Jo Ellen Livingston, Ph.D.

Founding Partner / Jury Consultant

Ph: (312) 636-4355|


Jo Ellen Livingston, Ph.D. has been providing consulting services to litigators on all aspects of the trial process for 27 years. She consults in a variety of litigation areas including product liability, premises liability, medical malpractice, environmental and toxic tort, commercial, intellectual property, securities and employment.

Dr. Livingston specializes in consulting on MDL and class action matters. She has been an influential member of numerous trial teams in their defense of complex, serial litigation in venues across the country. Some of the teams she has partnered with include Kaye Scholer for Novartis Consumer Health on the phenylpropanolamine (PPA) litigation, Holland & Knight on the Firestone tire recall litigation, White & Case on the Sandoz AWP litigation, Pepper Hamilton on the GSK Avandia litigation and King & Spalding on the GSK Paxil litigation.

Some of Dr. Livingston’s other noteworthy clients include 3D Systems, VISA, Southern Pacific Railroad, Skretting North America, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Shell Oil, Transamerica, Associated Grocers, NRG Energy, Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance and ToysRUs. Dr. Livingston has had 15 cases cited by the National Law Journal as top defense verdicts.

As part of the trial team, Dr. Livingston specializes in developing effective trial themes and case stories, drafting voir dire, participating in jury selection, assisting in witness preparation, shaping opening statements and closing arguments and crafting trial strategy. Dr. Livingston is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on her knowledge of the American juror and the trial process.

Work History

Livingston & Shepherd Trial Consulting, LLC
New Orleans, LA
Founding Partner
November 2015 – Present

New York, New Orleans
Managing Director
January 2015 – November 2015

Zagnoli McEvoy Foley, LLC
Chicago, New Orleans
Sr. Litigation Consultant
2000 – 2015

Frederick Schneiders Research
Washington DC
Jury Research Director
1998 – 2000

Green & Livingston, Inc.
New Orleans, LA
Principal/Jury Consultant
1994 – 1998

Bain Freibaum Sagona
New Orleans, LA
Jury Consultant
1992 – 1994

Deloitte & Touche
New Orleans, LA
Jury Consultant
1990 – 1992


Tulane University – New Orleans, LA
Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Tulane University – New Orleans, LA
M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, LA
B.A. in Psychology, magna cum laude


American Psychological Association (APA)

American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC)

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Selected Publications and Speaking Engagements

The Impact of Implicit Bias on Judicial Decisions,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association National Meeting, New Orleans, LA

Storytelling for Lawyers on IP Cases,” New York Intellectual Property Law Association-Women’s Committee, New York, NY

“Successful Change of Venue in Civil Cases,” For the Defense

“Novel Strategies, Tactics and Ethical Considerations for Selecting the Right Jury,” American Conference Institute, New York, NY

“Voir Dire and Jury Selection Workshop,” American Conference Institute, New York, NY

“Presenting Relative Risk and Complicated Statistics to a Jury: What Matters to Your Decision Makers,” DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, New Orleans, LA

“The Changing Image of the FDA and How It Affects the Trial,” DRI Drug & Medical Device Seminar Course Materials

“The FDA Halo Collapse: Effective Trial Strategies to Address Jurors’ Declining Perception of the FDA in Pharmaceutical Product Liability Cases,” Rx for the Defense