Karen Lisko

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Ph.D., Senior Litigation Consultant

Persuasion Strategies

Dr. Karen Lisko has more than 26 years of experience in courtroom persuasion in intellectual property litigation. She utilizes her training to strategize with clients on persuasive arguments in arbitrations, bench and jury trials. She holds a doctorate in legal communication, a specialized degree held by only a few consultants in the nation, and is Past President of the American Society of Trial Consultants. Karen has recently coauthored a book with Kevin Boully entitled Patently Persuasive for the American Bar Association.


Intellectual property litigation is a specialty area of Karen Lisko. She has consulted on a number of high profile patent cases beginning with the landmark AZT patent litigation in the mid-1990s and carrying on to numerous patent and trademark cases involving well-known technologies, consumer products and pharmaceuticals. She has conducted numerous mock arbitrations, mock jury trials, and mock Markman hearings for those cases, and has assisted in selecting numerous juries for patent and trademark trials. She is also a frequent speaker on the topic of intellectual property litigation, most recently presenting to the Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association Annual Convention.

A representative matter demonstrating her role in intellectual property litigation was a recent patent dispute involving questions of jurisdiction. Our client brought us in to make a recommendation about the better venue for their case. We conducted community attitude surveys and mock trial research to determine the better option. The client was successful in setting the case for trial in that venue. We then conducted more focus group research to refine themes, witness preparation, jury selection, and graphics support. The client’s strong sense of their case value and direction enabled them to settle the case in a way far more within their comfort zone.


Doctor of Philosophy, Communication Studies – University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. 1992. Emphasis on legal communication, social influence and quantitative research methods.

Master of Arts, Communication Studies – University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. 1990. Emphasis on legal communication and social influence.

Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, Speech Communication – University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. 1986.

Featured Session:

September 19, 2014 @ 9:45 – 10:30 AM
Creative Use of Jury Research in Patent Cases and Lessons to Learn