Since 2005, Patricia Steele has been conducting jury research and developing detailed trial strategies for major corporations, national law firms and state prosecutors. She also provides witness preparation and assistance with jury selection. Prior to becoming a trial consultant, Steele was a successful civil litigator and an award-winning television news producer. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and thereafter practiced law in Los Angeles. She is a former member of the American Inns of Court, and served as Special Counsel to the Warren Christopher Commission. Patricia also earned an MFA from UCLA’s graduate film program, where she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in journalism. As a television news producer, her work appeared on NBC, ABC, and PBS and won both Emmy and Associated Press awards.
- J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University
- M.F.A., UCLA Film Program, Fulbright Scholar
- B.S., magna cum laude, Communications, Suffolk University
Articles & Presentations
- Steele, P., Chaber, M. & Levin, M. (2016). Reporter’s View of Trial Consulting. Presented to ASTC 35th National Conference, Redondo Beach, CA.
- Steele, P. (2015). Do Jurors Really Follow the Jury Instructions? Insights.
- Nemecek, J & Steele, P. (2014). How to Preserve Confidentiality in Mock Trials or Focus Groups. Insights.
- Steele, P. & Rowland, C.K. (2013). Litigation Practice Group Seminar – Jury Research and Theme Development, Witness Preparation, Jury Selection and Shadow Jurors.
Presented to Freeborn & Peters, LLP.
- Steele, P. (2013). How to Deal with Limited Voir Dire. Insights.
- Steele, P. (2012). Best Practices in Jury Research. Presented to International Association of Defense Counsel Mid-Year Meeting.
- Steele, P. (2011). Jury Selection Logistics: Developing a System. Insights