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Attorney / Jury and trial expert Robert B. Hirschhorn

of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates, Inc., Lewisville, Texas, is an attorney and a nationally recognized expert in jury and trial consultation. He is a co-author of Blue’s Guide to Jury Selection, which is currently available from Thompson-West Publishing. Mr. Hirschhorn has been a jury consultant since 1985. In 2005, he selected juries that returned more than $750 Million in verdicts. Those cases include Lexar v. Toshiba (breach of fiduciary duty; $461 Million) and Ernst v. Merck (1st Vioxx litigation; $253 Million). He has also assisted lawyers in many high-profile criminal cases including State of Florida v. William Kennedy Smith (sexual assault charges, not guilty verdict), State of Texas v. U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (ethics charges, not-guilty verdict), and State of Texas v. Robert Durst (acquitted of murder charges). Mr. Hirschhorn has appeared on Good Morning America, MSNBC, Court TV, CNN, Dateline NBC, 48 Hours, Nightline, and many national radio programs. He lectures nationwide to lawyers and judges on the art of jury selection.

Jury and trial consultant Jennifer Lapinski

has been a jury and trial consultant since 1999, and has closely worked with attorneys on over 300 criminal and civil cases in both state and federal jurisdictions across the country. In addition to jury selection, Ms. Lapinski prepares juror questionnaires and voir dire questions, prepares juror profiles and conducts witness preparation. In over 250 cases, Ms. Lapinski has conducted Focus Groups, Mock Trials, Voir Dire Workshops, Opening Statement Workshops, Shadow Juries and Post-Verdict Interviews. Additionally, for the past several years Ms. Lapinski has assisted Robert Hirschhorn with the Focus Group portion of the State Bar of Texas’ Choosing and Courting a Jury program. Ms. Lapinski is also the chair of the Center for American and International Law’s Jury Selection & Communicating With Jurors – A Program for the Defense, and is a contributing author to the upcoming AAJ Trial Guides The Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit (Fourth Edition).