Randall Kiser is the Principal Analyst at DecisionSet®. His research integrates the fields of law, statistics, psychology and economics. He is recognized as "a brilliant scholar" and “an internationally acclaimed researcher and consultant on legal decision making and trial risk assessments.”
Mr. Kiser teaches legal decision making at the University of Washington School of Law, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law and the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Mr. Kiser is the author of two books on legal judgment and conflict resolution, Beyond Right and Wrong: The Power of Effective Decision Making For Attorneys and Clients and How Leading Lawyers Think: Expert Insights Into Judgment and Advocacy. He also is the lead author of the widely read study on settlement decision making, “Let’s Not Make A Deal: An Empirical Study of Decision Making in Unsuccessful Settlement Negotiations” (Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 5, Issue 3, September 2008). The New York Times described that study as “the biggest of its kind to date” and noted that it “raised provocative questions about how lawyers and clients make decisions.”
Mr. Kiser’s most recent article, “The Emotionally Attentive Lawyer: Balancing the Rule of Law With the Realities of Human Behavior”, was published in November 2015 in a symposium edition of the Nevada Law Journal, Vol. 15, Issue 2.
Within the last three years, Mr. Kiser has conducted educational programs in the United States, Europe and South America for more than 3,200 mediators, judges, attorneys, arbitrators, executives and professors. Sponsor organizations for his presentations include the American Bar Association, Thomson Reuters, Centro Italiano di Mediazione, Akerman Senterfitt, University of California, Vanderbilt University, Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS), Procuraduría General Del Estado, Ecuador, Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel, Academy of Court-Appointed Masters and the University of Oslo.
Mr. Kiser's work has been cited in briefs filed before the U.S. Supreme Court and in major newspapers and legal periodicals like The New York Times, Bloomberg Law Reports, International Journal of Law and Management, Corporate Counsel, Dispute Resolution Magazine, Commercial Litigation Review, Law 360, Trial, Corporate Disputes, American Journal of Mediation, Dispute Resolution Journal, National Law Journal, ABA Journal Law News Now, Daily Journal, Commercial Lending Review, In–House Defense Quarterly and Harvard Negotiation Law Review. Mr. Kiser has qualified to testify as an expert witness, and he has been the subject of interviews with National Public Radio (NPR), HBR Consulting, the Legal Broadcast Network, Lawyers and Settlements, Lawyers USA, and Radio New Zealand National. International coverage of his research includes print and electronic media in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Tanzania, Mexico, Germany, Serbia, South Africa, the Netherlands, Norway, Lithuania, Japan, and England.
Mr. Kiser received his law degree in 1978 from the University of California at Berkeley and was awarded his undergraduate degree with Highest Honors in 1975 from the University of California at Davis. His current research interests are empirical analyses of attorney, client, judge and executive decision making. He is writing three new books on law firm leadership and management, soft skills for lawyers and legal decision making.