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20+ years of litigation support and case management

Member of the American Society of Trial Consultants

Certified Ipro Trial Director Expert & Trainer

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Keith Slyter

Consultant, Dallas
214-258-4142 | slyter@themevision.com
Keith Slyter is a trial consultant who aids trial teams expertly present their cases to judges, juries, and arbiters. In his “hot seat” role, his presentation technology skills have been demonstrated nationwide in over 500 trials in both state and federal courts. The breadth and depth of Mr. Slyter’s courtroom experience brings “fresh eyes” to each case and provides clients with a real life, in the trenches, perspective of how themes and story lines play out in front of jurors.
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Your Arguments, Make Them Sticky

To make a winning argument, you MUST make an argument that people can remember. In this 3-minute ThemeVision LLC video for lawyers, Dr. Stolle discusses the psychology of how to make an argument stick.

Jury Selection and Trial by Zoom

This new platform is demanding lawyers develop new performance and advocacy skills. In our latest ThemeVision Focus video – check out this interview with Amy M. Stewart who represented a party in one of the country’s first Zoom trials during the pandemic. Learn more about her experience and the potential for video conference trials to … more »

COVID and Judge-Jury Agreement

The Psychology of Trying Your Civil Case to a Judge Instead of to a Jury With the pandemic, should you waive your right to a jury to help move your case forward to trial? In this 3-minute ThemeVision LLC video, Dr. Stolle addresses the psychology of how judges and juries think about cases differently, and … more »

Getting the Deal Done: Part II

In a previous article, “Getting the Deal Done: Cognitive Science in Negotiation,” I examined how strategic use of loss aversion and disaggregation of gains & aggregation of losses can bring persuasive punch to a negotiation. Can taking a page from a FBI hostage negotiator and getting someone to say “no” actually facilitate completion of a … more »

Demonstratives: Construction Graphics

Construction litigation often involves complex facts relating to the details of large-scale building projects.  Judges and jurors who lack a technical background in construction often struggle to visualize the designs and processes at issue.

Confident Communication Part 4:

Asking questions is an important part of being a lawyer no matter what your practice area. Asking GOOD questions can sometimes be a challenge. What if you’re at trial? Or speaking with a client? Learn more about the strategy behind good questions in this ThemeVision Focus video.

Base-Rate Fallacy

How likely are you to win your lawsuit or your legal motion? Cognitive science sheds light on how to answer that question – with accuracy. Watch this ThemeVision Focus video to hear what you need to know.

Jury Trials in the COVID-19 Era

COVID-19 has dominated all facets of life in the last four months. How courts will handle jury trials in the coming months has been a topic of particular interest to the legal community.

Demonstratives: Enlargement Graphic

July 2020 Demonstratives: Enlargement Graphic An enlargement is a graphic that shows a view of something as an enhanced rendering, often upscaling the portion of interest. In this manner, minute details can be more easily discerned, while still preserving the larger overall context.ThemeVision routinely works with clients to develop enlargements that help accurately focus attention … more »

Confident Communication: Part 3:

Sometimes a few simple tools and tricks can make all the difference in your video conference calls. How can you point to important sections in documents or review documents more efficiently during a video conference? What about good lighting? These are all important questions as we try to balance presenting our best selves as lawyers … more »

ThemeVision Focus: Decision Fatigue

Dr. Dennis P. Stolle’s next installment in the ThemeVision Focus Video Series. This video delves into the psychology of good lawyering and fending off decision fatigue. Dr. Stolle, a legal psychologist, offers 5 of his top tips for improving your decision making under difficult circumstances like long trials, depositions, arbitrations, or negotiations. These tips are … more »

Taking it Online: Jury Research in the Age of COVID-19

Preparing for trial during a pandemic: ThemeVision is here to help you develop winning case strategies – remotely. COVID-19 has put some cases and trials on hold, but that means now is the time to get ready for the rush when court calendars are back on track. ThemeVision is a full service litigation consulting firm now offering all of our services via video conference. Learn what mock jurors think about your case, develop case themes and trial communication strategies or prepare your witnesses to testify – all remotely. Read this article to learn more about our remote consulting services to help you gain insight about your case and continue to prepare for trial, mediation or any dispute.

Who is Keyser Soze (in Your Jury)?

By Dennis Devine In the classic 1995 film, The Usual Suspects, Keyser Soze (pronounced Kaiser So-zay) is a shadowy, larger-than-life character. His unseen, ubiquitous presence directs and controls the actions of an assembled group like some nefarious puppet-master. The central question of the film is: Who is Keyser Soze? Let’s consider how this mystical character … more »

Confident Communication Part 2:

Strategic communication is as critical to building your law practice as drafting a legal document. Being confident in what you say and how you say it can improve your credibility and even your business potential. In the age of the non-stop video conference are you ready to communicate confidently and strategically? Here’s more ThemeVision LLC … more »

Principles of Persuasion in Legal Negotiations

By: Amit Patel & Dennis P. Stolle Researchers have been studying the factors that influence us to say “yes” to requests for decades. There is a science to how we are persuaded and a lot of the science is surprising. A key figure in persuasion research is Dr. Bob Cialdini, author of a book called … more »

Demonstratives: Demographic Maps

Maps are important visuals for analysis and essential in making decisions on many levels. Contact ThemeVision if you need specialized maps to support your persuasive point

Demonstratives: Alternative View Graphics

May 2020ThemeVision uses graphic techniques to show parts and processes in a clear and concise visual. This helps focus attention on the facts that matter.The example shown here is an alternate view created to show issues related to chimney construction. Extraneous details were minimized and materials were layered in order to enable them to be … more »

Data-Driven Case Valuation

Parties to lawsuits and their
lawyers inevitably find themselves pondering one overriding question: What is our case really worth?

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Dennis P. Stolle, JD, PhD

Trisha Volpe, JD

Amit Patel, JD, MA

David C. Bartholomew

Dennis J. Devine, PhD, MJ