TLC Podcast host Rafe Foreman interviews TLC graduate, trial lawyer, and focus group researcher Bruce Phillips on creative ways to continue to drive your cases and your practice forward during tough times.

In this wide-ranging interview, Bruce describes how he has come to see the importance of blending the personal with the professional, rather than trying to keep them separated, as a tool for bringing new insight and intuition to trying a case. An accomplished musician, Bruce describes how “TLC was where I quite denying that side of myself and tried to find a way to integrate it into my practice.” Whether literally composing a piece for use in a video to be used in a case, or simply playing music as a way to relax his mind and look at the issues in a different way, Bruce says he has found that bringing more of himself into a case allows him to be more connected and creative.

In 2019, Bruce started exploring the idea of conducting online focus groups in addition to traditional face-to-face sessions. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic made the move to online essential and helped to promote broader use and improvements to web meeting technology. “While we’re all sitting at home during this period of isolation, who else is sitting at home? Jurors!” Bruce says, encouraging his fellow TLC alum to explore this new opportunity. “Many of the TLC techniques can still be used in the online videoconferencing setting.”

Bruce encourages TLC graduates to get in touch with him if they are interested in exploring the idea of online focus groups further. “Call if you’re running your own focus group or you just need some help getting started. Right now is a wonderful opportunity to be of service to one another. The universe will bring it back in due time.”

Bruce can be reached at

Included in this Episode

  • How to be proactive during a pandemic
  • Starting online focus groups to learn what potential jurors think of your case

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Episode Guest, R. Bruce Phillips

R. Bruce Phillips is a trial lawyer and focus group researcher. He tried his first case to a jury in 1990 and hasn’t stopped since. He attended the Trial Lawyers College in 2006 and was selected for membership in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 in Texas. Bruce is board-certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a proud member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and Consumer Attorneys of California.

Bruce has also taught other trial lawyers at numerous seminars and workshops.

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