“For the first time in his 19-year legal career, Desmarais sought the counsel of a trial consultant. He and Toni Blake of 2nd Chair Services in San Diego explored various strategies for rationalizing a massive award…Desmarais relied on consultant Blake, who’d had no prior exposure to the litigation, as a sounding board. After observing each day of trial, she’d meet for about 20 minutes with the attorneys to give feedback and “be sort of a sanity check,” he said…During one of their discussions, they picked apart Microsoft’s argument that it need not pay royalties to Alcatel-Lucent for a backup coder because consumers didn’t need it. Blake noted that regardless of whether the coder ever was used, buyers expected it-as they would their car’s spare tire-to be there and to work. “It was a pretty clever analogy,” Desmarais said, and he incorporated the comparison into his closing argument.”

– John Desmarais in The National Law Journal, This Verdict Made Jaws Drop

“We have used Toni Blake in  many of our civil cases.  Her services help us to discover the strengths and weaknesses of each particular case.  The process which Ms. Blake employs allows us to find ways to overcome any weakness.  Additionally, Ms. Blake’s services prepares our clients for making a good witness in order to tell their story in a compelling and honest manner.  This client interaction help us in managing the client’s expectations for his/her case.  Employing the services of Ms. Blake and 2nd Chair Services helps us get a case independently analyzed which in turn helps us in making a determination for settling the clients case or to push forward towards trial.  Should we push to trial, Ms. Blake then uses her expertise and experience in the field of psychology to help us in picking the most favorable jury possible.  It’s not an exact sience, but our jury awards reflect Ms. Blake’s ability to give us the best chance for justice for our clients.”

– Joe Crudo Esq., Crudo Law Firm

“Ms. Blake is extremely focused and perceptive. She noticed characteristics and possible juror prejudices that I had overlooked. I followed her advice and kept one juror who turned out to be the hold out.I cannot say enough positive things about Toni Blake. I will utilize her services in every future trial.”

– Ronald Bobo, Esq., Attorney at Law

“As experienced trial lawyers know, jury selection is the most critical stage of the trial. Toni’s skill is intangible and not something that can be taught. Because of her unique abilities and years of training and experience, she has invaluable, and often counter-intuitive, insight into jurors. For example, in a recent serious felony trial, I left a prospective juror on the panel on the advice of Toni that I normally would have excused; the juror was instrumental in achieving a hung jury in a difficult case.”

– Robert E. Boyce, Esq., Boyce & Schaefer

“I have represented clients in over 150 criminal jury trials. I consult with Toni on any case which is likely going to trial. She assists in framing voir dire questions, drafting questionnaires and in selecting the jury. She has also helped decide whether the client should testify and, if so, preparing the client to testify.”

“I would like to recommend Toni Blake, an excellent jury consultant, to anyone who has an important trial. After thirty years of law practice and over 60 jury trials, in my last trial I decided to use a jury consultant because my client was facing life without possibility of parole with many issues that would prejudice a jury.”

“I was fortunate enough to hire Toni Blake with 2nd Chair Services to assist in selecting a jury. I could not me more pleased with her comprehensive service and excellent insight. I will be reluctant to conduct a jury trial without her assistance in the future. Ms. Blake reviewed the discovery and analyzed the type of jury and goals in jury selection. She carefully examined the types of questions to ask the jurors. In this case she prepared a jury questionnaire. She summarized the jury responses in a chart that could be easily used in asking follow up questions.”