as a former litigator and award-winning investigative journalist, Patricia Steele brings a unique perspective to the firm’s practice. Eight years as a civil litigator and white collar criminal defense attorney have given her an in-depth understanding of litigation and trial practice. This understanding, combined with another eight years spent as an investigative journalist and television producer, makes her highly effective at helping trial lawyers reduce complicated cases into persuasive jury presentations. In particular, Steele uses insights gleaned during her own transformation from litigator to trial consultant to help lawyers switch from analytic legal reasoning to understanding and applying jury logic.

Steele received her JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers and O’Neill, Lysaght & Sun. She was a member of the American Inns of Court and Special Counsel to the Warren Christopher Commission. Steele also earned an MFA from UCLA’s graduate film program, where she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in Journalism. Her work has appeared on NBC, ABC and PBS, and has won both Emmy and Associated Press awards. Steele was a contributing producer to The Center for Investigative Reporting and a Fellow at USC’s Annenberg School of Justice and Journalism. She is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants.