulting Disciplines

  • 2D Rendering and Animation
  • Illustration
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Microsoft Office Suite

 

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Patricia Steele, J.D.

Senior Consultant

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Since 2005, Patricia Steele has been conducting jury research and developing detailed trial strategies for major corporations, national law firms and state prosecutors.  She also provides witness preparation and assistance with jury selection.  Prior to becoming a trial consultant, Steele was a successful civil litigator and an award-winning television news producer.  She received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and thereafter practiced law in Los Angeles.  She is a former member of the American Inns of Court, and served as Special Counsel to the Warren Christopher Commission.  Patricia also earned an MFA from UCLA’s graduate film program, where she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in journalism.  As a television news producer, her work appeared on NBC, ABC and PBS and won both Emmy and Associated Press awards.

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University
  • M.F.A., UCLA Film Program, Fulbright Scholar
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Communications, Suffolk University

Selected Articles and Presentations

Jen Steiner

Case Manager

Jeanne Wagner

Desktop Publishing

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John Wilinski, M.A.

Consultant

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John Wilinski has assisted on numerous jury research projects for a wide variety of litigation including medical malpractice, product liability, commercial, intellectual property, employment and financial disputes.  His education and consulting experience have endowed him with a broad range of research skills from jurors’ attitudes and decision-making processes to content analysis and interviewing techniques.  He brings with him experience in the diverse fields of education, broadcasting and media sales.

Education

  • M.A., Communication Studies, University of Kansas
  • B.A., Radio and Television, Purdue University

Selected Articles and Presentations

  • Wilinski, J. (2016).  Using Jury Research to Inform Trial Strategies.  Presentation for Federal Bar Association, Idaho Chapter, Boise, ID.
  • Bloomberg, A., Wilinski, J. & Hunt, W.L. (2016). Important Considerations for Jury Selection and How Today’s Technology Helps Present Your Evidence. Presentation for Cowles & Thompson, Dallas, TX.
  • Wilinski, J. & Marinakis, C.M. (2016). The Reptile Brain Strategy:  Why Lawyers Use It and How to Counter It. Insights.
  • Bloomberg, A. & Wilinski, J. (2015). To Settle or Not to Settle: Using Jury Research and Trial Graphics to Inform Trial Decisions. CLE Presentation to in-house claims adjusters, in-house/outside counsel for Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, Lenexa, KS.
  • Wilinski, J. & Czyz, K. (2015). When Will Jurors Find the Plaintiff Sympathetic? Insights.
  • Wilinski, J & Czyz, K. (2014). The Limitations of Online Jury Research for Mock Trial Projects.  (Part 2 of 2). Insights.
  • Wilinski, J & Czyz, K. (2014). When Is an Online Mock Trial or Focus Group Right for My Case?  (Part 1 of 2). Insights.
  • Pitera, M.J. & Wilinski, J. (2014). To Select or Deselect? How to Develop a Juror Profile in Employment Cases. Presentation for Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, Kansas City, MO.
  • Bloomberg, A. & Wilinski, J. (2014). Presentation Technology: Five Things to Consider When Using a Mobile Device to Present Your Case. Insights. Winner of Litigation World Pick of the Week.

Adam Wirtzfeld

Director – Visual Communications

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With 16 years of experience as a graphic designer, 11 creating graphics for litigation, Adam is an accomplished visual storyteller who is adept at explaining complex ideas through a careful combination of words and images. Before joining Litigation Insights, he worked for several years as a user-interface designer, which strengthened his abilities to logically and clearly explain difficult concepts and processes to jurors.

As our Director of Production, Adam oversees and helps design and plan a wide variety of concepts with his design team and animators. Adam works directly with trial teams to identify communication challenges and create compelling visual presentations that convey the necessary messages, while matching the team’s presentational style and budget. His experience in thematically communicating case themes has proven effective in front of juries, judges and arbitrators in diverse venues around the country.

Education

  • Visual storytelling, design and illustration at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art
  • B.A., Philosophy and German, Grinnell College
  • Albert Ludwigs Universitaet, Freiburg im Bresigau, Germany
  • Art Students League of New York, NY

Selected Articles and Presentations

  • Bloomberg, A. & Wirtzfeld, A.W. (2015). Multigenerational Jurors’ Attitudes and Effective Storytelling through Trial Graphics. CLE Presentation for Fredrikson & Byron, PA, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Wirtzfeld, A.W. (2014). Trial Graphics and the New Widescreen Format in PowerPoint: A Review. Insights.
  • Wirtzfeld, A.W. (2013). Effective Use of Timelines in the Courtroom. Minnesota Association For Justice Wrongful Death Seminar
  • Wirtzfeld, A.W. (2012). Demonstrative exhibits today: Developing and exceeding your communication strategy. Presentation for Larson King. 
  • Wirtzfeld, A.W. (2012). Using Microsoft Office’s Clipboard Tool within PowerPoint: Moving Slides from Presentation to Presentation with Ease. Insights.
  • Wirtzfeld, A.W. & Featherly, R. (2011). PowerPoint 101: An interactive workshop. Presented at International Association of Defense Counsel Midyear Meeting.
  • Wirtzfeld, A.W. (2011). Effective use of presentations in trial: Basic rules – People (even judges and GCs) think in pictures. Presentation for Stoel Rives.