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ThemeVision's trial consultants work with clients to develop clear, compelling graphics for trials, hearings, arbitrations, mediations, and other presentations. Together, ThemeVision's consultants and graphic artists bring decades of experience in graphic arts, decision making research, and legal analysis to create demonstrative exhibits and animations that reinforce trial themes, explain complex evidence, illustrate detailed mechanisms and processes, and illuminate legal concepts.  In addition, ThemeVision's trial consultants can empirically test the effectiveness of exhibits, gathering feedback on an audience's comprehension and perception of exhibits, animations, and presentations. ThemeVision's graphics services include:

  • timelines and chronologies,
  • charts and diagrams,
  • maps,
  • technical and medical illustrations,
  • interactive timelines and exhibits,
  • animations and 3-D models, and
  • tutorial presentations.
 
Social Security Fraud Case- Nebraska
Assisted with theme development, witness preparation, and development of demonstrative exhibits in a criminal matter involving allegations of defrauding the Social Security Administration by helping an employee conceal earnings. The case was tried to a jury in the District of Nebraska.
Automotive Parts Antitrust Jury Trial- Ohio
Provided extensive consulting for the defense in a three-week, criminal antitrust jury trial in the Southern District of Ohio. The government alleged that a Japanese auto parts manufacturer and its US subsidiary conspired with others to fix prices and rig bids. Our efforts included a mock trial study, ThemeTesting® focus groups, development of demonstrative exhibits, theme development, and jury selection. Result: The jury found both defendants not guilty even though alleged co-conspirators pled guilty and testified as government witnesses. The verdict averted multi-million dollar fines.
Patent Litigation Involving Target Acquisition Devices- California
Worked with the defendant in a patent infringement case involving target acquisition devices for use in long-range shooting.  We assisted with the development of graphics, demonstrative exhibits, and presentation strategies for a Markman hearing in the Northern District of California.  Result: The graphics were used successfully at the Markman hearing and the case was subsequently resolved by settlement.
Jury Trial: Insurance Coverage Dispute- Tennessee
Provided extensive consulting to the plaintiff in an insurance coverage case in Davidson County, Tennessee. A series of focus group and mock trial studies were conducted to test the strength of the plaintiff and defense evidence under differing case scenarios that could result from rulings on pretrial motions. In addition to jury research, we assisted with the development of case themes, a juror profile, jury selection, and demonstrative exhibits. Result: $204 million verdict.
Jury Trial: Commercial Dispute Regarding Breach of Contract and Price Discrimination- Indiana
Provided extensive consulting for the plaintiff in a price discrimination case in the Indianapolis Division of the Southern District of Indiana. Our consulting services included a mock trial study, theme development, witness preparation, juror profile development, jury selection assistance, trial monitoring, and development of demonstrative exhibits. Result: $6.5 million verdict for our client.
Patent Jury Trial: Adhesive Manufacturing- Indiana
Developed voir dire questions and demonstrative exhibits for the alleged infringer a patent case in the Southern District of Indiana. The patent covered technology relating to the production of adhesive products. Result: After a two-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client, finding no infringement.
Premises Liability- Ohio
Assisted with theme development, proposed voir dire questions, jury selection strategies, and demonstrative exhibits for the defense in a premises liablity case in the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiff had been seriously burned by hot oil while working on machinery located at our client's manufacturing plant. Result: The case settled favorably for our client prior to trial.
Legal Malpractice Defense- Indiana
Provided extensive consulting for the defendant in a state court case in northern Indiana involving allegations of legal malpractice. Our efforts included a ThemeTesting® focus group study, development of demonstrative exhibits, theme development, witness preparation, jury selection, and in-court observation. Result: Defense verdict on all counts. In addition, the defendant prevailed on its counterclaim for unpaid attorney fees.
Medical Device & Sports Injury Case- California
Assisted with theme development, opening statement strategies, trial graphics, and jury selection strategies on behalf of the defense in preparation for a jury trial in Los Angeles County.  A professional baseball player alleged that a medical device manufactured by our client and used during the player’s shoulder surgery was defective and led to the demise of his career.  We assisted the trial team with opening statement themes and graphics to communicate the nature and severity of the plaintiff’s original injury that necessitated the surgery, as well as the lack of causal connection between the alleged defect and the player’s declining career.  Result: The case settled favorably for our client the morning of the scheduled jury selection.
Adhesive Patent Litigation- Michigan
Conducted a ThemeTesting® focus group study and a mock trial study to help the alleged infringer in patent litigation pending in the Eastern District of Michigan. The patent covered technology relating to the manufacturing of an adhesive product. Through assistance with theme development and demonstrative exhibits, we helped the trial team simplify complex scientific and technological issues. Result: Our client prevailed on summary judgment just prior to the scheduled jury trial.
Jury Trial: Defamation Claim- Indiana
Prepared voir dire, selected the jury, and prepared demonstrative exhibits for the defense in a jury trial in Hendricks County, Indiana. The plaintiff had sued her former employer and its president for defamation after the company president had fired the plaintiff for suspected theft and reported her to the police. After three days of evidence, the court granted the defense’s motion for judgment as a matter of law.
Clean Water Act Jury Trial- Indiana
Provided extensive consulting on behalf of the defense in preparation for a two-week, federal jury trial in the Northern District of Indiana. The case involved allegations that one of the country’s largest wastewater treatment companies and two of its top managers had tampered with wastewater monitoring methods, thereby violating the Clean Water Act. Our efforts included mock trial work, ThemeTesting® focus groups, development of demonstrative exhibits, theme development, and jury selection. Result: The jury found all three defendants not guilty on all counts. The verdict represents a complete vindication for the company and the accused individuals. The verdict also avoided multi-million dollar fines and penalties to the company, as well as possible imprisonment for the employees, and it prevented a potentially business-ending debarment from future water treatment business within the United States.
Product Liability Suit Involving Plant Fire- Indiana
Conducted a ThemeTesting® focus group study for a defendant in a product liability action in Lake County, Indiana. The case involved a large fire at a steel mill. The plaintiff alleged that a machinery component manufactured by our client was defective and failed, leading to the failure of a large piece of equipment and the related fire. We assisted the trial team with theme development, case valuation, jury selection strategies, and demonstrative exhibits. Our client prevailed on summary judgment just prior to the scheduled jury trial.
Tobacco Settlement Arbitration- Ohio
Assisted with the development of demonstrative exhibits that helped organize and simplify a large amount of complex information for an arbitration related to the tobacco industry.  The demonstratives helped explain the various actions that state agencies took to enforce rules under a previous settlement.  After a multi-week arbitration hearing, our client received a favorable award from the arbitration panel.
Breach of Contract Litigation (Food Services Contract)- Florida
Conducted a ThemeTesting® focus group study and developed demonstrative trial presentation materials for the defense in a case pending in federal court in Miami, Florida. The case involved an alleged breach of an agreement between two highly successful food service companies. The focus group study helped the trial team identify strong case themes, as well as to develop strategies for handling case weaknesses. Shortly before trial and following favorable rulings on pending motions for summary judgment that significantly narrowed the plaintiff's claims, the case settled favorably for the defense.
Personal Injury Defense- Indiana
Conducted a ThemeTesting® focus group study for a defendant in consolidated, multi-plaintiff litigation relating to a catastrophic structure failure that resulted in multiple severe injuries and deaths. Also assisted the trial team with theme development, case valuation, demonstrative exhibits, and tracking and analysis of pretrial news publicity. A favorable settlement for our client was reached before trial.
Agribusiness Technology Licensing Dispute- Indiana
Conducted mock jury research, assisted with jury selection, and developed all demonstrative exhibits for the plaintiff in a jury trial in the Southern District of Indiana. The case involved breach of contract claims relating to a technology licensing agreement and the plaintiff was seeking unpaid royalties. Result: A confidential settlement was reached following the first day of what was scheduled to be a three-week jury trial.
Jury Trial in Railroad Injury Case- Illinois
Developed a demonstrative timeline for use by the plaintiff in a jury trial in state court in Illinois. The case involved a 19-year-old railroad conductor who suffered massive injuries to his legs, pelvis, and abdominal area. Result: $33 million jury verdict in favor of our client.
Criminal Bid-Rigging Trial- Kentucky
Provided extensive consulting on behalf of the defense in preparation for a three-week, federal, jury trial in a case involving bids submitted to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for highway construction contracts. The United States accused the defendants of conspiracy, bribery, and obstruction of justice. Our efforts included multiple phases of consulting and research, including community attitude surveys, ThemeTesting® focus group studies, development of demonstrative exhibits, theme development, development of a juror profile, and assisting with jury selection. Result: After about eight hours of deliberation, the jury found both defendants not guilty on all counts.
Business Methods Patent: Jury Trial- Iowa
Assisted the plaintiff, a life insurance company, with a jury trial in federal court in Iowa. The case involved a business methods patent infringement dispute. We conducted ThemeTesting® studies prior to trial, assisted with jury selection, and prepared the demonstrative exhibits used throughout trial. Result: $13.1 million jury verdict in favor of our client.
Jury Trial in Commercial Litigation- Illinois
Developed a demonstrative timeline for use by the plaintiff in a federal jury trial in the Northern District of Illinois.  The case involved a breach of contract claim.  Result: $2.1 million jury verdict for the plaintiff.
RICO Jury Trial - New Jersey
Developed demonstrative exhibits for the defense of RICO, ERISA, and fraud claims in a jury trial in federal court in New Jersey. The case involved an allegation that the defendant had misrepresented the effect of an insurance product. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the defense on all counts.
Criminal Fraud Trial- Florida
Developed demonstrative exhibits for use at trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.  The matter involved a 24-count fraud indictment.
E-Brief Submitted to the Supreme Court of Texas- Texas
Developed e-briefs submitted to the Supreme Court of Texas in a wrongful death case.  The e-briefs included links to all case law and record citations, as well as links to videos, illustrations, and animations.
Real Estate Litigation- Nevada
Developed demonstrative exhibits for use in a dispositive hearing in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.  The matter involved commercial litigation relating to a massive real estate transaction. 
Criminal Tax Fraud Case- Indiana
Assisted with jury selection, witness preparation, and development of demonstrative exhibits in a criminal matter involving allegations of tax fraud, which was tried to a jury in the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division.
Jury Trial in Retaliation and Sex Discrimination Suit- Indiana
Conducted pre-trial ThemeTesting study, prepared demonstrative exhibits, assisted with jury selection, and monitored trial on behalf of a defendant manufacturer in an employment discrimination jury trial in Federal Court in Indiana.  Result: Defense verdict following 14 hours of jury deliberation. 
Mediation in Commercial Class Action- Illinois
Developed demonstrative exhibits for use in early mediation of a commercial putative class action filed in Illinois state court.
Mediation in Commercial Dispute- Arkansas
Developed demonstrative exhibits for use in early mediation of a commercial dispute filed in Pulaski County, Arkansas.
Professional Liability: Clinical Psychologist- Missouri
Developed demonstrative exhibits for use before a jury in defending a clinical psychologist against professional liability claims.
Products Liability Trial Involving Automobile Accident- Maryland
Developed demonstrative exhibits for the defense for a products liability trial pending in state court in Maryland.  The case involved an allegation that the defendant's product had caused a driver to pass out at the wheel, resulting in a crash that killed a third party. 
Insurance Coverage Dispute: Arbitration- Illinois
Conducted a mock arbitration project using a sample of former federal judges as mock arbitrators in an insurance coverage action.  Developed demonstrative exhibits for use at arbitration.
   
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