Offering trial lawyers and their teams strategic trial consulting, theme development, mock trials and a full suite of courtroom communications consulting services.


Consulting
Services:

I provide added value by becoming an integral team member and thought partner to bring your clients the best results through services including:

  • Strategic theme development:
    • Case strategy
    • Precision cross-examination
    • Persuasive openings and closings
  • Witness preparation:
    • Concise, responsive, powerful and understandable storytelling
    • Strategically insightful safe harbors
    • Tailored uniquely for deposition, trial or arbitration
  • Voir dire and jury selection

Research
Services:

Our research employs precisely focused design. We use cutting edge methods like immediate data capture via digital tablets. We distill results to inform strategy that you can actually use in a courtroom. We offer:

  • Mock trials and focus groups
     
  • Post-trial juror interviews (where permitted)

Professional
Development:

I work with attorneys and legal professionals to help them acquire and develop persuasive communication skills.

  • In the course of preparing witnesses, we have the opportunity to sharpen direct and cross examination techniques for lawyers. 
     
  • Partnering with other consultants and coaches, I also offer a variety of private or team professional development for legal professionals.  Topics may include:
    • Enhancing business development
    • Leadership development
    • Team building

Extensive Experience

Industries: 

  • Aerospace
  • Chemicals
  • Cosmetics
  • Energy (Oil & Gas, Utilities, Alternative Energy)
  • Financial Services
  • Insurance
  • Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation

Practice Areas:

  • Antitrust
  • Class Actions
  • Contract Disputes
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Employment and Labor
  • Environmental/Toxic Tort
  • Fraud
  • Family Law and Domestic Relations
  • Intellectual Property (Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights)
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Securities
     

Jurisdictions:

State Courts, Federal Courts and Administrative Proceedings in:

  • The Hague
  • International Arbitrations
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • The United States, including: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Iowa, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Virginia

Lara is a master technician and a world-class coach. She prepared me for my testimony in a professional and effective manner.  Lara quiets you, neutralizes anxiety and readies you for the challenges ahead.
— Timothy Sutherland, Chairman/CEO of Middleburg Capital Development