ComCon

Who We Are

promoting the power of persuasion in litigation

People

Learn about ComCon

THE COMPANY

THE ASSISTANCE

THE PRINCIPALS

Scales of justice

see also  SERVICES  and   CREDENTIALS  and   CASES

The Company

ComConComCon is a unique litigation consulting company assisting with advocacy and persuasion in every stage of the litigation process: motions, hearings, discovery, mediation, arbitration, trial, appeal. We are more than trial consultants and jury consultants -- we are full service litigation consultants.

ComCon offers assistance on small and large cases including cases expected to be settled as well as taken to trial. ComCon helps attorneys analyze their cases, write compelling motions, develop deposition strategy, engage in mediation, adapt to judges, prepare witnesses, fine-tune presentations, select juries, and interview jurors post-trial.

ComCon additionally conducts focus groups, mock trials, attitude surveys, venue analyses and shadow jury research, knowing the benefits and limits of each.

ComCon is a listed company with the American Society of Trial Consultants. ComCon's principals are members of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Society of Trial Consultants, the National Communication Association, and the International Communication Association.

FacebookExternal Link. Please allow time to load. Join ComCon on facebookExternal Link. Please allow time to load. and get news and information, including tips, how-tos and free resources, about advocacy and persuasion for making cases compelling.

TwitterExternal Link. Please allow time to load. Follow ComCon on twitterExternal Link. Please allow time to load. for links to articles and information about the human side of law and litigation.

ComCon provides numerous free resources for litigators in the Kollectionns and posts announcements on both facebookExternal Link. Please allow time to load. and twitterExternal Link. Please allow time to load. of new Jury Research Updates, Slide Shows, Visual Resources, Persuasion Tips, Litigation Articles, Trial BooksLarge file. Please allow time to load. and Litigator Links.

The Assistance

Lawyer

Consult

Deposition

Focus group

Trial

Verdict

Examples of how ComCon assists with each litigation stage:

Early Stage

case consultation for motions and hearings   ·    case consultation and focus groups for discovery guidance   ·    client and witness assessments   ·    case evaluation for settlement assistance

Middle Stage

focus group for case development   ·    case consultation for argument development   ·    witness deposition preparation   ·    mediation consultation, preparation and observation   ·    venue studies

Later Stage

mock trial for trial preparation   ·    attitude survey for juror profiling   ·    witness trial preparation   ·    theme development   ·    judicial observation

Trial Stage

juror questionnaires   ·    voir dire recommendations   ·    in-court jury selection assistance   ·    presentation assistance for opening and closing   ·    direct and cross examination assistance   ·    trial monitoring   ·    post-trial juror interviews

ComCon helps clients be effective advocates for the decision-makers faced at each stage of litigation.

Learn more about ComCon's [Services] and how ComCon helps on [Cases].

The Principals

Dr. Kathy Kellermann, M.A., M.S., Ph.D.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD V-CARD

Dr. Kathy KellermannDr. Kathy Kellermann, founder and President of ComCon, is an expert in communication and persuasive strategies with a rare combination of storytelling insight and quantitative expertise. For over 20 years, Dr. Kellermann has consulted on cases throughout the country and in the Southern California area where she resides. Dr. Kellermann works on all types of cases, particularly relishing cases involving civil rights and complex scientific testimony. Dr. Kellermann is an expert in police misconduct (especially excessive force, malicious prosecution, and wrongful conviction), employment (especially discrimination and wrongful termination), personal injury (especially wrongful death and product liability), contracts, shareholder disputes, insurance (especially coverage and bad faith), toxic torts (especially asbestos, mold, silica, and benzene), construction defects, environmental cases, and criminal defense (especially violent offenses, sexual assaults, white collar crimes, insanity, and death penalty). Dr. Kellermann is familiar with and knows how to adapt case arguments to the most difficult venues in the country. Dr. Kellermann helped defendants win critical “bet-the-company” cases in California and Texas; federal civil rights plaintiffs win the single largest awards ever against Los Angeles County and Bell Garden Sheriff Departments; and criminal defendants win insanity, murder and white collar crime cases (see [Cases] ). Dr. Kellermann has special expertise in mock trials, focus groups, case analysis, trial strategy, jury selection, witness preparation, attitude surveys and developing persuasive strategies and trial themes for openings, closings and witness examinations. Judicial observation is a service Dr. Kellermann uniquely offers trial teams.

As a nationally recognized authority on persuasion and communication, Dr. Kellermann is also an industry leading expert in research methods in designing, managing and conducting investigations; in analyzing, understanding and interpreting results; and in explaining, reporting and relaying findings. Dr. Kellermann has authored over 35 publications, including articles on witness preparation, hung juries, numerical displays, jury composition and compliance gaining strategies which are available in the [Articles Kollectionn] and [Persuasion Kollectionn]. Dr. Kellermann has given many presentations on jurors’ attitudes, and frequently teaches workshops on persuasive advocacy and storytelling techniques to litigators (see [Slide Shows] ). Dr. Kellermann regularly serves as a media commentator on trials and jury issues for TV, radio and newspapers. Among other topics, Dr. Kellermann has been sought for comment on gag orders, the State of California’s revised jury instructions, and the high profile criminal cases of George Zimmerman, O.J. Simpson, Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, Phil Spector, Casey Anthony and Robert Blake (see [Media] ). For a number of years, Dr. Kellermann co-hosted a popular legal radio show, Santa Barbara Law, with public interest attorney Kirk Ah-Tye and past California State Bar President (and now Judge) Jim Herman.

Dr. Kellermann obtained a Ph.D. in Communication and an M.S. in Probability & Statistics from Northwestern University in Illinois, an M.A. in Communication from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and a B.S. in Communication, Political Science and Psychology from Concordia College in Minnesota. Before turning her focus to litigation consulting, Dr. Kellermann was an award-winning professor and a communication consultant for local and national organizations. [read about Dr. Kellermann's transition From Communication Professor to Trial Consultant]. Dr. Kellermann has served on the Board of Directors of the International Communication Association and National Communication Association, and is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants. Languages: English, Brazilian Portuguese.

Dr. Robert M. (Bob) McCann, M.A., Ph.D.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD V-CARD

Dr. Robert M. (Bob) McCannDr. Robert McCann is a Senior Consultant with ComCon. Over the past twenty-plus years, Dr. McCann has cultivated and practiced his expertise in focus groups, public speaking, small group communication, marketing and research.

As a skilled communication consultant, Dr. McCann is especially gifted in focus group research and presentation assistance. Dr. McCann moderates focus group sessions that are appealing and comfortable for the participants, yet are also highly relevant and meaningful for his clients. Dr. McCann has worked with numerous participant groups, including doctors, non-native English speakers, university students, bankers, business executives, attorneys, older individuals, disadvantaged citizens and professionals from a wide variety of fields. Dr. McCann is an expert in working with participants and on cases involving the elderly and persons from other cultures.

Dr. McCann has experience with many industries - international banking, entertainment, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, education and international trade - which gives him a unique and broad skill set that the litigation and focus group fields demand. As a recognized authority on communication, persuasion and marketing, Dr. McCann currently sits as Visiting Associate Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles after serving as Associate Professor of Clinical Management Communication at the Marshall School of Business of the University of Southern California. Previously, Dr. McCann was also the Senior Johnnie Walker Brand Ambassador for the Asia region and served as the relationship marketing (mentor) manager for the Johnnie Walker brand in Thailand. In this capacity, Dr. McCann conducted nearly 2,000 promotional and media events, making him Johnnie Walker's busiest brand ambassador in the world.

In addition to his work in the spirits industry, Dr. McCann has a background in international banking and trade finance, where he held management positions in Karachi, London, and Los Angeles. During his nearly two decades in Thailand, Dr. McCann served as a communications consultant to many of Thailand's leading companies, including the Bank of Ayudhya, UOB, Nestle, Siam Commercial Bank, Thai Airways International, Worachak, and PTT.Dr. McCann is fluent in Thai, and has appeared in several television shows and TV commercials in Thailand.

Dr. McCann has written two books, published over thirty refereed journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, and has received several top paper and empirical research awards. Dr. McCann's recent work focuses on ageist language in the workplace, research that is used in age discrimination lawsuits. Dr. McCann serves as a frequent consultant to the media in the area of workplace ageism and age diversified workplaces, most recently appearing on National Public Radio, US News and World Report, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, GQ, Esquire, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Capital Times, and International Herald Tribune among others (see news coverage of Dr. McCann's [Ageist Language Research] ). Dr. McCann has served as a professor at prestigious institutions in both the United States and Thailand, traveled to over 50 countries around the world, and lived in Spain, Pakistan, England and Thailand. Dr. McCann holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an M.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a B.A. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Languages: English, Thai.

Check out ComCon's values, experience, specializations, qualifications and work in [Credentials] and [Cases].