Trial consulting is the use of specialized expertise, experience and training (typically legal, psychological, or social science) to aid attorneys in the presentation of a criminal or civil trial. Trial consultants help prepare witnesses, improve case themes and clarify communication, select juries, and run focus groups.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is trial consulting?
How early on in the process should I contact you?
It’s best to get us involved in your case as soon as possible, so be sure to give us a call within the first 2-3 weeks of taking your case.
How much does consulting cost?
You can contact me for a cost estimate by clicking here.
I’m a seasoned trial attorney – why should I hire a litigation consultant?
A trial is always teamwork. Each member of the trial team should be given a role to best use their talent. You can’t cover every aspect of a trial and you should capitalize on your speciality. Using an experienced trial team member makes your chances of winning enhanced. Because of my experience, I know how to not only manage the approach of organizing a trial, but also adapting to the changes that happen throughout.
Do I need trial consulting if my case is going to mediation?
Absolutely. A partner or a team can make all the difference in keeping up with everything that’s going on. As a litigation consultant, I offer services for every step of the process – from strategizing to taking depositions to general witness and document prep to mediation and trial.
How can trial consulting benefit my case?
Trial is a marathon – constant change and constant adaption – but a long journey. Consulting can help you prepare for all possible changes and challenges you will face – create plan A, plan B and plan C – so you can dedicate your attention what you do best.
Can you conduct virtual focus groups?
Yes. Virtual focus groups allow you to connect to folks in the comfort and safety of their own home, and keep pushing your case forward.
How is a focus group different from a traditional mock trial?
Our focus groups are developed from a different approach, instead of a 1-size fits all approach like a mock trial. Focus groups come in a variety of styles and approaches – just like cases. Not every case needs a mock trial, but every case needs to be put in front of a focus group.
Attaining unbiased feedback that can be difficult for you to obtain as a lawyer working on the case. I will organize all the logistics and the focus group will be conducted on-site in our office to facilitate video/audio recording.
When should I focus group my case?
There is never a bad time to use a focus group. From the start, a focus group can be used to issue-spot and provide guidance on discovery to conduct and investigations to perform. In the middle, the focus group can assist in checking your case theory, deposition testimony, and continue to provide guidance on discovery. At the end, a focus group is a fantastic practice round before trial – getting on your feet to run an opening statement, check your jury selection questions or take a swing at your closing argument.
How do I know what focus group to run for my case?
Elizabeth has years of experience in focus group presentations and is happy to offer assistance in choosing the right focus group to yield your desired feedback.
What if I want to present but I want Elizabeth to ask the questions of the focus group?
This is a great set-up and highly recommended. Presenting to a group of 12 strangers is practice for public speaking and will improve a lawyers skill level. Elizabeth will jump in to ask the feedback questions of the focus group and keep the conversation neutral.
What feedback does a focus group give me?
Focus groups can provide feedback on … really anything! You want to learn about yourself and how you are perceived – a focus group can do it. You want to learn about the holes in your case and where you need to give attention – focus group it! You want to test your case theory, test your witness credibility, test the defense theory or defense witness credibility – focus group it! The hardest part about a focus group is learning how to present the information and ask the questions to receive unbiased feedback. (Biased feedback may make you feel fantastic, but it won’t help you learn and definitely won’t help your case!)
How does the process work?
Elizabeth works with the lawyer to understand the client and case, review case materials, and create an individualized plan for the client testimony preparation. Elizabeth meets directly with the client for several hours. During the client meetings, Elizabeth addresses concerns, educates the client on the deposition or trial process, and works with the client to empower them to tell their story.
How many days? Hours with client?
Typically 10-12 hours. Can be done in 2-4 days, dependent on client availability.
Can lawyer sit in?
How far in advance of trial or deposition should I contact you for help?
As soon as you believe your client will benefit from an individualized testimony preparation, contact us. We can format a timeframe around your client and the dates of the deposition or trial.
What if I am set for trial and the deposition has been taken?
That is not an issue.
What if the case involves a specialized type of law?
Elizabeth has experience assisting clients involved in family law, offshore injuries, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and other specialized areas of the law. Her focus is the client and is willing to learn what is necessary to assist the client in their testimony.
Will you travel / come to me?
Yes, as part of the Larrick Law Firm PC consulting services, I can travel to you.
What do I need to do to prepare?
Try to have all necessary documents from the case organized. That way, we can work together gathering any other information and reviewing it all in relation to the case.
Do you offer legal services to non-attorneys?
Yes, the Larrick Law Firm also represents clients and represents them throughout their case.
What types of cases do you take on?
The Larrick Law Firm represents clients in personal injury cases, including car accidents, commercial vehicle accidents, and premises injuries.
What does it cost to hire a lawyer?
The Larrick Law Firm works on a contingency fee basis – meaning there is no up front legal fees. The legal fees are collected out of any settlement or judgment that is obtained. We don’t get paid until you get paid.
Do I need a car accident lawyer?
After an auto accident, most people believe that the insurance company of the responsible party will simply repair their car, pay their medical bills, and get them back to where they were before the accident happened. After all, that’s what insurance is for right? Unfortunately, many insurance companies are more concerned about protecting their bottom line than they are with taking care of you and your family after an accident. Don’t get frustrated by the games played by the insurance companies and call Larrick Law Firm PC to find out your rights (512) 893-5700.
Do I need an attorney for my car accident?
Maybe. In Texas, you are not required to have an attorney to file an insurance claim for car repairs or injuries. If you have been injured, you should at least speak with a lawyer before you attempt to talk to an insurance company about your claim.
The insurance company have highly trained representatives that are skilled in getting you to make statements that can save the insurance company money. And statements that help them to deny, delay, and defend your claim. It is important to remember that an at-fault insurance company is not required to explain how they evaluate their claim or how they decide to deny your claim. A lawyer is required by law to give you the truth about how Texas law works and what your rights are. An attorney involved in your case can protect the evidence and protect the truth.
What does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
In personal injury cases, it does not cost you anything to hire a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer does not get paid unless a settlement or judgment is obtained. We do not get paid unless we settle or win your case at a jury trial. The attorney fees that we charge are called “contingency fees” meaning that the attorney fees contingent on recovering a settlement or judgment on your personal injury claim. The attorney fee is a percentage of the total settlement or judgment. We get paid only when you get paid. Also at Larrick Law Firm, in auto accident cases, there is no fee for handling your property damage claim when we represent you on your personal injury claim.
How long does it take to settle a case?
There is no clear answer. Larrick Law Firm PC promises to handle all the matters associated with your cases promptly and efficiently, while still providing the skill and attention your case deserves. Each case is unique and different factors can change the length of time, factors like the extent of your injuries, the need for future medical treatment, the insurance company involved and even the particular insurance adjuster assigned. Unfortunately, many defendants and insurance companies drag their feet and delay the conclusion of the case. Please understand that with the contingency fee, the Larrick Law Firm does not get paid until you do. Thus, there is clear incentive on behalf of our law firm to push your case for an early conclusion.
Regrettably, there is a backlog in the courts, often expert witnesses have conflicting schedules, various aspects of the law may change, and there could be many developments which will delay or speed up the conclusion of the case.
What to expect at your first meeting?
Whether you are meeting at our offices or we meet with you wherever you are located – the first meeting we like to get to know our clients and their case. We also want our clients to get to know us. We want you to be comfortable with us. We understand that it is a privilege to work for you and, if you hire us that we are working for you. We know that you likely have never been through this process before and that you may have concerns about your rights or even be confused about what will happen. We want you to know that you should only hire a lawyer if you are completely comfortable with him or her. Therefore, we will spend the time with you during the first meeting so that you can make sure that you are doing the right thing.
We encourage clients to bring information, if available, with them to the first meeting:
- Medical Records: doctor bills, admission sheets, prescriptions
- Police Report
- Vehicle/Bicycle information
- Witness information
The sooner that we are involved in your case to protect the evidence and protect the truth, the more likely it is that you case will be resolved more promptly.
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