Speaking Engagements

Randall Kiser, the principal analyst at DecisionSet®, speaks frequently at professional conferences, universities, and law firms. Reviews of his presentations include:

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"Fantastic presentation! A groundbreaking analysis."

"People raved about your presentation."

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"I thought your presentation was fabulous. I only wish I had more of it to look forward to."

Recent Engagements

Recent, representative speaking engagements are listed below:

Association of American Law Schools, AALS Annual Meeting, Section on Balance in Legal Education, January 4, 2018, San Diego, California. "Access to Justice: Meaning, Mindfulness, Engagement and Responsibility."

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, October 11, 2017, Chicago, Illinois. "Soft Skills for the Effective Lawyer."

Legal Evolution PBC and Chapman and Cutler LLP, October 10, 2017, Chicago, Illinois, "Soft Skills for the Effective Lawyer."

Zeughauser Group Chief Operating Officers Roundtable, September 14, 2017, San Francisco, California. "Gaining Competitive Advantages in Recruiting, Talent Development, Retention and Leadership"

University of Colorado Law School, Conference on "Positive Lawyering, Mindfulness, and Humane Games," June 1-2, 2017, Boulder, Colorado."2020 Attorney Profiles: Soft Skills, Leadership, Meaning and Technology."

Zeughauser Group Law Firm Leadership Roundtable, May 4-5, 2017, Newport Beach, California. "Soft Skills and Technical Skills: Trends and Professional Development Implications."

Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, April 19, 2017, Bloomington, Indiana. "Decision Making for New Attorneys: Facts, Illusions and Correctives"

Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, January 5, 2017, Bloomington, Indiana. "Attorney-Client Risk Assessment in Settlement vs. Trial Decisions."

University of Colorado Law School, Conference on "Mindfulness and Thriving Legal Practices," August 8, 2016, Boulder, Colorado. "From Strivers to Thrivers: Accelerating Professional Development With Soft Skills."

22nd Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference, Seattle, Washington, March 24, 2016. "Settlement Decision Errors: Facts, Causes and Correctives."

SanDisk Legal Department All Hands Meeting, Milpitas, California, March 22, 2016. "Decision Management For Corporate Counsel."

Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel, 27th Annual All Hands Meeting, Santa Clara, California, October 28, 2015. “Quick Strategies for Effective Decision Making.”

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law, and KPMG Law, Conference on Managing Conflict 4.0: The New Wave of Opportunities for Businesses Around the Globe, Malibu, California, November 9-10, 2015. "Harnessing the Power of Information and Insight to Improve Strategic Decision Making and Choice."

U.C. Davis School of Law, Representing Clients in Mediation Course, Davis, California, November 4, 2015. "Improving Attorney/Client Decision Making."

Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, Annual Law Firm Management Education Seminar, Monterey, California, August 28, 2015. "Decision Making: The Competitive Advantage."

University of Oslo, The Faculty of Law, April 21, 2015, Oslo, Norway. "Optimistic Overconfidence in Assessing Trial Risks: The U.S. Experience and Suggested Correctives."

University of California, Davis, School of Law, March 18, 2015, Davis, California. "Tough Calls: Assessing PATNAs in Mediation Advocacy."

Zeughauser Group Leadership Roundtable for Law Firm Chief Operating Officers, March 12, 2015, Newport Beach, California. "Lawyers as Decision Makers: Facts, Fictions and Frustrations."

Center for Corporate Legal Leadership, School of Law, University of California, Irvine, November 13-14, 2014. “Corporate Legal Leadership: Becoming a Trusted Advisor Through Effective Decision Making."

Zeughauser Group Leadership Roundtable for Law Firm Chairs and Managing Partners, November 5 and 6, 2014, Napa, California. "Leading With Big Data and Big Emotions."

University of Washington Global Affairs Speaker Series, October 27, 2014, Seattle, Washington. "Optimistic Overconfidence in Adjudicated Cases: Evidence From United States and Mexico Courts."

Utah State Courts, The Appellate Court Conference, Park City, Utah, May 14, 2014. “Improving Group Decision Making In Appellate Courts."

William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 22, 2014, Conference on Psychology and Lawyering: Coalescing the Field. "The Emotionally Attentive Lawyer: Balancing the Rule of Law with the Realities of Human Behavior."

Attorney General, Republic of Ecuador, Congress on Public Law and International Law, November 20, 2013, Quito, Ecuador. "An Economic Analysis of Negotiation and Its Application to the Public Sector."

Utah State Bar Association, Fall Forum, November 15, 2013, Salt Lake City, Utah. Keynote Address, "Our Crisis of Overconfidence."

Utah State Bar Association, Fall Forum, November 15, 2013, Salt Lake City, Utah. "How Leading Lawyers Think: Case Evaluation and Strategy" (with Hon. Kate A. Toomey, Third District Court, Hon. William B. Bohling, Ret., Bohling Mediation, Hon. David M. Connors, Second District Court, and Jonathan O. Hafen, Parr Brown Gee &Loveless).

UC Davis School of Law, Davis, California, November 8, 2013, "Advanced Negotiations Strategy and Client Counseling."

Allegheny County Bar Association, 10th Annual Lawrence W. Kaplan Lecture in Conflict Resolution, November 6, 2013, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "Decision-Making Expertise: Overcoming Conventional Wisdom and Embracing New Practices."

University of Colorado Law School, June 27, 2013, Boulder, Colorado. "The Emotionally Intelligent Lawyer."

San Francisco Bar Association, San Francisco, California, June 15, 2013. "Client Development 101" (with Mark LeHocky, former General Counsel, Ross Stores, Inc.)

Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel Annual All Hands Meeting, Santa Clara, California, December 5, 2012. "Biases in Legal Decision Making."

California Lawyers for the Arts, November 2, 2012. Mediation Training for Intellectual Property Lawyers.

Missouri State University, Law/Business 550/650, September 7-17, 2012. "Negotiation, Mediation &Arbitration in Business," (five interviews conducted by professor Stanley Leasure).

Center for Competitive Management, June 21, 2012, "Emotional Intelligence for Lawyers" (with Ronda Muir and Dan Bowling).

ADR Section, Dallas Bar Association. April 11, 2012. “Settlement Decision Making and Mediation Challenges.”

New Jersey State Bar Association, New Brunswick, New Jersey. January 24, 2012. “Judgments: How We Reach Them and How We Can Improve Them.”

The Mediation Society, San Francisco, California. January 11, 2012. “New Voices and Data on Settlement Decision Making: What We've Learned from 6,000 Cases and 15,000 Attorneys in California and New York.”

UC Davis School of Law, University of California, Davis. November 8, 2011. Advanced Negotiations Strategy and Client Counseling course.

Utah State Bar Association, Salt Lake City, Utah. October 13, 2011. “Settlement Decision Making.”

Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, Florida. June 24, 2011. “Decision Making: The Competitive Advantage.”

United States District Court, Central District of California, Advanced Mediation Training, Los Angeles, California. May 19, 2011. “Beyond Right And Wrong: The Power Of Effective Decision Making For Mediators, Attorneys And Clients.”

Master Mediator Institute, Los Angeles, California. March 26, 2011. “Wired for Empathy: Understanding Human Connection, Trust and Effective Decision Making.”

Centro Italiano di Mediazione, Rome, Italy. March 12, 2011. “New Directions in Mediation Science.”

American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution, San Francisco, California. April 9, 2010. “Deal or No Deal: Overcoming Multi-Dimensional Barriers to Effective and Efficient Mediation of Disputes.”

UC Davis School of Law, University of California, Davis. March 1, 2010. Seminar in Legal Psychology.

Zeughauser Group, Chief Marketing Officer Roundtable, San Francisco, California. February 4, 2010. “The Psychology of Decision Making and Influence.”

Zeughauser Group, Chair and Managing Partner Roundtable, Pebble Beach, California. November 5, 2009, and November 12, 2009. “Litigation Settlement Decisions.”

American Bar Association Center for Continuing Legal Education. July 14, 2009. “Deal or No Deal: Improving the Odds of Successful Mediation.”

Legal Committee of The Employers Group, Half Moon Bay, California. May 16, 2009. “Who Gets Hurt After Settlement Negotiations Fail?”

Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS) Owners Annual Meeting, Newport Beach, California, May 2, 2009. “Who Gets Hurt After Settlement Negotiations Fail?”

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Atlanta, Georgia. April 30, 2009. “Deal or No Deal: Leveraging Information to Overcome Psychological Barriers to Effective and Efficient Mediation of Disputes.”

Northern District of California Judicial Conference, Yountville, California. April 18, 2009. “What Happens to Cases That Don’t Settle?”

West LegalEdcenter®, March 31, 2009. “The New Lawyer: How Settlement Strategies Have Affected the Responsibilities of Litigation Counsel.”

Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS) Institute, Los Angeles, California. March 24, 2009. Mediation Workshop.

Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California. February 17, 2009. Alternative Dispute Resolution course.

Academy of Court-Appointed Masters Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, Arizona. January 31, 2009. “What Happens After Settlement Negotiations Fail?”