Trial Consultant/Research Analyst
Dr. Alexander Jay is an FLC trial consultant and research analyst. Dr. Jay’s primary practice area is civil litigation with an emphasis on complex commercial litigation. Dr. Jay helps facilitate pre-trial research projects for both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state court cases across the country. Dr. Jay specializes in quantitative and qualitative jury research analyses, including, but not limited to, descriptive verdict analyses, witness credibility assessments, case theme analyses, and juror profiling. Dr. Jay has experience assisting with jury selection, including real-time prospective juror ranking and background/social media searches.
Dr. Jay has studied juror and jury decision making extensively and obtained his M.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University and his Ph.D. in Psychology and Law from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, CUNY. As part of his time at ASU, Dr. Jay examined how emotions such as anger and disgust impact jurors’ punitiveness, and what juror characteristics might predict leniency when a criminal defendant is a war veteran. As part of his time at JJC, Dr. Jay investigated the impact of deliberations on jurors’ memory of the evidence and designed a program of research assessing how jurors’ initial perceptions of corporate litigants shape their decision-making process and final case judgments. More specifically, Dr. Jay investigated how jurors’ perceptions of corporate litigants’ morality/trustworthiness and competence shape jurors’ subsequent emotional reactions, causal inferences, and ultimately, their verdict decisions and damage awards, and developed a statistical model to explain the phenomenon.
Dr. Jay has been published in Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law and Topics in Cognitive Science, and he has co-authored publications in Group Processes & Intergroup Relations and The Jury Expert. Dr. Jay has presented his research at numerous legal psychology conferences, including the American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference, the biannual meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, the American Society of Trial Consultants, and the Psychology and Law Pre-Conference of the Social Psychological and Personality Science Annual Convention.