Marsha Hunter, Johnson & Hunter, Inc. / Santa Fe, New Mexico
Marsha Hunter, a specialist in legal communication, trains attorneys to speak confidently and persuasively in all settings. Under her guidance, trial lawyers sharpen their advocacy skills and corporate attorneys refine their presentations, becoming more articulate, fluent, and eloquent. Hunter teaches lawyers, and only lawyers, in the arts of oral advocacy and public and professional speaking.
Hunter teaches lawyers to use their bodies, brains, and voices for effective professional speech, employing pragmatic and immediately useful techniques for gesturing naturally, thinking clearly, and speaking persuasively. She cites recent developments in gesture research when answering the frequently-asked question “What do I do with my hands?,” as well as the latest research in cognitive science to help lawyers think clearly in voir dire, openings, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments. Hunter also helps trial lawyers grapple with the syntactical challenges of each phase of trial, eliminate thinking noises such as “um,” and control the pace of their speech.
For transactional attorneys, Hunter teaches advanced fundamentals of persuasive public speaking. She offers techniques that ensure polished, articulate speech, whether presenting to a board of trustees, a community group, or a small office gathering.
Marsha Hunter is a partner in Johnson and Hunter, Inc., with legal clients in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. She teaches communication skills for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the U. S. Department of Justice, elite law firms, and bar associations and law societies from Belfast to Tasmania. Johnson & Hunter is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Hunter has published numerous articles in many legal publications and web sites, including the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s The Woman Advocate, Texas Bar Journal, and Professional Development Quarterly.
Marsha Hunter and Brian K. Johnson are co-authors of The Articulate Advocate: New Techniques of Persuasion for Trial Lawyers (Crown King Books, 2009), a 2010 Silver Medal winner in the Benjamin Franklin Awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association, and The Articulate Attorney: Public Speaking for Lawyers (Crown King Books, 2010; second edition 2013). Their third book, The Articulate Witness: An illustrated guide to testifying confidently under oath, was released in January, 2015, by Crown King Books.