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.

His extensive litigation experience comes from proactively working and managing hundreds of high-profile cases. He has logged thousands of hour preparing for and supporting arbitrations, hearings, mediations, mock trial and trials. Mr. Slyter works out of Dallas and is especially familiar with the Texas court and trial system.
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Alerts and Updates

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 »

Dr. Devine’s Findings Cited in Recent Supreme Court Decision

Link to CNN Article: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/20/politics/scotus-jury-verdict-criminal-trial/index.htmlLink to judicial opinion:https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/18-5924_n6io.pdf The U.S. Supreme Court recently cited research conducted by a ThemeVision team member in their Ramos v. Louisiana decision. The Supreme Court’s decision cited a comprehensive review of jury decision making studies authored by Dennis Devine. The review article was published in a top social science journal … more »

A Way With Words: Persuasive Legal Writing

With regard to legal writing, pleadings and briefs are among the first impressions you can make on a judge. Consider anecdotal evidence from Justice Antonin Scalia: “If [I] see someone who has written a sloppy brief, I’m inclined to think that person is a sloppy thinker. It is rare that a person thinks clearly, precisely, carefully, and does not write that way. Contrariwise, it’s rare that someone who is careful and precise in his thought is sloppy in his writing. So it hurts you … to have ungrammatical, sloppy briefs.” Thus, clean, precise, and well-constructed sentences and citations can correlate to sound legal arguments, but have the opposite effect with poorly constructed writing. On a larger scale, a positive first impression made via an initial pleading can parlay into elevated judgments of subsequent filings, and your case as a whole.

Schematic Trial Graphics: Process Chart

April 2020 Schematic Trial Graphics: Process Chart Schematics can convey complex processes to the jury in a manner that simply cannot be achieved with words alone.In the process chart shown here, ThemeVision helped to show the nuances of a manufacturing process. Process Charts Also called: process flowchart, process flow diagrams These can be instrumental in … more »

Demonstratives: Theme Maps

Maps are important for aiding understanding. However, the amount of unnecessary information on a typical map can be overwhelming and actually distract from making a simple point. Our thematic maps boil a typical map down to only the information that matters for your purpose. By removing unnecessary detail, we can focus the decision maker in … more »

Demonstratives: Illustration of Scale

April 2020 Demonstratives: Illustration of Scale The size of a aircraft carrier… The length of a football field… Scale often matters in litigation cases. Accurately depicting how big (or small) things are can be critical. ThemeVision is often called upon to illustrate relative size comparisons. In toxic tort case, it may be critical to show proper … more »

Demonstratives: Enhanced Patent Drawings

November 2019 Demonstratives: Enhanced Patent Drawings Recently, ThemeVision was asked to help show technologies described in patent language. The original patent drawings were not sufficiently able to show the directions of air currents circulating through the device. The language of the patent accurately described this pathway, but without an enhanced visualization, the description was unclear … 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