DRI Faculty List

Unmasking the Jury: Trying a Products Case Webinar

August 5, 2021

Marissa S. Beyers
Trial Behavior Consulting, Inc.

Marissa S. Beyers, Ph.D., is a social psychologist recognized for her expertise in developing winning strategies, including in jury selection, pre-trial research, witness preparation, courtroom communication and graphics. Marissa has selected countless juries, interviewed hundreds of jurors, and conducted a wide range of trial research including survey, focus group, shadow jury, and mock trial research. She works closely with counsel on voir dire, witness preparation, opening statement, closing argument, and trial graphics to ensured key themes and arguments are effectively understood by jurors.

Amanda M. Cialkowski
Nilan Johnson Lewis PA

Amanda M. Cialkowski with Nilan Johnson Lewis PA, Minneapolis, MN. Amanda is a thoughtful and accomplished litigator, and she truly exceeds client expectations as a defense trial attorney. Her skills in the courtroom have earned her a sought-after reputation when a case goes before a jury or judge. She has obtained complete defense verdicts in a number of venues, including plaintiff-friendly Madison County, Illinois. Her success in the courtroom is partly due to her ability to explain a difficult set of facts to a jury in a way that makes them understand the client's position. Amanda loves being able to dig into the details of a case and learn the industry or science behind the issue at hand to better arm her defense and is sensitive to balancing her client's business interests with the goals of litigation.

Alice S. Johnston
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Alice S. Johnston represents clients in a range of complex litigation matters and a variety of industries. Her focus includes complex product liability defense, oil/gas/mineral and pipeline, mass torts and toxic torts, defense of pharmaceuticals and medical devices and restrictive covenant/non-compete actions, particularly in technology and product-intense industries. She serves as national, local and trial counsel to the automotive industry, heavy equipment manufacturers and others in asbestos, benzene and toxic tort cases, and represents pharmaceutical clients in mass tort proceedings at the state and federal levels. Additionally, she has litigated claims related to trademark infringement, RICO, fraud, wage and hour, and other business-related litigation.

Caryn Jorgensen
Stokes Lawrence

Caryn Jorgensen advises clients in complex litigation matters. She represents businesses, non-profits, municipal entities, and individuals at trial and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings throughout the Pacific Northwest and the State of Alaska. When not litigating, she counsels clients in litigation-avoidance and assists clients to frame paths to resolution when conflicts arise. She has tried cases to verdict in the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties in Washington, Marion County, Oregon, and the Second Judicial District at Kotzebue, Alaska. In addition to her busy litigation practice, Caryn writes and speaks on trial skills, professional ethics, aviation and product liability topics. She was selected to Super Lawyers in 2013-2020 and recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Commercial Litigation in 2016-2021.