We help take boxes of documents filled with complex matters and turn them into a compelling story that shows jurors why they should care and why you should win.
Tell a Great Story
Stories that don’t resonate aren’t worth telling. The best trial lawyers are teachers who can advance the most powerful tool—a great story. When a story is told in a compelling way, the result is increased understanding and empathy from listeners.
IMS’s propriety Mental Mining® sessions are the most effective way to uncover what your case is really about so you can increase your chances of winning. Through these strategy meetings, we help you develop the factual theory of your case, identify themes, create a powerful story for the jury, and sketch the critical demonstrative ideas for trial. The result is a coherent strategy action plan designed around a powerful case story. Contact us for more information.
Unmatched experience and capabilities.
IMS clients are equipped with the perspective and tools they need to advance their cases.
Our STRATEGIC Process
Initial Case Evaluation
After a brief review of the case, initial evaluations in response to known facts, proffered theories, optics, politics, etc., are provided in a one-hour session. Our first impressions, based on our years of experience trying cases before juries, offer insights into challenges, opportunities, and possible next steps for case development. This evaluation session can be a good time to discuss discovery strategies, settlement advocacy, expert witness requirements, venue analysis, jury research, and other services you may need.
MENTAL MINING® STRATEGY SESSIONS
Our Mental Mining sessions include guided discussions to clarify and distill case themes and record the results. Together, we will develop the factual theory of the case, identify underlying themes, create our “story” for the jury, and sketch the critical demonstrative ideas for trial.
Mental Mining sessions are most valuable when performed early in the case, but they can be conducted at any time and repeatedly in response to case developments.
Generally full-day sessions, trial summits are held shortly after the end of discovery but while there is still sufficient time before trial to make sure that all stakeholders are aligned on the facts, the legal strategy, trial themes, logistics, etc. The team decides between alternative theories and creates a detailed agenda for the trial presentation and items that must be accomplished prior to trial.
An advisory session can be held at any time with a strategy advisor who will help prepare witnesses, participate in research exercises, work with others on key demonstratives, review opening statements or closing arguments, monitor the trial for real-time strategy adjustments, and participate in post-verdict analysis.
Trusted by the Best
“IMS helps me see things the way the jury will, which makes a critical difference when preparing for trial. I make sure to hire them before the case is even indicted.”Am Law 50 Firm
“Having IMS help with trial preparation is like getting into a German luxury car. It is art and function in one. Many complex ideas are reduced to a few simple and understandable controls. This is the result of serious thought and focused creativity. I feel much safer with that kind of power at my disposal.”Partner & Litigator
“Wouldn’t want to go to trial without them.”Am Law 50 firm
Together we win
Our integrated strategy team uncovers core themes to help you develop an engaging case story with compelling arguments.
Why Storytelling is Your Best Defense
Senior Director of Jury Consulting Dr. Merrie Jo Pitera, discusses how persuasive storytelling can overcome juror bias towards plaintiff narratives.
Connecting Themes at Trial to Juror Types and Values – Episode 15
IMS Trial Strategy Advisor Chris Ritter explains how juror values and behavioral economics can guide your case strategy at trial.
Helping Jurors Make Sense of Complex Cases
Senior Strategy Advisor and Jury Consultant Chris Ritter, discusses how to simplify complex cases and the topics that surround them.
Adapting Advocacy for the Post-Pandemic World
Zoom trials are here to stay. Learn how to keep jurors engaged and witnesses prepared through organized themes and helpful technology.
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IMS strategy advisors help you mine through mountains of evidence and develop a strong, compelling story.