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Anchoring: How it Impacts Jury Verdicts and Negotiations

Anchoring: How it Impacts Jury Verdicts and Negotiations

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Anchoring is a powerful tool used by plaintiff attorneys in civil suits throughout the United States to secure high damage awards for their clients. Anchoring is a strategy used to cause jurors to rely on a specific reference point, or “anchor”, when evaluating damages in a lawsuit. So if one goes into a store to purchase jewelry, an anchor is set when one sees the first price tag. That initial figure regardless of amount, will guide how much you are willing to spend. In litigation an anchor is set the moment one side first mentions a dollar amount. Studies have shown that anchoring not only effects juries but can affect judges too. As defense counsel, it is important to not only recognize when a plaintiff attorney is presenting an anchor, but for defense counsel to also have tools at their disposal to combat its potentially crippling effects in the courtroom. A greater emphasis will be placed on how to best utilize the counter-anchor strategy as that has been proven to be the most effective. The program will then analyze cases in which an anchor and counter anchor were used.


Gary Muhlstock, Esq., Partner, Cullen and Dykman LLP

Brian Donnelly, Esq., Partner, Cullen and Dykman LLP

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Published Date:
  • September 30, 2022
  • Online On-Demand
Product Code:
  • VLY71
Skills Credit(s):
  • 1.0
Total Credit(s):
  • 1.0