June 7, 2023

Volume XIII, Number 158


Christina Marinakis, JD, PsyD

Dr. Christina Marinakis, IMS Consulting & Expert Services Jury Consulting & Strategy Advisor, has over 20 years of experience in jury research, jury study, and applied practice in law and psychology. Clients have lauded Christina as an insightful, trusted advisor with great judgement who is the “best in the business” at jury selection and reporting.

Christina is inside of the courtroom nearly every week assisting counsel with voir dire and jury selection. In addition to analyzing jurors during this process, she has developed methods for maximizing cause dismissals of undesirable venire members while preserving favorable jurors, which has led to many successful trial outcomes for her clients.

Outside of the courtroom, Christina is particularly skilled at translating legal concepts into juror vernacular. She regularly assists counsel in developing and implementing trial themes throughout voir dire, opening statements, and witness testimony. She has analyzed thousands of mock jurors through focus groups, mock trials, shadow juries, and post-verdict interviews, and she uses these experiences to develop themes that will resonate with a jury. 

Christina’s case experience includes product liability, transportation, antitrust litigation, class action, legal and medical malpractice, contract disputes, patents, securities, fraud, trade secrets, employment discrimination, wage and hour, toxic tort, and criminal work for both prosecutors and defendants. In 2021, she assisted the prosecution with jury selection in State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin.

With home bases in Los Angeles and Baltimore, Christina has assisted trial counsel with jury selection and daily trial monitoring in venues across the country. She has helped clients obtain defense verdicts in notoriously difficult jurisdictions such as New York, Baltimore, Miami, St. Louis, Oakland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

Christina’s educational background includes a BS in bioscience psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, an MA in clinical psychology from Widener University, a JD from Delaware Law School: Widener University, and a PsyD in clinical psychology from Widener University. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Pennsylvania and member of the American Society of Trial Consultants.

Articles in the National Law Review database by Christina Marinakis, JD, PsyD

The National Law Review names Christina Marinakis, JD, PsyD of IMS Consulting & Expert Services a Go-To Thought Leader in the Business of Law category for her stellar thought leadership article, “The Reptile Brain Strategy: Why Lawyers Use It and How to Counter It.” Dr. Marinakis’ article details how attorneys appeal to jurors’ “reptile brains” as a legal strategy in the courtroom, and importantly, provides a number of strategies to respond to it. Her work saw substantial traction in 2022 and serves as a valuable resource for all litigators.