Senior Trial Consultant
In her role as a senior trial consultant at The Focal Point, Jill works with her attorney clients to translate their ideas into easily digestible concepts for the jury or judge. She specializes in taking complex processes, breaking them into their constituent parts, and reassembling the fragments in an accessible, organized whole.
Since joining The Focal Point in 2007, Jill has worked with a wide range of clients, focusing on complex commercial, intellectual property, and construction cases. In 2011, she was the lead trial consultant for The Focal Point on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill case. Working closely with attorneys, experts, and client representatives, Jill and The Focal Point team developed a wide-ranging body of graphics, animations, three-dimensional models, and a hierarchical, scalable Flash “portal” in which to organize the various materials. She has led case teams resulting in favorable verdicts or settlements for clients such as Align Technologies, Netflix, Nintendo, Leapfrog, and Cricket Communications.
In addition, Jill is an active member of The Focal Point’s quality control team, working to develop and maintain high quality standards, and coordinating popular in-house grammar tune-up tutorials.
Prior to joining The Focal Point, Jill spent 14 years in the field of structural engineering (with a brief detour into the world of television cooking shows). She designed structures for a variety of residential and commercial buildings, including a remodel of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Circle Gallery. She also served as an expert witness in numerous construction litigation cases, and taught structural engineering to architects. Jill earned a BS degree in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. When she can be pried away from her graph paper and slide rule, Jill spends her weekends taking road trips, attending soccer games, and gleefully exposing typos in major publications.
“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word— excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”
–Pearl S. Buck