Give the Jury What it Wants!

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: May 17, 2021
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• Jury Verdicts - Fear & Misunderstanding
• Key Points
        - Bias
        - Availability
        - Anchoring
        - Channel Factors
        - Cognitive Dissonance
        - Motivated Reasoning
        - Tribalism
• Prototype Theory
• Storytelling

1 hour, 2 minutes
Recorded: May 17, 2021


Understanding the quirks of the human decision-making processes and tailoring a case to those will not magically win an otherwise frivolous case, but it may help nudge the jury in a close one. Learn how you can apply behavioral psychology research on decision-making to tailor your cases and guide juries to the right result.

This program was recorded on May 17th, 2021.

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John S. Adams

Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann, LLP

John S. Adams is a trial lawyer who works tirelessly to advocated fro his clients—whether in the courtroom, boardroom, mediation, or arbitration. He blends sharp legal acumen with a deep understanding of economics and business relationships for a winning combination; achieving a number of significant courtroom victories. He handles a wide variety of cases, including those dealing with breach of contract, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, and complex probate/estate matters.

John earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University in Dallas after obtaining his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.

Before joining LPHS, he served as a law clerk for the United States District Court in the Western District of Texas and worked for the preeminent legal writer, Bryan Garner. John has published articles in a variety of periodicals, including the Dallas Bar Journal, the Texas Law Book, Appellate Advocate, the ABA Corporate Counsel Newsletter, and the ABA Business Torts & Unfair Competition Section.

Chris Patton

Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann, LLP

Chris Patton is a client-focused commercial litigator with proven success in state and federal court. Licensed to practice in both Texas and New York, he specializes in litigation for businesses ranging from start-ups to global companies on a wide range of commercial topics, including antitrust, contracts, intellectual property, and business torts. Chris has distilled this experience in a published practice guide entitled Texas Trade Secret Litigation. His success has landed him on the “Under 40 Hot List” by Benchmark Litigation and earned him recognition as a “Rising Star Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters.

Before joining LPHS, Chris practiced commercial litigation in New York at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, representing high-profile technology companies, global banks, and investment companies.

Chris received his B.A. from Brigham Young University, and his J.D., with honors, from George Washington University Law School. As an accomplished jazz pianist, Chris brings a unique ear for detail and improvisational thinking to his commercial litigation practice.

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