Boyd Trial Consulting
“It’s very easy to work with Jeff. He is super organized and he works with a great team. Jeff forces you to whittle down your case to the main points to prep for a focus group. To see the guts of your case 6-8 months before trial gives you a huge advantage. ...” - Joel Cunningham, Luvera Law Firm
“Jeff is a consummate professional; extremely well prepared and hard-working. He takes his job seriously and strives to do everything possible to get you necessary information to help win your case. ...” - Jack Connelly, Connelly Law Offices
“I’ve worked with Jeff on a number of cases, and each time I’ve been impressed with his ability to quickly get to the heart of the matter. A trial lawyer himself, he’s aware of how juror bias takes shape, and from his experience, he gets where we’re coming from. ...” - Keith Kessler, Stritmatter Kessler Whelan
“Jeff is exceptional at what he does. He is intuitive, extremely professional and thorough. Jeff’s experience and background as a trial attorney make him uniquely qualified. ...” - Brad Moore, Stritmatter Kessler Whelan
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JEFFREY D. BOYD, ESQ.

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Admitted to State of Washington, 2009
  • Admitted to United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1989
  • Admitted to State of Ohio, 1982
  • Admitted to Federal District Court, Western District of Washington, 2010
  • Admitted to Federal District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1983
  • Admitted to United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
LAW SCHOOL
  • The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio, J.D., 1982
COLLEGE
  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, B.A. in Psychology, with honors, 1979
PROFESSIONAL HONORS
  • Super Lawyer, Washington Law & Politics magazine (2012-Present)
  • American Association for Justice, Recipient of the Wiedemann and Wysocki National Finance Counsel Award (2008)
  • Ohio Association for Justice, President’s Award (2008)
  • Franklin County Trail Lawyers Association (2000-2001)
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Distinguished Service Award (1995)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
  • American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC)
  • Central Ohio Association for Justice (formerly Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Clallam County Bar Association
  • Melvin M. Belli Society
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Ohio Association for Justice (formerly Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers)
  • Public Justice
  • Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)
  • Washington State Association for Justice WSAJ) (formerly Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association
EMPLOYMENT
  • Attorney (Partner), NELSON BOYD, PLLC, Seattle, WA (2009-present)
    Since receiving my law degree in 1982, I have participated in more than 150 civil trials and arbitrations in 48 State and Federal jurisdictions courts in Ohio and in the state of Washington. I advocate for the rights of clients in a wide variety of claims including those against negligent vehicle operators, against insurance companies for casualty and coverage disputes, in cases involving wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries, products liability, and professional negligence, and in business and probate litigation. I have also served as a mediator and as an arbitrator on countless cases over the past thirty years.
  • Partner, BOYD TRIAL CONSULTING, PLLC, Seattle, WA (2009 – present)
    In addition to my private legal practice, I have an active trial consulting business. I have worked with some of the best trial lawyers in Ohio and in other states since the late 1990s. My services include conducting interactive focus groups and mock trials, witness preparation, creation of demonstrative exhibits, and assistance with jury selection. I have worked in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii, California, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Delaware, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF LAW, Seattle, WA (2012 – present)
  • Attorney (Sole Practitioner), THE BOYD LAW FIRM AND BOYD TRIAL CONSULTING, Columbus, Ohio (1998 – 2009)
  • Executive Director, OHIO ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE (formerly the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers) (2007-2009)
    As Executive Director, I was responsible for executing policy and overseeing the activities of a 1,600 member non-profit association, including managing a staff of six, directing and participating in lobbying and with governmental affairs campaigns, planning continuing legal education programs, developing or enhancing relationships with American Association for Justice and with other state trial lawyer associations and state bar associations, and planning budgets and events both locally and nationally. Trustee (1996-2003), recipient of the OAJ President's Award (2008), and Distinguished Service Award (1995), former Editor of Ohio Trial, the quarterly academic publication of OAJ, and of the OAJ Advisory.
  • Associate Attorney, Partner, Managing Partner, MCCARTHY, PALMER, VOLKEMA, BOYD AND THOMAS (and predecessor firms), Columbus, Ohio (1989–1998)
    McCarthy Palmer was a plaintiffs’ trial firm consisting of up to 10 lawyers and 15 staff members with a broad-based trial practice in state and federal courts.
  • Associate Attorney, LANE, ALTON, AND HORST, AND ZONAK, POULOS, AND HUNTER, Columbus, Ohio (1982-1989)
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • President, Central Ohio Association for Justice (2000-2001)
  • EAGLE Member, Washington State Association for Justice, WSAJ
  • Board Member, Washington State Association for Justice, WSAJ
  • Member, Legislative Steering Committee, WSAJ
  • Member, Trial News Editorial Board, WSAJ
  • Editor, Trial News, WSAJ
  • Adjunct Faculty, Legal Advocacy program, University of Washington School of Law (2012-present)
  • Lecturer, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) (2012-present)
  • State Delegate, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Jury Bias Litigation Group, AAJ
  • Executive Director, Ohio Association for Justice (2007-2009)
  • Trustee, Ohio Association for Justice
  • Editor, Quarterly Comment, Central Ohio Association for Justice
  • Editor, Ohio Association for Justice Advisory
  • Editor, Ohio Trial, Ohio Association for Justice
PUBLICATIONS
  • Author, Preparing for Voir Dire, Trial News, WSAJ (2015)
  • Author, Them vs. US, Trial News, WSAJ (2014)
  • Author, In Praise of Rubbing Shoulders, Trial News, WSAJ (2014)
  • Author, No, Trial News, WSAJ (2014)
  • Author, Critical Thinking About Critical Thinking, Trial News, WSAJ (2014)
  • Author, Getting to Know Judge Ramseyer, Trial News, WSAJ (2014)
  • Author, Personal Responsibility “Am I my Brother’s Keeper?, Trial News, WSAJ (2013)
  • Author, The Challenges of the Modest Case, Trial News, WSAJ (2013)
  • Author, You are Not so Smart (and Neither am I)!, Trial News, WSAJ (2013)
  • Author, Trial News, Your portal to your Practice, Trial News, WSAJ (2013)
  • Author, “Accidents” Don’t Happen, Trial News, WSAJ (2013)
  • Author, Using Focus Groups to Discover and Meet the Needs of the Jury, Trial News, WSAJ (2012)
  • Author, Fighting to Protect Cancer Victims Outside the Courtroom, Trial News, WSAJ (2011)
  • Book Review, Psychological Science in the Courtroom, Consensus and Controversy, Trial News, WSAJ (2010)
  • Contributing Editor, Tort Law Journal of Ohio, published by West Publishing (2006-2008)
  • Author, Sanctions in the Era of Zealous-less Advocacy, Tort Law Journal of Ohio (2007)
  • Author, Franklin County Annual Review of Auto Crash Verdicts, (1999-­2005)
  • Author, How To Try A Personal Injury Case Without Medical Testimony, Ohio Trial (1999)
  • Author, Reclaiming the Courtroom: How to Use Expert Witnesses Most Effectively, Wiley Law Publications Expert Witness Update (1998)
  • Author, How to Efficiently and Effectively Conduct a Rule 103 Arbitration, OSBA Bar Briefs, (1996)
  • Author, The First Eight in the Box, Ohio Trial (1995)
  • Author, Picking a Jury in a Civil Case in Ohio, (with Dr. Amy Singer), Ohio Trial (1995)
  • Author, The Savoie Trilogy, Ohio Trial, Fall, 1994; brief Amicus Curiae before the Ohio Supreme Court, on behalf of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Cabe v. Lunich (1994), 70 Ohio St.3d 589 (1994)
  • Author, Stopping the Drunken Driver: A Matter of Conscience, Ohio Trial (1993)
  • Author, Getting Medical Records, Bills and Opinions into Evidence at Trial, Ohio Trial (1991)
NOTABLE LECTURES
  • Speaker, “Juror Attitudes in Complex Cases: How Real People Think About Tough Trial Issues,” Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Sun Valley, ID (2015)
  • Speaker, “Juror Attitudes in Complex Cases: How Real People Think About Tough Trial Issues,” Multnomah County Bar Association, Portland, OR (2015)
  • Speaker, “Putting It All Together - What Focus Groups Tell Us About What Is Important,” WSAJ Winning with Witnesses Seminar (2015)
  • Speaker, “Bad Faith. Good Stuff.,” Western Trial Lawyers Association, Winter Conference, Lake Tahoe, CA (2015)
  • Speaker, “Lawyers are from Mars. Jurors are from Venus. What Lawyers Can Learn from Focus Groups,” Inns of Court, Portland, OR (2014)
  • Speaker, “Focus Groups - Feeling Good or Learning How To Win?” Luvera Seminar Washington State Association for Justice, Annual Convention, Skamania, WA (2014)
  • Speaker, “Focus Groups - Feeling Good or Learning How To Win?” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD (2014)
  • Speaker, “Focus Groups And Juror Perspective in Premises Cases,” Western Trial Lawyers Association, Winter Conference, Lake Tahoe, CA (2014)
  • Speaker, “How Jurors Really Think; A Live Focus Group Evaluation of a Personal Injury Case,” Multnomah County Bar Association, Portland, OR (2014)
  • Speaker, “What Generation XYZ Expects From Your Association - the “New Millennium,” National Association of Trial Lawyers Executives (NATLE) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2013)
  • Speaker, “4 Trial Tips You Can Start Using Today,” Western Trial Lawyers Association, Maui Conference (2013)
  • Speaker, “How Jurors Really Think - A Live Focus Group Evaluates a Personal Injury Case,” Multnomah County Bar Association, Portland, OR, May 2013
  • Speaker, “What Were They Thinking!?!” Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, Couer d’Alene, ID (2012)
  • Speaker, “Insurance Coverage Litigation,” Law Review CLE, Seattle (2012)
  • Speaker, “Trial Tips,” National CLE Conference, Vail, CO (2011)
  • Speaker, “5 Tips That Will Improve Your Next Trial: Tested Techniques That Will Carry You From Voir Dire To Verdict,” WSAJ Downtown Seattle Roundtable, June, 2011 (2011)
  • Speaker, “5 Tips That Will Improve Your Next Trial: Tested Techniques That Will Carry You From Voir Dire To Verdict,” WSAJ East King County Roundtable (2011)
  • Speaker, “What Were They Thinking: Tips Learned from 12 Years of Doing Focus Groups, How They Work, and How They Can Improve Your Practice,” Mississippi Association for Justice Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA (2010)
  • Speaker, “What Were They Thinking: Tips Learned from 12 Years of Doing Focus Groups, How They Work, and How They Can Improve Your Practice,” WSAJ Seattle Roundtable (2010)
  • Faculty, College of Trial Advocacy, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers (2006)
  • Masters of Voir Dire, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers (2006)
  • Speaker, "Technical Tools for the Trial Advocate,” Ohio Attorney General's Seminar (2004)
  • Speaker, “Using Technology at Trial,” Ohio State Bar Association (2003)
  • Speaker, “Symbol" Coverage in Scott-Pontzer Litigation,” Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Convention (2003).
  • Faculty, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers College of Trial Advocacy Skills Workshop, Capital University School of Law (2001)
  • Speaker, “A High Tech Mock Trial of a Scott-Pontzer Case,” Co-Chair, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Regional Seminars (2001)
  • Speaker, “Case Evaluation,” Columbus Bar Association (2000)
  • Speaker, “Jury Attitudes,” Ohio Employment Lawyers Association (2000)
  • Speaker, “Using Focus Groups To Win,” Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Regional Seminars (1999)
  • Speaker, “Case Evaluation,” Columbus Bar Association (1999)
  • Speaker, “Expert Witnesses,” Ohio CLE Institute (1998)
  • Speaker, “Automobile Crashworthiness - GM, the Type III Door Latch, and the Seat-Belt-in-the-Door,” Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Convention (1997)
  • Speaker, “Alcohol, Drugs, Seatbelts,” Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Tort Reform Seminar (1996)
  • Speaker, “Liquor Liability and the Underage Drinker,” Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual Convention, Boston, MA (1996)
  • Speaker, “Ethical Representation of Clients - Avoiding Mistakes,” Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Convention (1996)
  • Speaker, “Litigating a UM/UIM Case,” Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Insurance Law Seminar (1996)
  • Speaker, “Plaintiff's Pleadings and Motion Practice,” Civil Litigation in Ohio, Ohio CLE Institute (1995)
  • Speaker, “Tort Action Against the Drunk Driver: Post Cabe,” Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Convention (1995)
  • Speaker, “Scheduling and Trial of a Civil Suit: Plaintiff's Perspective,” Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Convention (1994)
  • Speaker, “Punitive Damages and the Drunk Driver,” Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Regional Seminar (1993)
  • Speaker, “Bad Faith,” Hot Topics in Insurance Law, Ohio CLE Institute (1993)
  • Speaker, “Bad Faith,” Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Insurance Law Seminar (1990)