As an attorney begins their career there is one certainty – there will be many documents to draft. Those documents will range from simple letters to motions believing they will persuade the judge to see their version of the facts. This white paper reviews tips for useful and compelling writing based on the principles of psychological persuasion.
Amit Patel is a jury consultant who combines his background in law and psychology to provide clients with a comprehensive approach to jury selection and analyzing cases.
Mr. Patel has experience facilitating focus groups, conducting mock trials, performing statistical analysis and publishing venue reports. He has written white papers on a variety of topics, including persuasion, deception detection, and social media in the courtroom. His paper entitled “Persuasion for the 21st Century Negotiator” serves as a practical negotiation guide for litigators and incorporates research into heuristics, or problem-solving; the role of apologies; counter-attitudinal advocacy; and the “laws” of persuasion.
With a background as a practicing attorney, Mr. Patel applies his experience as a corporate attorney and civil litigator in his current role as a jury consultant; he also has practiced family, employment and real estate law.
Mr. Patel received his B.S. in psychology from the University of Georgia. He earned his J.D. from Texas Tech University, followed by a master’s degree in social psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno.
He is member of the State Bar of Georgia, the American Society of Trial Consultants and the American Bar Association.
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