Brittany Cross, M.A.
Brittany assists attorneys nationwide with the development of trial strategies from a social science perspective. She has advised clients on hundreds of civil and criminal cases in both State and Federal courts for nearly ten years. Brittany has expertise in all aspects of litigation consulting including jury selection, voir dire, focus group and mock trial research, SJQ evaluation, community attitude surveys, witness preparation, and theme development. She is experienced with empirical research design and methodology, regularly applying a data-driven approach to cases. Brittany is actively involved in Magna’s early intervention approach to litigation to help clients anticipate possible pitfalls and proactively solve for those dangers early in the litigation process.
Brittany has presented at conferences and CLE’s throughout the country about jury selection strategies, the science of storytelling, and juror decision-making. She has extensive experience with personal injury, professional negligence, pharmaceutical company matters, commercial litigation, product liability, oil and gas, insurance coverage, construction, securities, property and contract disputes, antitrust, white collar disputes, as well as criminal matters. Some representative matters include:
- Successfully defending a premises liability dispute for a major wholesale company.
- Consulting on behalf of a pharmaceutical company in a high-stakes, multimillion-dollar case involving the opioid epidemic.
- Obtaining a successful defense verdict for a large political corruption case in Southern California after selecting two separate juries.
- Successfully defending a manufacture’s product against a design defect claim.
- Ongoing consulting with a large transportation company against negligence claims after a deadly accident.
- Consulting with an organization involved in a well-known sexual assault case involving juveniles.
- Assisting the winning party to hold a gun dealer liable, for the first time ever, for negligently selling a firearm to an obvious straw purchaser.
Brittany received her master’s degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida and her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She has published several articles on juvenile abnormal behavior, mental health courts, and substance abuse. When not in the courtroom, she is usually outdoors hiking or on the golf course.