If you need assistance with litigation visuals and technology, two valuable resources are Thomas O’Toole and Patrick Muscat. They are my co-authors for my book Visual Litigation: Visual Communication Strategies and Today’s Technology.
Thomas O’Toole, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of Sound Jury Consulting. Sound Jury Consulting has a graphics department and many of the visuals in the book were created by that department. Tom has practiced across the nation for fifteen years in nearly every litigation type. He has consulted on matters as small as low exposure medical malpractice and as large as “bet-the company” MDL class actions and billion-dollar-environmental claims. His cases have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, and have been the subject of feature films and documentaries. He co-authored the book Jury Selection Handbook, published by Carolina Academic Press, and is the host of the popular podcast, The Sniper Defense. Tom received his Ph.D. in litigation psychology and communication at the University of Kansas.
Tom brings a focus on the practical execution of litigation strategies built on both time-tested principles of persuasion and current, cutting-edge research on human decision-making. He works with clients in every service area to help them understand how a trier-of-fact will perceive and react to key issues and witnesses in litigation and assists with crafting case theories and presentations that situate the client for success.
Learn more about Tom and Sound Jury Consulting at Sound Jury Consulting’s website.
Patrick Muscat is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Detroit. During twenty-six years of service to Wayne County, he has tried over 100 homicide jury trials using courtroom technology. APA Muscat currently serves as the Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division overseeing the Homicide Unit, the Major Drug Unit, the Community Prosecution Unit, the Grand Jury Unit, and the Crime Lab Liaison Unit. Since 2003, Pat has taught courses on a wide range of topics, including the Visual Trial, Digital Authentication, and other trial advocacy courses for the American Bar Association, the National District Attorneys Association, the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM), and for many other groups, associations, or firms nationwide. In February 2017, Pat was awarded PAAM’s Distinguished Faculty Award. Pat has taught Litigation Technology at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law since 2008.
You can learn more about Pat at his Visual Trial website.
Pat and Tom are great resources for information about litigation visuals and technology.