Art of Facts | Presentation Strategies for Litigation Presentation Strategies for Litigation
The Art of Facts Team:

Stacey ManelaStacey Manela

During her seven year tenure with a Houston law firm Stacey earned a reputation for hard-hitting information graphics in high-stakes litigation and effective client communication materials in the mass-tort arena.

In 1997, upon a strong desire to create an impact in the legal community, Stacey formed Art of Facts. Fueled by strong design principles (and lots of Starbucks) and built on an even stronger reputation of expertise and responsiveness, Art of Facts continues to grow – feeding on teamwork, attention to detail, unrealized limits of creativity, respect for the American jury system and loyal relationships with outstanding clients.

Stacey has been a presenter at American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) conferences, a faculty member at Defense Research Institute (DRI) seminars, a featured small business success in a Compaq Computer marketing initiative and lead consultant for graphics and technology for more than 100 trials. Since 2001, Art of Facts has a maintained a consistent ranking among the top small businesses in the U.S. and has formed several key alliances with strategic partners to add public relations and website marketing tools to its arsenal of services.

Stacey enjoys music (always better live), automobiles (like beer, always better German), red wine (like kisses, almost always French), photography (like thinking, black and white is better.) Stacey has been known to speak out against pantyhose, crooked Christmas lights, and the designated hitter. She insists Apple is better than PC. She believes that Jay Cutler can rally the Bears to a Super Bowl. Stacey both praises and curses Jane Austen for the invention of Mr. Darcy. Stacey enjoys time with her daughter, Libby and their Mastiff, Beulah along with the challenges of snowboarding and golf.

Oh, by the way, Stacey hates to lose

Crystal Copeland

Crystal is a Houstonian born and bred. She attended Bellaire High School and graduated number one in her class in 1988. Then on to Texas A&M to major in Business Management. After 4 1/2 awesome years she graduated and soon after married her high school sweetheart, John (they met in homeroom…awwww). In 1996 came beautiful twin daughters named Emily and Caitlin, and they are the light of Crystal’s life. Crystal came to Art of Facts in 2006 and is the office manager, travel-scheduler, problem-fixer in the company. If Crystal were reincarnated as a dog, she would be a Jack Russell-pit bull mix. ‘Nuff said.



Strategic Alliances:

Powers MediaWorks, LLC

Erin Powers is principal of Powers MediaWorks LLC which specializes in legal affairs public relations, litigation communications, media training, and government affairs consulting.

A former journalist who has managed media, legislative and investigative projects since 1990, Erin develops communications strategies for attorneys (plaintiffs and defense) responsible for regional, national and international legal matters. He previously was communications director at a Houston civil law firm. Clients of Powers MediaWorks have appeared in or been featured in thousands of news reports in media outlets throughout the world.

In non-litigation matters, Powers MediaWorks has developed advertising, marketing and public relations projects for legal, financial, medical and business professionals. The firm’s corporate clients have included an international energy analyst, an international trade official, a national real estate developer, non-profit organizations, authors, the former CEO of a multi-billion-dollar company, a multi-national real estate services provider, and a professional firefighters organization.

Erin was a reporter for The Houston Chronicle and a correspondent for The Dallas Morning News. His reporting, writing and photographs also have appeared in Time, The Washington Post, The National Law Journal, USA Today, Newsweek publications, The Houston Business Journal, and wire service reports. A member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Erin is co-chairman of the Houston Bar Association Law and the Media Committee for the 2008-2009 term.

Vendible - Karie Cortes-CostaVendible, LLC

Karie Cortes-Costa, the principal of Vendible, LLC, has been developing Web sites and related e-marketing activities since 1996. Over the years, she has designed Web sites utilizing persuasion architecture techniques designed to attract search engines and appeal to consumers, converting visitors to users. In addition to Web site development, Karie has in-depth experience with e-mail campaigns, banner advertising, social media marketing, and paid-search campaigns.

Although capable of providing direct-mail campaigns, Vendible embraces the greater versatility and eco-friendliness of e-marketing. By and large, many view direct-mail marketing as obsolete, wasteful, and, perhaps most importantly, ineffective. As a result, Vendible supports the use of e-marketing for successful marketing campaigns. Through the use of keywords strategically and persuasively placed throughout Web content, paid-search campaigns with complimentary landing pages, e-mail distribution and social marketing, Vendible can help your business create an efficient and effective marketing program.


Presentation Strategy

Trial Graphics


In-Trial Support
(Trial Director + Sanction)

Video Production

Interactive Exhibits

Graphic + Web Design



Scaled + Life-sized Models