Trinity Hunt-backed IMS acquires TFP

IMS ExpertServices, a portfolio company of Trinity Hunt Partners, has acquired Oakland, California-based The Focal Point, a provider of trial graphics and litigation consultancy services. No financial terms were disclosed.

Correction: The previous headline misspelled the acronym for TFP; it has since been corrected. 


IMS ExpertServices (IMS), a full-service provider of expert witness search and placement services and a portfolio company of Trinity Hunt Partners, today announced the acquisition of The Focal Point (TFP).

The Focal Point, headquartered in Oakland, California, provides trial graphics and litigation consultancy services to AM Law 250 clients. IMS’ combination with TFP will provide clients with broader and deeper access to the services needed to design and execute winning litigation strategies.

“It is exciting to bring the legacies of these two trusted firms together for the benefit of our clients,” noted IMS CEO, Bill Wein. “The same depth of care, diligence and service we have always delivered for our clients will be available across some of the most critical services which are needed during litigation, including jury consulting and trial graphics.”

Scott Hilton, Partner of TFP, added, “This partnership will strengthen the foundation of service our clients expect and need.” When identifying what sets these two firms apart from other litigation service providers in the market, Hilton observed that both firms, “share a unique ability to execute with urgency and diligence to deliver the context that has earned each of our firms the full confidence of our clients.”

The Partners and executive management team of TFP, including Hilton, Chris Ritter and Jason Barnes will remain shareholders and will be active with the business going forward.

Pete Stein, Managing Partner of Trinity Hunt, remarked, “The combination with TFP represents a compelling opportunity for IMS and marks an important step in the acquisition plans we have collaboratively developed with our management partners. We are excited to expand IMS’ service offerings into trial graphics and litigation consulting, and we look forward to the collective growth opportunities that lie ahead.”

Trinity Hunt previously announced its partnership with IMS in November 2017.

About IMS ExpertServices
IMS ExpertServices is a consultative expert witness services firm which provides services to the most influential global enterprises, dedicated to offering rigorous research, strategic expert alignment, and ongoing services to position clients for success. The company has earned nine consecutive rankings on the Inc. 5000 list, and was recently recognized by Florida Trend in its 2018 “Best Companies to Work For” awards, by National Law Journal in five categories of its “Best of 2019” awards, and by National Law Review as “2018 Go-To Thought Leader” for its commentary and publications related to intellectual property litigation. More about IMS can be found at

About The Focal Point
Established 30 years ago, TFP is a premier provider of litigation consulting and visual strategy services to the legal community nationwide. It utilizes perpetual innovation, strategic thinking, and cutting-edge technology to create a courtroom environment in which arguments are focused and communication is enhanced. TFP develops winning presentations designed for maximum impact on the decision makers in a court case. Its offices are in Dallas, New York, and Oakland. More about TFP can be found at

About Trinity Hunt Partners
Based in Dallas, Trinity Hunt Partners is a middle-market private equity firm with approximately $775 million under management, focused on building founder and family-owned growth businesses into market leaders. Trinity Hunt has earned a reputation for working effectively with entrepreneurs to provide strategic, operational, and financial expertise to help elevate their companies to the next level of success. For more information, please visit