Samantha Schwartz, M.L.S., Ph.D.

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Dr. Samantha Schwartz has over a decade of experience in social science research and trial consulting. She has conducted various forms of jury research and analyzed the results from trial simulations, large-scale community surveys, post-trial interviews, and shadow juries. She has provided strategic recommendations to assist trial teams with case presentation, theme development, venue analysis, jury selection, and witness evaluation and preparation. In addition, Samantha has experience selecting juries in civil and criminal cases in courts around the country.

Samantha has experience working on a range of civil and criminal cases across the country, involving antitrust, contract, insurance, intellectual property, the False Claims Act, employment, toxic tort, professional malpractice, products liability, white collar crime matters, and murder.

After she took an interest in law, upon graduating college, Samantha assisted attorneys and trial teams at two top litigation firms and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for several years. She subsequently received her doctoral training in the field of psychology and law. Samantha’s master’s thesis focused on cultural influences on juror decision making, and her doctoral dissertation examined how stigma, conservative beliefs, and biases affect juror decision making. She has worked on research concerning public opinion and sociocultural issues, social influences and behavior, attitudes and biases, and decision-making processes. In addition to having taught many undergraduate psychology classes, she has been a frequent presenter and author on juror decision making and the legal system.

Samantha holds a M.A. and Ph.D. specializing in psychology and law from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she worked with distinguished professor, Dr. Brian Bornstein. Samantha was awarded First Prize for her doctoral dissertation in psychology and law by the American Psychology-Law Society. She also earned a Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) after she completed several courses at the Nebraska College of Law to inform her research interests and applications. Samantha received her B.A. in psychology from the College of William & Mary.

Samantha lives in the Washington D.C. Metro area.