Molly M. Murphy, MDR
Marina Del Rey, CA 90401
F: (424) 228-4973
Molly M. Murphy is a Trial Consultant and a Mediator in Marina Del Rey, California. Over the last 22 years, Ms. Murphy has consulted on over 700 cases throughout the country. Ms. Murphy has consulted on cases involving medical malpractice; traumatic brain injury, severe personal injury, employment, sexual harassment, real estate, wrongful death, asbestos, PCB, breach of contract, police misconduct, falsifying records, civil rights, premise liability, product liability, transportation, legal malpractice, defamation, pharmaceutical, security fraud, insurance bad faith, murder, attempted murder, rape and gang related crimes. In addition, Ms. Murphy has mediated over 190 cases involving simple to complex matters. Ms. Murphy has a Master Degree of Dispute Resolutions from Pepperdine Law School’s Straus Institute. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interpersonal Communication with disciplines in Psychology, Journalism and Business. Ms. Murphy is a faculty member with the ABOTA Jack Daniels Trial School and has been a guest speaker at Pepperdine Law School, DRI, the Los Angeles Consumer Attorney Association various Bar Associations. She a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants, CAALA, and an Associate member of the California Bar, a Steering Committee member of The Civil Justice Program, affiliated with Loyola Law School and is a Diplomate of The American Academy of Certified Consultants & Experts.
Trial Consultant Overview:
Evidence Preparation/Presentation – Analyze discovery and evidence to determine most effective presentation of case themes. Brainstorm with attorneys to determine best approach with case and their style of presentation. Develop effective exhibits for presentation to the jury.
Theme Development and Visual Presentation – Assist in creating the story line with continuous emphasis of the themes throughout the trial. Develop a visual presentation that will guide the jury through the story of the case. Implement a multi-media presentation through enlarged exhibits, demonstrative graphics, video, presentation of actual documents using the ELMO video projector system, video and PowerPoint presentation.
Witness Preparation – Prepare lay and expert witnesses. Focus on testimony that will emphasize the themes. Work with witnesses to maintain same page testimony. Specialize in working with difficult witnesses.
Jury Questionnaire and Voir dire Questions – Develop questions that will reveal harmful prospective jurors while emphasizing the themes of the case. Develop questions that will expose the panels’ beliefs, feelings, prejudices, biases, experiences, concerns and fears.
Opening Statement – Assist in building the “big picture” of the case. Create a means to set the stage. Create a vehicle that will engage the jurors and invite them to keep track of the promised unveiling of evidence that will prove the case. Tell the story of what this case is all about and what can be expected through the presentation of evidence.
Trial Monitoring and Assessment of testimony – Monitor jurors’ reactions to the testimony. Confer with counsel regarding my assessments of the jury regarding the daily direct and cross-examinations. Assist counsel and witnesses in maintaining focus on the themes. Track how the evidence is being presented and received; revisit issues through re-direct or re-cross.
Closing Argument – Assist in re-visiting the “big picture” of the case through the evidence of testimony, documentation, exhibits and presentation surprises. Check for accuracy of testimony and Opening Statement promises. Build a powerful summation of what this case has been all about through demonstrative graphics and verbal presentation.
Polling the Panel – The polling of the panel is critical to understand of the trial results. Gather evidence/statements in support of declarations for post-trial motions, if necessary.
Focus Group (Mock Trial) – There are many areas to address in a focus group:
- Where does the responsibility of the case lie with the defendant(s) or plaintiff(s).
- Plaintiff’s case or defendant’s case. Who’s story fits the evidence and who’s story is believable and reasonable.
- Case issues, theories, positioning of case, evidence presentation.
- Risk assessment, cost /benefit analysis.
- The monetary value of plaintiff’s injury.
- Can the burden be met with the most compelling evidence?
- Liability, Causation and Negligence issues.
- Determine weight of specific evidence and what to focus on at trial.
- Check out jurors’ reactions to sensitive issues.
- Determine witness credibility.
- Determine effective style of presenter.
- Et, al.
Education / Licenses
Pepperdine University School Of Law, Straus Institute
Dispute Resolution Master Degree, 2006
Pepperdine School Of Law Mediation Training, 2001
Consumer Attorneys Association Seminars, 1995 to present
California State Bar Trial Masters Symposium,
California State Bar Seminars,
Presentation Seminar, University of Illinois,
Script Supervisor Certificate, UCLA,
Verbal & Non-Verbal Communication Courses,
Graduate Studies: Non-Verbal Communications, University of Minnesota, 1982
Bachelor of Science: University of Minnesota
Major: Interpersonal Communication