Julian A. Gilbert, Ph.D.

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Dr. Julian Gilbert has been active in jury research and trial consulting for about 15 years, and he specializes in jury selection, case strategy, and jury research. He has worked on a wide range of cases involving both individuals and companies, including several instances of high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts around the country. Julian has extensive experience working on a variety of case types, including criminal, contract, fraud, environmental and toxic tort, products liability, personal injury and wrongful death, employment, trade secrets, unfair competition, and patent.

He is active in all phases of jury selection, including writing juror questionnaires, preparing juror profiles, drafting attorney and court voir dire questions, and selecting juries in dozens of cases in locations throughout the country, including some of the most problematic venues (sometimes referred to as “judicial hellholes”). Julian has worked on several high-profile cases, including selecting the jury for the government in the retrial of U.S.A. v. Leroy Baca. Julian has also selected juries in numerous cases that resulted in favorable verdicts for his clients, including several cases in which the client potentially risked a very large damage award. He also assists with witness preparation, case strategy, and theme development.

As Director of Research at Trial Partners, Julian oversees all aspects of jury research at the firm. He has managed both small- and large-scale research projects throughout the country, and he has extensive experience designing and analyzing mock trial and focus group research, evaluating deliberations, debriefing jurors, and providing concrete recommendations for trial strategy. He also writes and analyzes community attitude surveys, conducts shadow juries, interviews actual jurors after a case ends, and analyzes venues and verdict trends.

Julian has a strong background in research methodologies and analysis, and he has taught university courses in social and legal psychology. In addition, Julian has conducted extensive research in juror attitudes, eyewitness memory, and civil and criminal juror decision making. His doctoral dissertation specifically focused on juror attitudes and comprehension in civil litigation, with a focus on how jurors use and/or misuse evidence and litigant characteristics when determining their verdicts. Julian received several awards and grants for his research, and his findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences on psychology and law.

Julian graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wittenberg University, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. He then attended Florida International University, where he earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Legal Psychology, with an emphasis in Cognitive Psychology.

Julian has been a member of the American Psychology-Law Society, and the American Society of Trial Consultants.