Intellectually curious, self-reflective, methodologically rigorous, innovative and team-oriented. Our culture is externalized in how we relate to our clients and help them win.

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What We Do

Empirical Creative LLC is a boutique trial consulting firm. Our specialty is providing jury research and graphics consulting on complex, high-stakes civil and white-collar criminal litigation with an eye towards understanding and reducing risk and uncertainty for our clients.

At Empirical Creative, one size does not fit all. Just as every case comes with its unique set of facts and circumstances, we are sensitive to ensuring that any research event and/or graphics project we design and conduct is customized to meet your unique objectives for retaining us in the first place. The general types of jury research services listed on this site are only models, and, in reality, there are many permutations both within and among these services that we would recommend utilizing depending on your unique needs.

“Jim Dobson and David Klein of Empirical Creative are the very best jury consultants, and much more. Since they truly understand advocacy and persuasion, and take the time to truly understand your case, they are able to help a skilled trial lawyer integrate the key themes of the case to the likely audience. Their insights into jurors and jury selection are deep, thoughtful and case-specific. They helped us make the most of our jury panel, and select a jury that could understand and accept the key themes of our case, and then advocate and vote for us in the jury room. I am looking forward to the next opportunity to work with them.”

Elliot Peters

Keker, Van Nest & Peters

Jury Research

Mock Trials

Single or multi-day trial simulations.

Focus Groups

A thorough examination of how a jury will perceive the case issues.

Witness Prep

Jurors’ evaluation of witness testimony is one of the single biggest factors affecting their decision-making.

Jury Selection

Uncover the major background jury profiles that predispose jurors to view your case favorably or unfavorably.

Judge & Arbitration Research

Examine how judges and arbitrators will view the merits of your case.

“Jim Dobson and Dave Klein, and their team, are A players and better people. They work hard, they are responsive, they put their soul into your case, and their work product is outstanding. It is that simple, and that is the key — Jim and Dave will help you clear the weeds and tell your client’s story with clarity, simplicity, emotion and logic. I have worked with them on a federal jury trial, a complex arbitration against a foreign bank, and a pro bono matter of national interest. Each time, their work stood out. I recommend them with enthusiasm and without hesitation.”

Jonathan Harris

Harris, O’Brien, St.Laurent & Houghteling LLP

Trial Graphics

Powerpoint Presentations

Interactive Multimedia Presentations

Trial Boards

Exhibit Production

3D Animations

“Jim was an essential member of our team that tried a complex securities case to a jury in the Southern District of New York. In preparing for trial, he contributed concrete, pragmatic suggestions that formed key pieces of our case and helped us to translate arcane concepts to the jurors. He also was extremely valuable in the jury selection process, helping us to interpret background information in order to make intelligent choices. On another matter, involving a series of related cases, we were very pleased with Jim’s assistance in constructing and running mock trials in preparation for trial. This process allowed us to hone our themes, and to evaluate each of the cases for relative settlement value.”

Andrew Stern

Sidley Austin LLP