litigation

Litigation & Jury Consulting

Focused Decisions San Francisco Facility

Mock Jury

Focused DecisionsSM provides your firm with a comprehensive mock jury experience.  From start to finish, Focused Decisions has the details covered. Focused Decisions provides a demographically representative mock jury while our experienced trial consultant expertly crafts mock jury questionnaires and analyzes deliberations.

  • Demographics Research
  • Targeted Recruiting
  • Experienced Facilitation
  • Full-Size Modern Courtroom
  • Unparalleled Technology

Using an accurately chosen mock jury to simulate a trial is the most precise way to evaluate a case. You will leave with a better understanding of how jurors evaluate different elements, gain candid reactions to specific pieces of evidence, and identify strengths or weaknesses within your arguments.  Having a deeper understanding of the jurors’ reactions to your case will assist you in making decisions about your case, including settlement.  It is difficult to comprehend the advantages that a well-organized mock jury provides to your case without experiencing one in action.

Our facilities provide a realistic setting for attorneys and jurors.  Where else can you find a full-size modern courtroom to test your case?  During the mock trial experience, Focused Decisions records the proceedings from low profile, high definition, wall mounted cameras.  Jury deliberations are recorded from multiple angles and can be viewed in real time from a comfortable viewing room equipped with high definition monitors.  Focused Decisions can also stream the proceedings to your office so that other members of your firm can remotely observe. Presentation and deliberation recordings are provided to you as a part of the package.  Give us the opportunity to impress you and your clients.

Jury Selection

Jury selection can make or break your case. Focused Decisions’ trial consultant is an expert in analyzing human behavior. Maximize your voir dire by receiving tailored advice on what questions to ask during jury selection. During trial preparation, our expert provides case analysis, assistance constructing juror questionnaires, and provides tactical recommendations including identifying exclusionary criteria. During voir dire, our expert is available to work with your team to craft follow up questions, ranking jurors, and making recommendations on using peremptory and for cause challenges.

Witness Preparation 

Focused Decisions’ witness preparation and evaluation process can help you refine witness testimony or test potential witnesses in front of a mock jury.

Lay Witness

Lay witness testimony improves by eliminating the fear of the unknown.  Focused Decisions’ experienced trial consultant and human behavior expert analyzes the mock jury deliberations and explains the jury’s assessment of the witness’s credibility. He then provides direct feedback regarding tips to enhance witness credibility.  After Focused Decisions’ witness preparation and evaluation, your lay witness will feel comfortable and prepared to testify.

Expert Witness

Even the most seasoned expert witness can enhance his or her testimony after receiving feedback from Focused Decisions’ trial consultant.  Equipped with information from the mock jury deliberations, Focused Decisions’ trial consultant will work with your expert to help shape his or her testimony to provide the maximum impact on the jury.

Shadow Jury

Did you ever wish you knew what your trial jury is thinking during trial?  Utilize Focused Decisions’ shadow jury program for the answers in time to make a difference in the verdict.

A shadow jury is a group of people chosen to match the demographics of the seated jury.  Focused Decisions’ facilitators ensure the shadow jury is exposed to the exact same proceedings as the actual jury.  Each evening, Focused Decisions’ trial consultant debriefs with the shadow jury and provides the attorney with written feedback about how the shadow jury interpreted the day’s events.  This permits the attorney to make any necessary modifications in strategy and direction based on reliable information.

Jury Research

What is the best venue for your case?  Who is the ideal juror?  What questions should you ask during voir dire?  What do the answers to those questions really mean?  Focused Decisions provides the answers.

Attitude Surveys

Focused Decisions’ trial consultant is skilled at uncovering community biases.  With twenty years experience, our expert will help identify venues most favorable for your client’s case.  Optimize your chances for success by knowing where to file your complaint.

Jury Questionnaires

After uncovering possible community biases on a macro level with attitude surveys, Focused Decisions helps you discover biases on a micro level using juror questionnaires.  Using our trial consultant’s customized questionnaires, you will find out potential juror biases, select who can be removed for cause, and identify your prize jurors.

Post-Trial Questionnaires/Interviews

Will you represent the same client in a future matter?  Are you representing a similar client in a different case?  Worried about juror misconduct?  When permitted by the court, Focused Decisions conducts post trial interviews with jurors.  You will find out what exactly influenced the jury’s decisions, the logic they followed to reach their result, and understand from the jury’s perspective the effectiveness of your trial strategy.