David Ball

David Ball

Trial Consultant

(919) 961-8177

Key Facts

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Electrical Engineering, 1963
Alfred University, B.A., English, 1965
University of Maryland, M.A., English, 1966
University of Minnesota, Ph.D., Speech, Communications, and Theatre Arts, 1970


David Ball (Malekpour Ball Consulting) is the nation's most influential trial consultant. With partner Artemis Malekpour, he guides plaintiff's civil cases and criminal defense cases across the country. They are the nation's only trial consultants qualified to help attorneys with Reptilian methods and strategy, as well as with Ball's David Ball on Damages techniques and a wide range of other essential approaches. They have an unparalleled record in helping attorneys with every size and kind of case.

Dr. Ball is also a pioneer in adapting methods of film and theater for use in trial. His theater/film students hold Oscars, Obies, Tonys, and Emmys. His Theater Tips and Strategies for Jury Trials has been a bestseller for nearly two decades, and his Backwards and Forwards has been a foundation of theater and film training since 1984.

Dr. Ball wrote two of the bestselling trial strategy books ever published: David Ball on Damages and—with Reptile cofounder Don Keenan—Reptile: The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff's Revolution.

Dr. Ball is an award-winning teacher for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the American Association for Justice's National College of Advocacy. He has also taught law students at North Carolina, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and Campbell law schools, and at Duke Law as a senior lecturer. He has long been the nation's most in-demand continuing legal education speaker.

David Ball's Products

David Ball on Damages 3
David Ball on Damages 3 Hardcover/ Paperback/ Paperback $165.00
David Ball on Damages 3 Audiobook
David Ball on Damages 3 Audiobook CD/ Audio Digital Download From $155.00
Focus Groups
Focus Groups How to Do Your Own Jury Research DVD $199.00
Theater for Trial
Theater for Trial Incorporating the Fourth Edition of Theater Tips and Strategies for Jury Trials Hardcover/ Hardcover $147.00
David Ball on Damages Advances and Innovations
David Ball on Damages Advances and Innovations A Recorded Seminar DVD/ Audio Digital Download From $385.00
Backwards & Forwards
Backwards & Forwards A Technical Manual for Reading Plays Paperback $20.00
Maximizing Limited Voir Dire
Maximizing Limited Voir Dire An Interview and Q&A with David Ball and Artemis Malekpour Audio Digital Download $49.50
Friedman, Ball & Karton
Friedman, Ball & Karton A Q&A with Rick Friedman, David Ball, and Joshua Karton Audio Digital Download $49.50