Who We Are
providing the power of persuasion in litigation
Experience guided by research, practice based on principle, and advice grounded in knowledge. This is ComCon. Providing the power of persuasion in litigation. Making cases compelling for decision-makers.
ComCon is a unique litigation consulting company assisting with advocacy and persuasion in every stage of the litigation process: motions, hearings, discovery, mediation, arbitration, trial and appeal.
We are more than trial consultants and jury consultants:
FULL SERVICE FIRM
ALL CASE SIZES ComCon offers assistance on small and large cases including cases expected to be settled as well as taken to trial.
FILING TO APPEAL ComCon helps attorneys analyze their cases, assess clients, choose filing venues, write compelling motions, plan discovery, devise deposition strategies, engage in mediation and arbitration, understand and adapt to judges, prepare witnesses to testify (in deposition, hearing and/or trial), formulate case strategies, overcome case problems, research cases and venues, develop case themes, fine-tune presentations (for motions, mediations, arbitrations, hearings, trial and/or appeal), draft juror questionnaires, prepare voir dire questions, select juries, generate lines of questioning for witnesses (for deposition, direct-examination and cross-examination), research seated jurors, monitor trials, interview jurors post-trial and prepare appeals. ComCon additionally conducts focus groups, mock trials, attitude surveys, venue analyses and shadow jury research.
CRIMINAL AND CIVIL ComCon provides expert assistance in civil and criminal cases in both federal and state courts. Unique to trial consulting firms -- which typically have overwhelming civil case practices (often 90% or more of their cases) -- ComCon maintains a deep and abiding interest in criminal case work with approximately 50% of ComCon's practice being criminal cases and 50% being civil cases.
RECOGNIZED AUTHORITY Each ComCon consultant is an authority in advocacy, has a Ph.D. in the social sciences, is an award-winning and recognized expert in the field of human communication, and is published extensively in scholarly, legal and lay outlets. ComCon consultants are sought after by attorneys, scholars, the media and CLE trainers for their knowledge, skill and expertise.
DEEPLY EXPERIENCED The depth of experience and skill that ComCon consultants bring to their clients is rare. ComCon consultants have over 27 years experience in both civil and criminal matters. ComCon consultants have assisted on cases throughout the country and gathered social scientific data in hundreds of focus groups, attitude surveys, venue studies, mock trials, juror questionnaires, jury selections (voir dire) and post-verdict interviews. ComCon consultants have made countless observations of judges, witnesses, attorneys, hearings, mediations and trials. ComCon consultants offer experience guided by research, practice based on principle, and advice grounded in knowledge.
PRACTICAL & INNOVATIVE ComCon custom designs its services to meet the needs of each case, client and budget, focusing on the innovative, practical and personal for effective advocacy at each stage of litigation. ComCon is dedicated to offering quality services within the constraints of each client's needs, budget and case.
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ComCon helps clients be effective advocates for the decision-makers faced at each stage of litigation.
Examples of how ComCon assists with each litigation stage:
case consultation for motions and hearings · case consultation and focus groups for discovery guidance · client and witness assessments · case evaluation for settlement assistance
focus group for case development · case consultation for argument development · witness deposition preparation · mediation consultation, preparation and observation · venue studies
mock trial for trial preparation · attitude survey for juror profiling · witness trial preparation · theme development · judicial observation
juror questionnaires · voir dire recommendations · in-court jury selection assistance · presentation assistance for opening and closing · direct and cross examination assistance · trial monitoring · seated juror research · post-trial juror interviews
Dr. Kathy Kellermann, M.A., M.S., Ph.D.
Dr. 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 27 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 pleas, 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 case assessment, pre-trial and trial strategy, witness preparation, jury selection 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 Show Kollectionn). 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 Interviews). For a number of years, Dr. Kellermann co-hosted a popular legal radio show, Santa Barbara Law, with then public interest attorney (and now Judge) 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.
Dr. 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 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 holds a primary faculty appointment at the Anderson School of Management, and a secondary appointment at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. McCann previously served as Associate Professor of Clinical Management Communication at the Marshall School of Business of the University of Southern California. Dr. McCann also has served as the Senior Johnnie Walker Brand Ambassador for the Asia region and 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.