National trial strategist and psychologist Dr. Dennis Stolle is the president and a founder of ThemeVision LLC, a jury research and litigation consulting firm affiliated with Barnes & Thornburg. A cognitive scientist, Dennis is respected among leading trial lawyers, judges and academics across the country for his skill in trial consulting, jury research and legal psychology.
Dennis has studied the jury decision-making process and the psychology of trial strategy for more than two decades, and has interviewed more than 4,000 mock jurors. His clients include large companies and law firms, where he focuses on communicating to a lay jury the complex, big-picture issues in high-stakes litigation, such as MDLs, class actions, IP disputes and mass torts.
Dennis has led jury selections throughout the country. He has also conducted focus groups, mock trials and other empirical jury research in venues throughout the continental United States and Hawaii. Dennis is sought after to work with witnesses to prepare for key depositions and trial testimony. He is a member of multiple national defense teams for Fortune 500 companies across an array of industries, providing guidance regarding judicial and jury decision-making, theme development, jury selection, demonstrative evidence, and trial and settlement strategies.
Dennis is a prolific publisher and speaker on topics of legal psychology and jury decision-making. The Courts of Appeals in the Third Circuit and Ninth Circuit have relied upon his academic writings in published opinions. He is also a co-editor of a book on legal psychology, published by Carolina Academic Press and entitled, Practicing Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Law as a Helping Profession. Favorable reviews of his book have been featured in the ABA Journal, New York Law Journal, Florida Bar Journal and Judicature. He has also given seminars on the impact that new media and the visual display of evidence can have on juries.
Moreover, Dennis is frequently contacted by journalists for his input on high-profile jury trials. He has been quoted in the Washington Post, New Jersey Lawyer, Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, New Jersey Law Journal, Indianapolis Star, Indiana Lawyer, Louisville Courier-Journal, and many other publications.
In addition to his consulting work as a trial strategist, Dennis has tried cases, led settlement negotiations, and worked with clients to develop communication strategies to implement with regulators, media and key stakeholders.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, American Society of Trial Consultants
Member, American Psychology and Law Society
Subcommittee member, The Committee on Pattern Civil Jury Instructions of the Seventh Circuit
Member, HCC Advisory Board, Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, Department of Human-Centered Computing
Associate editor, American Psychology & Law Society News, 2012-2017
Chair, Media Arts & Sciences Advisory Board, Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, Department of Human-Centered Computing, 2013
Barrister, Sagamore American Inn of Court, 2007-2011
Board member, Indianapolis Art Center, 2000
Franklin & Orinda M. Johnson Fellowship, 1997-98
American Psychology & Law Society, Graduate Student Research Grant, 1997
National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant, 1996
Frank & Marie Wheeler Fellowship, 1996-97
National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship, 1995-96
University of Nebraska Warden Foundation, Research Grant, 1995
Jessie R. Bergquist Law Scholarship, 1995
Vantine A. James Law Scholarship, 1995
University of Nebraska Regent's Scholarship, 1993-94