|Mark Calzaretta, Director of Litigation Consulting|
|As a founding partner, and Director of Litigation Consulting, Mark oversees the operations for Magna Legal's Litigation, Graphic and Trial Consulting Team. Mark is a recognized expert in assisting attorneys with development of complex trial strategies, drawing on his extensive background in jury persuasion and analysis, trial technology and behavioral psychology. He has served as lead litigation consultant for hundreds of cases spanning more than twenty jurisdictions, and has mastery of more than a dozen litigation software applications. He has been a leader in the litigation consulting industry for more than 15 years. Recognized for his ability to combine an impressive technological knowledge with his background in Psychology, he has been featured in various publications, including PC Magazine and the National Law Journal, on the subjects of jury research, juror persuasion, legal technology, trial presentation, and litigation support.
Mark has lectured at Temple Law School and Seton Hall School of Law on the subjects of focus groups, jury research, jury selection and voir dire. He has provided continuing legal education courses, presentations and training across the nation for various organizations, law firms, judges and corporate litigation departments. Mark has provided pro bono services for victims of the 9/11 tragedy, in addition to his consulting engagements and legal seminar presentations. Mark is a graduate of SUNY Albany, with a degree in Psychology and Anthropology.
Mark has used his vast trial experience and expertise to aid in the selection of more than 100 juries in high-profile cases.
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|Ron Kurzman, Director of Litigation Consulting|
|Ron Kurzman, Esq., is a founding Partner and Litigation Consultant at Magna Legal Services, LLC. He is one of the leading experts in behavioral research and jury analysis, assisting counsel in the development of winning trial strategies for complex commercial matters. Mr. Kurzman works with some of the top law firms and corporation across the nation, providing tangible solutions that exist far beyond the simple confines of reports and statistics. The key to Mr. Kurzman's success has been his ability to integrate into the trial team and work with them to implement winning case strategies.
As a litigation and trial consultant, Ron Kurzman has assisted his clients in the development of proper trial strategies and tactics, jury selection and voir dire, implementation of shadow juries, witness communication training, the ordering of evidence, opening /closing statements, the development of themes and arguments, demonstrative evidence preparation, and teaching persuasion techniques. In addition to this wide variety of services - working under the notion that each and every case is unique - he has created a knowledge database of hundreds of cases that affords his clients the advantage of building off successful strategies in previous cases.
With hundreds of big name trials and jury research exercises to draw from, Ron Kurzman has become both a leader and innovator in the world of litigation consulting. In this regard, Mr. Kurzman has served as lead jury consultant in numerous multi-district litigations, high publicity white collar crime, securities cases, and Intellectual Property cases. Mr. Kurzman innovations in the jury consulting field have resulted in award winning products. Including the first, Online Jury Research Product, Jury Confirm, an online jury research tool that offers real time presentations and deliberations; Graphics For Trial, a web site that allows for the creation of customizable courtroom graphics; and Jury Scout, a brand new service which affords attorneys the opportunity to monitor the potentially dangerous social networking habits of their jurors.
Ron Kurzman is the author of an impressive library of articles on topics ranging from the "Jury Persuasion" to the "Art and Science of Jury Selection" and many more. He has also lead numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars at prominent Law Schools, Bar Associations, and Trade Groups across the country. Mr. Kurzman is most proud of his work with the New York Lawyers For the Public Interest.
|Gary Calzaretta, Litigation Consultant|
|Gary Calzaretta is one of our senior Trial Presentation Consultants at Magna Legal Services with over 100 in court trial experiences. His experience in the litigation field spans 10 years. He has held management positions in all areas of litigation support including document management and trial presentation. Gary is familiar with the trial process from beginning to end and has been a major part in the successes of many favorable verdicts. His experience in trial presentation software’s allows him to create databases, edit video clips, annotate key documents, search through large document collections Mr. Calzaretta especially excels in the "on the fly" capabilities in the courtroom. His areas of trial experience include Medical malpractice, Product Liability, Asbestos, Insurance Defense, Personal Injury and many more.
Before joining the Magna team Gary was the owner of his own Trial Support Company which focused mainly on Trial presentation and document management. Since joining Magna Gary has become a key part to our Litigation Support success and will continue servicing our clients into the future.
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|Galina Davidoff Ph.D., Litigation Consultant|
|Galina Davidoff, Ph.D. is one of the leading experts in development of winning trial strategies for complex commercial and criminal matters. Dr. Davidoff works with many of the top law firms and corporation across the nation, providing creative solutions to difficult persuasion problems based on sound jury research practices, deep understanding of jurors' psychology and over 15 years of experience. Galina Davidoff consulted on a number of high profile cases and hundreds of cases across the nation. One of the keys to her success has been her ability to brainstorm with the best trial and in-house attorneys, helping them see their cases through jurors' eyes, discovering the best trial and negotiation strategies.
As a litigation and trial consultant, Galina Davidoff has assisted her clients in the development of winning trial strategies, jury selection and voir dire, implementation of shadow juries, witness communication training, ordering evidence, opening/closing statements, the development of themes and arguments, demonstrative evidence preparation, and teaching persuasion techniques. The cases ranged from the most complex intellectual property, securities, toxic tort, product liability, personal injury and contract disputes to white-collar crime and murder.
Dr. Davidoff was awarded her degree by Clark University for the dissertation on discourse psychology of cross-examination and disputes over key terms that define evidence in jurors’ eyes.
Galina Davidoff has authored numerous articles on the topics of jury persuasion in addition to leading Continuing Legal Education seminars at prominent Law Schools, Bar Associations, and Trade Groups across the country. Her nation-wide study of most dangerous litigation venues for corporate litigants was covered by Forbes, WSJ and many trade publications. Among her accomplishments, she is most proud of her pro-bono work for America Speaks, Minority Corporate Counsel Association and with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in Boston.
|Dylan Green, Litigation Consultant|
|Dylan Green is a Trial Presentation Consultant for Magna Legal Services with more than 50 trials of experience. As a Presentation Consultant, Dylan is responsible for coordinating all facets of a trial for electronic presentation. These steps include, but are not limited to: coordination of equipment installation in the courtroom and war room, creation and organization of electronic exhibit databases, witness preparation, reproduction of documents into simplified trial binders for attorney reference, and providing expertise into presentation techniques and best practice methods of evidence preparation. Mr. Green is experienced with the TrialDirector and Sanction presentation platforms as well as Concordance, Summation, iConect and other litigation support programs. Practice areas of focus include toxic tort, medical malpractice, personal injury, anti-trust, patent, construction, asbestos and mold and mildew litigation.
Before entering the field of litigation support, Dylan operated an information technology company in Tampa, FL. This experience provides him with a strong foundation for dealing with both the hardware and data necessary to create a simple, streamlined exhibit database and a courtroom setup that will perform to your needs.
|David Kurzman, Jury Research Coordinator and Trial Presentation Consultant|
|David Kurzman serves as Jury Research Coordinator and Trial Presentation Consultant for Magna Legal Services. Mr. Kurzman manages all aspects of Jury Research project coordination, including matter venue and demographic analysis and mock-jury selection, juror feedback systems and team project management. Mr. Kurzman has participated in numerous jury research sessions for a variety of matters including asbestos, mold/mildew, environmental, toxic tort, contract, technology, construction, patent, employment, personal injury, antitrust and medical malpractice litigation.
Mr. Kurzman has been instrumental in spearheading the technical development of Magna’s online research tool, www.JuryConfirm.com. JuryConfirm.com uses instant feedback technology, online polling, and a fully integrated presentation interface to effectively emulate the benefits of in-person research, in an online environment.
In his role as a Trial Presentation Consultant, Dave works hand in hand with the trial team and witnesses to prepare documents, video depositions and graphics for presentation in the Courtroom. In addition, he advises and assists in honing presentations to optimize juror communication strategies, aiding attorney’s oral arguments.
Prior to joining Magna Legal Service’s Mr. Kurzman served as Trial Presentation Consultant and Research Coordinator at Trial Alliance litigation support company.
Mr. Kurzman holds an Associates of Arts degree with a focus on Communications from the University Of Florida.
|Nicole Matthiesen, Litigation Graphics Consultant|
|Nicole Matthiesen is a Litigation Graphics Consultant at Magna Legal Services. Her consulting experience includes being the primary consultant for the prosecution on such high profile cases as U.S. v. Jeffrey K. Skilling and Kenneth L. Lay and U.S. v. Joseph P. Nacchio. On these cases, as well as a wide range of others, Nicole has worked as an integral part of trial teams by conceptualizing graphics that organize and simplify highly complex information and elaborate transactions.
Nicole's philosophy on graphic presentations stems from her background in writing and education. In addition to focusing on graphics that effectively teach or demonstrate, she emphasizes the importance of creating and maintaining story development and themes within the graphics, as this is crucial in helping jurors organize and retain information. Such consistency in presentations, particularly throughout long trials, is also vital in creating credibility for a trial team, and allows the jury to feel confident about their final verdict.
Nicole holds an M.A. in Literature and Writing as well as a B.A. in French. She was a professor at California State University, Northridge where she taught Rhetoric and Composition. During this time she worked with the English Department in studying different approaches to teaching rhetorical composition to ESL (English as a Second Language) students.
In addition, Nicole has an extensive background in accounting, and has served as the controller for two companies. She is also an established photographer whose work has been displayed nationally.
|Hiliary Remick, Esq., Litigation Consultant|
|Hiliary Remick, Esq. is a Litigation Consultant with Magna Legal Services, LLC. She assists trial counsel with creation of trial strategies in litigation throughout the country. Her work includes focus group facilitation and analysis, creation of case themes and arguments in complex litigation matters, and the development of complex trial graphics as persuasive courtroom tools.
Before joining Magna, Ms. Remick worked as a trial attorney for over twenty years in the fields of personal injury and commercial litigation. She brings hands-on legal experience to her work as a member of our consulting team. Her professional background includes work in the fields of asbestos litigation, construction and asbestos abatement litigation, and product liability, and a variety of personal injury and professional malpractice claims. A veteran Courtroom attorney, her work with Magna as a Litigation Consultant has included focus group research in diverse matters such as mold/environmental litigation, construction and a wide range of personal injury actions.
Hiliary Remick earned her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Political Science and English from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Society of Trial Consultants.
|Eric Rudich, Senior Litigation Consultant|
|Dr. Eric Rudich is a Senior Litigation Consultant at Magna Legal Services. As an expert in jury psychology, he specializes in identifying powerful themes and arguments, developing persuasive visual graphics, creating sophisticated juror profiles and preparing witnesses. For the past ten years, Dr. Rudich has consulted with both plaintiffs and defendants in cases throughout the United States on a wide range of litigation matters such as antitrust, contract, insurance coverage, intellectual property, product liability, securities fraud, white-collar crime and others. Dr. Rudich also has developed a unique niche of advising investment clients on jury trials that have market significance for publicly-traded litigants.
As a litigation consultant, Dr. Rudich has a great deal of expertise in conducting focus groups and trial simulations, assisting with jury selection in high-profile cases, preparing demonstrative evidence and monitoring trials. Before joining Magna, Dr. Rudich was a principal at the NY-based jury research firm and was a jury consultant at a leading national litigation consulting firm. He has appeared as an invited guest on MSNBC, published several articles in leading legal publications, and conducted Continuing Legal Education seminars on jury behavior.
Dr. Rudich earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, Masters in Science degree in Experimental Psychology from Florida Atlantic University, and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Rudich is a member of the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Society of Trial Consultants.
|S. Ross Suter, Esq., Litigation Consultant|
|Ross Suter is a Litigation Consultant at Magna Legal Services. After practicing as a litigator in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for several years, he turned his attention to litigation consulting services where he has been involved in the development of graphics and trial presentation strategies. His work includes partnering with members of the trial team to develop themes and case strategies that persuade juries, judges and arbitration panels.
Mr. Suter has personally tried and consulted on cases in a wide variety of practice areas from intellectual property to commercial litigation to mass tort matters to name a few. He has experience working with both AMLAW 200 firms, as well as, small litigation and boutique law firms.
He is a frequent presenter of Continuing Legal Education seminars at law firms, law schools and legal associations on the use of litigation strategy, graphics and trial presentation solutions to maximize results in adversarial proceedings.
Mr. Suter received his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law, a Master of Science from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Arts from McDaniel College.
|Steve Tuller, Litigation Consulting Director|
|Steve Tuller is a Litigation Consulting Director with Magna Legal Services, and is based out of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He has more than 15 years of trial consulting and research experience.
Mr. Tuller has handled a broad range of trial research and consulting engagements ranging from matters with small exposure to bet-the-company, multi-district litigation. Over the course of his career, he has debriefed thousands of surrogate jurors and more than a hundred state and federal judges. This experience has provided him unique insight into how jurors and judges process information. Applying this insight, he works with clients to help them better understand their cases from the trier-of-fact's perspective, and assists with the development of compelling case themes and strategies for trial. Mr. Tuller also regularly assists clients with the development of juror profiles, and implements those profiles during the voir dire and jury selection process.
Mr. Tuller has consulted on more than 250 cases in state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as dozens of arbitrations. In addition to his research experience, he has extensive experience managing graphic demonstrative and trial presentation support teams. He has consulted on cases across many areas of the law including insurance coverage, product liability, professional malpractice, employment, white collar, and intellectual property. His clients include AmLaw 200 law firms, small and large corporations, and a variety of government agencies.
Mr. Tuller earned a B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the American Society of Trial Consultants.
|Rachel York, Ph.D., Litigation Consultant|
|Rachel York has a doctorate in legal psychology from Florida International University and a B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of Virginia. Her education involved extensive coursework and research training, specifically in the area of jury decision-making.
Dr. York has over four years of experience in litigation consulting. She has provided litigation support for a variety of civil and criminal matters in the form of jury research, including focus groups, mock trials, and community attitude surveys, as well as other trial preparation strategies such as voir dire consultation, jury selection, witness preparation, and trial monitoring. Dr. York has consulted on numerous multi-million dollar cases, including property and contract disputes, anti-trust, accounting fraud and malpractice, legal malpractice, securities fraud, negligence, personal injury, and product liability. Dr. York is experienced in all aspects of pre-trial research, including initial case analysis and strategy, preparation and facilitation of research projects, review and analysis of research data, and preparation of final reports and recommendations.
Dr. York is a member of the American Psychology-Law Society, a division of the American Psychological Association, as well as the American Society of Trial Consultants. Dr. York has presented several papers at research conferences, and in 2007, she co-authored an article on the "CSI Effect" in the Judicial Notebook section of the American Psychological Association’s publication, Monitor on Psychology. Additionally, she has co-authored a chapter on the Cognitive Interview in the book, Psychology of Criminal Investigation: The Research of the Truth.