Richard S. Linkert
Partner | Matheny Sears
“… 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.”
Partner | Sheppard 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!”
Jeff R. Street
Partner | Sheppard 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.”
Partner | O’Melveny
“I worked with Sarah Murray on a complex civil antitrust matter. Well in advance of trial, Sarah and her team were involved in the development of trial strategies, our client narrative, and witness preparation. At trial, Sarah assisted with jury selection and ran a shadow jury. Sarah also developed questions for post-trial polling.
Sarah and her team developed a deep and essential understanding of all of the facts: the good and the bad. No relevant fact or document was ignored — rather, each was assigned a place in our narrative. Sarah ran efficient and high-value mock exercises designed to address specific critical issues. Her reports from these exercises were not abbreviated profiles of “our” jurors, but, rather, carefully assessed the strengths and weaknesses of our case for any given jury. Significantly, the reports were used as working documents throughout trial preparation.
I credit Sarah’s formal education as a social anthropologist and her many years of experience with jurors across socio-economic and geographic strata with her keen insight into human nature. Of course, we had good lawyers in the courtroom, but it was Sarah’s contributions that allowed the legal talent to develop a truthful, credible narrative that empowered jurors to make a stand in our client’s favor.”
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!”
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.”
Owner | Hart Wagner
“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.”