• September

      29

      2020
    • 1527
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    Covid-19 & Workplace Liability

    An unprecedented number of potential lawsuits have emerged targeting employers’ actions and responsibilities regarding coronavirus workplace safety measures.  A recent Vinson & Company national survey has found that both employers’ and employees’ behaviors matter in attributing responsibility to employers concerning the coronavirus.

    • April

      20

      2020
    • 1418
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    Jurors in a Post-Pandemic World: What Litigators Need to Know

    A trial by jury has always been predicated on the availability of citizens to serve as jurors.  And while most U.S. citizens over the age of 18 are technically eligible, a variety of other considerations limit the pool from which actual jurors are selected.  Not least of which are individuals’ willingness and ability to serve.

    As we look toward a future in which the pandemic begins to recede, the economy begins to recover, and our system of justice resumes its functions, it is necessary to ask: What will the impact of the coronavirus be on a trial by jury?  How will it affect jurors’ attitudes and beliefs?  And most importantly, who will show up to serve – and what does that mean for litigators and their clients?

    • November

      12

      2019
    • 1195
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    What Influences Jurors’ Hardship Requests?

    A panel of prospective jurors is brought into the courtroom. The first step in selecting the jury begins; the court inquires into who can or cannot serve for the anticipated length of the trial. Some venire members request to be excused citing hardships such as financial concerns, medical conditions or caretaking responsibilities.
     
    But, are there reasons beyond the obvious that influence hardship requests?  And might these reasons cause the final hardship-qualified pool to be biased in any way?

    • September

      22

      2019
    • 1773
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    NAMWOLF 2019 Annual Meeting and Law Firm Expo

    David Perlut, Vice President at Vinson & Company, will be a panel discussant at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms’ (NAMWOLF) annual meeting on September 24, 2019.

    • June

      18

      2018
    • 1741
    • 0

    What Are Jurors Really Doing During Your Trial?

    A jury is seated. They are instructed not to discuss the case until all the evidence has been presented. They are instructed not to do any outside research on the case, the parties, the attorneys, the issues in dispute.

    Do jurors follow these instructions? If not, would they admit it? How many have violated the court’s directives? And why?

    • May

      29

      2018
    • 1574
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    Federal Bar Council Ethics for Social Media CLE

    Dr. Norma Silverstein, Senior Vice President at Vinson & Company, will be a panel discussant for the 2018 Federal Bar Council Ethics for Social Media CLE in New York City on June 7.

    • March

      29

      2018
    • 2107
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    Vinson Announces the Opening of Their Miami Office

    Miami, FL, March 26, 2018 – Vinson, pioneers in the fields of jury and trial strategy research, has today announced the opening of its newest offices in Miami, Florida. The new office is located in Miami Beach.
     
    Steve Paterson, President and CEO of Vinson, and David Perlut, Vinson’s Vice President, will head up the new office. Together they bring over 50 years of experience to South Florida.

    • July

      17

      2017
    • 2065
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    How Jurors View Attorneys – It’s The Little Things

    Jurors begin forming impressions of attorneys from the very moment they begin to interact with them – which, typically, is during voir dire. And the impressions they form tend to be related to a discrete set of factors. Importantly these factors are all within counsel’s control.

    Indeed, lawyers can create the impression they want jurors to have of them through how they conduct their voir dire.

    • November

      8

      2016
    • 2983
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    What Trial Lawyers Can Learn from Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders

    It would be an understatement to say that this election season has been unlike any other.  But regardless of who prevails, it is almost certain that scholars will agonize over what it means for years to come.

    What is less mysterious is how two of the key political figures in this drama were able to garner levels of support that shocked the political establishment, the media, and the electorate.

    • May

      10

      2016
    • 3000
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    Using Social Media in Voir Dire

    Social media platforms and other online databases offer trial teams access to unprecedented amounts of detailed, publicly-available information about prospective jurors. How this information can be leveraged to assist counsel during the jury selection process, however, is a thorny issue that raises a host of questions.

    • September

      29

      2015
    • 2820
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    Engle Progeny Cases

    With over 8,000 smoking and health cases filed and more than 50 that have gone to trial in the Florida courts, we have helped our clients prevail in key cases and worked closely with them to craft continued winning trial strategies.

    • September

      29

      2015
    • 2524
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    A New Approach to Trial Preparation

    In conjunction with The American Lawyer, Vinson & Company sponsored an interactive webcast with industry experts regarding how to use online jury research to make the overall process of case preparation more efficient, more practical and more insightful. Click below for more information and a link to an on-demand version of the program.

    • September

      28

      2015
    • 2870
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    WORLD TRADE CENTER LITIGATION

    When Swiss Re needed to know what New Yorkers would think about the World Trade Center attack and Insurance Coverage issues, we created new and innovative Jury Research procedures and tools to help them win their case.

    • September

      27

      2015
    • 2874
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    STARR INTERNATIONAL CO. V. AIG

    Our research helped obtain a full defense verdict for Starr International Company after a three-week jury trial involving multi-billion dollar claims made by American International Group (AIG).

    • September

      26

      2015
    • 2499
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    Beverly Hills High School Litigation

    When the Beverly Hills Unified School District and a group of oil and gas companies was sued by over 1,000 plaintiffs alleging injuries due to exposure to Benzene, PCBs and other chemicals, our research helped the defense team successfully dismiss the case on summary judgment.

    • September

      25

      2015
    • 2787
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    City of St. Louis Hospital Lawsuit

    In a dispute involving 37 Missouri hospitals suing the major tobacco companies, our research led to a complete defense verdict after twelve years of litigation.

    • September

      25

      2015
    • 2693
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    NCMIC Defense Counsel Seminar

    David Perlut, Vice President at Vinson & Company, was a featured speaker at the 2015 NCMIC Defense Counsel Seminar in Scottsdale, Arizona.  His presentation covered jury psychology, jury research techniques and tools, and juror perceptions of insurance coverage disputes.

    • September

      24

      2015
    • 2551
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    Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing

    When the government needed to know how jurors would react to a racially motivated church bombing that had occurred nearly 30 years earlier in Birmingham, Alabama, our research contributed to the design of trial and jury selection strategies that resulted in a conviction in the case.