Randall Kiser is the Principal Analyst at DecisionSet® and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. His research integrates the fields of law, statistics, psychology and economics. He is recognized as "a brilliant scholar and legal consultant" and "the preeminent scholar of the U.S. legal profession." He also is regarded as "the leading scholar in attorney decision processes" and "an internationally acclaimed researcher and consultant on legal decision making and trial risk assessments."
Mr. Kiser is the author of four books. His most recent book, American Law Firms in Transition: Trends, Threats and Strategies, was released by the American Bar Association in April 2019. Two years earlier, Cambridge University Press published his groundbreaking book, Soft Skills for the Effective Lawyer. His previous books, 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 are cited by practitioners and scholars in North America, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Kiser also is the lead author of the widely read study on settlement decision making in civil litigation cases, “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 law journal 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.
Mr. Kiser has taught courses at the University of Washington School of Law, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University Bloomington. Within the last five years, he also has conducted educational programs in the United States, Europe and South America for more than 3,000 mediators, judges, attorneys, arbitrators, executives and professors.
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. In 2002, he returned to graduate school to obtain a certificate in leadership from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University. His current research interests are empirical analyses of attorney, judge and executive decision making and leadership. His next book on professional judgment will be published in 2020.