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The Most Powerful Way to Resolve High-Stake Cases

Step 1: Let Private Jurors do the Heavy Lifting!

We use two confidential private jury trials – one for each side – to help our clients see the case more objectively, to stretch their minds up to a resolution. You get 18 jurors evaluating the case, including three separate group deliberations. 
 
Our private jurors are often disrespected and ridiculed – but they cannot be ignored. Neither can their verdicts.

 

Jury for PL's Trial

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Jury for DF's Trial

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Step 2: Perfect Follow-Up Team

We do not rely on one mediator to close your case. Instead we use three neutrals: One who has succeeded as a plaintiff attorney; One who has succeeded as Claim leader handling major claims; and one who has succeeded in conducting jury research.  It’s a powerful mix. But, if you don’t like our neutrals, you can pick your own.

 

Fair Warning: We are Old and Crotchety

We have been doing this for 30+ years. So we only work with people we enjoy. Exception: We will sometimes work with unpleasant people, but only if they can teach us a new trick.

We only accept cases we are highly likely to resolve. We don’t have time to waste on failing. Our fee depends on success.

Plus, you and your clients need to know the actual people who would be resolving your case. You may find us unpleasant.

Bottom Line: To successfully use this package of settlement tools we need to get to know each other.

We do this through a Zoom call that typically lasts 45 minutes. The goal is to get to know one another; and to determine if we are likely to succeed in settling your case. We highly recommend you read this website before the Zoom call – we don’t like to waste time any more than you do.

This Adds Value – No Matter What

 

Even if Guaranteed Impasse Breaking fails to settle the case, you win! You get the benefit of extremely realistic jury research using actual arguments from the other side. You cannot get such realistic feedback anywhere else. It helps you try your case more effectively.

Testimonial

“In this day and age where Virtual is a common term, First Court has found a way to carry out a crucial part in our Jury process. They are Professional and Passionate and my experience being part of a mock jury, was nothing short of educational and remarkable.” 

Patrick Hunter - Phoenix, AZ

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FAQ

I’ve never heard of First Court or this process. Why should I trust you?

We’ve been around since 1989 and have settled or evaluated cases in all 50 states. This process brings the power of a jury – being on the courthouse steps – into the hardened heart of cases that are not moving. Exactly what it takes to close big difficult cases!

We’ve already done several mediations. They all failed. Why do another one?

This is a package of services, not a mediation. Lawyers can always argue with mediators and reject their evaluations. But lay people are something different. They don’t care who they offend, and are thus uniquely able to bring home the reality of a case to both sides.

May we share the results of our private trial with the other side?

What you do with your results is up to you.

How will the other side’s arguments be presented in our private trial?

We will record their clopening so you can use it in your private trial. We will record your clopening so they can use it in their private trial.

Will the private trials be in-person or online?

Online, unless you want in-person private trial and are willing to pay the extra costs of the in-person format.

After the private trials, what will your team do to settle the case?

Whatever it takes. Typically this means private discussions, followed by a half-day mediation.

My side is willing to do this. But who is going to sell this idea to the other parties?

First Court has years of experience bringing the other side to the table. We embrace the challenge of doing so, unless you have a great relationship with the other side and can easily get them onboard yourself.

We’ve already done several mocks. Why do another one?

Your mock trials are worthless for breaking impasses because your opponent rightly suspects you spin your mocks for your own benefit. First Court is neutral. We draw on 33 years of recruiting neutral jurors and conducting fair private trials for both plaintiffs and defendants. To get buy-in from the other side, you will use THEIR actual pre-recorded arguments in your First Court private trial. And vice versa. Result: Our private trials are far more realistic and objectively fair than either party’s one-sided mock trials.

Where do you get our jurors?

We get our demographic targets from the Census Bureau website. We ask past First Court jurors to send their friends and neighbors to our jury recruiting website. We also advertise for jurors. We interview each juror who fits
the demographic targets. You get to review this information and approve the jurors for your private trial.

What kind of confidential feedback will we receive from the local jurors?

a) Each juror gives instant feedback to the opening, witnesses and closing;
b) Individual verdicts from each juror;
c) Three group deliberations and three group verdicts;
d) A video record of the entire private trial.

Why do you say this is only for cases where the gap is over $5 million?

Economics. We want to work on cases where we our process makes business sense.

How much will this cost?

Our non-refundable administrative fee is $1,000 per party, payable after your Zoom call. Our Success fee is $50,000 per party, which you pay only if the case is resolved two weeks before your trial date.


If you want an in-person private trial or a private trial that goes longer than a day, you will need to pay those extra non-refundable costs up front.

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