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Testimonials

Trialcraft is a full-service trial and jury consulting company experienced in using the insights of social science to craft more persuasive cases. We also coach individuals and groups in trial and performance skills, with an emphasis on developing peak performance under real-life trial conditions.

Jeff R. Street, Partner

Jeff R. Street, Partner

Hodgkinson Street Mepham

“When I first started working with you, I had already done maybe 100 jury trials. I was surprised at what I still had to learn about voir dire and jury selection. I’ve used the skills I learned on every case I’ve tried since, to great success — so the value went far beyond what Sarah brought to the cases on which we worked together.”

Glenda Zarbock, Partner

Glenda Zarbock, Partner

Hanson Bridgett, LLP

“After our meeting, I felt like there was a Spock mind-meld and I had the sense that I knew what the objective was for voir dire and, with that sense, I could be successful. It’s funny — I had the sense that the voir dire was a bit of a performance and taking stabs in the dark, but actually, it is much more concrete with clear objectives. Thanks again!”

Jim McGinnis, Partner

Jim McGinnis, Partner

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

“Sarah’s quick mastery of complicated facts and ability to tailor focus groups and mock trials to the issues in the case is unsurpassed.”

“… thank you for the excellent advice and guidance you have provided in a number of high exposure cases over the past several years. My clients and I have benefitted from an array of your services — ranging from mock trials to strategies for closing argument in a multi-month trial. What I have found uniquely beneficial is the depth of what you bring to a case and your unflinching commitment to calling it as you see it for the betterment of the case and its presentation. …

The most important part of any successful trial strategy is the identification of themes and it is here that I find your skills unique. I have never met anyone — including a host of top-tier attorneys I have met over the course of my career — who can match your ability to cut through all of the chaos and evidentiary “distractions” to quickly identify and help develop key themes in difficult cases. That skill was highlighted in one of my recent “smoke jump” cases where I was retained as a trial attorney near the end of discovery. The case was factually complex, involving numerous percipient witnesses and 12 plaintiffs. You got up to speed quickly and began by assisting in the architecture of voir dire, where you developed a bifurcated juror questionnaire and voir dire process that was embraced by the court in order to deal with the highly sensitive emotional issues in the case. You then contributed significantly to the formulation of the opening statement and consulted on various critical issues during the multi-month trial. The insights and suggestions you had for closing argument were extraordinarily helpful. The case began as a highly publicized and emotional case of what was widely described as a “clear liability” case with the potential for huge damages. In the end, we obtained a hung jury after plaintiffs demanded more than $55 million; the case settled for a fraction of that amount and well below all pre-trial settlement demands. My clients were very relieved and appreciative of the outcome and I thank you for the significant contribution you made to that result.”

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Daniel Glynn, Partner

Greener Burke Shoemaker Oberrecht, P.A.

“… using your script, for the first time in my career I was able to successfully challenge for cause a juror sitting on the panel. In addition, the next day after the jury was empaneled, it was discovered that one of the jurors was under a broker/client relationship for the purchase of a home and sale of an existing home where the broker was the wife of one of the defense counsel. Both the defendant and the judge minimized the possibility of bias. Again, using your script, I was able to get her to say the magic words such that I didn’t even need to move to strike her — the judge determined it on his own. Thank you for your help. It was invaluable!”

“… thank you for the excellent advice and guidance you have provided in a number of high exposure cases over the past several years. My clients and I have benefitted from an array of your services — ranging from mock trials to strategies for closing arguments in a multi-month trial. What I have found uniquely beneficial is the depth of what you bring to a case and your unflinching commitment to calling it as you see it for the betterment of the case and its presentation. …

The most important part of any successful trial strategy is the identification of themes and it is here that I find your skills unique. I have never met anyone — including a host of top-tier attorneys I have met over the course of my career — who can match your ability to cut through all of the chaos and evidentiary “distractions” to quickly identify and help develop key themes in difficult cases. That skill was highlighted in one of my recent “smoke jump” cases where I was retained as a trial attorney near the end of discovery. The case was factually complex, involving numerous percipient witnesses and 12 plaintiffs. You got up to speed quickly and began by assisting in the architecture of voir dire, where you developed a bifurcated juror questionnaire and voir dire process that was embraced by the court in order to deal with the highly sensitive emotional issues in the case. You then contributed significantly to the formulation of the opening statement and consulted on various critical issues during the multi-month trial. The insights and suggestions you had for closing the argument were extraordinarily helpful. The case began as a highly publicized and emotional case of what was widely described as a “clear liability” case with the potential for huge damages. In the end, we obtained a hung jury after plaintiffs demanded more than $55 million; the case settled for a fraction of that amount and well below all pre-trial settlement demands. My clients were very relieved and appreciative of the outcome and I thank you for the significant contribution you made to that result.”

“We knew that the testimony of the defendant doctor was going to be the key to winning the case. The work you did to prepare her, getting over her feelings of guilt about the bad outcome and guilt about going against a patient, made all the difference: I don’t think we would have won without you.”

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Steven Piser, Owner

Law Offices of Steven Piser

“…You did a better job on depo prep than I could have done because you were not concerned about interfering with the lawyer/client relationship. Your work was essential to the successful resolution of this case.”

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Carl McConnell

Hoge Fenton

“…The difference between our witnesses and theirs was like night and day. It made a huge difference with the jury.”