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JuryMatters Principals

Maura Burke Weiner
President, JuryMatters (a division of The Service Impact Group, Inc.)

Maura Burke Weiner is the founder and President of The Service Impact Group, Inc. (SIG), a consulting and market research firm based in Fairfax, Virginia. During the last 25 years, Maura has assisted leading companies around the world to increase their bottom lines by understanding the “key drivers” of their customers’ satisfaction and retention. SIG’s clients include:

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Marriott Corporation
  • Toyota
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield
  • Banco Continental de Panama
  • Andersen Windows
  • White House Office of Consumer Affairs
Recognizing the growing demand in the legal community for jury research, SIG launched JuryMatters. JuryMatters is a confidential, online service which provides trial attorneys valuable feedback on their cases from jury-eligible residents in the relevant jurisdiction; as well as from leading judicial experts. Using JuryMatters research, attorneys gain insights into how the judge and jury will view their case.

In a recent Personal Injury case, Maura’s client used the detailed information in their JuryMatters Verdict Summary to 1) expand Discovery, 2) develop a detailed approach for Voir Dire and Jury Selection, and 3) modify their Case Presentation and Damages sought in the Plaintiff’s case. The verdict -- for the Plaintiff. The award -- $3.2 million.

Prior to founding SIG in 1993, Maura was Vice President with TARP, a leading research firm, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. She holds a B.A. in Demographics from Mount Holyoke College.

The Hon. J. Samuel Johnston, Jr. (Ret.)
Senior Judicial Consultant

The Honorable J. Samuel Johnston, Jr. served the 24th Judicial Circuit as a Campbell County, Virginia District and Circuit Court judge from 1977 until his retirement as Chief Judge in 2008. Judge Johnston received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1972. He was appointed General District Judge for the 24th Judicial District in 1977 and took the Circuit Court Bench in 1981.

As part of his 20-year study of jurors, Judge Johnston has interviewed over 2,500 jurors. He has been a frequent speaker at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Convention and has spoken at programs of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, and the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Judge Johnston has also served as a faculty member for over 15 years with the American Academy of Judicial Education. He has attended the Boyd Graves Conference and has been a guest speaker for the Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court. Judge Johnston is certified as a mediator by the Commonwealth of Virginia and serves as a Senior Mediator/Arbitrator with Juridical Solutions, a mediation group based in Harrisonburg, Virginia.