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JD, summa cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul

Bachelor of Journalism, Highest Honors, Carleton University, Ottawa

Litigation Attorney, Barnes & Thornburg, Minneapolis

Emmy winning journalist

Member, American Psychology and Law Society

Member, American Society of Trial Consultants

Committee Member, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (pro bono)

Former Adjunct Faculty Member, Expert Witness Training Academy, William Mitchell School of Law

Committee Chair, Minnesota Women Lawyers

Committee Member, Minnesota Lawyers Organization Equity Committee

Trisha Volpe, JD

Vice President, Minneapolis
612-367-8712 |
Trisha Volpe is a ThemeVision Trial Consultant and Legal Communication Strategist. A lawyer and Emmy award-winning former journalist, Trisha is a veteran storyteller whose practice focuses on providing strategic legal communications counsel, helping clients navigate complex communications issues in high stakes litigation and other adversarial settings. She works with trial teams to craft compelling case themes and trial narratives as well as jury research and voir dire strategies for civil and criminal cases.

Trisha also helps prepare witnesses to testify and uses her experience in visual communication to develop demonstratives that explain complex issues in an understandable and meaningful way. Through jury research, Trisha helps trial teams understand jury decision-making and the importance of crafting a strategic legal narrative. She also consults on crisis communications and client reputational issues related to litigation or other legal issues.

Trisha’s experience spans a variety of industries. In particular, she is a member of a national trial team for an international product manufacturer and has trial experience in jurisdictions across the country.

Before launching her legal and litigation consulting career, Trisha spent more than a decade as a broadcast journalist. She was an investigative reporter who loved to unearth and tell compelling stories. Today, that same journalistic tenacity and skilled storytelling informs her comprehensive approach to legal strategy and jury research.
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Alerts and Updates

Trial Storytelling During COVID 2

Telling your client’s story at trial in a compelling and persuasive way is what trial lawyers do. While the pandemic has delayed most jury trials, the courts are opening up and many trials have moved forward in the last year, some virtually and some with a virtual/in-person twist. How can you still be effective and engage with the jury when trial doesn’t look like it used to? In this ThemeVision Focus video, watch Trisha Volpe’s interview with top Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP trial attorney Nancy Erfle who conducted a recent jury selection via Zoom and was part of the team trying the case in person. Here’s her perspective on trial storytelling during the pandemic and whether some aspect of the virtual trial is here to stay.

Ten Tips for Litigators on Working with a Graphic Artist

Today’s litigators recognize the importance of using good visuals to help tell their client’s story. Appreciating and harnessing the power of effective storytelling at trial can have an impact on the outcome. Visual storytelling, with graphics or demonstratives, can help trial lawyers deliver their client’s story in a more compelling and persuasive way, helping judges and jurors better understand the evidence.

‘War Room’ Safety – Staying safe in your team work space at trial during the COVID pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has moved much of the business of courts around the country online. Some courts are continuing to delay and even shut down jury trials completely. Here are a couple of recent examples noted by my ThemeVision colleague Dennis Stolle. But trials – in-person trials or some combination of virtual … more »

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 »

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.

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 »

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.

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 »

Get to know the team

Dennis P. Stolle, JD, PhD

Amit Patel, JD, MA

David C. Bartholomew

Dennis J. Devine, PhD, MJ

Hillary C. Abraham, MS