Jury Consulting

Helping You Build Solid Cases

When you and your law firm take on an important criminal case, you want to do everything you can to get a positive outcome for your client. A victory preserves your client's rights and freedoms, and enhances your reputation in the legal world, making you more attractive to future clients. To be successful, you need to have a complete grasp of not only the facts and law, but also a thorough understanding of what motivates juries and judges as they decide cases.

My name is Stephen L. Richards, and I have more than 25 years of experience defending criminal cases in Chicago and throughout Illinois. I provide comprehensive jury consulting services to lawyers, helping them create strategically sound plans for defending clients in state and federal courts. I have taken more than 75 felony cases to jury trials and 300 others to bench trials. I have extensive experience defending capital murder cases and other serious felony charges with an excellent record of success.

Providing Successful Trial Strategies

At my Chicago jury consulting law firm, I provide a full range of support services for attorneys handling major criminal cases. Using the insight I have gained over my long career, I can help you understand the complex dynamics of jury selection and trial, such as:

  • Case themes
  • Jury perceptions
  • Dealing with hostile jurors
  • Factors that drive verdicts

I provide advice on how to take a tactical approach to voir dire and the trial itself, which can often make the difference between winning and losing.

Trust a Successful, Experienced Consultant

During my career at the Cook County public defender's office, I participated in at least 10 mock trials in capital cases. I was also a jury consultant in the Andre Crawford case, in which the defendant, convicted of 11 murders, received a no death verdict.

I can help you in all phases of case preparation, including:

  • Witness preparation
  • Conducting mock trials
  • Setting up focus groups
  • Analysis of venue
  • Advice on case value

Contact a Chicago and Rockford Mock Trial Attorney for Your Consulting Needs

If you or your firm are preparing a case and would like advice on developing a strategic case plan, the Law Office of Stephen L. Richards can assist you. To speak with an attorney and jury consultant, call me at 866.852.6426, locally at 773.877.3259 or contact me online.