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About Us

Toni Blake, JD, MA
Toni@2ndChairServices.com

Extensive Trial Experience in:

  • Patent Law
  • Sexual Harassment and Discrimination
  • Employment Cases
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insanity Defense Cases
  • Civil Rights
  • Contract
  • Antitrust
  • Construction Defect

Toni M. Blake has served on the faculty of the Monterey Death Penalty College, the Defense Investigators Training Academy, and has spoken more than 50 times for private and public defender organizations and civil law groups.

Toni has served as a TV commentator for Court TV, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and numerous local TV and radio shows. Appearances include Nancy Grace, Kathleen Crier, and Wolf Blitzer.

Toni’s cases, research and verdicts have been featured on Dateline, 48 Hours, Forensic Files, ABC Prime Time, Larry King and in various other news magazines articles and programs.

Toni has done tactical consulting, selected the jury and advised counsel for some of the largest civil cases in the country.  Clients include Alcatel-Lucent Technologies, Discover Card Services and British Petroleum.   In 2007 Toni selected the jury in Alcatel-Lucent v. Microsoft over the MP3 patent. The case resulted in the largest patent law jury verdict in US history, $1.52 billion. Later that year she worked on the second Alcatel-Lucent v. Microsoft trial which resulted in a verdict of $367.4 million.

Toni has made television, radio and newspaper appearances discussing multiple high profile cases including the Westerfield trial (2002), the Kobe Bryant trial (2004), the Martha Stewart trial (2004), the Scott Peterson trial (2005), the Michael Jackson trial (2005), and many others.

Criminal Litigation Experience

Toni has served on the faculty of the Defense Investigators Training Academy, the Monterey Death Penalty college and has spoken more than 50 times for public defender organizations and civil law groups. Her work on false allegations of child abuse has been featured in Discover Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, American Bar Journal and on TV documentaries. She has also served as a technical advisor on criminal pathology for books and movies.

Extensive Criminal Trial Experience in:

  • Capital Cases (more than 25 Death Penalty Trials)
  • Battered Women Syndrome Cases
  • Murder Trials (40+)
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome” Cases (500+)
  • Sexually Violent Predator Cases (30+)
  • Diminished Actuality
  • Insanity Defense Cases

Some of our more notable criminal cases:

Civil Litigation Experience

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Some of our more notable civil cases: