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DIANE SUZUKI is nationally recognized for her expertise in strategic legal graphics. With a litigation history of over 1,000 trials, arbitrations, and hearings, Diane is among the most experienced visual strategists in the nation. She initially entered the field of litigation graphics as a medical and technical Illustrator. She later shifted to corporate matters and has since amassed extensive experience in all major case types over a broad range of industries. Diane founded Lucid CGI, Inc. in 2008.
Diane specializes in complex matters. Her most notable recent engagements include such high-risk matters as State of Hawaii v. Bristol-Myers Squibb (product liability, defense), In Re Zantac (Rantitidine) NDMA Litigation (product liability, defense), In Re Allergan, Inc. Proxy Violation Securities (securities, defense), US Airways v. Sabre (antitrust, plaintiff), Cepheid v. Roche Molecular Systems (patent infringement, defense), US ex rel Hendrix v. J-M Manufacturing Co. (whistleblower, plaintiff), Monsanto v. DuPont (patent infringement, plaintiff), U.S. v. McWane Inc. (environmental crime, defense), ConocoPhillips v. Government of Republica Democratica De Timor-Leste (tax assessment), Audit Committee of Las Vegas Sands Corporation (fraud, defense), and John Cassese v. dick clark productions, inc. and 19 Entertainment, Inc. (intellectual property defense). In addition, Diane’s high-profile criminal trials that include the Silverlake Trader Joe’s shooting, the murder of Gavin Smith, the Menendez brothers retrial, Calvin Broadus’s murder trial (Rapper Snoop Dogg), and OJ Simpson’s murder trial, as well as the civil wrongful death suit against Simpson.
Diane holds two MFA degrees, one in Painting/Sculpture (Claremont Graduate University) and a second in Film (USC). Diane’s Painting/Sculpture thesis was a play on the concept “the ghost in the machine” and repurposed 1960’s technology. Diane later enrolled in film school to deepen her storytelling skills while concurrently focused on the innovative technologies used in visual effects. She interned for Academy Award winner and visual effects pioneer Paul Debevec to work on his film. Her own student film, Super Hero, screened at the International New York Film Festival. Diane also received an artist-in-residence from the Institute of Advanced Media Art and Sciences (Gifu, Japan) to explore interactive digital technologies such as virtual reality.
Diane has been invited to speak about visual strategy and presentation technology to the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Bar Association, and the Caltrans’ Tort Committee. She was a graduate advisor at Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA).
Diane is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and is a Claremont Graduate University Fellow.