Specialized Professional Competence

Application of social science to the development of trial strategy in over 800 cases in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Major areas of specialization have been complex commercial disputes, anti-trust, employment, product liability/personal injury/high risk medical malpractice/wrongful death, insurance, professional liability, environmental, intellectual property, and white collar criminal matters. Additional experience in environmental and slander/defamation.


Areas of expertise include overall trial strategy and theme development, witness evaluation and preparation, development of juror profiles, formulation of voir dire, questions and pre-trial juror questionnaires, analysis of prospective jurors, case risk analysis, and demonstrative exhibit preparation. Case experience: 15% plaintiff, 85% defense, 90% civil, 10% criminal, 45% federal court, 55% state court.




            MBA  University of Chicago, Specialization in Statistics

            Msc     London School of Economics, Social Sciences/Sociology

            BA      Georgetown University, Dual major in Philosophy & Social Science

            Founder & President of R. Dennis Donoghue & Associates, Inc. - Chicago (1996 - present)

            Founder & Director of the Chicago office of DecisionQuest, Inc. (1992 - 1996)

            Founder & Director of the Chicago office of Litigation Sciences, Inc. (1988 - 1992)


Numerous presentations on the application of social science to the development of trial strategy made to the American Bar Association Litigation Section, The Association of Defense Counsel, The Defense Counsel Trial Academy, The Practising Law Institute, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Conference Institute, the Employment Law Institute, Tech Law, The American Law Firm Association and local and state-wide legal organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Have also lectured at the University of Chicago Law School, Northwestern University School of Law and Marquette Law School.