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Mike Liffrig

Mike is an attorney, mediator, and expert jury consultant. He has mediated over 1,200 cases, and when he is not resolving disputes he loves to ranch and love up his grandchildren.

Recent Posts

A Week in the Life of a Traditional Mediation Victim

May 20, 2019 3:36:27 PM / by Mike Liffrig posted in 1 Hour Mediation, ADR, Settlement, Online Dispute Resolution, Mediation


As innovation has transformed the world and the legal industry, little has changed in the way most mediations are conducted. As professionals, we always need to consider how improvements in technology and processes can help us win better outcomes for our stakeholders. If you can relate to the following account, you owe it to your clients and to yourself to consider your alternatives to traditional mediation.   

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How Jurors Work: Emotions Lead the Law

Oct 17, 2018 10:49:27 AM / by Mike Liffrig posted in Jurors, Jury Research, Emotion, Law

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Consider this fact pattern and outcome from a case we recently worked on: Plaintiff rear-ends trailer pulling a large load of logs. I repeat: Plaintiff rear-ends defendant. But the jurors assign most of the blame to the defendant… who was rear-ended.

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What Jurors Really Think of Lawyers

Jun 4, 2018 3:53:31 PM / by Mike Liffrig posted in Jurors


Although jurors come from all walks of life, they hold some common beliefs about what they like and dislike from attorneys in the courtroom.

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Eight Tips for Better Voir Dire

May 30, 2018 3:14:16 PM / by Mike Liffrig posted in Jurors, Voir Dire, Advocacy


Jurors are the single most important part of a trial. They decide who wins and who loses. While it is easy to focus on the arguments and the presentation of evidence - all of which are important - it is vital to remember who is actually deciding the case. Arguments do not decide cases. Evidence does not decide cases. Jurors decide cases.

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