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IMS Consulting & Expert Services delivers consultative trial and expert services for the most influential attorneys and global firms. Hosted by Teresa Barber, IMS Director of Industry Relations, each episode features timely discussions with prominent guests including Big Law leaders and litigators, in-house counsel, top experts, trial consultants, jury researchers, legal industry reporters, and the most influential voices in the litigation community. We delve into the pressing issues, latest trends, and notable cases at the intersection of innovation, law, policy, tech, and business.
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In this episode, we speak with Littler Mendelson Shareholder and former Litigation and Trial Practice Group Co-Chair, Helene Wasserman. Helene joins us to discuss emerging trends in litigation, and the potential for sustained adoption of remote depositions, hearings, and trials post-COVID. We review practical considerations and tips for advancing litigation in the new remote normal, and explore the potential benefits of the remote environment for certain case resolution types. 
In this episode, we speak with Littler Mendelson Shareholder and former Litigation and Trial Practice Group Co-Chair, Helene Wasserman. Helene joins us to share practical tips for law firm leaders, corporate executives, and in-house counsel on advancing culture and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in a remote working environment. 
In this episode of the IMS Insights Podcast, we are joined by guest Jeff Dahm, IMS Director of Trial Presentation and Technology, to discuss practical tips for preparing for remote courtroom hearings and events, the challenges and opportunities of virtual courtroom environments,  and the potential for sustained adoption of certain types of remote court events.
In this episode of the IMS Insights Podcast, we're joined by Dr. Charles D. Cowan of Analytic Focus to discuss the role of mentors in STEM fields like statistics and economics, and best practices for successful expert witness engagements.Dr. Cowan is an IMS Elite Expert and contributing thought leader, and the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Managing Member for the national statistics, finance, and economics consultancy, Analytic Focus. With more than forty years of experience, Dr. Cowan specializes in the development of financial research and its use in risk management, in improving shareholder value, and in economic impact studies. He has been retained by IMS clients on more than three dozen matters, and taught graduate and undergraduate courses, and authored or co-authored two books and numerous articles on topics including evaluation of survey and census methods, econometric measures related to the welfare of the U.S. economy, and rare and elusive population research.Prior to cofounding Analytic Focus LLC in 2002, Dr. Cowan was a Director with Price Waterhouse, specializing in financial research, surveys, and audit sampling. Dr. Cowan was the Chief Statistician for the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), where he designed research necessary to measure the loss from the Savings & Loan Crisis of the late 1980s and capitalization requirements for the RTC transfer to the FDIC. Dr. Cowan served as the Chief Statistician for the U.S. Department of Education, where he designed large-scale surveys in education to measure resource needs and availability, and he worked for the Census Bureau, developing research programs for the U.S. and internationally.
In this episode of the IMS Insights Podcast, we speak with trial presentation advisor Jeff Dahm about how the pandemic is shaping the role of "hot seat" advisors in litigation and remote hearings, and new standards for trial presentation amid COVID-19. Jeff Dahm is an IMS Thought Leader and trusted trial presentation advisor to the firm’s top clients. Through more than two decades of managing courtroom presentations, he has worked on more than 200 trials, as well as on over 300 hearings, arbitrations, and mock trials. He specializes in presenting for complex, high-stakes litigation and at International Trade Commission (ITC) hearings. His thought leadership contributions provide clients with information about how to create and manage compelling presentations in both the traditional courtroom setting and the remote hearing or video conference environment.His extensive experience as a “hot seat” operator and his passion for trial presentation have earned him a place in many high-profile matters with the country’s top trial lawyers. His two decades of courtroom experience, observing all types of trials throughout the country, makes him a valuable asset to any trial team. Jeff’s trial work focuses on complex high-stakes litigation. Some of his notable cases include a copyright infringement trial on behalf of Google, a criminal trial involving the CEO of KB Home, and a patent infringement trial for Samsung.In addition, Jeff has appeared multiple times as the courtroom technology expert for the State Bar of California’s “Champions of the Courtroom” and many other CLE programs.Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Analysis & Design from the University of California, Irvine.
In this episode, we are joined by nationally-recognized statistical applications and economic investigations expert Dr. Charles D. Cowan about various factors for commercial litigators and in-house counsel to monitor related to the Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities market in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Cowan is an IMS Elite Expert and contributing thought leader in a range of areas including economics and statistics. He serves as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Managing Member for the national statistics, finance, and economics consultancy, Analytic Focus. With more than forty years of experience, Dr. Cowan specializes in the development of financial research and its use in risk management, in improving shareholder value, and in economic impact studies. He has been retained by IMS clients on more than three dozen matters, and taught graduate and undergraduate courses, and authored or co-authored two books and numerous articles on topics including evaluation of survey and census methods, econometric measures related to the welfare of the U.S. economy, and rare and elusive population research.Prior to co-founding Analytic Focus LLC in 2002, Dr. Cowan was a Director with Price Waterhouse, specializing in financial research, surveys, and audit sampling. Dr. Cowan was the Chief Statistician for the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), where he designed research necessary to measure the loss from the Savings & Loan Crisis of the late 1980’s and capitalization requirements for the RTC transfer to the FDIC. Dr. Cowan served as the Chief Statistician for the U.S. Department of Education, where he designed large-scale surveys in education to measure resource needs and availability, and he worked for the U.S. Census Bureau, developing research programs for the U.S. and internationally.Thanks for joining. We hope you enjoy today’s episode of the IMS Insights Podcast. 
In this episode of the IMS Insights Podcast, we speak with Marti Murray about best practices for working as an expert witness, tips for attorneys working with expert witnesses in litigation, and the role of mentors - and how early-career professionals or young students can identify mentors in STEM fields like finance, securities, and banking. Marti Murray is an IMS Elite Expert with over thirty-five years of experience in the financial services industry. She has acted as a court-appointed Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) Receiver, held leadership positions at business restructuring financial advisory firms and alternative investment management firms, and also served on several boards of directors. Her experience includes business and securities valuation, distressed debt investing, commercial and SEC related litigation, trade, and corporate finance.Earlier in Murray’s career, she was the founder, president, and portfolio manager of Murray Capital Management, Inc.—an SEC-registered distressed debt hedge fund firm. She ran Murray Capital from 1995 through 2008, until it was acquired by Babson Capital in April 2008.While running Murray Capital and after its acquisition, she served as an adjunct professor at the NYU Stern School of Business teaching courses in distressed debt investing, equity analysis/valuation, and bankruptcy. For her efforts, she was awarded the Teacher of the Year Prize. Murray has written for and contributed to numerous publications, holds the Certified Valuation Analyst credential (CVA), and has been awarded by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). 
In this episode of the IMS Insights Podcast, we speak with senior trial advisor G. Christopher Ritter about the core values that motivate jurors and about connecting themes at trial.Chris Ritter is a highly-sought senior trial advisor for the firm’s top clients seeking guidance and perspective on case theme development, persuasion graphics development, witness preparation, and focus group and mock trial research. Chris graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and actively tried cases for nearly fifteen years. He served as adjunct professor of law at the University of California, Hastings School of Law for twelve years, teaching courses in trial practice and evidence. Chris has advised clients for more than twenty years on over 500 cases throughout the country, with more than 100 mock jury and focus group projects. He is a prolific writer, drawing on this depth and breadth of experience to share best practices and guidance for clients and peers. Chris’ written works include three books published through the American Bar Association, and dozens of articles and case studies on topics including on persuasion strategy, trial graphics, witness preparation, and trial war room management.
In this episode of the IMS Insights Podcast, we speak with trial strategy advisor Britta Stanton about the role graphics, tools, witnesses, and perspective play in being persuasive both in a traditional trial setting, and in virtual settings such as remote hearings.Britta Stanton is an IMS Thought Leader and trusted advisor to the firm’s top clients. An experienced trial lawyer with more than a dozen trial appearances and nearly twenty years of practice in state and federal venues, Britta has also advised clients on hundreds of cases and trials.She has served as faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and graduated magna cum laude from Baylor Law School, where she also served on the Baylor Law Review. Her thought leadership contributions help clients explore best practices on topics ranging from the persuasion of juries using trial technology and demonstrative evidence to effective witness preparation.
In this episode of the IMS Insights Podcast, we speak with Marti Murray about how the COVID-19 pandemic is creating a unique generation of threats and opportunities for private equity (PE) funds, and what that means for litigators and for the greater economy.Marti Murray is an IMS Elite Expert with over thirty-five years of experience in the financial services industry. She has acted as a court-appointed Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Receiver, held leadership positions at business restructuring financial advisory firms and alternative investment management firms, and also served on several boards of directors. Her experience includes business and securities valuation, distressed debt investing, commercial and SEC related litigation, trade, and corporate finance.Earlier in Murray’s career, she was the founder, president, and portfolio manager of Murray Capital Management, Inc.—an SEC-registered distressed debt hedge fund firm. She ran Murray Capital from 1995 through 2008, until it was acquired by Babson Capital in April 2008.While running Murray Capital and after its acquisition, she served as an adjunct professor at the New York University Stern School of Business teaching courses in distressed debt investing, equity analysis/valuation, and bankruptcy. For her efforts, she was awarded the Teacher of the Year Prize. Murray has written for and contributed to numerous publications, holds the Certified Valuation Analyst credential (CVA), and has been awarded by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). 
To better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the commercial litigation community, IMS ExpertServices conducted analysis and gathered input during the first half of April from more than 400 attorneys, in-house counsel, experts, and stakeholders throughout the commercial litigation community. In this special podcast feature, you'll hear commentary from the April 30 Analysts Briefing hosted by IMS on the study's top findings and other key trends for commercial litigators, with discussion from a panel of thought leaders including:·          ·         James Crane, Chief Revenue Officer at IMS ExpertServices·         Rudhir Krishtel, Certified Co-Active Coach and Facilitator with Krishtel Coaching, Former Senior Patent Counsel at Apple, Former Partner at Fish & Richardson, and IMS Thought Leader and Contributor·         Nate Robson, Litigation Editor at The American Lawyer·         Eilene Spear, Operations and Project Manager at The National Law Review ·         Ty Sagalow, Commercial insurance expert and IMS thought leader and contributor 
In this episode of the IMS Insights Podcast, we speak with senior trial advisor G. Christopher Ritter about juror core values and behavioral economics at trial.Chris Ritter is a highly-sought senior trial advisor for the firm’s top clients seeking guidance and perspective on case theme development, persuasion graphics development, witness preparation, and focus group and mock trial research. Chris graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and actively tried cases for nearly fifteen years. He served as adjunct professor of law at the University of California, Hastings School of Law for twelve years, teaching courses in trial practice and evidence. Chris has advised clients for more than twenty years on over 500 cases throughout the country, with more than 100 mock jury and focus group projects. He is a prolific writer, drawing on this depth and breadth of experience to share best practices and guidance for clients and peers. Chris’ written works include three books published through the American Bar Association, and dozens of articles and case studies on topics including on persuasion strategy, trial graphics, witness preparation, and trial war room management.
In this episode of the IMS Insights podcast, we speak with trial strategy advisor Britta Stanton about how attorneys can leverage the tools of persuasion at trial and in virtual settings.Britta Stanton is an IMS Thought Leader and trusted trial strategy advisor to the firm’s top clients. An experienced trial lawyer with more than a dozen trial appearances and nearly twenty years of practice in state and federal venues, Britta has also advised clients on hundreds of cases and trials.She has served as faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and graduated magna cum laude from Baylor Law School, where she also served on the Baylor Law Review. Her thought leadership contributions help clients explore best practices on topics ranging from the persuasion of juries using trial technology and demonstrative evidence to effective witness preparation.
In this episode, Rudhir Krishtel joins us to share guidance on mindfulness and wellness for attorneys. He also provides tips and strategies to help with adjustments for those balancing the intense demands of a legal career during the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rudhir Krishtel is a certified Co-Active Coach and facilitator, focusing on workplace wellness and intensity. Many lawyers struggle with stress and lack of purpose in their practice. As a former lawyer, Rudhir coaches clients and hosts workshops to identify the issues that hold lawyers back from advancing in their career with clarity and fulfillment.Prior to becoming an executive coach and consultant, Rudhir practiced law for 15 years as a federal clerk, patent litigation partner at Fish & Richardson, and then as senior patent counsel at Apple. His lawyer days led him to train as a teacher for yoga (Baptiste Institute) and mindfulness meditation (Warrior One), and as a Professional Certified Coach (Coaches Training Institute & International Coaching Federation), to serve as much-needed support for the legal community. 
In this episode of the IMS Insights Podcast, we speak with Dr. Edwin Hernandez about how trends in cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) are shaping the COVID-19 response and forging a new generation of antitrust issues.Dr. Hernandez has been retained as an expert witness and consultant for IMS clients on several matters. He has expertise in several areas including wireless networking and communication, personal area networking, multimedia streaming, blockchain, mobile devices and systems, smartphones and wearables, and wireless embedded software development. He holds a doctorate degree in computer engineering, specializing in wireless communication, as well as a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Florida. Hernandez is named inventor on at least 11 U.S. Patents, three of which are licensed by a major internet and communications company. With over twenty years of industry experience ranging from startups to high-tech corporations including Microsoft and Motorola, he is a reviewer for several industry journals and industry conferences, frequently sought as a speaker and panelist, and routinely judges startup competitions. Learn more about Dr. Hernandez and these topics through our IMS Insights thought leadership page.
IMS client and Quinn Emanuel Partner, Manisha Sheth, joins us in this IMS Insights Podcast discussion as we delve into how the #MeToo movement is effecting corporate responsibility for employers and business leaders, and how the movement is shaping areas of commercial litigation. Sheth, who served as lead attorney on one of the most high-profile cases during the residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) crisis now serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice and its Sexual Harrassment and Employment Discrimination Practice.
In this episode of the IMS Insights Podcast, we sit down with Quinn Emanuel Partner, Manisha Sheth, to explore what led her to return private practice in the firm to lead a #MeToo practice group, from public service in the New York Attorney General’s Office. Sheth, who served as lead attorney on one of the most high-profile cases during the residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) crisis now serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice and its Sexual Harrassment and Employment Discrimination Practice. 
We sit down with Dr. Bill Bysinger, an expert from the IMS network, who has recently launched a company focused on the power management systems within Electric Vehicles, to discuss the potential roadblocks this industry can face, and it's pertinence within the world of complex litigation.
We sit down with Dr. Bill Bysinger, an expert from the IMS network, who provides executive-level consulting to healthcare and technology companies. We discuss trends in the industry towards patients taking more responsibility for their healthcare and health data, new care treatment models, as well as technological advances in medical decision making.
In this episode fo the IMS Insights Podcast, we sit down with an expert from our network, Dr. Edwin Hernandez, to discuss the growing industry of cloud computing and data sharing, as well as potential litigation roadblocks these industries may face in the future.
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