Case Studies

United States v. Bruce Karatz

By: G. Christopher Ritter & Jeremy Young & Jeff Dahm & Chris Sizemore

  • Venue: CDCA;
  • Court Name: US District Court, Central California (Los Angeles, CA);
  • Services Provided: Trial Graphics, Trial Presentation;
  • Litigation Type: Securities

IMS Consulting & Expert Services teamed up with Keker, Van Nest & Peters in a case to represent a former CEO of a public company in a criminal stock options backdating trial.

Our Role

IMS Consulting & Expert Services partnered with the Keker, Van Nest & Peters team to develop a case story and graphics to teach our side of the case to the jury and rebut the government’s assertions. During the course of the six-week trial, IMS worked in the war room with the trial team to provide new visual demonstratives and graphical edits in real time to respond to the dynamically shifting priorities at trial.

Results

The jury acquitted on 16 of 20 counts. A federal judge then threw out one of two mail fraud counts. Despite the government’s recommendation of a six-year prison term, our client received only eight months of home confinement and a fine.

“I learned long ago that going to trial without Chris Ritter and IMS Consulting & Expert Services, involved early in trial planning and brainstorming about the message and how to deliver it, is foolhardy.”

John Keker

“[IMS Consulting & Expert Services] exceeded expectations, especially in terms of responsiveness and dedication to the effort. Also, IMS Consulting & Expert Services team had an outstanding ability to quickly understand the technology and concepts we were trying to teach…They are smart, dedicated, and a pleasure to work with.”

Brian Ferrall

“I just wanted to thank you for your contributions, hard work, and support. You guys are the greatest-we always look forward to collaborating with you and don’t know what we would do without you. Judge went out of his way to compliment the fine ‘animations’ that we presented. He thought they were very instructive and enjoyable, and he’s someone who does not compliment lightly.”

Jeff Chanin

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