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Ken Lopez founded A2L Consulting in 1995. The firm has since worked with litigators from all major law firms on more than 10,000 cases with over $2 trillion cumulatively at stake.  The A2L team is comprised of psychologists, jury consultants, trial consultants, litigation consultants, attorneys and information designers who provide jury consulting, litigation graphics and trial technology.  Ken Lopez can be reached at lopez@A2LC.com.


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Ryan H. Flax, Esq., Managing Director, Litigation Consulting, joined A2L Consulting on the heels of practicing Intellectual Property (IP) law as part of the Intellectual Property team at Dickstein Shapiro LLP, a national law firm based in Washington, DC.  Over the course of his career, Ryan has obtained jury verdicts totaling well over $1 billion in damages on behalf of his clients and has helped clients navigate the turbulent waters of their competitors’ patents.  Ryan can be reached at flax@a2lc.com.


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Laurie R. Kuslansky, Ph.D, Managing Director, Trial & Jury Consulting, has conducted over 400 mock trials in more than 1,000 litigation engagements over the past 20 years. Dr. Kuslansky's goal is to provide the highest level of personalized client service possible whether one's need involves a mock trial, witness preparation, jury selection or a mock exercise not involving a jury. Dr. Kuslansky can be reached at kuslansky@A2LC.com.

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New Study: A Graphically Immersive Trial Presentation Works Best

 


immersive use of litigation graphicsA recent study about the best use of litigation graphics during trial reveals some new insights. This study was conducted by Persuasion Strategies, a litigation consulting firm that is part of Holland & Hart, a law firm. 

The study team was led by Ken Broda-Bahm, a leader in the art of visual presentation in the courtroom. With a doctorate in speech communication that emphasizes rhetoric and legal communication, Dr. Broda-Bahm is a genuine expert in jury consulting.

In the Visual Persuasion Study, Dr. Broda-Bahm and his team conducted extensive research about the best approach to trial presentation in the courtroom. Their experience, which remains the topic of continued research, reveals that a graphically immersive approach to trial presentation gets the best results with jurors.

In a project that compared various uses of graphics and their effects on potential jurors, Dr. Broda-Bahm wrote, he and his team learned something very important: “The occasional use of graphics is not enough.” 

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The study looked at 1375 mock jurors and tested five different ways of presenting a defense case: (1) no litigation graphics; (2) flip chart graphics created live; (3) static graphics; (4) animation; and (5) an immersion style of presentation in which animated and static graphics were in constant use.

The team found that in order to obtain the full benefits of visual persuasion, attorneys should be using a continuous approach, giving the jury something to look at in a constant manner, at all times. Instead of following the practice of most attorneys of only using the screen periodically to show a document or image when a particular need presents itself, effective attorneys use graphic immersion -- an approach relying on continuous imagery to reinforce all parts of the message. This approach turns out to be most effective of all the graphic modes that were tested.

Graphic immersion, Dr. Broda-Bahm’s test results concluded, greatly enhanced positive juror response, beyond the results that came from occasional use of static graphics or animation. It is possible that this result springs from the fact that when something is both shown and told to jurors, they engage two separate sensory processing areas of their brain – the auditory cortex and the visual cortex -- thus sharing the cognitive load and making it easy for the brain to process the information.

Dr. Broda-Bahm told me that the study has convinced him that “attorneys should be using PowerPoint throughout opening and closing and the same is true while experts are speaking.”

We believe that as the disciplines of jury consulting and litigation graphics become increasingly intertwined, more study is needed on what are the most effective techniques throughout the trial presentation.

 

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