Barbara has more than 25 years of experience in research, consulting and case management, working with clients to help them achieve their goals. She is particularly skilled at interpreting quantitative and qualitative data to analyze cases from jurors’ perspectives and structuring thematic narratives that appeal to jurors’ sensibilities.
Her jury research projects have covered a wide range of matters including banking, financial services, product liability, employment, and financial and securities litigation, as well as environmental litigation and toxic torts. Her background in communication and group dynamics allows her to develop persuasive case themes and strategies that connect with jurors.
- Ph.D., Communication – Small Groups and Organizations, University of Kansas
- M.A. Communication, University of Kansas
- B.S., University of Wisconsin – Madison
Articles & Presentations
- Hillmer, B.C. (2016). How Do I Connect with Jurors? The Role of Juror Analysis in Persuasion. Insights.
- Pitera, M.J. & Hillmer, B. (2016). Storytelling for the Defense – The Defense Attorney’s Guide to Beating Plaintiffs at Their Own Game. Indie Books International, Oceanside, CA.
- Hillmer, B.C. (2016). How to Best Connect Trial Evidence and Witness Testimony to Themes. Insights.
- Hillmer, B.C. (2015). What Are the Best Kinds of Clothes for Lawyers to Wear in the Courtroom? Insights.
- Pitera, M.J., Hillmer, B.C. (2015). To Select or Deselect? Understanding Jury Trends for Jury Deselection. Presentation for Ogletree Deakins, Kansas City, MO.
- Hillmer, B.C. (2015). Communicating Your Themes: Do I Have to Say My Case Themes Out Loud? Insights.
- Hillmer, B.C. (2015). The Problem with Stereotyping When It Comes to Jury Selection. Insights.
- Hillmer, B.C. (2015). When Is the Best Time for a Mock Trial to Be Conducted? Insights.
- Hillmer, B.C. (2015). Focus Group vs Mock Trial: Which Is the Best Choice for You? Insights.
- Hillmer, B.C., Pepper, J.M. & Quattlebaum, S.W. (2014). Stories, Themes & Trial Graphics: Maximizing the Likelihood of a Defense Verdict. Presentation at the DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Seminar, New Orleans, LA.
- Hillmer, B.C, Pepper, J. & Quattlebaum, S. (2014). Seeing Is Believing: Twenty-First Century Courtroom Graphics Program at DRI Conference in New Orleans, LA.
- Pitera, M.J. & Hillmer, B. (2012). All Jury Consultants Are Not Created Equal: Do You Have the Right Consultant for Your Research? – Part I & II. Insights.
- Hillmer, B. & Gerchen, R. (2010). Using the Story: The Importance of Developing Memorable Themes. Insights.
- Numerous presentations, workshops, and articles on communication, management and conflict resolution.