Marygrace Schaeffer

Senior Vice President

Midwest Division

Ms. Schaeffer has developed trial strategies from a social science perspective for over thirty years.  She has provided jury research and trial consulting on hundreds of civil and criminal cases across the country.  Ms. Schaeffer’s expertise includes overall trial strategy and theme development, mock trials, voir dire, witness evaluation and preparation, shadow juries, post-trial interviews and visual communications.  She is a frequent speaker on voir dire and jury selection, trial tips and techniques and expert witness performance throughout the United States.


  • American Bar Association – Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section:
    • Aviation and Space Law Committee
    • Product Liability Committee
    • Toxic Torts and Environmental Law
    • Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee
  • ALFA International

Select Speaking Topics: 

  • Current Juror Attitudes and Keys to Persuasion
  • Voir Dire and Jury Selection
  • Witness Performance: Effective Communication
  • Jury Research Post Covid-19

Select Speaking Engagements: 

  • “Embracing Diversity in a Jury Trial,” Sedgwick Detert, San Francisco


University of Oregon
B.S., Sociology