Reptile Theory in Jury Selection
Presented By: DRI and FDLA
Plaintiff attorneys are implementing reptile theory in a broad range of cases, such as healthcare, employment, bad faith, and personal injury. This theory invokes the jurors’ sense of danger and invokes their primal instincts of safety and self-preservation. Learn how to identify reptile theory strategies and questions used during voir dire and how to combat them.
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Kansas R. Gooden, a Board Certified Appellate Specialist and AV Rated Attorney, is a shareholder at the law firm of Boyd & Jenerette, PA and serves as the firm’s appellate practice group leader. She has extensive experience handling all types of civil appellate proceedings, including extraordinary writs and plenary appeals, in state and federal courts. She also provides trial and litigation support to attorneys throughout the state. Kansas is highly involved in state and local bar associations and has served in many leadership roles. Presently, she is the chair of the Florida Bar’s Appellate Board Certification Committee, is the Continuing Legal Education Chair for the Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section, and serves on the Section’s Executive Council. She is also the Chair of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association’s Amicus Committee and serves as Secretary of the organization. Kansas is a frequent lecturer and travels the state presenting seminars and presentations on various topics to both attorneys and adjusters.
Frank Pierce practices with Mateer Harbert, P.A. where he represents physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice cases, along with probate and trust litigation cases. In his early career, he worked at Gurney & Handley where he was heavily involved in Bendectin Morning Sickness Drug MDL Litigation, which generated the Daubert evidence standard. Frank also has been involved in appeals before the United States Supreme Court and four of the five District Courts in Florida.