Civil Litigation

 You would think that potential jurors, knowing full well that their written juror questionnaires will be scrutinized by the lawyers on both sides, if not also by trial consultants and other professionals, would respond to written queries the same as they do to oral voir dire. Certainly the same as jurors would respond to Your Honor at sidebar or

 First impressions are tremendously powerful. It takes less than a minute for you or your witnesses, to establish a credible first impression with the jurors, one which, once established, will be very difficult to change or alter in any way.Credibility is founded on trustworthiness. And those we trust display more trustworthy behaviors: more head nods, more eye contact, more

Most cases don’t settle, or are very challenging to settle, and end up in trial because there are grey areas in the case – situations or testimony which can be interpreted in different ways. Computer animation is often thought of as an effective, albeit expensive, way to show events. Research tells us, however, that there is a much more compelling

The words you use in framing your question will encourage witnesses to think and respond differently. This can be critical to how your case unfolds.  For example, in a study in which a group of people were asked to estimate a basketball player’s height, when asked “How tall is he?” subjects answered on average, “79 inches.” When asked, “How short

Mendocino County has been officially due for a new courthouse for more than 20 years — and unofficially, probably even longer. The superior court facility in Ukiah wasn’t even supposed to be a courthouse in the first place; it was first constructed to house the county’s administrative offices. Part of it was built in the 1920s, the other part in

 Jurors are told by the Judge not to research anything having to do with the trial, which is fine–except when a juror finds themselves bumped off the panel by a Judge for daring to look up a legal term in the dictionary. Which has happened, probably more than once.What is wrong with this picture? Why should a juror be

Though many of us naively strolled into 2021 thinking nothing could be as frighteningly eventful as 2020, in the law community those notions were quickly dispelled. As the pandemic wore on and laws in the state continued to adjust on a daily basis, California’s ever-changing legal landscape got even more complicated. Part of tracking legal news for CEB and writing

 A disturbing comment I hear repeatedly in jury debriefings and focus groups is that the attorneys do not connect their points or evidence to the specifics of the complaint.Furthermore, attorneys rarely fully explain the jury instructions to the jury, and worse – fail to tie in those instructions to the attorney’s interpretation of the case.This leaves jurors in the