John P. Esser, Ph.D.

Senior Jury Consultant

John P. Esser is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Wagner College. He received his B.A. from Haverford College, and his J.D., M.S., and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he served as the Hewlett Fellow in Dispute Resolution. He is the co-editor of The Science of Courtroom Litigation: Jury Research and Analytical Graphics (forthcoming, ALM/Law Journal Press), as well as author and co-author of several chapters within. In addition, he has published articles on the changing form of contract law, on dispute resolution, and on the history of American jurisprudence in journals such as Law and Social Inquiry and the Denver University Law Review, and has presented papers on these topics at academic forums such as the American Association of Law Schools, The Law & Society Association, and the Social Science History Association. Dr. Esser is also involved in curricular reform in higher education. He has made presentations on this topic at various meetings of the American Association of Colleges and Universities and been quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education. As a trial consultant, he has worked on some of the most noted corporate fraud cases of the past five years. He is licensed to practice law in the State of New York. Dave has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from St. John’s University. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of New York. Dave has a long-standing interest in and experience with using social-science research methods to empirically study and understand group dynamics and the relationship between attitudes and behaviors. His academic background in clinical psychology and social science research combined with his extensive practical experience as a jury consultant makes him an invaluable asset to trial teams.