Stephen Groo is a senior managing director in the Graphics Communications Consulting group in the FTI Forensic and Litigation Consulting practice and is based in Washington, D.C. For the past 19 years, Mr. Groo has acted as the lead communications expert on a variety of litigation matters, including contract disputes, securities, labor and employment, antitrust, product liability, telecommunications and high tech matters. His areas of specialty include communications consulting and management of visual communications projects for large multiparty and multidistrict litigation, including design, development and production of trial presentations and on-site coordination of war room and courtroom communication teams.
Mr. Groo has worked on more than 350 cases in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.
Mr. Groo's expertise in working with trial teams to develop communication strategies and visual presentations, including graphic exhibits, animation, videotape and interactive multimedia, has given him the opportunity to work with top firms in the country. These include E.I. Dupont, DeNemours & Co., Philip Morris, AT&T, American Home Products, Ford Motor Co., General Electric, and most of the major U.S. law firms. Mr. Groo's career highlights include Shareholders v. Bank of America, McFaddin v. Dupont, and Reller v. Philip Morris. In the case against Bank of America, shareholders alleged that information withheld during the merger of NationsBank and Bank of America caused them to be improperly compensated for their respective bank stock. It was settled one month before trial. In the case against Dupont, plaintiffs claimed compensatory and punitive damages totaling over $125 million for trespass involving mineral rights and unjust enrichment; the jury awarded no damages. In the Reller case, Philip Morris obtained a defense verdict in a case brought by the plaintiff’s attorney who had previously won awards of $3 billion and $26 billion for similarly styled cases.
Prior to joining FTI in 1985, Mr. Groo worked for five years as a communication specialist for Consolidated Visual Center. There he coordinated all creative aspects of photography, graphic design, animation and film to be used in local and national advertising and for government agencies. He won the Optical Effects Award for Creative Use of Camera Technology in 1983.
Mr. Groo contributed a chapter entitled “Communications Technology in the Courtroom” to The Litigator's Guide to Expert Witnesses (Canada Law Book, 1997). In addition, Mr. Groo has given presentations to the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, National Employment Law Institute, Inns of Court and the American Bar Association. His topics include “Effective Communication in the Courtroom,” “How To Reach the Jury,” “Visuals That Make Them Sit Up and Notice,” and “The Key to Persuasive Demonstrative Evidence.”
Mr. Groo earned his B.A. in geography from Middlebury College and a B.A. in commercial photography and illustration from the Brooks Institute of Photographic Arts and Sciences. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in theology from Trinity College & Seminary.