Amy E. Pardieck
Amy Pardieck is a leading authority on verbal and nonverbal communication in the courtroom. She is a popular speaker, writer and trial consultant whose clients include a nationwide selection of civil and criminal trial attorneys. She has consulted on a variety of cases involving complex commercial litigation including professional negligence, contract disputes, environmental litigation, insurance coverage, and premises liability; personal injury including negligence, products liability, medical malpractice, toxic tort cases; and civil rights litigation. Amy has worked on cases against Ford Motor Company, Dow Chemical Company, Bridgestone Firestone Inc., Werner Enterprises Inc., Texas Eastern Pipeline Company, PacificCare Life and Health Insurance Company, Interstate Brands, Kansas City Power & Light, and Rush Trucking, to name a few.
Amy specializes in a customized and focused approach to trial consulting. Drawing on twenty years of experience with jurors, focus group jurors, mock jurors and post-verdict juror interviews, she has the unique ability to combine the creation of compelling legal stories with hands-on knowledge of courtroom challenges. She tailors trial consulting services to meet case specific goals and challenges within defined time frames, budget limitations and skill sets.
Her technical specialties include legal consulting and communication training through: focus group and mock trial research, story development and delivery, opening statement/closing argument assistance, voir dire and jury selection strategies, as well as witness evaluation and preparation. Each is driven by case themes, frames, story lines and characters, sequencing, case specific vocabulary and visual support.
Prior to trial consulting, Amy treated patients in the mental health industry as a certified systemic psychotherapist. Experience in the courtroom shows that jurors are more concerned with relationships than legalities. Amy puts her therapy background with individuals, families and groups to effective use in helping attorneys develop parts of their case that really matter to today’s legal decision makers.
She holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology, Theatre, and Business from Indiana University and post-graduate degrees in Systemic Psychotherapy from the Systemische Initiative Salzburg and the University of Vienna in Austria. Amy is a certified trainer in NeuroLinguistic Programming and has additional training in Other-Than-Conscious Communication and No Fault Psychology.