Jennifer Merriman is a Senior Trial Consultant with JuryScope, Inc. Ms. Merriman has spent fifteen years studying how jurors think, how to predict and influence their reactions, and all other aspects of jury behavior. Ms. Merriman has extensive trial consulting expertise in cases involving:
Ms. Merriman has consulted on high stakes cases in the most difficult venues throughout the country, and has worked on a number of notable and high-risk trials. Although most of the civil cases (and many of the criminal cases) she has handled are confidential, some representative matters she has contributed to include: State of California v. Phil Spector (Hall of Fame music producer convicted of second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson); State of Nevada vs OJ Simpson (Defendant convicted on all charges regarding hotel room robbery); State of North Carolina vs. Evans, Finnerty and Seligman (the Duke Lacrosse Players Rape case); Kelly-Moore v. Union Carbide Corporation (Multibillion dollar fraud claim against an asbestos raw fiber supplier – Brazoria County, TX); Kohan & Mutchnick v. NBC Studios (Contract case on behalf of the writers of Will & Grace – Los Angeles, CA); Chiron v. Genentech (Intellectual Property – Sacramento, CA).
Ms. Merriman has assisted in the selection of scores of juries, and has consulting experience in conducting research through over a hundred mock trials and litigation focus groups, crafting opening statements and closing arguments, preparing witnesses for deposition and trial, writing jury voir dire, and interviewing actual jurors after verdicts. Ms. Merriman’s experience runs the gamut of American litigation, including virtually every important type of business litigation. She has presented on various topics related to jury consulting to law firms and bar associations. Ms. Merriman works out of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ms. Merriman graduated magna cum laude with honors in psychology from Dartmouth College and did her doctoral studies in both Clinical Psychology and Neural Science at Indiana University. In addition to speaking at neuroscience, psychological, and legal conferences, Ms. Merriman has also published peer-reviewed articles on the psychometric properties of assessment questionnaires.