Our Mission




First Court exists to help perpetuate PEACE throughout our broken world. We are all called to be peacemakers, helping to resolve the conflicts that exist.

We have discovered that the best way we can help spread peace and resolve conflict is through providing access to our software and consulting services for insightful Jury Research and innovative Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

These service lines allow us to resolve conflicts and shape the legal industry one case, one jury, one mediation, or one trial at a time. We realize that this impact may be small, but the relationships and care with which we serve our clients and their needs will have a lasting impact.

First Court supports your individualized case needs from the beginning of the case through its resolution. We have helped insurance companies and attorneys nationwide resolve and/or win their cases by providing a high level of insights and technical support.

Whether your case is seeking resolution or heading to trial, First Court will give your team the advantage they need to succeed!

Our Story

mike-reading-ancient-tvFirst Court was founded in 1989. Mike Liffrig, our founder, was confident that by using his litigation experience, he could help people involved in lawsuits save time, money, and stress.

In the 1990s, we built a private courtroom in Houston. We soon found ourselves working with outstanding insurance companies and attorneys from across the country. First Court has now evaluated and resolved lawsuits in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

First Court has always believed in the power of technology to improve and facilitate the settlement process. This belief has continually fueled an early investment in developing innovative technology to best serve our clients. First Court has been doing virtual mediations since 2015 and online jury research since 2013. This early start in innovative technology continues to make First Court a leader and the expert in virtual mediation and online jury research.

Since 1989 we have provided superior insights and resolutions to thousands of nationwide clients and have utilized the feedback of over 100,000 jurors across the country.

We aspire to be the most trusted, innovative, and cost efficient dispute resolution organization in the country.

Our Team:


Ryan Liffrig

COO & Trial Consultant


Joe Maronick

Vice President of Operations


Miranda Sharp

Project Manager & Recruitment Manager


Damon Williams

Director of Information Technology


Chris Fennen

Director of Client Relations


Kristi Harrington

Mediator & Trial Consultant


Amanda Panagakis

Senior Trial Consultant


Caroline Mason

Jury Research Analyst & Report Writer


Brook Klussmann

Jury Research Analyst & Report Writer


Adrian Egolf

Associate Trial Consultant & Project Manager


Justin Boone

Project Manager/Data Analyst


Melissa Kienzle

Human Resources Director & Jury Recruiter


Lisa Pulkrabek

Jury Recruiter


Judy Berreth

Jury Recruiter


Trish Seidel

Jury Recruiter


Laurie Schumacher

Jury Recruiter


Teresa McKeown

Jury Recruiter