MEET THE TEAM

At Visual Advantage we are first and foremost a team. Throughout the years we have carefully selected individuals who continue to build on our foundation of a team oriented company. Our ability to work well together transfers to an ability to work cohesively with trial teams. We regularly establish ourselves as a trusted and capable member of litigation teams.

LISA HIPP

OWNER

Lisa arrived on the demonstrative design and trial presentation scene while the industry was still in its infancy. She was intrigued by the possibilities of combining litigation, technology and visual communications, which ultimately lead to the formation of Visual Advantage in 1996. During her second year in business, she assisted the prosecution team in the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Timothy McVeigh. This experience sealed her fate and she knew Visual Advantage was going to become the industry leader. Through the years, Lisa has learned to recognize great talent and has successfully built a staff of trial presenters and designers who are considered leaders in the field.

Best known for her ability to create order from chaos, Lisa spends several hours every week interacting with lawyers preparing to go to trial. As the President of Visual Advantage and Senior Visual Strategist, Lisa thrives under the pressure of being creative in the not so creative world of litigation. After 18 years in the industry, Lisa has had experience in all types of civil litigation, including medical malpractice, intellectual property, anti-trust, employment and environmental practice areas.

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SENIOR LITIGATION TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANT

Diarmuid has been on board since Visual Advantage first opened its doors in 1996 and is the company’s original Senior Litigation Technology Consultant. Over the years, he has built a national reputation as a trial presentation and courtroom graphics expert. His degree in Business Administration-Marketing from the University of Colorado-Boulder provides a strong foundation when assisting attorneys with developing a convincing visual strategy for trial. Diarmuid has worked on a vast array of civil litigation practice areas and has become the company’s go-to person for patent trials. Known for his advanced technical skills and interest in new software, Diarmuid’s expertise is requested on everything from enhancement of surveillance video to being the lead technician in hundred million dollar patent and intellectual property trials.

Diarmuid frequently shares his expertise as a presenter for continuing legal education seminars and national legal conventions. He has educated others on the topics of legal technology and courtroom graphics in locations as far flung as Moorea, French Polynesia for the Orange County Bar Association. He frequently contributes to local organizations in Colorado and Wisconsin. Diarmuid serves as a trial presentation certificate committee member and faculty presenter for the National Court Reporter’s Association.

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DIRECTOR OF CLIENT RELATIONS

Nate has been a valuable member of the Visual Advantage team since 2006. Visual Advantage welcomed Nate’s fresh ideas and the skills he developed while obtaining his B.S. degree in Communications at Colorado State University. Right out of the gate, Nate was quickly introduced to the “hot seat,” where he excelled due to his ability to adapt to high-pressure situations and ease the minds of trial team members. From that point on, Nate has assisted trial teams of all sizes and practice areas including construction defect, product liability, employment and intellectual property. He has built a reputation within the medical malpractice community and is often requested due to his vast experience with medical records and imagery.

With the strong desire and ability to forge client relationships, Nate was perfectly suited to take on an expanded role at Visual Advantage by becoming the Director of Client Relations. In this role, he has been a key member behind the expansion of Visual Advantage into the Midwest. Nate’s first-hand trial experience and affable personality ensure that clients are treated with enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication.

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LITIGATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST

After graduating with a B.S. in Communication Technology from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, Chris decided to pack his bags and head West for an opportunity with Visual Advantage. During his four years in Denver, Chris spent hours upon hours in trial honing his skills as a Senior Litigation Technology Consultant. His substantial experience in both state and federal courts includes products liability, intellectual property, contract disputes, eminent domain and medical malpractice. Attorneys recognize the benefit of having Chris’s calming presence in a high-stress trial and in the warroom. His personality, along with his technical expertise and passion for his work put him frequently in demand.

After a great experience in Colorado, Chris decided it was time to return to his roots by moving back to Wisconsin. Not wanting to leave Visual Advantage and the industry, Chris convinced the members of Visual Advantage to expand into the Wisconsin/Midwest litigation community. He is now located in Madison, Wisconsin providing trial presentation and courtroom graphics services to firms throughout the Midwest. Chris’s persistence and dedication to Visual Advantage allowed him to successfully develop a solid client base in Wisconsin in a short amount of time.

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LITIGATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST

Dan has worked on more than 50 cases and has been a trial presenter for over 25 cases that have gone to verdict. A unique path led Dan to Visual Advantage and his experiences along the way provided him with a viewpoint and set of skills unlike any other. Prior to joining our team in 2010, he studied Sports Medicine at Colorado State University followed by a five-year stint in the United States Navy. His demonstrated ability to remain calm under pressure as a Naval Sonar Operator has translated perfectly into the courtroom and his role as a Litigation Technology Consultant. Our clients are continually recognizing his patient demeanor and thorough knowledge in the courtroom and the warroom.

Over the years, Dan has unknowingly fallen into the role as our resident trial presenter for large, multi-party construction defect litigation. His ability to manage large amounts of data with ease and a willingness to always accept a challenge has made him a perfect fit for this practice area. Though Dan’s schedule is often dominated by multiple back-to-back trials, he manages to flex his business muscles when in the office, heading up various marketing campaigns and revamping internal processes.

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Brett is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Political Science. While at UNH, he played on the hockey team serving as team captain his senior year. After graduation, Brett went on to play professionally in Rapid City, South Dakota. During this time Brett cultivated skills in the areas of leadership, communication and teamwork. Brett has successfully applied this important skillset to working with trial teams. He has also honed valuable personality traits that have allowed him to excel in the courtroom such as the ability to remain calm under pressure, maintain patience and make quick decisions. Brett brings a well-rounded intelligence and enthusiasm to each trial he works on and is a welcome addition to any trial team.

VISUAL STRATEGIST

Before Visual Advantage, Alain designed marketing and promotional graphics for the University of Colorado Athletic Department. During his tenure with the CU Buffs he created posters, ads, billboards, murals, stadium signage and much more.

Alain’s organic approach to data visualization and his propensity to gain a deep understanding of legal concepts so they can be accurately interpreted into easy-to-understand demonstratives makes him a key designer at Visual Advantage.

Outside of work, you might find Alain working in his garden, exploring the natural world or fueling his ongoing passion for design.

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VISUAL STRATEGIST

Michaela Luna is a Colorado Native who recently moved back to Denver from South Carolina, where she attended Charleston Southern University on an athletic scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design with a Minor in Fine Arts. Michaela comes to us with 5 years of graphic design experience and wide variety of visual tools and techniques, which she uses to create eye-catching graphics. Before Visual Advantage, Michaela was the Marketing Director for Bread and Butter Bakery where she expanded not only her visual eye but also baking skills.

A desire to gain knowledge in the ever-growing field of design and turn complex problems into simple, beautiful and intuitive designs makes her a great asset to any trial team. When she is not designing graphics, or pushing pixels, you’ll find her in the gym or coaching her other passion, volleyball.

OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR

Jane is new to the Visual Advantage team, but is not new to the Visual Advantage concept. She has worked with Visual Advantage, as a client, for the past ten years. She now welcomes the opportunity to be part of the team that has assisted her in preparing for many trials over the years.

Jane brings with her a knowledge-base built from years of working as a nurse-paralegal for various law firms in the Denver area. Jane also successfully managed her own medical-legal consulting business for several years. Her legal experience in civil litigation has been focused primarily in the area of medical malpractice. She has assisted attorneys with over 30 trials, and has managed large volumes of documents, especially medical records, for hundreds of other cases. Over the years Jane has also worked on cases involving products liability issues, and recently gained experience in the area of employment law.

Before beginning her career as a nurse-paralegal, Jane had received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa. She then went on to become a registered nurse, working in various areas of nursing to include adult intensive care, renal dialysis, and newborn/neonatal care. Jane later found that a career in law blended nicely with her nursing background.

Jane’s knowledge of litigation and the trial process, along with her professionalism and attention to detail make her a strong addition to the Visual Advantage team.