The Litigation Psychology Podcast

A podcast on the intersection of science & litigation

Episode 41: Nuclear Verdicts in Transportation  Litigation

In this special episode of The Litigation Psychology Podcast, trucking defense attorney Doug Marcello interviews Dr. Bill Kanasky on nuclear verdicts, including why they occur & how companies can - and should - use research to prevent them from occurring. 

October 19, 2020

Episode 40: Deposition Testimony

In this episode we discuss the goals of deposition testimony, while addressing the issues with "pivoting" and why its such a poor strategy. We also share examples of poor deposition testimony along with examples of great testimony to highlight the differences and how to achieve them.


October 12, 2020

Episode 39: Voir Dire in a Post-Covid World

It's a widely held belief that demographics are predictive of juror behavior & decision-making, but they are not. Instead, juror attitudes, beliefs, experiences, and personality traits are what most influence how juror will evaluate a case. In this episode, we explore what is predictive and what changes you should implement in voir dire, particularly in the era of Covid-19.

October 5, 2020

Episode 38: The Impact of Political Affiliation on Jurors' Verdicts

In recent years, American politics have been highly polarized. CSI's Litigation Consulting team has conducted research on the extent to which jurors' political affiliation matters and why jurors' political orientation must be considered within a broader context of psychological factors for effective jury selection strategy. 

September 28, 2020

Episode 37: Healthcare Litigation Witnesses

Dale Paleschic, Managing Partner at Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Cohen in Tallahassee, FL discusses the challenges of deposition and witness testimony of different types of healthcare professionals, including nursing staff and foreign-born physicians. Plus, he talks about why healthcare professionals, especially nurses, are so susceptible to plaintiff reptile attacks. 

September 21, 2020

Episode 36: Preparing Foreign-Born Physicians

Today's guest is Georgianne Walker, Partner at May Oberfell Lorber. Georgianne talks to us about the challenges of preparing foreign-born physician witnesses for testimony and the concerns and anxieties of some foreign-born physicians. She also discusses the challenges of working as a female attorney and her advice for younger, early career female attorneys. 

September 14, 2020

Episode 35: Medical Malpractice Litigation

Dr. Bill Kanasky interviews St. Louis defense attorney Tad Eckenrode, Partner at Eckenrode-Maupin, about medical malpractice litigation, preparing doctors, physicians and healthcare professionals for testimony, and juror perceptions of healthcare workers in the COVID-19 era.

August 31, 2020

Episode 34: Reptile Opening Statement

Dr. Bill Kanasky discusses how Reptile attorneys build an opening statement and how a defense attorney needs to be prepared and respond. Dr. Kanasky also provides an explanation of Primacy and Recency Effects, as well as the top miscues by defense attorneys in their opening statements. 

August 24, 2020

Episode 33: Importance of Attorney Credibility

CSI Litigation Psychologists Dr. Lorie Sicafuse and Dr. Steve Wood discuss the topic of attorney credibility. They discuss what jurors see that makes them believe that an attorney is or is not credible, what factors they like and don't like to see from an attorney, and what attorneys can do to be seen as more credible by jurors.   

August 17, 2020

Episode 32: Danielle Hall

Our guest for this video podcast is Danielle Hall, Managing Director for Watchpoint, a private investigations firm. Danielle shares how Watchpoint assists litigators in providing legal support, as well as surveillance, pre- and post-employment background checks, witness statements and other digital intelligence.

August 10, 2020

Episode 31: Nuclear Verdicts and Nuclear Settlements

This video episode of The Litigation Psychology Podcast features Dr. Bill Kanasky and Dr. George Speckart discussing the hot topic of nuclear verdicts and nuclear settlements. Dr. Kanasky and Dr. Speckart wrote an extensive article on the nuclear verdict phenomenon and talk about their insights and analysis.

August 3, 2020

Episode 30: Trucking Litigation with Mike Bassett

Mike Bassett, Senior Partner, The Bassett Firm in Dallas, TX joins the podcast to discuss a number of topics in trucking litigation including the challenges with  preparing truck drivers for testimony , how to manage the relationship with drivers, the on-going problem of nuclear verdicts, anchoring, and more.

July 27, 2020

Episode 29: Jury Selection for Trucking Defense

In this video podcast, Trucking Attorney Mark Perkins of Perkins and Associates joins the podcast to discuss jury selection for trucking defense in light of catastrophic events in Louisiana such Hurricanes Katrina and Hurricane Rita, the BP Oil Spill and now COVID-19!

July 20, 2020

Episode 28: Reptile and the Appellate Process

Attorneys Steve Fleischman and Rob Wright of Horvitz & Levy discuss a topic that doesn't get much attention:  Reptile Theory  and its impact during the appellate process. Steve and Rob offer their insights on how reptile affects their work with clients and in court. 

July 13, 2020

Episode 27: NFL Players Association Executive Director De Smith

De Smith discusses his extensive experience as a trial attorney, his challenges as the head of the NFLPA, sports in today's world, and much more.

July 6, 2020

Episode 26: The Amygdala Hijack

Dr. Bill Kanasky gives an overview of what occurs when a witness "loses their mind" during testimony and what can be done to prevent these meltdowns.  The influence of Reptile is also covered.

July 1, 2020

Episode 25: Hot Topics in Trucking Litigation

In this video podcast, Doug Marcello, Trial Attorney, Marcello & Kivisto discusses numerous trucking and transportation litigation topics including the challenges of preparing witnesses for testimony, the growing trend of nuclear verdicts and settlements in the industry, plaintiff bar advertising, and more.

June 26, 2020

Episode 24: Liz Skane on COVID-19 and Jurors

Liz Skane, Partner with Skane Wilcox, discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on juries, plaintiff Reptile attacks and how they affect nuclear verdicts and the exposure corporations are creating for themselves with their COVID-19 messaging .

June 24, 2020

Episode 23: Challenging Witnesses

In this video podcast, Dr. Alyssa Parker shares her experience with preparing truck drivers and healthcare workers - two highly challenging personas - for deposition.

June 22, 2020

Episode 22: Introduction to Reptile Theory

This episode is an introduction to the Reptile Theory and Reptile Attacks. We cover background on how the Reptile Theory began, why its been so successful, and multiple examples. Plus we explain how Reptile attacks can be avoided through advanced neuro-cognitive training.

June 15, 2020

Episode 21: The Value of Research in Litigation

In this video podcast, Matt Moffett, Partner at GRSMB, & CSI Litigation Consultant Dr. Lorie Sicafuse discuss predicting juror perceptions in the COVID-19 era and how litigators will need to adjust, plus the crucial need for science & rigorous research in mediation and trial preparation.

June 12, 2020

Episode 20: Kurt Spengler on Trucking Litigation Challenges & Opportunities

Kurt Spengler, Partner at Wicker Smith, joins the video podcast to discuss the pitfalls of the lack of communication in the trucking defense bar and how that affects the continued presence of reptile attacks and nuclear verdicts .

June 10, 2020

Episode 19: Crisis Communications in Trucking

In this video podcast, crisis and litigation communications expert Sean Murphy discusses the crucial mistakes that companies are making in their communications and how to plan for a crisis.

June 8, 2020

Episode 18: Timmy Yeary on Trucking Litigation

In this video podcast, Transport Producer Timmy Yeary shares his thoughts on COVID-19 safety rule changes, nuclear verdicts, and the proliferation of technology in the transportation industry.

June 5, 2020

Episode 17: Trucking and COVID-19

In this video podcast, CSI Litigation Consultant Dr. Steve Wood discusses his experiences with preparing trucking industry witnesses, the dangers of reptile attacks in trucking cases & insights on how juror perceptions of truck drivers & the trucking industry may shift in light of positive COVID-19 PR.

June 3, 2020

Episode 16: The Art  & Science of Jury Selection

CSI Jury and Litigation Consulting experts Dr. Bill Kanasky and Dr. George Speckart discuss how rules for jury selection are drastically different across not just venues but judges, some myths about jury selection &   the importance of a scientifically-valid supplemental juror questionnaire .

June 1, 2020

Episode 15: Ben Newman on Mediations

In this video podcast, mediator Ben Newman discusses the impact of the pandemic on mediations, conducting mediations virtually and the presence of reptile in the mediation process.

May 29, 2020

Episode 14: Juror Panels in the COVID-19 Era

In this video podcast,  Dr. Bill Kanasky and Dr. George Speckart discuss the potentially far-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on jurors, jury attitudes & behaviors and the future for nuclear verdicts.

May 26, 2020

Episode 13: Holly Howanitz, Partner at Wicker Smith

In this video podcast, attorney Holly Howanitz and Dr. Bill Kanasky discuss how Reptile is still thriving, what jury panels might look like in the era of Coronavirus, and the challenges of plaintiff's bar advertising.

May 22, 2020

Episode 12: Steve Fleischman, Partner at Horvitz & Levy

In this video podcast, attorney Steve Fleischman discusses the on-going threats of reptile attacks, how companies are creating exposure for themselves with their COVID-19 communications, and the challenges of juries and trials in the era of COVID-19.

May 20, 2020

Episode 11: The Impact of COVID-19 Crisis on Jurors' Attitudes

CSI Litigation Consultants Dr. Steve Wood and Dr. Lorie Sicafuse discuss what the research says about how jurors' attitudes and decision making might be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They also cover juror attitudes towards front-line workers, people of Asian descent and what companies should be doing now in preparation for future litigation.  

May 18, 2020

Episode 10: Special Guest - DRI President Philip Willman

In this video podcast, Philip Willman discusses how DRI is handling their pandemic response, plus talks about nuclear verdicts, the challenges of third-party funding of plaintiff's litigation and the value of preparing witnesses for reptile attacks before depositions.

May 15, 2020

Episode 9: Trucking Litigation

In this video podcast, John Nunnally, Partner at Ragsdale Liggett, joins us to discuss trucking litigation in the era of COVID-19 including juror perceptions, the challenges of preparing truck drivers for depositions and what the jury pool might look like post-COVID-19.

May 13, 2020

Episode 8: Nuclear Verdicts

In this video podcast, trial lawyer and author Bob Tyson, Jr. joins us to discuss his book on nuclear verdicts, challenges for the defense bar with millennial attorneys and how COVID-19 may impact juror decision making.

May 11, 2020

Episode 7: Trucking and Transportation Litigation  

This episode focuses on litigation in the trucking and transportation industry during the time of COVID-19. Dr. Bill Kanasky is joined by 30-year veteran litigation attorney Mike Bassett as they discuss how the trucking industry is being recognized for their contributions during this crisis and how that might influence juror perceptions of the industry. They also discuss preparation to avoid nuclear verdicts, how to combat a reptile attack and more.

May 4, 2020

Episode 6: Myths of Litigation Consulting

We address a number of commonly held beliefs and misconceptions about the practice of litigation psychology and how litigation psychology can benefit the litigation process. This insightful and unique topic covers everything from mock trials to witness training and more.

April 27, 2020

Episode 5: Crisis Communications

We highlight the mistakes and missteps that businesses are making when communicating with customers employees, and their communities about COVID-19. Dr. Bill Kanasky is joined by Sean Murphy, head of the CSI Crisis and Litigation Communications team and they discuss the legal exposure corporations are creating for themselves and how businesses should approach communicating with key stakeholders during a crisis.

April 15, 2020 

Episode 4: Nuclear Verdicts Part IV

Dr. Bill Kanasky is joined by defense attorney and author Bob Tyson, Jr. Mr. Tyson discusses his new book on nuclear verdicts, what the defense bar can learn from the plaintiff's bar, and how to better prepare for reptile attacks to avoid nuclear verdicts.

April 13, 2020 

Episode 3: Nuclear Verdicts Part III

The nuclear verdicts series continues with Dr. Bill Kanasky and Dr. George Speckart discussing the impact of witness testimony on jury decision making. Dr. Speckart and Dr. Kanasky share some great stories from their experience and how witness testimony has a direct impact on jury nuclear verdicts. 

March 30, 2020 

Episode 2: Nuclear Verdicts Part II

We continue our series on the hot topic of nuclear verdicts. Dr. Bill Kanasky and Dr. George Speckart discuss the history of nuclear verdicts, who's to blame, and what companies can do to protect themselves from nuclear verdicts. 

March 16, 2020 

Episode 1: Nuclear Verdicts Part I

This episode is the first in a series of podcasts on the hot topic of nuclear verdicts. Learn what nuclear verdicts are, why they are occurring, and what the defense bar can do about them.

March 2, 2020 

Episode 0: What is The Litigation Psychology Podcast All About?

This episode provides an introduction to the podcast.

March 2, 2020