February 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM
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What a Juror Wants: How the Jury Evaluates Expert Witnesses

A superstar CV is great, but for most jurors, it’s not enough.  What truly resonates with jurors when an expert witness is on the stand?  Jury consultant Claire Luna, a partner at Irvine-based Jury Impact, will relate expert witness success strategies – and pitfalls to avoid – learned over the course of hundreds of trials and thousands of juror interviews throughout the country.


Claire Luna manages Jury Impact’s operations and is involved in providing messaging and strategy assistance to attorneys around the country. She is responsible for case research, message development and case analysis on a wide range of cases, including medical malpractice, breach of contract, toxic tort, product liability and pharmaceutical litigation. Since joining Jury Impact in 2006, she has assisted with trial strategy in 40 states, including jury selection and trial monitoring in 10 states.


Claire's previous experience was concentrated in legal and political journalism. While working for the Los Angeles Times for five years, Claire reported on high-profile cases in the federal and state courts. The topics ranged from white-collar fraud to espionage, and many of the civil trials often resulted in multimillion-dollar judgments.


Claire's litigation coverage included cases pertaining to proprietary Internet technology, medical malpractice, sexual abuse in the priesthood and wrongful-death suits. Claire consistently broke stories on DNA technology, sexual assault law and innovative legal tactics. She also followed the trials of noted serial killers, death-penalty defendants and teen rapists – all of which garnered national attention.


Prior to reporting for the LA Times, Claire reported for the Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press, where she covered a number of high-profile political issues. The most notable was the presidential election recount in 2000. She traveled throughout the state for a USA Today/Gannett Co. project to determine which flaws in the voting system contributed to the snafu. She also was copy editor at the Seattle Times.


Claire holds a B.A. in print journalism and psychology from the University of Southern California, where she was the first Latina editor in chief of the Daily Trojan student newspaper.


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