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Jeff Dougherty

Senior Consultant


Jeff Dougherty earned an M.S. in Psychology and completed additional post-graduate studies in Jury Research and Jury Psychology at the only program of its kind in the country. Since 2002, Mr. Dougherty has applied his educational training and jury psychology experience to a broad range of civil litigation across the country. As a jury consultant, his aim is to provide insight into jury behavior and juror expectations to assist trial counsel and clients in pursuing the most efficacious litigation strategies. His extensive experience has included: designing and conducting mock trials and focus groups; synthesizing jury research findings into winning trial strategies; crafting voir dire questions and assisting in jury selection; facilitating shadow juries; and conducting post-trial juror interviews. One of Mr. Dougherty’s specialties is helping witnesses prepare for deposition and trial testimony, with a special emphasis on uncovering and resolving the emotional, psychological, and communication barriers that interfere with effective testimony.

Mr. Dougherty has presented numerous continuing legal education seminars around the country and frequently writes on subjects such as understanding juror decision-making, the impact of nonverbal communication on witness effectiveness, improving witness communication in depositions and at trial, and storytelling in opening statements. He has also been published for his articles on effectively preparing witnesses, avoiding the traps of cross-examination, and the reasons medical professionals can struggle to testify.


  • M.S., Psychology, California Lutheran University
  • B.A., Psychology, California State University

Articles & Presentations

  • Dougherty, J. M., (2019). Teaching Witnesses to Avoid Cross-Examination Traps. Law 360.
  • Dougherty, J. M., (2019). How Medical Professionals Can Tell the Truth in an Upside Down World. Inside Medical Liability, Second Quarter, 35-37.
  • Dougherty, J. M., Otterberg, A.A. & Simpson, R.A. (2016). Your Case Evaluation – Would the Jury Agree? (Mock Trial). Speaker. Annual Professional Risk Symposium – Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Chicago, IL.
  • Dougherty, J. M. (2015). Confronting the Plaintiff’s Reptile Revolution: Defusing Reptile Tactics with Advanced Witness Training. CLE Presentation – Cobb Martinez Woodward, PLLC, Dallas, TX.
  • Dougherty, J. M. & Malphurs, R. (2015). Geeks, Eggheads, and Nerds: Training Intellectually Gifted Witnesses with Technical Backgrounds. CLE Presentation – Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer & Kern, LLP, Dallas, TX.