Stephen NeilsenTrial Consultant


Stephen is a trial consultant with experience across numerous practice areas, which has proven instrumental in his ability to help his clients break down complex concepts into striking, persuasive imagery that produces results.

Notably, Stephen played a critical role in the largest auditing negligence case tried in U.S. history by constructing the visual narrative of the audit team’s attempts to cover up their failures that facilitated financial fraud. Our client sought $5.5 billion plus punitive damages and received a settlement shortly after resting their case. Stephen’s work on behalf of four defendants faced with 29 felony counts in one of the largest political corruption cases in California history also helped return a verdict of not guilty on all counts for three of the defendants and an eventual dismissal of all charges against the fourth.

Before joining The Focal Point in 2015, Stephen spent seven years providing paralegal, trial support, and presentation production services to some of the nation’s top litigators in practice areas including product liability, professional liability, insurance and reinsurance, medical malpractice, railroad, toxic torts, and labor, to name a few.

Outside work, Stephen abates the occasional occupational stressors with a healthy dose of pick-up basketball, swimming, and scuba diving. He is also an avid drummer and has been involved in many bands and musical projects over the years.

Stephen is a graduate of American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC, majoring in International Studies with a focus on development in the emerging economies of Eastern Europe. He currently lives on the island of Alameda with his wife and their three daughters.

“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time with a tremendous whack.”
–Winston Churchill