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Keep the beat

One of my responsibilities as a bass guitar player is keeping the beat. The bass guitar is a rhythm instrument (as are drums and other percussive instruments) and, as a bass player, if I fail to keep the beat, I am not doing my job within the band. Sometimes, the beat is up tempo; other […]

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Keeping the beat in business is crucial as part of the juggling act of working on current business, looking for new business, and managing everything. I often feel like I have to keep the beat in terms of nudging clients along because I know how many beats there are in one of our projects and […]

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Peer Reviewed Publications as a Measure of Credentials

A Point of View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On October 1, 2015

Category: Business Frustrations, Getting the Job Done, Marketing your Business, Trial Consulting

I have written about the challenge in knowing how to select a trial consultant. This is a topic which causes frustrations because there are more and more trial consultants all the time and the qualifications vary from qualified to clearly, not at all qualified. But, while this is apparent to me, it is often not […]

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Another View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On October 1, 2015

Category: Business Frustrations, Getting the Job Done, Marketing your Business, Trial Consulting

Peer review is one of the hallmarks of any scientific endeavor. In scientific and other academic circles, it is not enough to write an article or book. A scientist has to go beyond merely forming a hypothesis, designing research, conducting research, analyzing data, and writing a report of the findings; a scientist’s original work has […]

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2 or 4 Groups?

A Point of View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On September 10, 2015

Category: Business Frustrations, Careers, Employment, Getting the Job Done, Litigation Tips, Managing Employees, Small Business Success, Trial Consulting

There are at least 2 parts of the question which is the title of this post, “2 or 4 groups?”. Part 1 is the research question, and, it could be, is it 2 or 3, 4,…10, or more groups? The question is one we work through with clients when planning their mock jury/mock arbitration research. […]

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Prospective clients often ask, “So, how much is all of this going to cost?” to which I reply, “It depends on how much you want to know.” This answer may, at first, seem trite, but I do not intend it to be. I immediately follow this response with an explanation of how the cost for […]

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Data driven litigation

A Point of View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On September 3, 2015

Category: Getting the Job Done, Litigation Tips, Trial Consulting

More and more, there are articles about “big data” and how businesses are “data driven.”  I find some of the applications for data analysis interesting and innovative.  However, what is striking to me is that many of these articles are written as if this is new news.  Maybe some of it is, but to me, […]

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Another View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On September 3, 2015

Category: Getting the Job Done, Litigation Tips, Trial Consulting

In my profession of social psychology, it is impossible not to be data driven! Data are the primary source of information I use to perform my job on behalf of my clients. I share David’s bemused attitude regarding recent media accounts of “big data” and companies becoming “data driven,” along with his recognition that these […]

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See what is there to be seen

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On August 25, 2015

Category: Careers, Getting the Job Done, Getting Through Life and Work, Litigation Tips, Small Business Success, Travel, Trial Consulting, Work-Life

Just as many people are unable to listen, really listen, many people look without really seeing. I have always been a keen observer of my surroundings, including people and places. If I have gone to a place once, I know how to get there again. To place it in medical terms, I am oriented times […]

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As a photographer, I try hard to see what is there to be seen. This can be difficult when one doesn’t know what one is looking for. But, with a little effort, what is there to be seen emerges, on a macro or micro level. I have heard people say, “the Everglades are boring, there’s […]

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“You never know what a jury will do…”

A Point of View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On August 20, 2015

Category: Getting the Job Done, Litigation Tips, Trial Consulting

I was recently a plaintiff in a lawsuit. I have been the client of lawyers a few times – a real role reversal for a trial consultant – and it is eye opening to see how the attorneys interact with their clients, and how the process works. The nature of my case is not important […]

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Another View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On August 20, 2015

Category: Getting the Job Done, Litigation Tips, Trial Consulting

The point of this post is “know your audience.” I was present when the mediator assigned to David’s case made the remark about settling the case due to never knowing what a jury will do. Although it is technically true that no one, included experienced jury and trial consultants such as myself, will know with […]

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Listen – really listen

As a psychologist, I am a paid listener. I listen more than I talk. I learn far more from listening than from talking. Most people, in my opinion, talk far more than they listen (and rarely do they have anything of great importance to say!). If one listens, really listens, there are many details that […]

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It is interesting to be an observer both of people (like our mock jurors) and of people’s listening skills (like our attorney clients). Attorneys are paid to talk, to argue, to persuade. But, when they come to us and we do mock jury or mock arbitration research, they have to utilize their listening skills when […]

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Fort Myers connection & Magnus: Mike Corso

In a recent post, David wrote about a client who verbally and physically assaulted him when David made a “courtesy call” to this attorney’s office without an appointment. As David mentioned, this has never happened in our decades of doing business. In fact, most clients are happy to have us stop by for an impromptu […]

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Melissa and I obviously admire those clients about whom we have posted recently. These posts are about clients whom we have gotten to know in ways beyond the lawsuits and clients for whom they are working. Mike is remarkable to us in how multi dimensional he is. Because of his expertise in engineering, we first […]

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Wish Them Well

As a final post, hopefully ever, in the series on unprofessional lawyers, I am borrowing some lyrics from my favorite rock band, RUSH. Written by Rush’s lyricist and drummer extraordinare, Neil Peart, and featured on their most recent album, Clockwork Angels, the song entitled, “Wish Them Well” is about realizing there is sometimes a need […]

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David finds a lot of inspiration from his favorite band, RUSH.  Unlike the lyricist for RUSH, Neil Peart, I have difficulty wishing well to someone who has harmed me.  However, wishing someone well is probably the healthiest attitude one can take upon being wronged.  The few clients with whom David and I have had an […]

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Fort Myers connection & Magnus: Tom Chase

Among the amazing attorneys with whom I have had the pleasure to work is an attorney who lives and works in my hometown, Fort Myers, Florida. Although this series of posts has been about attorneys in Fort Myers, there is no other attorney, indeed, person, who is like the one I am going to write […]

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Meeting Tom for the first time, about 20 years ago, I wasn’t sure what to think. His vivid story of one of his cases, which was one of those “truth is stranger than fiction” stories, has stuck with me forever, as it has with all who have heard it. It was not just the story […]

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