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Join the Jury - NLJ's 2015 Best of Survey is Now Accepting Votes

Posted by Ken Lopez on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 @ 10:38 AM

 

best-of-the-national-law-journalby Ken Lopez
Founder/CEO
A2L Consulting

There are many annual surveys that help rank law firms, specialty legal training programs and legal vendors and consultants. The annual Best of The National Law Journal is the crown jewel of these surveys.

A2L Consulting is honored to have been nominated and voted best litigation graphics provider and best jury consultants in this and other polls many times before. By voting in such surveys, I believe we make our industry better by acknowledging those who contribute to it the most.

While I would certainly be thrilled, honored, and grateful it if you would vote for A2L on questions #58 and #61 in the categories of Best Demonstrative Evidence Provider and Best Jury Consultants, I think simply voting is very valuable for all of us. Here is a link to the survey that is only open for a little bit more time. Note, not all questions have to be answered, but you do have to click the "Done" button at the end. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015BestofNLJ

These ALM polls are quite credible since they are reader-driven and since gmail and other free email services are usually excluded from voting. Thus, you get very good insight from your peers regarding who is the best of the best.

Just a couple of months ago, A2L was voted #1 or #2 in all three of our primary service categories - jury consulting, litigation graphics consulting and courtroom technology/hot seat consulting - by the readers of LegalTimes, a sister publication of the NLJ.

Categories being voted on this year are quite diverse and include not only those areas where A2L works but also other areas like crisis management, lawyer business development coaches, litigation valuation, cloud-based practice management, ADR providers and more.

On the national stage of big ticket trials, we only routinely bump into our competitors FTI Consulting, TrialGraphix (recently sold again and collapsed into RLM) and DecisionQuest. I'm glad to see these good firms are nominated along with a host of others. I have to confess that despite being in the industry for 20 years, I've not heard of many of the others, but I do wish everyone good luck.

A2L Consulting is nominated in 5 categories this year - vote now!:

  • Best Jury Consultants (#58)
  • Best Demonstrative Evidence Provider (#61)
  • Best Trial Technology "Hot Seat" Provider (#62)
  • Best Intellectual Property Consultants (#15)
  • Best End to End Litigation Consultants (#11)

I'm really focused on winning in the jury consulting and demonstrative evidence categories as these are the most important categories to our customers. Here is what the questions #58 and #61 look like (click the image to go to the survey now). The whole survey should take no more than 10 minutes.

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Thanks for voting everyone. It makes the entire legal industry better in the process.

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Tags: Trial Graphics, Litigation Graphics, Jury Consulting, Litigation Consulting, Demonstrative Evidence, Hot Seat Operators, Trial Technology, Jury Consultants, Survey

Why You Did Not Use a Mock Trial [One-Question Survey]

Posted by Ken Lopez on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 @ 01:35 PM

 

reasons-did-not-conduct-a-mock-trialby Ken Lopez
Founder/CEO
A2L Consulting

Most would agree that mock trials are not conducted as often as they should be. After all, why wouldn't you want to learn what kinds of jurors you will see on your jury, understand what works about your case and what doesn't, understand what works about your opponent's case and what doesn't, gauge your settlement position, provide outside counsel a chance to practice and gain many more benefits all for a tiny fraction of the cost of what is often at stake?

Is a mock trial mandatory? Of course not—and neither is having someone else cut your hair. Both are entirely optional expenses, but both are very good ideas.

So why might a mock trial not be conducted? In my 20 years of observing trials and trial preparation, I have heard many good reasons and many bad reasons. Sometimes the rationale for not conducting a mock originates in the in-house department, and sometimes it comes from outside counsel. However, there are plenty of situations where both inside and outside counsel knew they would benefit from a mock and both, for one reason or another, chose not to conduct one. For most, the question comes down to budget. A2L offers mock exercise solutions starting from as low as $10,000, however four-panel multi-day mock trials always cost six-figures but pale in cost in comparison to the potential upside or downside of the case.

Rather than speculate why people don't conduct mock trials, I thought I would ask. Below is a one question survey that asks, "For a recent case where a mock trial would have helped but no mock trial was conducted, what was the biggest reason you didn't conduct one?" 

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world's leading questionnaire tool.

 

Other information and resources about mock trials, jury consulting and litigation consulting on A2L Consulting's site:

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Tags: Trial Consultants, Jury Consulting, Mock Trial, Litigation Consulting, Litigation Management, Trial Preparation, Practice, Survey

1-Question Survey: How Does In-House Hire Outside Litigation Counsel?

Posted by Ken Lopez on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 @ 04:15 PM

 

how does inhouse counsel hire outside litigation counselby Ken Lopez
Founder/CEO
A2L Consulting

As part of A2L's jury consulting, litigation graphics and litigation consulting work, I routinely have the privilege of closely observing some of the best litigators in the business. I get to watch their preparation styles and see how they perform at trial. I also have a chance to witness opposing counsel's performance at trial. The comparisons between the two are fascinating for me.

Chances are, if a litigator is working with A2L (or a firm like ours), they are at the top of their game. This is true because that litigator is likely comfortable asking for input from a litigation consultant that might go to trial 50 times a year. Compared to an individual litigator at a medium or large law firm, it is probable that a litigation consultant will go to trial 10x-50x more often. With that kind of experience, it's understandable that a smart litigator (and often in-house counsel) would want a second pair of eyes focused on overall trial presentation, storytelling, persuading the fact-finder(s) and litigation graphics.

While our clients are often the best of best, opposing counsel is all-too-often underprepared—not that I have a problem with that—but it is perplexing. I've seen this preparation deficit in cases where opposing counsel is from a larger law firm, has a better reputation or has more trial experience. Since I believe the most prepared tends to win, the mere fact that a litigator is working with A2L (or a firm like ours) suggests that they are serious about preparing for trial, they are not winging it, and all other things being equal, they will likely get a good result.

Observing the quality differences in trial preparation between our clients and opposing counsel is sometimes cringe-worthy for me. Sometimes I feel a little sorry for opposing counsel, and it leaves me wondering, how did in-house choose this law firm and this litigator. Most of the time, I have absolutely no idea, and I am genuinely curious how much thought really went into the process. Is the hiring decision based on a friendship? Is it based on price? Is it based on win-rate, reputation or quality? If so, how is any of that determined in the general counsel's office?

Rather than speculate, I'd love to hear what you think based on your observations. Below is a one-question anonymous survey that I believe will yield some interesting results. You'll see the live survey results as they are compiled.



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Tags: Litigation Consulting, Litigation Management, Litigation Support, Leadership, In-House Counsel, Survey

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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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Tony Klapper joined A2L Consulting after accumulating 20 years of litigation experience while a partner at both Reed Smith and Kirkland & Ellis. Today, he is the Managing Director of Litigation Consulting and General Counsel for A2L Consulting. Tony has significant litigation experience in products liability, toxic tort, employment, financial services, government contract, insurance, and other commercial disputes.  In those matters, he has almost always been the point person for demonstrative evidence and narrative development on his trial teams. Tony can be reached at klapper@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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