The Magna Legal Services Team

Meet Our Team

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Law firms, insurance companies and corporations all seek out Magna Legal because we have the experience, talent and dedication to handle any case, in any venue. Across the board, Team Magna delivers the quality you expect and the service you deserve.

Bob Ackerman, CCR President

Bob Ackerman of Magna Legal Services

Bob has been in the legal services field for more than 40 years. Upon Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps, he received an Associate’s Degree in Court Reporting from the Hefley & Browne School of Business in New York. He was first employed as a Hearing Reporter with the Homicide Division of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, NY. He then became a Court Reporter with the Kings County Supreme Court.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 212.207.9460

Fax: 215.241.1104

bob@Magnals.com

Jonathan Ackerman Sales Executive and Director of Record Retrieval Services

Jonathan Ackerman: Record Retrieval Services at Magna Legal Services

Jon Ackerman is a sales professional and partner in charge of record retrieval at Magna Legal Services, with responsibility for revenue growth and operations. In addition to managing Magna’s record retrieval service, Jon oversees a national book of business including a variety of law firms and Fortune 500 corporations. Prior to joining Magna LS, he worked in business development and marketing at a commercial real-estate company. Jon’s greatest strengths are his creativity, drive and leadership. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company’s reach.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternate: 732.266.8668

Fax: 215.241.1104

jackerman@MagnaLS.com

Franco A. Alcantara Business Development Manager

Franco A. Alcantara Business Development Manager at Magna Legal Services

Franco has worked in the Court Reporting and Legal Services industry for over 15 years. He has a vast knowledge of legal services and is willing to listen to any concerns and work hard to get the job done.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternate: 347.956.0311

Fax: 215.241.1104

falcantara@MagnaLS.com

Yannick Amegan Trial Presentation Consultant

Yannick Amegan: Trial Presentation Consulting at Magna Legal Services

Yannick Amegan is a presentation consultant at Magna Legal Services. With a background in computer graphics he provides solutions to both the visual and technical aspects of trial presentation. Yannick started as a legal videographer in Florida and graduated to the courtroom hot seat. He now has several years of experience presenting cases in courtrooms all over the country.    Read More

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 267.559.387

Fax: 215.241.1104

yamegan@MagnaLS.com

Walt Barrett IT Director

Walt Barrett of Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 215.847.3400

Fax: 215.241.1104

wbarrett@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanne Billings Director of Conference Programs & Business Development Manager

Jeanne Billings of Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 484.580.8241

Alternative: 610.724.3004

Fax: 215.241.1104

jbillings@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Calzaretta National Director of Graphics and Trial Presentation

Gary Calzaretta: Trial Graphics at Magna Legal Services

Gary Calzaretta is a senior Litigation Consultant at Magna Legal Services with over 150 in court trial experiences. His experience in the litigation field spans 15 years. He has held management positions in all areas of litigation support including document management, trial presentation and consulting. Mr. Calzaretta is familiar with the trial process from beginning to end and has been a major part in the successes of many favorable verdicts. Using his Psychology background, Mr. Calzaretta has assisted in strategic and graphic recommendations to guide in the process of creating persuasive presentations for mediations, arbitrations and jury trials. His areas of trial experience include medical malpractice, product liability, asbestos, employment discrimination, patent and personal injury.

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Telephone: 646.448.9990

Alternative: 732.236.7637

Fax: 866.579.0819

gcalzaretta@MagnaLS.com

Mark Calzaretta Executive Vice President of Litigation Consulting

Mark Calzaretta: VP of Litigation Consulting at Magna Legal Services

As a founding partner, and Director of Litigation Consulting, Mark oversees the operations for Magna Legal’s Litigation, Graphic and Trial Consulting Team. Mark is a recognized expert in assisting attorneys with development of complex trial strategies, drawing on his extensive background in jury persuasion and analysis, trial technology and behavioral psychology. He has served as lead litigation consultant for hundreds of cases spanning more than twenty jurisdictions, and has mastery of more than a dozen litigation software applications. He has been a leader in the litigation consulting industry for more than 15 years. Recognized for his ability to combine an impressive technological knowledge with his background in Psychology, he has been featured in various publications, including PC Magazine and the National Law Journal, on the subjects of jury research, juror persuasion, legal technology, trial presentation, and litigation support.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 732.547.5615

Fax: 866.579.0819

mcalzaretta@MagnaLS.com

Julie Campanini, M.A. Senior Litigation Consultant

Julie Campanini has been a trial consultant for 20 years and has amassed diverse and broad-ranging experience in a wide variety of complex matters and in all areas of trial consulting and jury research. Her practice is focused on complex commercial litigation and includes intellectual property, antitrust, securities, fraud, contract, product liability, employment, and toxic tort. Julie works collaboratively with the trial team to come up with innovative and strategic solutions to the most complex trial issues.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 401.626.0754

Fax: 866.579.0819

jcampanini@MagnaLS.com

Maria Capetola Controller

Maria Capetola of Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 215.292.9603

Fax: 866.579.0819

mcapetola@MagnaLS.com

Meredith Cherry Business Development Manager

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 213.220.7457

Fax: 866.579.0819

Mcherry@MagnaLS.com

Lee Diamondstein, Esq. Vice President of Strategic Accounts

Lee Diamondstein, Esq. Vice President of Strategic Accounts

Lee Diamondstein has more than 21 years of experience in multiple segments of the legal industry, including roles as an attorney, litigation consultant and as Vice President of Sales in legal services firms. Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Maryland, and is a 1993 graduate of Widener School of Law, where he was a member of both the Moot Court Honor Society and Law Review. Following law school graduation, he clerked for Judge Richard B. Klein in the Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s TIPS (Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section) and the Section of Litigation.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternate: 267.535.1227

Fax: 215.241.1104

ldiamondstein@MagnaLS.com

Deana Dean Business Development Manager

Deana Dean: Business Development at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 843.654.4620

Alternative: 843.610.8303

Fax: 866.579.0819

ddean@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

Leo Duran General Manager of Language Services

Leo Duran: Legal Translation Services at Magna Legal Services

Leo joined Magna in 2015 as General Manager of the company’s new Language Services division. He has over 15 years of translation industry experience, including 7 years as freelance translator of Spanish and German to English and 4 years as a project manager for a translation agency. A veteran of the US Coast Guard, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance & International Business from the University of Colorado.

 

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 215.300.9856

Fax: 866.579.0819

lduran@MagnaLS.com

Lena Egan Business Development Manager

Lena Egan: Business Development at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 215.687.7021

Fax: 866.579.0819

legan@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

 

Taylor Gill Litigation Consultant

Taylor Gill: Litigation Consultant at Magna Legal Services

Taylor Gill, MA is an Associate Litigation Consultant with Magna Legal Services, LLC.  With an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Roanoke College and a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies from Arizona State University, Ms. Gill applies current social science and cognitive theory to a wide variety of legal issues.

 

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 267.581.7408

Fax: 866.579.0819

tgill@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

 

Jessica Gimbel Director of Strategic Accounts

Jessica Gimbel: Director of Strategic Accounts at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 267.815.1602

Fax: 866.579.0819

jgimbel@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

 

Joseph Glenn Business Development Manager

Joseph Glenn: Business Development at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 312.386.2306

Alternative: 312.758.3593

Fax: 866.579.0819

jglenn@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

 

Kevin Grodnick Business Development Manager

Kevin Grodnick: Business Development at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 312.386.2301

Alternative: 305.890.6607

Fax: 866.579.0819

kgrodnick@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

Peter Hecht Executive Vice President of Sales

Peter Hecht: VP of Sales at Magna Legal Services

As a founding partner and Executive Vice President of Sales for Magna Legal Services, Peter Hecht has orchestrated the company’s growth from a single office start-up to an industry leader. Mr. Hecht brings to the company significant experience in identifying emerging markets, managing sales professionals and establishing new marketing partners. He has directed the company’s national and local sales and marketing initiatives through a period of remarkable growth. Peter is a leader in forging and cultivating strategic customer relationships in the legal services field. He is also the Editor-In-Chief of the quarterly newsletter called Magna-FYI and co-chairman of the Educational Committee for Magna’s highly successful seminar series called, “Chopped for CHOP” an annual fund raiser for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Mr. Hecht speaks frequently at professional associations and meetings on a wide range of issues regarding the litigation support and consulting industry.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 732.331.2410

Fax: 866.579.0819

phecht@MagnaLS.com

Kellie Janke Litigation Consultant

Kellie Janke: Litigation Consultant at Magna Legal Services

Kellie is experienced in all aspects of pre-trial research. She has provided litigation support on civil matters across the country in the form of jury research including focus groups, mock trials, venue analysis, community attitude surveys, jury profiling, voir dire consultation, and damages valuation. In addition, Kellie has assisted trial teams with witness preparation and communication training, jury selection, trial monitoring, shadow juries, and post-trial juror interviews.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 917.318.9155

Fax: 866.579.0819

kjanke@MagnaLS.com

Jennifer Janof Business Development Manager

Jennifer Janof: Business Development at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 813.334.7728

Fax: 866.579.0819

jjanof@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

 

Kevin Johnson Business Development Manager

Kevin Johnson: Business Development at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 973.600.4692

Fax: 866.579.0819

kjohnson@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

Trent Kelso, Senior Litigation Consultant

Trent Kelso: Litigation Consultant at Magna Legal Services

Trent is a trial consultant who helps his clients answer the question: What’s a jury going to think about my case?  Trent helps his clients see their case from a juror’s perspective by identifying the strengths and weaknesses in their story.  Then, he helps clients adapt their story to emphasize the strengths and minimize the weaknesses. Trent performs customized consulting projects and services such as; mock trials, focus groups, venue surveys, witness preparation consulting, and jury selection assistance.

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Telephone: 312.203.3589

Alternative: 646.771.0133

Fax: 866.579.0819

tkelso@magnals.com

 

 

Peter Kuempel M.A.M.S. Senior Medical Animator/Illustrator & Creative Consultant

Peter Kuempel M.A.M.S: Medical Trial Graphics at Magna Legal Services

Peter Kuempel has over 10 years of experience as a Medical Illustrator and 3D animator.  His education includes a strong foundation in biology and traditional art training from Minnesota State University.  Peter then went on to earn his Master’s degree in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Telephone: 917.338.2832

Alternative: 773.410.2935

Fax: 866.579.0819

Pkuempel@MagnaLS.com

Dave Kurzman Chief Operating Officer of Litigation Consulting

Dave Kurzman: COO of Litigation Consulting at Magna Legal Services

As COO of the Ligation Support group, David Kurzman oversees all operations, employees and service offerings; including Jury Research, Graphics Consulting and Presentations Consulting.

Mr. Kurzman has been instrumental in spearheading the technical development of Magna’s online research tool, JuryConfirm uses instant feedback technology, online polling, and a fully integrated presentation interface to effectively emulate the benefits of in-person research in an online environment.

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Telephone: 954.575.1927

Alternative: 267.535.0746

Fax: 866.579.0819

dkurzman@MagnaLS.com

Eric Lalande Litigation Consultant

Eric Lalande: Litigation Consultant at Magna Legal Services

Eric Lalande, M.A. is a Litigation Consultant with Magna Legal Services, LLC.  Eric’s primary role as a litigation consultant is to assist trial counsels with creating effective trial strategies and arguments for a wide range of complex litigation issues using various research methodologies including, focus group moderation, mock trials, shadow juries, jury selection/voir dire and quantitative research development.  In addition Mr. Lalande also works directly with counsel to develop complex trial graphics to present the most persuasive themes at trial.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 215.687.3929

Fax: 866.579.0819

elalande@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

 

Herman Maldonado Senior Creative Consultant & Designer

Herman Maldonado: Trial Graphics Consultant at Magna Legal Services

Herman has 30+ years of experience in visual communication, from traditional to digital media,delivering industry-recognized creative solutions. He has led design teams and collaborated with national and international law firms to develop visual strategies, litigation graphics and trial presentation solutions.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 347.802.5186

Fax: 866.579.0819

hmalddonado@MagnaLS.com

Kelly Maiberger Senior Designer & Creative Consultant

Kelly Maiberger: Trial Graphics Consultant at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 312.386.2304

Alternative: 773.517.1521

Fax: 866.579.0819

kmaiberger@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

Jeff Maier Production Manager/Operations

Jeff Maier: Production Manager/Operations at Magna Legal Services

Jeff has over 15 years of graphic design and marketing experience, across various fields including consumer electronics, financial/insurance and mortgage industries. With strong skills from planning to production, he brings a “customer first” philosophy to this position. Jeff oversees the daily operations of the Chicago graphics office, delivering cost effective visual consulting, exhibit design and presentation technology support to Magna’s clients.

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Telephone: 312.386.2303

Alternative: 312.502.7166

Fax: 866.579.0819

jmaier@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

Erika Malady Business Development Manager

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 213.422.0132

Fax: 866.579.0819

emalady@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

 

Rosalie Margolis Director of Sales

Rosalie Margolis: Sales at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 646.448.9991

Alternative: 917.297.9676

Fax: 866.579.0819

rmargolis@MagnaLS.com

Denise Montiel Vice President of Litigation Consulting

Denise Montiel: Litigation Consulting at Magna Legal Services

With over 20 years of experience in litigation consulting, Denise is one of the most knowledgeable creative consultants in the country. In addition to her expertise in effective visual communication and data visualization, she has extensive knowledge of the litigation process and the management of complex projects requiring a multi-disciplinary approach.

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Telephone: 760.832.6812

Alternative: 312.909.5003

Fax: 866.579.0819

dmontiel@MagnaLS.com

Kristina Moukina Sales Operations Manager

Kristina Moukina: Sales Operations at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 215.796.5028

Fax: 866.579.0819

kmoukina@MagnaLS.com

Kyle Neary Business Development Manager

Kyle Neary: Business Development at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 215.760.5066

Fax: 866.579.0819

kneary@MagnaLS.com

Noelle Nociti National Account Manager

Noelle Nociti: Account Manager at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 215.490.6145

Fax: 866.579.0819

nnociti@MagnaLS.com

Barbara Previ Corporate Counsel

Barbara Previ: Corporate Counsel at Magna Legal Services

Barbara Previ serves as Corporate Counsel with Magna Legal Services LLC.  She oversees the legal affairs of the company, working with outside counsel and assisting the managers and Chief Executive Officer with the day to day operations of both the litigation consulting and court reporting sides of our business

 

 

 

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 609.608.5938

Fax: 866.579.0819

bprevi@MagnaLS.com

 

Daniel Poletti Director of Sales

Daniel Poletti: Sales at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 267.767.7467

Fax: 866.579.0819

dpoletti@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

Hiliary Remick, Esq. Director, Senior Litigation Consultant

Hiliary Remick, Esq: Litigation Consultant at Magna Legal Services

Hiliary Remick, Esq. is a Litigation Consultant with Magna Legal Services, LLC. With a decade of jury consulting experience, Ms. Remick assists trial counsel with creation of trial strategies in litigation throughout the country. Her work includes focus group facilitation and analysis, creation of case themes and arguments, and the development of complex trial graphics as persuasive courtroom tools.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 610.500.3573

Fax: 866.579.0819

hremick@MagnaLS.com

Luis D. Reyno Motion Designer & Creative Consultant

Luis D. Reyno: Trial Graphics at Magna Legal Services

Luis has over 10 years of experience as a 3D and Motion Graphics artist. For the past 4 years, he has applied his design expertise specifically to litigation graphics and visual communication, with a focus on presentation design and technical tutorials.

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Telephone: 646.448.9950

Alternative: 215.268.2368

Fax: 866.579.0819

Lreyno@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

Matthew Richter Director of Sales

Matthew Richter: Sales at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 908.763.5075

Fax: 866.579.0819

mrichter@MagnaLS.com

Alexandria Sabo Regional Marketing Manager

Alexandria Sabo of Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 215.207.9657 x 245

Alternative: 267.606.9685

Fax: 866.579.0819

ASabo@MagnaLS.com

Whitney Salmons Research Assistant

Whitney Salmons: Trial Research at Magna Legal Services

Whitney Salmons is a Research Assistant in the Litigation Consulting division of Magna Legal Services.  In this role, she assists in leading social media and public records searches to aid in jury profiling and claimant monitoring.  Whitney also contributes to all features of pre-trial research, including damages valuation and focus group research execution.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 215.910.0109

Fax: 866.579.0819

wsalmons@MagnaLS.com

 

Benjamin Scrimalli Research Coordinator/ Litigation Consultant

Benjamin Scrimalli: Litigation Consultant at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 215.900.3699

Fax: 866.579.0819

bscrimalli@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

 

Paul Smith Senior Creative Consultant & Designer

Paul Smith: Trial Graphics at Magna Legal Services

Paul has over 20 years of working in various fields as a designer, illustrator, an art director combined with 8+ years of working as a litigation graphics consultant. Paul has developed and instinctual sense for simplifying complicated material and complex narratives as clean, perceptive visuals.

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Telephone: 312.379.8101

Alternative: 312.502.7041

Fax: 866.579.0819

psmith@MagnaLS.com

 

Sonya Soroko Graphic Designer

Sonya Soroko: Trial Graphics at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 312.502.9319

Alternative: 312.909.5003

Fax: 866.579.0819

Ssoroko@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

 

 

Denise Spencer Business Development Manager

Telephone: 832.871.5100

Alternative: 832.330.3385

Fax: 866.579.0819

dspencer@MagnaLS.com

 

 

 

Ross Suter, Esq. AVP, Litigation Solutions

Ross Suter, Esq: Ligitation at Magna Legal Services

Ross Suter is an Assistant Vice President of Litigation Solutions and the Associate General Counsel of Magna Legal Services. Mr. Suter is a resident of the firm’s Philadelphia and New York offices. After practicing as a litigator in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for several years, he turned his attention to litigation consulting services where he has been involved in the development of graphics and trial presentation strategies in hundreds of cases. His work includes partnering with members of the trial team to develop themes and case strategies that persuade juries, judges and arbitration panels. Mr. Suter has personally tried and consulted on cases in a wide variety of practice areas from intellectual property to commercial litigation to mass tort matters. He has experience working with AMLAW 200 firms, as well as, small litigation and boutique law firms in small exposure to bet the company matters. This experience has provided him with a unique insight into how jurors and judges process information.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 215.870.1226

Fax: 866.579.0819

rsuter@MagnaLS.com

Tony Vaglica Chief Executive Officer

Tony Vaglica: CEO of Magna Legal Services

Mr. Anthony Vaglica, also known as Tony, has been with Magna since 2014 serving as CEO. Prior to that he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Esquire Solutions, LLC from 2002 until 2008.

Mr. Vaglica began his career in the legal industry as Office Manager for the court reporting firm Sherry Roe & Associates in 1989.  After Sherry Roe & Associates was acquired by Esquire Deposition Services in 1996, Mr. Vaglica was promoted to Vice-President of Southeast Region Operations. In February 1999, his role was expanded to include the entire East Coast. He then moved on to serve as Chief Operating Officer of Esquire Deposition Services.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 215.850.4561

Fax: 866.579.0819

tvaglica@magnals.com

Jessica Vivas Scheduling Manager

Jessica Vivas: Scheduling at Magna Legal Services

Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 215.667.9717

Fax: 866.579.0819

jvivas@MagnaLS.com

Anthony Valerio Graphics Consultant

Anthony Valerio of Magna Legal Services

Anthony Valerio is a Graphics Consultant at Magna Legal Services. With more than a decade of experience in litigation consulting and trial graphics, he has extensive knowledge in helping attorneys decide how best to present their case.

Anthony earned his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Communications, Film/Media Arts from Temple University. Upon graduation, he relocated to Los Angeles where his litigation consulting career flourished. His expansive experience involves working for both plaintiff and defense, in over 500 cases including intellectual properly, medical malpractice, wrongful death, entertainment, health and pharmaceutical, insurance, class action, labor, criminal, high-stakes complex litigation and contract disputes. Anthony has become an asset to trial teams by working closely with them to analyze and distill the complex issues of their case into clear, effective and visually powerful presentations.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 267.535.9069

Fax: 866.579.0819

AValerio@MagnaLS.com

Canby Wood, Esq. Business Development Manager

Before coming to Magna, Canby practiced international law as an attorney in Washington, DC for over seven years. She also founded her own legal staffing agency focused on providing foreign language document review and translation services. As a lawyer by training and entrepreneur in heart, Canby is committed to providing innovative solutions to meet her clients’ legal needs.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 202.731.0304

Fax: 866.579.0819

CWood@MagnaLS.com

 

Rachel York, Ph.D. National Managing Director of Jury Consulting

Rachel York, Ph.D: Jury Consulting at Magna Legal Services

Rachel York Colangelo has a doctorate in legal psychology from Florida International University and a B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of Virginia. Her education involved extensive coursework and research training, specifically in the area of jury decision-making.

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Telephone: 866.624.6221

Alternative: 202.297.2965

Fax: 866.579.0819

ryork@MagnaLS.com