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Trial Consulting

Patricia C. Bobb has extensive experience in trial consulting, teaching jury selection and case analysis. She also has run many focus groups.

Patti is involved in the training of other lawyers as a member of the board of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, having previously served as its chairperson. She is a former adjunct professor of trial advocacy for Northwestern University Law School.

She has taught, spoken and written for various bar associations and advocacy programs for more than 35 years, including the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the American Bar Association, the American Justice Association, the Chicago Bar Association and many other state and national organizations.

Among the many areas of law she has consulted on, spoken about or written about during her career are the following:

  • General Trial Training and Advocacy in Civil and Criminal Law Practice
  • Adverse Party Examinations
  • Advocacy Ethics
  • Automobile Accident Lawsuits
  • Case Preparation With a Trial in Mind
  • Case Themes: Persuasive Development
  • Catastrophic Claims
  • Civility and Professionalism Inside and Outside the Courtroom
  • Child Death Cases
  • Civil Discovery
  • Communications That Connect With Judge and Jury
  • Comparative Negligence and Contribution
  • Computer Technology: Creating Persuasive Visual Evidence
  • Conflict Management and Resolution
  • Daubert Standard
  • Demonstrative Medical Evidence
  • Deposition Practice, Including With Physicians
  • Direct and Cross Examination
  • Direct Examination in Products Liability Cases
  • Domestic and Workplace Violence: Personal, Employer and Professional Liability
  • Emergency Room Liability
  • Evaluating Cases for Trial or Settlement
  • Examination of Expert Witnesses
  • Expert Evidence
  • Expert Witness Disclosure Under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 220
  • Evidence
  • Federal Trial Skills
  • Federal Product Liability Reform
  • Healthcare Provider Liens
  • Hotel Liability for Criminal Acts on the Premises
  • Juror and Jury Bias
  • Jurors: Capturing Their Hearts and Minds
  • Jury Damage Awards: Maximizing and Minimizing
  • Jury Deliberations
  • Jury Selection
  • Laying a Proper Foundation
  • Litigating Breast and Gynecological Malpractice Cases
  • Mediating Medical Malpractice Cases
  • Medical and Hospital Expenses: Reasonableness
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medical Trial Skills
  • Negotiation for Women Lawyers
  • Negotiation Skills
  • New Lawyers: Help, Support and Inspiration
  • Obligations and Rights of Treating Physicians in Personal Injury Cases
  • Opening Statements
  • Opening Statements and Closing Arguments for Women Lawyers
  • Peremptory Challenges: Racial, Gender and Ethnic Considerations
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth Complications
  • Proving and Disputing Liability in Tort Cases
  • Psychiatric Negligence Cases
  • Res Ipsa Loquitur in Medical Malpractice Cases
  • Security and Civil Liberties
  • Settling Liability Claims
  • Third Party Practice Tactics
  • Trial Advocacy for Women Lawyers
  • Violence Against Women
  • Voir Dire in Medical Negligence Cases

For more information about the firm’s trial consulting practice, please contact Patricia C. Bobb.