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John Ryan, Ph.D.

John Ryan Ph.D. is the president and managing partner with Dodge Consulting & Publications, LLP, a litigation consulting firm in the Seattle/Tacoma area of Washington State. An experienced litigation psychologist, John has worked on several hundred civil lawsuits, consulting with attorneys on witness preparation for deposition and trial, conducting pre-trial focus groups and mock trials, and assisting with juror assessment and jury de-selection by preparing juror questionnaires and voir dire examination questions. He has conducted nearly 100 legal focus groups and applied results to the development of effective trial strategy. Litigation stress management for physicians and other professionals has also been an important element of his practice, including individual therapy and life skills coaching.

 

Much of John’s trial consulting work has focused on medical malpractice defense and a variety of personal injury, school and workplace discrimination, wrongful death, and sex abuse civil lawsuits. He is co-author of the attorney guidebook, Preparing Witnesses to Give Effective Testimony, and The Better Witness Handbook, a guide for witnesses required to give testimony in all types of litigation. He has special expertise in working with highly anxious and antagonistic witnesses.

 

Dr. Ryan’s related prior experience includes maintaining a clinical psychology practice for over 25 years, consulting on state and federal projects for individuals with disabilities, coordinating community development projects, and providing market research consultation services.

 

John earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling (1977) from Troy State University in Alabama, and his doctorate in Professional Scientific Psychology (Combined Clinical and Counseling) in 1983 from Utah State University. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force Academy (1969) and served honorably as a pilot in the USAF.

 

Angela Dodge, Ph.D.

Angela Dodge Ph.D. is the Founding Partner at Dodge Consulting & Publications LLP, a litigation consulting firm in the Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington State. An experienced trial consultant and social psychologist, she has helped hundreds of attorneys across the country with witness preparation, juror-sensitive trial strategy, jury selection, and pre-trial research (focus groups and mock trials). Her expertise in the areas of courtroom communications and jury persuasion has helped attorneys formulate winning trial strategies and effective jury de-selection techniques throughout the country and particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Angela has special expertise in working on medical/dental malpractice defense cases, and has prepared several thousand doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to give more effective and compelling testimony. She has conducted hundreds of pre-trial focus groups to assess case strengths and weaknesses, and many post-verdict interviews to determine how and why juries arrive at their verdicts. Although she is particularly experienced in de-selecting high risk jurors in medical malpractice trials, she has also consulted on a wide range of civil lawsuits, including personal injury, wrongful death, child/sex abuse, insurance coverage, employment issues, product liability, civil rights, and business fraud.

 

Incorporating her knowledge and experience gained through 25 years of working on several thousand legal cases, Dr. Dodge has authored and/or co-authored a number of guidebooks for attorneys, law professors, law students, healthcare professionals, and other trial advocates. She has a solid reputation as a consultant and seminar speaker, and she has addressed such groups as the Ninth Circuit Chief District Judges, Washington State Bar, Montana Defense Trial Lawyers, Oregon Law Institute, Defense Research Institute, Birth Injury & The Law Annual Conference, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, Physician Insurers Association of America, and numerous other county and local organizations. Her current focus is on the marketing and distribution of the firm’s publications.

 

Angela earned her undergraduate degree summa cum laude at the University of North Dakota (1972) and her doctorate at the University of South Carolina (1976). Prior to her career as a litigation psychologist, Dr. Dodge worked in the areas of education research, manpower development, and organization development consulting.