ANGELA DODGE, PH.D.
Angela Dodge Ph.D. is the owner of Dodge Publications, which produces and distributes various publications in the legal field. She was a former partner in Dodge Consulting & Publications LLP, which is now two separate entities: Dodge Publications and John H. Ryan Consulting. An experienced trial consultant and social psychologist, she has assisted several thousand 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.
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 built a solid reputation as a consultant and seminar speaker, and she has addressed many state, regional and national law associations. 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, mental health manpower development, and organization development consulting.
JOHN H. RYAN, PH. D.
John H. Ryan Ph.D. is a litigation psychologist based in the Seattle/Tacoma area of Washington State. Dr. Ryan 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 several hundred 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.
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, police action, 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 a graduate of the US Air Force Academy (1969) and served honorably as a pilot in the USAF.