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Senior Litigation Consultant Strengthens The Focal Point LLC's National Jury Consulting Division-Leading East Coast Efforts

OAKLAND, CA and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - October 28, 2013) - The country's leading trial consulting firm, The Focal Point LLC, announced the addition of John L. Hicks as senior graphics and jury consultant, strengthening the firm's national jury consulting division. Located in the New York office at 415 Madison Avenue, Hicks brings extensive industry experience to the firm's east coast clients.

"John's is not just a great development for our thriving jury consulting division, but is also another step in the continuing growth of The Focal Point's New York presence," said Chris Ritter, the firm's chief of visual trial strategy. 

Hicks' extensive expertise working on employment and labor litigation, intellectual property, securities litigation, and white collar criminal matters will serve the firm's growing client-demand for specialized litigation services in this region. He has experience in the courts of New York, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.

"We are pleased to add another powerful member to our team," said James B. Stiff, Ph.D, senior director of jury consulting. "John specializes in turning complex litigation into meaningful, conceptual and visual strategies for trial, and we are pleased to have a consultant of his caliber leading our east coast efforts."

Hicks holds a MS(r) in social psychology and research methodology from Saint Louis University. Prior to becoming a jury consultant, Hicks used his expertise in psychology to develop political campaign materials and presentations, utilizing many of the same persuasive communication techniques he now uses in the courtroom.

The Focal Point's jury consulting group is routinely engaged on a wide array of litigation and provides a unique perspective originating from experience on hundreds of complex matters and strong academic pedigrees. The team combines rigorous research standards with a clear understanding of juror psychology, information processing, and group dynamics to help clients create clear trial themes and strategies. 

The Focal Point, established 24 years ago, provides full trial preparation services, including litigation strategy, jury consulting, trial graphics, animation, courtroom technology, and war room support. The firm has worked on some of the largest litigation in recent years, ranging from complex commercial disputes to white collar defense and intellectual property cases, and involving matters ranging from securities and criminal cases to environmental and employment issues, including Colorado v. Kobe Bean Bryant, the Deepwater Horizon litigation, Microsoft v. Google, California v. Scott Peterson, University of California v. Genentech, ColorQuick v. Vistaprint, and Rambus, Inc. v. Micron Technology, Inc. The Focal Point's offices are located in Dallas, New York, Oakland, CA, and Santa Fe. On the Web: www.thefocalpoint.com

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