inData: Expertise in Trial Presentation

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Since its inception in 1984, inData has developed a reputation for expertise in many areas, but primarily in trial presentation. In 1996, inData set the standard in this arena when it released its first trial presentation software application, TrialDirector, for retail purchase. The expert team at inData is led by Derek Miller.

TrialDirector is the number one tool that attorneys use to educate the jury/trier of fact (ie. Judge, Arbitrator, Mediator) and help them understand and remember the facts and key issues that are important to their case. TrialDirector organizes and manages all of the evidence and exhibits and can be utilized in small or large cases.

TrialDirector can be configured in a network environment that enables the entire trial team to work together to prepare the case. Using workbooks and sub-workbooks, attorneys have the ability to organize their case electronically the same way that they would if they were using paper. For those attorneys who want to use an iPad in the courtroom or in depositions, TrialDirector for iPad is free. It is easy to use, yet powerful enough to manage and present your evidence with the simplicity of the iPad.

The key products offered to the clients are:

  1. TrialDirector
  2. TimeCoder Pro
  3. TimelineXpress
  4. TrialDirector Services (Trial Technology Consulting).

Continuous product development is one major factor that differentiates inData from others. Since 1996, inData’s product line has been consistently updated and upgraded to make sure that their clients have the best possible tool to take into the courtroom.

inData’s illustrious clientele includes: Executive Office of United States Attorneys (EOUSA), All parties in the Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill Litigation, The ALM (American Lawyer Media) Top 200 Law Firms.

Elaborating on a case study that brought benefits to one of its clients, Miller says, “Kanner & Whiteley, LLC is a small national law firm based in New Orleans, LA. They had represented the State of New Jersey in a significant Natural Resource Damage matter against ExxonMobil that has been litigated for over ten years. For the penalty portion of this matter, Kanner &Whiteley, LLC selected inData’s Trial Services Team to help them collect, manage, and present their evidence.”

Because of inData Trial Consultant’s broad range of skills, they were given a number of tasks:
Demonstrative Creation – inData consultants and graphic artists created illuminating demonstratives to support evidence and testimony presented by numerous expert witnesses.

Document Presentation – By utilizing the state-of- the-art evidence presentation software, TrialDirector, inData consultants were able to present thousands of documents and draw attention to key pieces of information used during the trial.

Deposition Video Presentation – Throughout the course of trial, inData consultants supported evidence by playing deposition video clips of expert witnesses and in many instances impeached testimony of ExxonMobil witnesses.

WarRoom Support – Through advance knowledge of various software programs, inData consultants assisted the trial team in all aspects of trial preparation.

Prepared for Anything – At various times throughout the trial, inData consultants were called onto present evidence that was not anticipated. Through the consultant’s preparedness and intimate knowledge of case details, they presented this evidence without delay.

Expert Witness Preparation – inData consultants worked hand-in-hand with expert witnesses to ensure each expert witnesses had everything at their disposal to present the most compelling and clear evidence possible.

THE OUTCOME:The case was settled in favor of the client for $225 million.Moving forward inData will evolve the product into a collaborative multi-client (web, desktop, mobile device) based tool.