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“For the first time in his 19-year legal career, Desmarais sought the counsel of a trial consultant. He and Toni Blake of 2nd Chair Services in San Diego explored various strategies for rationalizing a massive award…Desmarais relied on consultant Blake, who’d had no prior exposure to the litigation, as a sounding board. After observing each day of trial, she’d meet for about 20 minutes with the attorneys to give feedback and “be sort of a sanity check,” he said…During one of their discussions, they picked apart Microsoft’s argument that it need not pay royalties to Alcatel-Lucent for a backup coder because consumers didn’t need it. Blake noted that regardless of whether the coder ever was used, buyers expected it-as they would their car’s spare tire-to be there and to work. “It was a pretty clever analogy,” Desmarais said, and he incorporated the comparison into his closing argument.” – The National Law Journal, This verdict made jaws drop

In 2007 Toni selected the jury and advised counsel for Alcatel-Lucent Technologies during a trial against Microsoft over the MP3 patent. The case resulted in the largest patent law verdict in 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.

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  • Sexual Harassment and Discrimination
  • Employment Cases
  • Wrongful Termination
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  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insanity Defense Cases
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Testimonial: “We have used Toni Blake in  many of our civil cases.  Her services help us to discover the strengths and weaknesses of each particular case.  The process which Ms. Blake employs allows us to find ways to overcome any weakness.  Additionally, Ms. Blake’s services prepares our clients for making a good witness in order to tell their story in a compelling and honest manner.  This client interaction help us in managing the client’s expectations for his/her case.  Employing the services of Ms. Blake and 2nd Chair Services helps us get a case independently analyzed which in turn helps us in making a determination for settling the clients case or to push forward towards trial.  Should we push to trial, Ms. Blake then uses her expertise and experience in the field of psychology to help us in picking the most favorable jury possible.  It’s not an exact sience, but our jury awards reflect Ms. Blake’s ability to give us the best chance for justice for our clients.” – Joe Crudo Esq., Crudo Law Firm