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Hot Seat Operator

20+ years of litigation support and case management

Member of the American Society of Trial Consultants

Certified Ipro Trial Director Expert & Trainer

Powerpoint Trainer

Frequent CLE speaker on the effective use of technology

Certified paralegal since 1992

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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Alerts and Updates

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?

Getting the Deal Done: Cognitive Science in Negotiation

Whether buying a car, haggling with a child over bedtime, or trying to lock down a big business deal, negotiation is a certainty in our lives, and for many of us, essential to our work. With so many driving factors, any appreciable edge can prove crucial to success. Where can we look to find that … more »

Demonstratives: Large Format Exhibit Boards

May 2020ThemeVision routinely utilizes mounted boards to show your argument in a compelling manner.PowerPoint and TrialDirector may be the presentation formats of choice today, but don’t forget about the tried-and-true workhorse, printed trial exhibit boards.ThemeVision graphic designers still encourage the use of boards in many litigation presentations. The impact and importance of well-designed printed trial … more »

Defamation Case

Conducted a large-sample, online survey for the defense in a defamation case pending in Indiana state court. The case involved an allegation of defamation between insurance industry professionals. We used the online survey to generate a case valuation and a juror profile. Result: The case settled favorably for our client just before trial.

Visuals Bridge The Language Barrier

May 2020 As litigation and legal counseling become increasingly global, visuals become increasingly important for overcoming language barriers. When facing language barriers with clients or decision makers, visuals can provide clarity and avoid confusion. Visual aids (pictures, graphs, charts, etc.) can help you construct an effective bridge to your listeners. On a recent trip to … more »

Get to know the team

Dennis P. Stolle, JD, PhD

Trisha Volpe, JD

Amit Patel, JD, MA

David C. Bartholomew

Dennis J. Devine, PhD, MJ