WHO WE ARE:
Founder and Principal Trial Consultant, Karyn J. Taylor
Karyn J. Taylor comes to the field of litigation after a long and distinguished career in broadcast journalism. A former Producer/Director/Writer for CBS News' 60 Minutes, ABC News' 20/20 and Closeup, PBS' Frontline and more, Karyn is a Trial Consultant and master storyteller with 25 years' experience crafting concise, emotionally compelling stories for film, television, print, and court. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College and a recipient of Stanford University's prestigious John S. Knight Fellowship for professional journalists. She has won over fifteen journalism and filmmaking awards and has been nominated for two EMMY's, the Writer's Guild Award, the Humanitas Prize, and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. In 2004, Karyn became a Finalist (top 10 out of 6,073 entries) in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting---the equivalent, for a budding screenwriter, of being nominated for an Oscar by the very people who award the Oscars.
Karyn was introduced to the field of trial consulting while covering a product liability lawsuit for 60 Minutes. She joined Litigation Sciences, Inc. in 1992, DecisionQuest in 1997, and gathered an experienced group of trial consultants, visual storytellers, and strategic communications experts to launch The Strategic Image (TSI) in Los Angeles in 2003. TSI is now based in the Chicago area, but Karyn and her colleagues work on cases across the country.
As a Trial Consultant, Karyn is best known for her ability to make the complex simple. She is exceptionally skilled at "dumbing down" even the most technical subjects and has used that skill to help clients win record-setting verdicts time and again. She began her trial consulting career producing an animated tutorial on the ring laser gyroscope and helped Litton Industries win a record billion dollar patent infringement verdict (Litton v. Honeywell). She went on to design over 700 print and multimedia demonstratives to explain structural engineering and earth-quake code to a jury on the island of Guam, and helped a Korean developer net over $174 million in compensatory and punitive damages (Kawasho v. Mitsui). And in a real-life David vs. Goliath scenario, she created a multimedia timeline that helped a small pipe-fitting contractor win a record $40 million dollar construction claims verdict against oil industry behemoth, EXXON (Enserch v. Exxon).
Karyn is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Writers Guild of America, west, and has been a featured speaker at events sponsored by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), the Chicago Bar Association and it's Labor & Employment and Financial & Investment Services committees, the Securities Experts' Roundtable, the American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC), the American Bar Association's Litigation, Minority Lawyer, and Forum on Construction sections, the State Bar of California's Intellectual Property Institute, the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), Women Lawyers of Los Angeles (WLALA), San Diego Inn of Court, and numerous law firms and local bar associations.
Karyn believes her success is due in no small part to her ability to field stellar teams of collaborators---dedicated litigation industry professionals whose rich and varied backgrounds augment and complement her own. Skilled in jury consulting, mock trials, witness preparation, trial graphics, computer animation, and more, Karyn and her colleagues have decades of experience and hundreds of cases to their credit. Given their unparalleled ability to comprehend the complexities of your case, they will help you shore up the weaknesses in your case, highlight and feature its strengths, and ensure that you make the most focused, concise, and powerful courtroom presentation possible.
To see how seamlessly and effectively our knowledge and expertise will complement your own, .
After all, that blanket of roses in the Winner's Circle ought to be yours!
This remarkable woman was designed for her job. She has a unique bundle of abilities -- including an analytical and facile mind, imagination and creativity to spare, and a tireless devotion to the work -- and a dead-on background for her position. Each one of those was essential to her ability to undertake and excel in this large and difficult project.... Though the many difficult subjects and the long hours made aspects of this project wearisome, Karyn's personal charm, energy, and cooperativeness made our work...a pleasure.
Robert L. Ivey, Esq.
WHITMAN, BREED, ABBOTT & MORGAN, LLP