Jason Barnes is a partner at The Focal Point. In 1998, he was a founding member of the trial consulting firm Barnes & Roberts, where he served as the managing partner, until the merger of that firm with The Focal Point in early 2018.
Jason has presented cases in state and federal courts throughout Texas and on both coasts, especially in intellectual property, product liability, and business tort matters. He has also represented clients before the International Trade Commission and the Patent and Trademark Office, as well as in arbitrations and mediations.
His background in engineering and computer science, as well in graphic design, uniquely position Jason to advance both the science and the art of courtroom presentation. In the 1990s, he was a pioneer of the trial graphics transformation from traditional projector and slide presentations to modern digital technologies, such as desktop publishing, large format color printing, 3D animation, 3D printing, and electronic evidence presentation. He continues to seek out cutting-edge technologies that will communicate case themes powerfully and persuasively.
Today, Jason continues to shape the legal industry both within the courtroom and outside of it. He is a long-time member of the American Society of Trial Consultants, contributes to CLE presentations, and has provided guest lectures at the Dedman School of Law (SMU) and the Practicing Law Institute’s Patent Litigation Conference. Jason’s writings appear in The Jury Expert, a bi-monthly journal for trial attorneys for which Jason serves as associate editor.
Jason’s background in science and technology forms the basis for his expertise representing clients in high-tech patent litigation. From integrated circuit packaging design to telecom network topology, from object-oriented software to biochemistry, Jason understands both the science and the law that frame the issues to be tried. Working directly with technical staff and expert witnesses, his natural capacities and wide experience give Jason the ability to distill complex technical information into cogent and compelling presentations.
With more than two decades of trial experience, encompassing over 100 trials and over 500 cases, Jason has a deep understanding of trial preparation and practice. As a trial consultant, he helps shape case themes and develops presentation strategies for witnesses and arguments. As a graphic artist, he designs and creates powerful, persuasive demonstratives. Additionally, Jason has sat in the “hot seat,” running the in court presentations for more than 500 trial days. With so much courtroom experience, he has an intrinsic understanding of the interaction between attorney, witness, jurors, and demonstratives that is brought to bear on every case.
Jason is married with two grown children. His daughter studies law at Harvard Law School. He is an accomplished outdoor and travel photographer and avid solo camper.
“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.”
– Louis Hine
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