Mock Trials and Focus Groups

Case Settlement and Case Valuation Mock Trials

By adapting the general tool of the mock trial to the specific questions that are preventing settlement, we are able to provide an expanded picture that can increase your client's knowledge and comfort with a specific settlement posture and strategy.

In order to arrive at a grounded estimate of the range of damages potentially awarded in a case, we offer a supplemental research process that extends the traditional mock trial by at least half a day. After using a traditional one-day mock trial to select jurors who are likely to side with the plaintiff and to get to the point of awarding damages, we use the additional time to provide a more detailed damages picture from all sides and to see more detailed deliberations on damages. The result is a more comprehensive engagement with the particulars of damages than is possible in the traditional mock trial, and an important supplement to your multisource assessment of case value. Not knowing the likely financial recovery or exposure is one of the most common obstacles to settlement. While research is never a crystal ball, it can provide a more objective assessment.

By adapting the general tool of the mock trial to the specific questions that are preventing settlement, we are able to provide an expanded picture that can increase your client's knowledge and comfort with a specific settlement posture and strategy. The case settlement mock trial addresses the many unknowns preventing settlement, including: 1) uncertainty on a key evidentiary ruling, 2) doubt over the way a key witness will come across, or 3) inability to guess at an arbitrator's reaction.