Mock Trials & Focus Groups
Test drive your case.
See what matters to laypersons.
Learn what best and worst jurors have in common.
A mock trial is the most efficient and reliable way to test out your case, learning in advance of trial the driving issues that can lead to either victory or disaster. There’s simply no substitute for the wisdom of lay persons who, both as individuals and as a group, pass judgment on every critical aspect of your case. This feedback is absolutely essential in managing the risks presented by litigation, and will prepare you and your client to make the best strategic decisions possible.
Eric Lukingbeal, Partner, Robinson & Cole, LLP
"Carolyn Koch and Jury Solutions have given us and our clients timely and sage advice based on mock trials. There are at least two advantages to Carolyn. Her approach is highly personal. She doesn't delegate important tasks. She learns the facts and the law of the case. Then she works with counsel to draft descriptions for presentations to the jury panels. She takes charge and makes sure of the details. She does not allow the lawyers to "wing it." (We used as many as five panels over a weekend in a single case). Carolyn impresses the most sophisticated and demanding clients (and their in-house counsel and executives) with her energy and organization. Clients who have not used mock trials are often skeptical, and have to be persuaded. They are converted when the results are in. I do not hesitate to recommend Jury Solutions when the case justifies using a mock trial."
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When to Use Mock Trials
Voir Dire Strategy is Included:
Many other trial consulting companies do their mock trials and focus groups without any analysis of which jurors were the best, or the worst, and why. Instead, they offer that as a separate service. All of our projects naturally include this information, so that your work product includes important correlations between jurors’ attitudes, experiences, and demographics, with how they voted in the mock trial. If your case doesn’t settle, you have a workable voir dire strategy, knowing who to avoid and why, as well as what questions need to be asked.
“Carolyn Koch and her staff at Jury Solutions were wonderful to work with. I had a very complex commercial dispute involving a substantial seven figure claim, and, with her help we were able to identify the key issues that ultimately were dispositive to a jury. Like many trial lawyers, I have a unique style of both preparation and presentation, and she was flexible enough to accommodate both. She provided us with a broad, representative mock jury and her analysis, after the mock presentation was concluded was prompt and thorough. I would not hesitate to use Jury Solutions again and recommend her to anyone with a complex case who seeks the benefit of a mock jury before trial."Christopher A. Duggan, Partner, Smith Duggan, LLP
Focus groups are flexible, in-person brainstorming sessions where mock jurors can pass judgment on anything you throw their way. They provide the greatest benefit when jurors can view actual evidence, early enough in the litigation process so you can react to their feedback and make strategic changes.
The Benefit of an Early Focus Group
Lawyers think that jurors' negative reactions come out of left field, but they don't. An early focus group will tell you exactly where jurors' reactions are coming from. Knowing this information early on will place you and your client on the same page, allowing you to maximize your goals during Discovery and helping you to forge realistic goals and strategies, not just on the eve of trial, but at every stage of the litigation process.
"Thank you for recommending that we do a discovery focus group for a recent case. It provided me with an excellent tool for pre-deposition preparation. I've been trying cases for 30 years and have always seen the benefits of mock trials for my most important cases but this was the first time I tested out my case before discovery. It was a terrific early reality test, revealing key themes and providing clear feedback on the comparative strength of the evidence. I found it to be a time and cost-efficient way to harvest critical information (i.e., what jurors need to know to favor my client) at a time in which it can be most useful." http://www.garrisonlaw.com/