chrisMember and Chief of Visual Trial Strategy

Chris Ritter joined The Focal Point in 1998 after several years as a partner and trial lawyer at a major San Francisco law firm. His experience trying cases in both state and federal courts gives Chris the insight and perspective to help clients zero in on key issues and uncover powerful and persuasive visual strategies.

As a former faculty member at University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he taught trial practice, evidence, and legal writing, Chris is a master at clarifying the complex and making esoteric themes understandable and compelling. His courtroom experience is also instrumental in creating strategically sound, clearly delineated, and creatively convincing presentations and storylines designed to win.

In addition to his work at The Focal Point, Chris has taught for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and remains an active member of the State Bar of California. An accomplished author, he collaborated with The Focal Point’s founder, Andy Spingler, on Packaging and Presenting Your Case to Win, published by the CEB, and wrote Creating Winning Trial Strategies and Graphics and Powerful Deliberations: Putting It All Together For the Jury, both published by the American Bar Association, and lauded as definitive works in the field. Chris has been a featured presenter at programs including those sponsored by the State Bar of California, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas State Bar, the National Association of Criminal Defense Counsel, the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), the American Bar Association, and Law Seminars International.

He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and serves as The Focal Point’s general counsel. Chris lives in California with his wife, Jill, and their three children.