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From jury selection to trial strategy, Leigh E Johnson has the expertise to help you win your case.

From jury selection to trial strategy, Leigh E Johnson has the expertise to help you win your case.

Leigh E. Johnson is a practicing trial lawyer, and principal of “Trial Whisperer” Trial Consulting. Leigh is dedicated to assisting lawyers preparing for trial in both civil and criminal arenas. Her expertise is in developing an effective storyline that serves as the vortex for opposing counsel. She accurately identifies issues and reconstructs them to achieve positive outcomes within a variety of legal forums from arbitration to trial.

Leigh’s philosophy is that in order to obtain the best results regardless of forum, you should always prepare your case as if it were going to trial. Leigh’s passion and primary focus is in collaborating with other lawyers, where she is often asked to conduct focus groups, participate in jury selection, develop storylines, and craft case presentations for cases where there are difficult facts and complicated scenarios.

As a 2009 graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College (TLC), Leigh was highly regarded by her peers for her depth of knowledge, attention to detail, compassion and integrity. She is currently on staff at TLC and teaches trial skills several times a year. In prior years she lectured on storyline development and focus group methods at Gerry Spence’s Death Penalty College. She has also presented at the Capital Defense College in Texas.

Leigh is the President and facilitator of the Bay Area Local Group in Emeryville California. The organization’s mission is to provide local attorneys comprehensive assistance in preparing for trial while focusing on storyline development. Leigh is an active member of several legal organizations and routinely attends seminars and gives presentations to Trial Lawyer Associations and groups in California and throughout the U.S.

  • Admitted to the California Bar in 2003
  • Registered Patent Lawyer with United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • Certified Specialist in Family Law by the California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization
  • Esteemed Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Instructor for Northern California Chapter Trial Advocacy Training

Trial Advocacy:

  • Completed and taught numerous programs in Trial Advocacy
  • Graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College Basic Training and Graduate Courses
  • Faculty member at the Trial Lawyer’s College in Dubois, Wyoming
  • Visiting Instructor at the Death Penalty College
  • Trains attorneys on basic to advanced skills for opening statements, focus groups, story discovery, and voir dire and diversity in jury selection
  • Facilitates monthly meeting with more than 65 trial lawyers in the Bay Area

Court Licensing:

  • All Superior Courts in the State of California
  • Northern District of the U.S. District Courts
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Supreme Court.


Proven history of working under extreme pressure and in highly stressful conditions.

  • 5 years in the United States Air Force as a Mobile Combat Specialist providing critical communications behind unfriendly lines
  • 12 years as Air Traffic Controller providing radar control for aircraft into and out of the three major Bay Area airports
  • 7 years as a Biological Scientist assisting in the production of high grade pharmaceuticals for people with congenital defects, such as Hemophilia and Alpha One deficiencies
  • 10 years as a trial lawyer fighting and winning justice for the people


  • Doctorate of Jurisprudence, John F. Kennedy University School of Law, Orinda, CA
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, California State University, Hayward, CA
  • Associate Degree in Social Work, Merritt College, Oakland, CA
  • Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling