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Richard Waites


Dr. Richard Waites is one of only five people in the country who are board certified civil trial attorneys and trial psychologists.  He has been involved in more than 1,100 civil cases all over the United States assisting with the development of persuasive trial strategy, conducting focus group, mock jury trial, and mock arbitrator research, training witnesses, jury selection, and consulting with trial teams in the courtroom.  He has more than 27 years experience working with judges, jurors, and arbitrators and studying their mental processes and decision-making behavior.  His new book entitled, Courtroom Psychology and Trial Advocacy, discusses ways to enhance the power of trial advocacy using information from 30 years of jury and arbitrator research.  He obtained his law degree from the University of Houston and his doctoral degree in psychology (summa cum laude) from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dr. Waites is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Trial Psychologist for The Advocates, a national trial consulting firm with offices in 17 major cities.  The firm’s case load includes all areas of law from intellectual property and complex commercial litigation to personal injury and product liability matters.  In personal injury and product liability litigation, the firm concentrates its practice on assisting corporations, insurance companies, and defense attorneys in accurately assessing likely jury perceptions in a case and in developing their most powerful and persuasive trial strategy.

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