JD, University of Nebraska

PhD, Social Psychology, University of Nebraska

MA, Social Psychology, University of Nebraska

BS, Psychology, Saint Louis University

Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

American Society of Trial Consultants

American Psychology and Law Society

Member Indiana Bar Association

Advisory Board, Human-Centered Computing Department, Indiana University School of Informatics

Dennis P. Stolle, JD, PhD

President / Consultant, Indianapolis
317-231-7742 | stolle@themevision.com
Dr. Stolle is a trial consultant who works with clients to develop persuasive trial themes and effective trial strategies in civil and criminal matters pending throughout the United States. He also designs and conducts empirical research, including jury simulation studies, focus groups, mock trials, surveys, public opinion polls, and post-trial juror interviews. Dr. Stolle has been a member of national product defense teams for Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries, providing advice regarding judicial and jury decision making, theme development, voir dire, jury selection, and trial and settlement strategies. He also routinely consults on a wide variety of matters beyond products liability litigation, including white collar criminal defense matters, intellectual property cases (patent, trade secrets, trademark, and copyright), commercial class actions, employment discrimination claims, sexual harassment claims, insurance coverage actions, and complex commercial litigation.
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Alerts and Updates

Peremptory Challenges: A New Rule in Washington

Amit Patel, Christina Studebaker, and Dennis P. Stolle author, “Peremptory Challenges: A New Rule in Washington” regarding the Supreme Court of Washington’s implementation of a pioneering rule intended to “eliminate the unfair exclusion of potential jurors based on race or ethnicity.”  Read the full article below.

Dr. Studebaker DTCI Presentation: “Why Facts Aren’t Always Persuasive”

Christina Studebaker of ThemeVision presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI) in French Lick, Indiana on November 16 and 17. Christina’s presentation was titled ‘Why Facts Aren’t Always Persuasive: The Influence of Pre-Existing Beliefs, Unconscious Bias, and Fact-Resistance on Juror Decision Making. ThemeVision LLC was a conference sponsor … more »

Attorneys in the News: Understanding and Engaging with the Media

Trisha Volpe led a CLE seminar and communication training at the American Bar Association’s Annual Conference held in New York City in Aug. 2017. The session supports attorneys in navigating the complicated and sometimes mysterious world of the news media, positioning them to become solid and reliable contacts journalists turn to for depth and perspective. … more »

Women Attorneys in the News: Understanding and Engaging with the Media

Trisha Volpe co-led a CLE entitled “Women Attorneys in the News: Understanding and Engaging with the Media.” The program provided practical tools to assist women attorneys to communicate effectively and strategically in front of any audience while navigating unique ethical issues lawyers face when engaging with the news media.

FBI Leeds Law Enforcement Training Academy

As a panelist for the annual media training seminar, Trisha Volpe taught high-ranking law enforcement officials about effective communication and developing positive relationships with media.

Savvy Media Management Strategies

Trisha Volpe participated as a panelist in “Savvy Media Management Strategies” at the Minnesota Judges Annual Conference in 2014.

6 Ways to Keep Jurors from Zoning Out

Dennis P. Stolle and Dennis Devine authored the Law360 article, “6 Ways to Keep Jurors from Zoning Out.” The article explores what a potential 50% inattention rate means for jury trials.

Jury selection and voir dire.

Stolle, D. P. (March 2016). Jury selection and voir dire. Presentation at the 19th Annual Trial Advocacy Skills College of the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, conducted in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Jury selection and voir dire.

Stolle, D. P. (March 2015). Jury selection and voir dire. Presentation at the 18th Annual Trial Advocacy Skills College of the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, conducted in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Jury selection and voir dire.

Stolle, D. P. (March 2014). Jury selection and voir dire. Presentation at the 17th Annual Trial Advocacy Skills College of the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, conducted in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Voir dire tactics and strategies.

Stolle, D. P. (December 2013). Voir dire tactics and strategies. DTCI Insurance Section Seminar, State Farm Insurance, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Creating effective courtroom graphics.

Bartholomew, D. & Stolle, D. P. (November 2013). Creating effective courtroom graphics. Invited lecture to Media Arts & Science Program at Indiana University School of Informatics, Indianapolis, Indiana.

ThemeVision Sponsors Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair for Law Students

On August 8, 2013, ThemeVision served as a sponsor of the Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair. The keynote luncheon was attended by ThemeVision consultants, David Bartholomew, Christina Studebaker, Dennis Stolle, and their guest, Barnes & Thornburg partner, Karoline Jackson.  The job fair attracted more than 70 students who interviewed with 28 employers.

ThemeVision Jury Consultant, Dennis P. Stolle, Presents National Voir Dire Webinar

On July 16, 2013, Dr. Dennis P. Stolle presented a Lorman Education Services national webinar titled, “Voir Dire: Effective Techniques for Getting and Using the Information You Need.” The webinar, which was attended by trial lawyers throughout the country, covered practical techniques for preparing and executing effective voir dire strategies in state and federal jury … more »

Get to know the team

Christina A. Studebaker, PhD, MLS

Trisha Volpe, JD

Amit Patel, JD, MA

Keith Slyter

David C. Bartholomew

Dennis J. Devine, PhD, MJ