The Partners

Magnus was founded in 1993 by Dr. Melissa Pigott and David H. Fauss. Magnus provides trial and litigation consulting services nationally. The partners have assembled a team of professionals with varying roles. Specific information on Magnus’ team will be provided upon request.


Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.
Director of Research

Dr. Pigott is a social psychologist, with a Ph.D. from Florida State University. She has been conducting research in the area of psychology and the law since the early 1980s. All of Magnus’ research activities are conducted under Dr. Pigott’s auspices. She is responsible for research design, staff supervision, and is the client’s main contact regarding case details and research design. Dr. Pigott oversees all aspects of the research and consults with clients during our research or in court.

If you’d like to see Dr. Pigott’s curriculum vitae, please click here. Dr. Pigott is available to speak to attorney groups nationwide. Click here for information on Magnus’ CLE programs.


David H. Fauss, M.S.M.
Chief Operating Officer/Director of Consulting Services

Mr. Fauss has a master’s degree in management from The Georgia Institute of Technology. He is in charge of all business functions and is the primary client liaison. He is responsible for case intake, proposal generation, and logistical management. Clients may contact Mr. Fauss at any time; his role is to ensure that the research projects and administrative details are handled efficiently.

If you’d like to see Mr. Fauss’ curriculum vitae, please click here.


One or more of Magnus’ partners are members of the following organizations: