Melissa M. Gomez, Ph.D. – Senior Jury Consultant & President
Nationally known jury consultant and President of MMG Jury Consulting, LLC, Dr. Melissa M. Gomez holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked on over 700 jury trials across the United States with a focus on the psychology of learning, behavior and decision-making. She has two decades of expertise in research design and methodology, as well as in behavioral and communication skills training.
Dr. Gomez is the author of two books: Jury Trials Outside-In: Leveraging Psychology from Discovery to Decision, published by LexisNexis and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), and The Witness Preparation Partner: A Guide to Becoming the Ready Messenger.
She has appeared as an expert jury consultant on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, NBC, and FOX29. Dr. Gomez has contributed expert commentary to articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Baltimore Sun. Her articles have been published for Law 360, the Legal Intelligencer, For the Defense, and The Jury Expert.
Dr. Gomez designs and conducts mock trials and focus groups, assists with witness preparation and jury selection, and develops educational and persuasive strategies for trial. Through years of research she has developed an extensive national database containing key preconceptions, attitudes, and experiences of over 4,000 jury-eligible adults.
She has designed and delivered CLE lectures for the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the National Seminar for Federal Defenders, Temple University Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, The America College of Trial Lawyers, The American Association for Justice, and the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.
Dr. Gomez is proud of the relationships she has established with her clients. These relationships are rooted in trust; her clients know that their needs and the needs of their cases are her first priority.
A Philadelphia native, Dr. Gomez resides in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia with her husband, twin sons and Australian Shepherd named Figaro.