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How to Interview a Jury Consultant

Basic information that every attorney should know about Jury Consultants:

When hiring a Jury/Trial Consultant, it is often difficult to know why one consultant is better than the next.  While the expertise of jury consultation is an unmeasurable art form, there are some questions every attorney should ask.  Often times when hiring a jury consultant from a firm, the firm will present to you their greatest achievements, yet the specific jury consultant that shows up to assist you never took part in those proceedings.

Questions that every attorney should ask their potential Jury Consultant:

What is the biggest verdict by your specific consultant?  Identify the case and attorney.

What is the biggest verdict in your jurisdiction?

Who is the biggest plaintiff you have worked for?

Who is the biggest defendant you have worked for?

How many juries has your consultant picked in the last 1 year?  5 years? 10 years? 15 years?

What is the biggest firm you have worked for?

Do you have any attorney recommendations?

Do you have a law degree or have you ever taken any classes on evidence law?

How many Focus Groups have you completed?

How does Toni M. Blake, JD, MA measure up?

Toni Blake is a sole practitioner.  When you hire 2nd Chair Services, you are getting San Diego’s oldest and top Jury Consultation firm.

What is the biggest verdict by your specific consultant?  Lucent v. Microsoft for $1.5 billion.  The attorney was Kirkland and Ellis.

What is the biggest verdict in your jurisdiction? Lucent v. Microsoft

Who is the biggest plaintiff you have worked for? Lucent Technologies or Discover Credit Card Services

Who is the biggest defendant you have worked for? British Petroleum (BP)

How many juries has your consultant picked in the last

1 year? Approximately 25

5 years? Approximately 150

10 years? Approximately 300

15 years? 500+ juries

What is the biggest firm you have worked for? Kirkland & Ellis

Do you have any attorney recommendations? John Demarias

Do you have a law degree or have you ever taken any classes on evidence law?  Toni received a joint JD/MA from the University of Nebraska’s Law Psychology program

How many Focus Groups have you completed?  Over 100

How does your Jury Consultant stack up?