Beth Bonora is one of the founders of the field of trial consulting. Since 1973, her creative use of mock trials, survey research, and community analysis has helped attorneys build their trial strategies through a better understanding of juror decision-making. She has a particular interest in tackling the challenges posed by jury trials in complex cases.
Beth has worked on more than 700 civil and criminal jury trials in 21 states and 16 federal districts. She has extensive experience with business litigation—intellectual property, contracts, fraud—in a wide variety of industries from high tech to construction. Her criminal defense work includes white collar cases, murder cases, and other serious felonies. In the last 10 years, Beth has also worked with prosecutors on groundbreaking civil rights cases stemming from murders committed by Klan members during the Civil Rights Era. She has handled many publicized cases with high profile clients and challenging venue and jury questions.
Beth has worked with organizations such as the National Center for State Courts and the American Bar Association to promote trial innovations that improve juror comprehension and decision-making. A Past President of the American Society of Trial Consultants, Beth also served on the ASTC Jury Reform Task Force and the ASTC Professional Standards Committee. From 1979 to 2000, Beth was a general editor of JuryWork: Systematic Techniques, the foremost authority on jury research, published by West. Beth has a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.