are passionate about bringing our best to our
clients. We welcome
clients who will enjoy co-creating strategy using
our expertise, and cases that fit with our current
commitments. We aim to bring each client the
dedication it takes to create well-considered,
thoroughly researched trial strategy. Please
be aware that to reach this goal, we limit the
number of cases we take on at any given time.
take client confidentiality seriously and have
an array of measures in place to ensure your
data and information remains secure. As a result,
we do not provide public testimonials or lists
of cases on our website. However, upon request,
we will provide you with appropriate references
from clients who have agreed to discuss their
experiences with you.
Dolnik is the founder of Dolnik Consulting. Throughout
her career, she has provided jury consulting
and research services on hundreds of projects
across the United States, Europe, the Middle East
and the APAC region. With
degrees in empirical social psychology and law
from the Australian National University*,
as well as hundreds of hours of training in Eastern
methods of interpreting and re-patterning communication
habits, she enjoys exploring beyond the surface
to achieve winning results for her clients. Lara
is well published in the areas of research, trial
strategy and effective courtroom communication,
and gives presentations across Australia, Europe
and the United States.
At Dolnik Consulting, Lara
leads a team of experts who are dedicated to
bringing their best to each and every project.
Publications and Presentations:
Courtroom communication: strategy
and non-verbal communication
Dolnik, L., Martin, D., & Jones, S. (May
2009). How top litigators achieve success
through the power of animation graphics. Merrill
Corporation National Webinar.
Dolnik, L. (June 2003) "New trends in
courtroom communications." West Virginia
Trial Lawyers Association.
Dolnik, L. (June 2003) "New trends in
trial consulting." University of New South
Wales, Forensic Psychology Masters Students,
Dolnik, L., (2003). Color and nonverbal
communication: increasing the spectrum of persuasion
(pp 223-259). In V. H. Starr and M. McCormack
Selection 2003 Cumulative Supplement, Third
Dolnik, L.A. (2000). "The psychology
of written persuasion." New South
Wales Bar Association. Sydney, Australia.
Dolnik, L.A. (2000). "Trial tactics
and the psychology of the courtroom." University
of Western Sydney, Forensic Psychology
Masters Students, Sydney, Australia.
strategy: dealing with potentially damaging
Case, T. I., & Williams, K. D. (2003). "Stealing
a courtroom tactic revisited: Processes
and boundaries." Law
and Human Behavior,
27, 265-285. Abstract.
Dolnik, L., & Williams,
K.D. (February 2000). "The effects of
stealing thunder in an Australian courtroom
context." Abstract from Conference Proceedings "Let
Congres lnternacional de Doctorants des en
Psicologia Social." Barcelona, Spain.
Williams, K.D., & Dolnik, L. (2001). "Revealing
the worst first: Stealing thunder as a social
influence strategy." In J. Forgas & K.D.
Williams (Eds.), Social
influence processes: Direct and indirect
213-231). New York: The Psychology Press.
Williams, K.D., & Dolnik, L. (May
2000). "Stealing thunder in a simulated
Australian courtroom context: It works
without spin." Presented at the
72rd Annual Meeting of the Midwestern
Psychological Association. Chicago, Illinois.
T., Samuelson, M.S., Dolnik, L., Goldberg,
J., Rapp, R. T., Tangri, R. (March 2008)
“Proving and Disputing Damages at the Trial
of an Antitrust Case.” American Bar Association
Antitrust Section 2008 Annual spring Meeting,
Washington, DC. Slides
available here (PPT).
Chew, J., Williams,
K.D. & Dolnik, L.A. (April 2000). "The
effectiveness of crime heinousness on juror
decision-making: A case of jury vilification." Presented
at the Society for Australasian Social Psychology,
Dolnik, L. (April
2004) "Jury selection and voir dire in
employment cases." Iowa Trial Lawyers
Mack, K., Bruen,
J. A., Dolnik, L., & Porter, The Hon. L.
S., & Stever D. W. (October 2006) “Anatomy
of an environmental jury.” American Bar Association,
14th Section Fall Meeting CLE Program, San
Dolnik, L. "The
Potential Impact of Juror Anonymity On Juror
Decision-Making" commissioned by Federal
District Court of Iowa, Bennett, J.; cited
in United States v. Honken (N.D. Iowa). U.S.
Federal Court reference (PDF).
K., Oakes, P.J., Haslam, S.A., Nolan, M.A., & Dolnik,
L. (2000). "Responses to powerlessness:
Stereotyping as an instrument of social conflict." Group
Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice,
4, 275-290. Abstract.