One of America's premier jury and trial consulting firms, Malekpour & Ball was founded in 1991 by David Ball, Ph.D., as JuryWatch, Inc. Artemis Malekpour, Esq. joined the firm after graduating from Duke University School of Law in 2004.  In 2006, Dr. Ball incorporated his partner and the firm was renamed to reflect who we are.


Malekpour & Ball works nationally on civil and criminal cases of every size and scope.  The firm's methods are meticulously researched and thoroughly practice-tested for today's changing juries. The strategies we provide for trial are known to have changed the face of trial advocacy over the past ten years, and are widely considered the "gold standard" of the consulting field.  As we develop and adapt these strategies for each specific case, you are provided with tools that maximize your chances of doing well at trial or in mediation. 



Case WorkDays

Research (focus) groups

Case analysis

Mediation and trial strategy

Trial preparation

-     Openings

-     Closings

-     Expert and lay witness examinations and preparation

-     Jury selection

-     In-trial guidance

Post-trial juror interviews


Malekpour & Ball provides consulting services on an hourly, WorkDay or Research Project basis.


We are currently offering a 20% discount on our fees to attorneys who do a Case WorkDay and a Research (Focus Group) Project. If you do one and then decide to do the other, you get a 20% discount on our fees on the second.  For example, you come to Durham and do a Case WorkDay and then decide to do a Research (Focus Group) Project, you get a 20% discount on our fees on the Research Project.



Malekpour & Ball now offers a Reptile WorkDay.  You bring your case to our North Carolina base for an interruption-free, day-long strategy session with David Ball and Artemis Malekpour. This intensive workshop -- brainstorming session will frame your case into David Ball on Damages, Reptile, and Rules of the Road principles. 


We start by taking an overview of your case, including its strengths and weaknesses. Then we work with you and your team to develop the optimum case narrative and positioning. We end by applying the Reptile, the Rules, and Damages methods to your discovery, jury research, and trial.


We do only three WorkDay sessions per two week period, so if you're interested, contact us as soon as possible. (See "Get Started," below.)



Some firms do less expensive focus groups, but a research session is only as valuable as the ability of its consultants to turn its results into viable case strategies.  This is why our lead consultants themselves not assistants design and conduct the case research sessions. The success of the research depends on presenting a fair and unbiased assessment of the case. Our goal is not to win the research session but to learn how jurors react to the issues and work towards decisions.  Based on what we learn, we guide you in preparing the strongest possible case strategies and presentation for mediation and/or trial.



We are available for consultation on an hourly basis in person, or via phone or video conference. We tailor the conference format, length and topics to your needs and resources.



Whether for hourly consultation, a Case WorkDay session or a Research (focus group) Project, we encourage you to plan ahead.  Turning case analysis into mediation or trial strategy takes time. We recommend that you allow at least one month from hourly or WorkDay consulting to mediation or trial, and at least three months from Research Project to mediation or trial. 



To get started, please call our Coordinator, Rozanne Reynolds, at (919) 961-8177, or e-mail her at