Dr. Robert E. Leone is an attorney and the in-house trial psychologist at The Lanier Law Firm. His pre-trial preparations allow the firm’s clients an inside look at how their case will be received by a jury.
An accomplished lawyer, Dr. Leone joined the firm in 1997 after serving as the Director of Research at The Wilmington Institute in Dallas, one of the nation’s leading jury research firms. Widely recognized for his work in selecting juries and establishing trial themes, Dr. Leone has served as a trial psychologist in such high-profile cases as the Oklahoma City bombing trial, the McDonald's hot coffee case, the Susan Smith child drowning case and the trial for the murder of Tejano singer Selena. In 2016, Leone was a key member of the firm’s Pinnacle bellwether trial team that won a $1 billion combined jury verdict in December and a $502 million jury verdict earlier in March.
In 2015, Dr. Leone was elected Chancellor of Delta Theta Phi, the world's largest law fraternity.
Dr. Leone earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1970, where he also earned a graduate degree in Research Design in 1976. Dr. Leone received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from U.S. International University in San Diego in 1983, and earned his law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 1993. While at Texas Wesleyan Dr. Leone helped establish the school’s first legal fraternity, Delta Theta Phi, and was also SBA President, Order of the Barristers, and Managing Editor of Texas Wesleyan Law Review.
Dr. Leone lives in Houston, Texas with his amazing wife, Kelly.