Lee Meihls, Ph.D.
R. Phillips, Ph.D.
A. Gilbert, Ph.D.
Tracy Farrell, M.S.
W. Joy, J.D., Ph.D.
Evan C. Dawson, Ph.D.
Samantha Schwartz, M.L.S., Ph.D.
Jenna Goren, B.A.
Odette Overton, B.A.
Melissa David, M.A.
Therese Todd, B.A.
D. McCormick, B.A.
MICHELLE MAY PETERSON has been a senior consultant for Trial
Partners since 2004. She is a longtime practicing attorney whose
work in that capacity has concentrated primarily in the areas of
trial court motions, pretrial and trial strategy, tactical advice and
counseling for civil and criminal trial attorneys, and appellate
review. Her work for Trial Partners does not involve the practice
of law and has been strictly limited to nonlegal functions, with an
emphasis on case evaluation, trial persuasion, and mock trial analysis.
Michelle is a gifted and highly creative problem solver who has
combined her analytical expertise with her in-depth understanding of
the trial process in a wide variety of civil and criminal matters, many
of which have involved extremely high stakes or unusual
sensitivity. These have included aviation disasters, toxic tort
and environmental litigation, catastrophic tort, intellectual property,
business tort, securities law, unfair competition, employment
discrimination and wrongful termination, fraud, false claim and RICO
actions, as well as multimillion dollar contract claims, damages-phase
litigation, and high-profile criminal cases. Her instinctive
grasp of trial techniques, jury selection, and instructional and
evidentiary principles has proven invaluable to clients. She
helps trial teams around the country in framing the real-world context
for evaluating litigation positions, gauging juror attitudes, and
devising trial persuasion approaches in some of the most complex as
well as more straightforward types of cases. In addition,
Michelle helps in assessing tactical problems and finding solutions for
jury and bench trials, arbitrations, mediations, and settlement
Michelle earned her J.D. in 1983 at the University of California (Boalt
Hall) School of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif, and then
served as a law clerk in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in
New York. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political
Science, which included study in survey research and quantitative
methods, and she also holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from
the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford,
Massachusetts. She has given presentations to local, regional and
statewide attorneys' groups, and her authorship credits include
articles on racial and group-based discrimination in jury selection.