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J. Lee Meihls, Ph.D.

Mark R. Phillips, Ph.D.

Julian A. Gilbert, Ph.D.

Tracy Farrell, M.S.

Stephen W. Joy, J.D., Ph.D.

Evan C. Dawson, Ph.D.

Kara Johnson, M.S.

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

Michelle Peterson, J.D.

Melinda Newell, Ph.D.

Kally Enright, Ph.D.

Jenna Goren, B.A.

Odette Overton, B.A.

Melissa David, M.A.

Therese Todd, B.A.

Alexandria D. McCormick, B.A.

Michelle May Peterson

Michelle May Peterson,
J.D.

Senior Consultant

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MS. 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 negotiations.

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.