WHAT WE DO

The consultants at Jury Behavior Research leave no stone unturned in the research design. We have extensive experience in pretrial research and we have handled cases with an aggregate exposure in excess of two billion dollars. We have worked with some of the best-known law firms and insurance companies in North America, covering everything from the basic red car-blue car accident to accidents in the nuclear power industry. Our experience in law enforcement cases is second to none in the country.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE/NURSING HOMES

We have found that attorneys who work within this area must be well-versed in medicine, as well as law. As one can expect, the competition among these attorneys is fierce. These trials often involve very large damage risks, as well as the potential for the utter destruction of a medical career or professional facility. When the stakes are this high, pretrial research and jury selection are virtually mandatory.

Our research has involved cases as unique as a life-long catatonic condition resulting from anaphylactic shock during the treatment of a rattlesnake bite, to defending a hospital after one of its privileged physicians became mentally unstable and caused permanent injury to neurological patients. We are experienced in the difficult-to-defend decubitus ulcer cases, as well as the terrible cases involving the injury and death of infant patients at birth.

For reasons of privacy and regulations such as HIPAA, we do not disclose the names of the hospitals or physicians we have worked with. We do, however, identify for you some of the most talented attorneys we have worked with in the fields of medical malpractice and nursing home defense. If you have issues in these highly specialized fields, we have full confidence that these attorneys can help you. Their e-mail contacts are listed for your convenience.

Nursing Homes
Eugene A. Giotto, Esq.
Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C.
Pittsburgh, PA
eugene.giotto@bipc.com
Charles A. Deacon, Esq.
Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.
San Antonio, TX
cdeacon@fulbright.com
Vincent J. Montell, Esq.
Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer P.A.
Phoenix, AZ
vmontell@qpwblaw.com
Glenda M. Zarbock, Esq.
Hanson Bridgett
San Francisco, CA
gzarbock@hansonbridgett.com
Medical Malpractice
Robert J. Swift, Esq.
Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
rswift@fulbright.com
Russ Schell, Esq.
Schell Cooley, L.L.P.
Addison, TX
rschell@schellcooley.com
Darren M. Clausen, Esq.
The Moore Law Firm
Tucson, AZ
dclausen@m3law.net

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Jury Behavior Research understands police officers and police departments. We are unflinching in the defense of individual officers and departments. This dedication comes from the experience gained by our consultants, who have more than 50 years' combined experience working as street cops, trainers and administrators.

Jury Behavior Research believes that the entry into a courtroom is far too important to leave anything to chance. A courtroom entry should be comparable to an entry by a SWAT team: everything should be planned, movements and thoughts should be organized and practiced, and all the appropriate intelligence should be gathered in advance. No stone should be unturned. In court, as in an armed conflict, there is no prize for second place.

We have represented police officers and their departments in fatal shootings, fatal pursuits, allegations of excessive use of force, and illegal arrest and restraint. We even an allegation of birth defects allegedly caused by police officers after they Tasered a pregnant woman.

Dr. Thomas P. Baggott law enforcement biography
Dr. Wayne R. Hill law enforcement biography

For reasons of privacy and regulations, we do not disclose the names of the police departments we have worked with. We do, however, identify for you some of the most talented attorneys we have worked with in the field of law enforcement defense. If you have issues in this highly specialized field, we have full confidence that these attorneys can help you. Their e-mail contacts are listed for your convenience.

Walter R. Cannon, Esq.
Olson, Cannon, Gormley & Desruisseaux
Las Vegas, NV
wcannon@ocgd.com
Daryl A. Audilett, Esq.
Audilett Law P.C.
Tucson, AZ
daa@audilettlaw.com
Marshall Humphrey III, Esq.
Humphrey & Petersen, P.C.
Tucson, AZ
marshall.humphrey@azbar.org

Dr. Thomas P. Baggott is the president and senior consultant of Jury Behavior Research Corporation. He retired as a Commander from the Pennsylvania State Police, where he had an outstanding career and was repeatedly commended for innovative ideas. While with the Pennsylvania State Police, he developed a reputation for getting things done. Dr. Baggott traveled across America collecting data for his doctoral dissertation, using the belief systems of police officers to find ways to improve the profession. While Dr. Baggott was with the Pennsylvania State Police, he specialized in complex criminal investigations and he also served as liaison with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He has planned strategy for major cases in both the state and federal systems. He holds a Fellowship with the American College of Forensic Examiners and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties.

Dr. Baggott then entered the world of trial consulting, where he employs the skills from a law enforcement background and the education of a doctoral degree in psychology to solve his clients problems. He holds copyrights on systems to prepare professional witnesses and is published in dozens of professional journals. He has also published training manuals and a book on litigation practices.

In the fall of 2008, Dr. Baggott attended the Northwestern University Motor Officer School hosted by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He attained his certification as a motor officer from this program, making him better able to handle cases involving motorcycle operations.

Jury Behavior Research Corporation is primarily known for its defense of physicians in medical malpractice cases, as well as commercial litigation in which hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake. Dr. Baggott and Dr. Wayne Hill, who is also a former police officer, have a firm policy of always making time to work on the defense of police officers.

Dr. Baggott believes in getting into the case as early as possible. He has found that although officers are competent and professional when they testify in criminal matters, they make the same mistakes as other witnesses when they are personally involved in the trial. When officers are emotionally involved in their case, we find that emotions overrule logic. Unless the officers are prepared by a behavioral scientist for their deposition, there are unchecked emotions that can be catastrophic to their case or trial.

Dr. Wayne R. Hill is a veteran of the Dallas (Texas) Police Department. From 1965-1978, Dr. Hill served, first as a police officer working primarily in the tactical unit, and moved upward through the chain of command to become a staff psychologist with that department. He interrupted his service to the Dallas Police Department to serve active duty as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy, assigned to the Republic of Viet Nam from 1967-1968.

After leaving the Dallas Police Department in 1978, Dr. Hill never ventured far from the people who carry badges. Dr. Hill moved to Traverse City, MI, where he became the staff consulting psychologist to the Traverse City Police Department and he opened a clinic specially designed to do pre-employment screening and fitness for duty evaluations of police officers. He also ran one of the largest private treatments centers for post traumatic stress disorder for police officers in the state of Michigan. Dr. Hill was retained by the Pennsylvania State Police to design, train and staff that department's Members' Assistance Program, which has been used as a model for other departments nationwide.

Dr. Hill is a Diplomate in clinical forensic psychology with the American College of Forensic Examiners, specializing in the behavior of police officers. Dr. Hill relies heavily on witness preparation, which supports his theory that the more a jury approves of an officer, the more weight they tend to give that officer's testimony. Working within an ethical framework, he can assist attorneys with increasing the approval rating of the police officers.

GOVERNMENT

The consultants at Jury Behavior Research have vast experience working in, and representing, government entities at all levels, from the small town up through the federal government. They have extensive trial experience in both the civil arena and the criminal courtroom.

Dr. Baggott's work experience and education make him an invaluable asset to the defense of any civil or criminal case where government liability is in question. Our staff of consultants have specialized in cases involving law enforcement personnel, prison cases, catastrophic personal injury involving allegations of road design and/or traffic engineering failure, and civil rights. This very distinct area of law includes claims of excessive force involving law enforcement, 42 U.S.C § 1983 actions, Title VII actions involving the ADA, ADEA and FMLA. Dr. Baggott and his staff have extensive experience involving human resource issues and allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace, all forms of discrimination; and inappropriate terminations.

Jury Behavior Research assisted in the defense of the civil cases wherein allegations that on duty correctional officers were arranging "gladiator wars" in the prison yards for the entertainment of staff. We have worked cases involving large numbers of unexpected pregnancies of female inmates in prisons without conjugal visitations. We have also defended prisons that have hired registered sex offenders to work in the juvenile corrections system.

Our consultants also have a great deal of detailed experience involving roadway accidents; specifically allegations of improper design and maintenance of city, county and state highway systems. We have defended local governments when they have been sued over right-of-way issues, flood issues land acquisition and allegations of acts resulting in the decreased value of personal property.

Peter C. Kelly II, Esq.
Holloway, Odegard, Forest & Kelly, P.C.
Phoenix, AZ
pkelly@hoklaw.com
Elan S. Mizrahi, Esq.
Titus, Brueckner & Levine P.C.
Phoenix, AZ
elan@tbl-law.com

GENERAL

The consultants at Jury Behavior Research have worked in numerous industries in civil litigation. While we have specialized experience in Medical Malpractice/Nursing Homes and Law Enforcement cases, we also have a wide range of experience in the following industries:

  • Communications
  • Departments of Corrections
  • Insurance
  • Automobile & Motorcycle Manufacturers
  • Product Manufacturers
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

In all of these industries, we have dealt with cases that had exposures in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Within these industries we have worked on cases pertaining to toxic torts, burns, wrongful death, individual home losses and disasters, explosions, employment issues, contracts, and agreements.

To protect our clients, we do not disclose the names of the specific companies or entities we have worked with. We do, however, identify for you some of the most talented attorneys we have worked with in these fields. If you have issues in these highly specialized fields, we have full confidence that these attorneys can help you. Their e-mail contacts are listed for your convenience.

Transportation
Fred Fresard, Esq.
Dykema Gossett, PLLC
Bloomfield Hills, MI
ffresard@dykema.com
Insurance
Floyd P. Bienstock
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Phoenix, AZ
fbienstock@steptoe.com
Tim L. Fields
Mondrall Sperling
Albuquerque, NM
timothy.fields@modrall.com