Nilgün Aykent Zahour - SM JUROR



Nilgün Aykent Zahour
SM JUROR
2490 Angela Lane
Aurora, IL 60502

844-765-8767

View On Google Maps

   

Nilgün Aykent Zahour
SM JUROR

Attorney Profile

844-765-8767


&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">Prior to founding&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><font color="#01022c">SM JUROR, INC.,</font></strong><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><strong><font color="#8d2424">&nbsp;</font></strong>and for the last twenty-six years, Ms. Zahour concentrated her legal practice in the areas of medical malpractice defense, insurance defense, general litigation and appellate law in Chicago, Illinois, where she primarily represented physicians, hospitals, and other medical providers.&nbsp; She has successfully defended and tried multi-million dollar medical negligence and product liability cases in Cook County, DuPage County, and Kane County, Illinois. &nbsp;She also has a successful appellate practice, and has won multiple appeals, including&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><em style="position: relative;">Illinois Tool Works, Inc. v. Independent Machine Corp.,&nbsp;</em><em style="position: relative;">345 Ill.App.3d 645 (1st. Dist.2003),&nbsp;</em>a case of first impression in Illinois, involving calculations of the proper apportionment of&nbsp;<em style="position: relative;">pro rata</em>&nbsp;shares of liability under the Joint Tortfeasor Contribution Act when a settling employer's&nbsp;<em style="position: relative;">pro rata</em>&nbsp;share of liability became uncollectible.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">Ms. Zahour</span><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">&nbsp;graduated from&nbsp;Northwestern University&nbsp;in 1985 with a degree in Political Science with Departmental Awards in Law &amp; Politics and Comparative Politics. She obtained her&nbsp;law degree from Marquette University Law School in 1989 and received the American Jurisprudence Awards in Civil Procedure II and Real Estate Development. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Wisconsin (inactive) and is admitted as trial counsel to the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. &nbsp;In addition to her law licenses, Ms. Zahour holds Securities licenses in Series 63 and Series 7, an insurance license and a real estate license.* &nbsp;At her last two Chicago law firms, Ms. Zahour was a partner at Sanchez &amp; Daniels, LLP., and an equity partner at Landau Omahana Tucker Prograr &amp; Siebenhaar, LLC.</span><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">She is an Illinois MCLE Board approved and accredited CLE provider, receiving excellent reviews for her CLE course and presentation entitled, &ldquo;The Voluntary Dismissal after an Adjudication on the Merits, the Rule against Claim-Splitting and&nbsp;<em style="position: relative;">Res Judicata</em>&nbsp;&ndash; What Every Attorney Must Know After&nbsp;<em style="position: relative;">Hudson v. City of Chicago, 228 Ill.2d 462, 889 N.E.2d 210.&quot;&nbsp;</em>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">Ms. Zahour&rsquo;s latest article,<strong>&nbsp;<em style="position: relative;"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.azattorneymag-digital.com/azattorneymag/201512/?pg=35#pg35" style="color: rgb(94, 155, 215); text-decoration: none;">&ldquo;</a></em></strong></span><em style="position: relative; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.azattorneymag-digital.com/azattorneymag/201512/?pg=35#pg35" style="color: rgb(94, 155, 215); text-decoration: none;">The Verdict Is In: Juries, Misconduct, and Social Media&quot;</a></strong></em><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><strong><a href="http://www.smjuror.com/articles-on-juror-misconduct.html" style="color: rgb(94, 155, 215); text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</a></strong>was accepted for publication by the State Bar of Arizona in their legal journal,&nbsp;<em style="position: relative;"><strong><font color="#2a2a2a">Arizona Attorney</font></strong>,</em>&nbsp;in the December, 2015 issue of that publication. Her article addresses the growing risk of juror misconduct due to juror exposure to extraneous evidence through the internet, social media and texting, identifies various scenarios in which the Arizona court system dealt with this rising danger in order to protect and maintain the integrity of the verdict, and examines the abuse of discretion standard of review for appeals arguing for a new trial based on juror misconduct. &nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <em style="position: relative; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><strong>&nbsp;<font color="#8d2424">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</font><font color="#194510">Ms. Zahour has extensive experience with the abuse of discretion standard of review and this type of knowledge is critical for attorneys to master in juror misconduct cases...&nbsp;</font></strong></em><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">Many of Ms. Zahour's appellate efforts in Illinois focused on advancing motions to transfer under the stringent requirements for intrastate&nbsp;</span><em style="position: relative; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">forum non conveniens</em><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">. She is professionally known for her expertise in civil procedure, statutory interpretation, jurisdictional issues, the rules of evidence, and evidence preservation and has mentored several attorneys on how to strategically advance the issue at the trial court level, and if necessary, the appellate court level under the abuse of discretion standard of review. &nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">Her opinion has been frequently sought to evaluate the trial court's rulings to determine whether enough evidentiary support exists to demonstrate a trial court's abuse of discretion, while focusing attorneys on the proper methodology to advance the appeal - namely, that the appeal is not structured as a &quot;do-over&quot; with the mistaken hope of obtaining a different result by having the reviewing court substitute its judgment for that of the trial court. Instead, reversible error under the abuse of discretion standard of review must be demonstrated by the trial court acting arbitrarily, ignoring recognized principles of law or failing to employ conscientious judgment. Contrary to the belief of many skilled attorneys, the standard does not even allow the reviewing court to determine whether the trial court &quot;exercised its discretion wisely.&quot;</span><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">Identification of the proper standard of review, combined with a clear knowledge of how to effectively advance the appeal and demonstrate the trial court's abuse of discretion, led adjusters at Advocate Health and Hospital's Corporation (Advocate Health) to seek Ms. Zahour's opinion on a case where the intrastate f</span><em style="position: relative; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">orum non conveniens</em><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">&nbsp;motion to transfer a case from Cook County to DuPage County was denied. Ms. Zahour was given the relevant documents at the trial court level to review, and told by the adjuster that attorneys from several of Chicago's top law firms believed an appeal would not be successful and should not be pursued, primarily because the trial court's Memorandum Opinion and Order was very detailed in demonstrating why the trial court ruled as it did. After reviewing all materials and understanding the distinguishing facts of that case, Ms. Zahour determined that&nbsp;</span><u style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><strong><font color="#2a2a2a">one sentence</font></strong></u><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">&nbsp;in the trial court's Memorandum Opinion and Order demonstrated that the trial court abused its discretion in not following recognized principles of law. &nbsp;She was retained as appellate counsel and given authority to pursue the appeal and write all briefs, with all defendants either adopting her brief or following her lead. &nbsp;That appellate journey took two trips to the Illinois Supreme Court and back before this issue was resolved in Advocate Health's favor.** &nbsp;</span><em style="position: relative; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><strong><font color="#8d2424">One critical issue always remained in focus during the pendency of the appeal: did the trial court abuse its discretion in ruling as it did and, if so, how is that proven?&nbsp;</font></strong></em><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">&nbsp;Although the trial court was extremely well-versed in the law, Ms. Zahour's appellate briefs respectfully focused on the trial court's weighing of a certain factor which should not have been included in the analysis, thereby demonstrating an abuse of discretion by not following recognized principles of law.</span><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">&nbsp;</span><font color="#194510" style="font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</font><strong style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><em style="position: relative;"><font color="#194510">Surprisingly, many skilled attorneys do not understand the the &quot;abuse of discretion&quot; standard of review and argue that the reviewing court should re-weigh the evidence in favor of their client. &nbsp;This mistaken approach is both costly &nbsp;and legally disastrous...</font></em></strong><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">During the pendency of this appeal and several others, Ms. Zahour was&nbsp;asked by adjusters at Advocate Health to prepare universal protocols and guidelines for Advocate Health's retained law firms related to&nbsp;</span><em style="position: relative; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">forum non conveniens</em><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">&nbsp;motions, with specific steps to develop evidentiary support and preserve issues under the abuse of discretion standard of review for possible appeals. &nbsp;Ms. Zahour's developed protocols began with a strategic and timely attack on the Complaint at Law by moving to transfer the case, followed by specialized and specifically worded discovery requests, drafted to focus on recognized factors in the analysis. &nbsp;Conversely, she also drafted specifically worded objections to opposing counsel's discovery requests which were irrelevant to the&nbsp;</span><em style="position: relative; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">forum non conveniens&nbsp;</em><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">analysis. &nbsp;In these instances, Ms. Zahour's protocols required attorneys to stand on their objections, thereby requiring opposing counsel to file a Motion to Compel, to which the trial court was required to make a ruling. Using the trial court's initial ruling as the foundational setting for further rulings, Ms. Zahour then listed the requirements necessary for the motion to transfer, along with questions and comments attorneys can and must make during the hearing to &quot;lock-in&quot; the trial court's rulings, while always having the court reporter transcribe the hearing for evidentiary support of the trial court's rationale in ruling as it did. &nbsp;Even after following these steps, Ms. Zahour cautioned that the specific distinguishing facts of each case will be pivotal in determining whether the attorney should or should not pursue an appeal. &nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <strong style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><em style="position: relative;"><font color="#194510">&nbsp;A trial court's rulings with respect to alleged juror misconduct are reviewed for an abuse of discretion...</font></em></strong><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">With that in mind, along with a consuming passion for understanding the role social media now plays in litigation, Ms. Zahour founded&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><font color="#01022c">SM JUROR</font></strong><strong style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><a href="http://www.smjuror.com/insurance-adjusters-form.html" style="color: rgb(94, 155, 215); text-decoration: none;">to specifically work with insurance companies</a></strong><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">, and their retained law firms, in developing universal protocols and guidelines, based on current evolving case law in the area of juror misconduct from a juror's use of social media, the internet or texting. &nbsp;As the risk of juror misconduct continues to grow with a juror's exposure to extraneous evidence through the internet, social media and texting, Ms. Zahour also wanted to provide law firms with state-of-the-art&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><a href="http://www.smjuror.com/" style="color: rgb(94, 155, 215); text-decoration: none;">juror monitoring</a></strong><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">&nbsp;for a juror's public internet presence, along with clear and concise&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><a href="http://www.smjuror.com/subscriptions.html" style="color: rgb(94, 155, 215); text-decoration: none;">case law analytical reports</a></strong><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">&nbsp;on this type of juror misconduct, while also supplying illustrative, educational and strategic examples and options on how to further advance the issue at trial and on appeal, in its monthly publication</span><font color="#194510" style="font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">,&nbsp;<strong><font color="#01022c">THE SM JUROR MISCONDUCT CASE LAW REPORT. &nbsp;</font></strong></font><strong style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><font color="#194510">&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></strong><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <strong style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><font color="#01022c">THE SM JUROR MISCONDUCT CASE LAW REPORT&nbsp;</font></strong><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">specifically addresses issues of juror misconduct involving social media, the internet and texting, noting that appeals from denials of motions for a new trial or mistrial are reviewed under the abuse of discretion standard of review. Attorneys are beginning to recognize the apparent risk, but do not fully understand how to proceed or preserve issues under the abuse of discretion standard or review, especially when a trial court's remedy, although different from what an attorney may have requested, may be totally appropriate. &nbsp;Over-zealous, strategic ideas like subpoenaing social media networks like Facebook or Twitter for a juror's posts, are costly, time-consuming and overly-broad, only to be met by the trial court's denial to do so, and an attorney's mistaken thinking that the trial court's ruling was an abuse of discretion. Attempts to subpoena a juror's internet provider or move for a protective order to secure their home computer will be met with stringent objections to protect the juror's right to privacy, as well as protect jurors from unprecedented disruptions in their daily lives, or disclosure of their identities after trial in criminal cases. &nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">Recognizing this need,&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><font color="#01022c">SM JUROR</font></strong><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">&nbsp;began working with skilled social media analysts whose sole function since 2007 has been to mine and analyze social media data from a variety of sources using a combination of social media platforms. &nbsp;Understanding these platforms, along with skillfully maneuvering the constantly changing APIs of today's social media networks, achieves a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><a href="http://www.smjuror.com/" style="color: rgb(94, 155, 215); text-decoration: none;">juror monitoring service</a></strong><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">&nbsp;which offers attorneys the most comprehensive digital fingerprint for any juror, subject or witness.&nbsp;Additionally, what's an attorney to do when he or she discovers juror misconduct? &nbsp;Does this discovery guarantee a new trial? &nbsp;Should the juror be removed? &nbsp;What if other jurors were exposed to extraneous evidence? &nbsp;Should an attorney wait to see how the trial concludes, and then bring up the issue if an adverse verdict was entered against his or her client? &nbsp;Attorneys are understanding that juror monitoring has become a necessary and integral part of their trial plan. &nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">But if information from juror monitoring is obtained without a working knowledge of how to utilize this information to protect the integrity of the verdict, it is meaningless. &nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">Attorneys need to be careful on how they strategically address and handle the issue of alleged juror misconduct, and properly preserve the issue for appeal. Case law on this issue is evolving on a national basis as trial courts and attorneys struggle to preserve the integrity of the verdict, while outside forces from extraneous sources of evidence, such as social media, the internet and texting, potentially disengage jurors from weighing&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><em style="position: relative;"><font color="#8d2424">only</font></em></strong><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">&nbsp;the evidence in the courtroom. &nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <strong style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><font color="#01022c">SM JUROR</font></strong><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">&nbsp;was developed to provide law firms with both (1) up-to-date and advanced social media monitoring of jurors and (2) monthly case law analysis reports, from&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><font color="#01022c">THE SM JUROR MISCONDUCT CASE LAW REPORT,</font></strong><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">&nbsp;which painstakingly dissect every current juror misconduct case across the country, on a federal and state court level, to identify the applicable rules of law, examine distinguishing facts which are pivotal to the outcome, particularly under the abuse of discretion standard of review, and provide illustrative and educational points with strategic options to help preserve the issue on appeal. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);"><strong><font color="#194510">SM JUROR --&nbsp;</font><em style="position: relative;"><font color="#194510">Because the&nbsp;<u>ONLY</u>&nbsp;evidence you want the jury to consider ... is in the courtroom. Don't let juror misconduct taint your verdict.&nbsp;</font></em></strong></span><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">____________________________________________</span><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">* These licenses are currently inactive.</span><br style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);" /> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: LucidaSans, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">** &nbsp;The following citations document the history of the case with respect to the&nbsp;<em style="position: relative;">forum non conveniens</em>&nbsp;issue: (1) The Memorandum Opinion and Order was entered on April 7, 2003 in&nbsp;<em style="position: relative;">Snyder v. Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation, Case. No. 01 L 8175;</em>&nbsp;(2) The First District Appellate Court denied Advocate's Petition for Leave to Appeal, Case No. 1-03-1275 on October 29, 2003; (3)&nbsp;The Illinois Supreme Court, in the exercise of its supervisory authority, directed the First District Appellate Court to vacate its October 29, 2003 order, grant Advocate leave to appeal and then address the merits of the case in&nbsp;<em style="position: relative;">Snyder v. Advocate Health and Hosp. Corp., No. 97467, 207 Ill.2d 629, 802 N.E.2d 260 (Mem. Jan 28, 2004);&nbsp;</em>(4) The First District Appellate Court then reversed the trial court's April 7, 2003 order denying Advocate's Motion to Transfer based on the doctrine of intrastate<em style="position: relative;">&nbsp;forum non conveniens</em>, and remanded the case back to the trial court with further directions pursuant to its opinion in&nbsp;<em style="position: relative;">Snyder v. Advocate Health &amp; Hosp. Corp., 353 Ill.App.3d 1099, 881 N.E.2d 977 (Table Dec, 14, 2004);</em>&nbsp;(5) The Illinois Supreme Court denied plaintiff's Petition for Leave to appeal in&nbsp;<em style="position: relative;">Snyder v. Advocate Health and Hosp. Corp., Case No. 99904, 215 Ill.2d 620, 833 N.E.2d 9 (Table, May 25, 2005).</em></span>