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Professional-Advisers-Litigation-Support Guide

PR & Communications — USA - Nationwide

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Brunswick Group

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Brunswick are a global advisory firm specialising in business-critical matters facing international corporate clients. Peers say Brunswick are "well respected, especially in financial services," and "definitely a top-level firm."

The agency's litigation team are commended by clients for their "note-worthy breadth and depth of experience," and "very sophisticated understanding of the media." They also receive praise for their expertise on cybersecurity-related matters.

Work highlights

Brunswick handled all litigation-related communications for BP following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident.

Notable practitioners

Ellen Moskowitz co-leads Brunswick's global litigation communications and crisis practices. She is the former managing director of boutique communications and lobbying firm Clark & Weinstock, and a former litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis, where her focuses included antitrust, securities and product liability matters.

One lawyer reports: "Ellen and Brunswick were spectacular, the best of any group I've ever worked with. There were multi-faceted and competing considerations in the case - Ellen and the team showed a very textured understanding of the different obligations, threats and opportunities in all those different forums."

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Ripp Media

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Ripp Media are a boutique legal and litigation PR agency founded by former journalist Allan Ripp. The agency have advised law firms on media strategy for numerous high-profile corporate and civil litigation cases.

One lawyer says: "We have worked with some of our client's PR firms in the past, and they don't do half the job Allan does. He's very good at protecting our clients' reputation and putting forward our case in the media - he can manage the circus so we're not distracted."

Work highlights

Ripp Media worked with Smith & Mullin as their client Gretchen Carlson sued the former CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, for sexual harassment.

Notable practitioners

Allan Ripp is a former journalist who has worked in legal media since 1990, representing many leading law firms and working on numerous high-profile litigation matters. He has close ties to the legal and national press titles and, according to one client, has "legendary status in law firm media."

Sources say: "Allan is universally raved about by reporters and journalists, because he's very experienced and doesn't make empty promises - if he tells you something you can take it to the bank."

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Sard Verbinnen & Co

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Sard Verbinnen & Co are a litigation and financial PR firm with five offices across the US. Peers describe them as the "Cadillac of PR firms" due to their long-standing reputation for excellence in working with Fortune 50 companies on a vast array of litigation, governmental and regulatory matters. The agency are also well regarded for handling litigation related to high-profile M&A transactions.

One litigator says "I found them pretty incredible. We settled on amazing terms, the client was thrilled, and I have to admit it was largely because of how Sard managed the analysts writing about the dispute. They did an incredible job."

Work highlights

Beginning in 2016 and ending in 2017, Sard advised wearable-tech company Fitbit on global communications strategy in the face of a series of patent, trade secret and antitrust lawsuits in California.

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Sitrick and Company

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Sitrick and Company are a strategic communications and crisis management agency led by Michael Sitrick. The agency are most widely praised for advising defendants facing high-profile litigation that is attracting considerable negative press, and for their "phenomenal contacts within the US business media." They are especially respected for their work on bankruptcies and restructurings, and "very challenging assignments" involving prominent individuals.

One lawyer says: "I love them. They know how the media think because they used to be the media. They're very good at crafting a counter-narrative that is compelling. If you really need to craft a top-level media strategy, use Sitrick." The firm is staffed by highly experienced former senior reporters and editors from national US publications, and senior-level corporate communications professionals from various leading media companies.

Notable practitioners

Michael Sitrick is the agency's founder and CEO. He is held in high regard by clients and law firms for "understanding what a client's stress points are, and how to address these issues within the media and in the wider public consciousness," and for being "completely unafraid of appearing aggressive in defending his clients' interests." Sitrick has published two books on media relations and reputation management, and serves on the boards of directors of Nasdaq-listed companies Jakks Pacific and NantHealth.

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Edelman

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Edelman is the world's largest public relations agency. Their litigation and legal affairs specialist practice is staffed by current or former lawyers, and their wider corporate reputation team features experienced senior journalists and sector-specific communications experts.

The agency are highly recommended by clients for situations "when you need their scale for something bigger, perhaps something with global coverage," and where Edelman's "deep resources and wide bench strength" can best be utilised. Lawyers report that "Edelman know how to mould legal risk with crisis management and communications functions. They work very well with the lawyers and the client at various stages of crisis." Clients also specifically recommend Edelman for their strong network and capability in New York.

Notable practitioners

Harlan Loeb is Global Chair of Edelman's crisis and reputation risk practice, as well as Professor of crisis litigation at Northwestern University Law School. He is a former attorney at Wisconsin law firm Godfrey & Kahn, and a former senior director at communications agencies Hill+Knowlton and FTI Consulting.

Clients recommend Loeb for his "good judgement," and for "cases that run the gamut of litigation." Lawyers say: "I use Harlan for bet-the-company stake cases. I enjoy putting him in front of the client, and in front of the C-suite. He quickly gains their confidence, which is critical. He has a plan, and a plan based on his depth of experience. It gives the client obvious comfort."

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FTI Consulting

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

FTI are a global consultancy firm offering strategic communications and reputation management services. Clients praise the firm for their "robust" litigation communications team, and for being able to "use template documents and a chronology already in place to get up to speed very quickly." The team are specifically well regarded for their experience in facing investigations by federal agencies and regulatory bodies, including the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.

One client says: "They handled the strategy particularly well. We could have been aggressive, or reactive. They helped guide us and make the right decision, and I think it went as well as it possibly could have."

Work highlights

In 2015, FTI advised the legal team representing former SAC Capital portfolio manager Matthew Mortoma, who was being indicted in New York for insider trading.

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Infinite Global

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Infinite Global are a US and UK strategic communications agency serving the professional services market, with a strong emphasis on the legal sector. They have served US law firms and clients involved in litigation for over 20 years and have been involved in a wide range of litigation matters.

One lawyer says: "They are a fantastic PR company. Our cases are large, and judges are concerned about public opinion skewing cases. Infinite Global are sensitive to this and have an excellent relationship with the lawyers. A fantastic team."

Work highlights

In 2017, Infinite Global provided media and communications strategy guidance to Keker Van Nest & Peters in relation to the firm's work with the County of Santa Clara in securing a nationwide preliminary injunction against an executive order by President Trump to deny federal funds to 'Sanctuary Cities' in the US.

Notable practitioners

Jamie Diaferia is the founder and CEO of Infinite Global. He represents a range of clients, including law, consulting and financial services firms, corporations and individuals on litigation and crisis communications strategies.

Commentators praise Jamie for having "a knack and instinct that's hard to define, but that great PR guys have," and for being "knowledgeable, responsive and having great judgement."

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Kekst

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Kekst are a New York-based strategic communications agency best known for their experience with high-profile hostile mergers, and in financial services-orientated work. CEO Jeremy Fielding and his team are also highly regarded for their litigation communications counsel. Lawyers praise Kekst for providing "attentiveness from the highest levels," and "incredible responsiveness and dedication."

One adviser says: "What I don't need is contacts at the press outlets. Every PR firm can do that, and I've got those contacts myself. What I do need is someone to craft a message and get into the nooks and crannies of the media. Jeremy and his team are the best I've ever worked with - they know how to work all of the major, minor and niche press outlets."

Work highlights

In 2017, Kekst worked with Soffer Avocats and McKool Smith in representing Yves Bouvier during high-profile litigation across five jurisdictions.

Notable practitioners

Jeremy Fielding is the President and CEO of Kekst, and also serves as co-head of the agency's restructurings and cybersecurity groups. He has led global corporate clients through major high profile litigation, mergers, restructurings and crises, including Coca-Cola, Delta, Borders, and Al-Jazeera America.

One lawyer says: "We were being outgunned, so we brought in Jeremy and his team at Kekst. The opposition was better funded, more aggressive and were handling the media campaign better than us. He righted the ship and had us on the offensive. He caught up and got us ahead very, very quickly."

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PRCG Haggerty

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

PRCG are a boutique litigation PR and crisis communications firm founded by attorney and consultant James Haggerty. They are praised by clients for giving "enormous care, attention and passion" to the cases they work on, and for producing "remarkable content" for campaigns. One client says: "James is highly networked, and an excellent writer and spokesperson. He's constantly thinking strategically and keeps on top of potential regulatory and political change for us. He thinks ahead and brings things to our attention."

The agency are also members of the Crisis Protection Network, an international association of crisis management professionals.

Work highlights

PRCG are currently advising technology firm hiQ Labs during their high-profile lawsuit against LinkedIn.

Notable practitioners

James Haggerty is the CEO of PRCG, and a qualified attorney admitted in New York and Florida. He has a central focus on litigation communications, and has authored a well-known book on the subject published by the American Bar Association.

Haggerty is described by clients as "a powerhouse," and receives praise for "going the extra yard when you need him to." One client says: "He thinks on a different level to most PRs. Having been a lawyer, he brings a double barrel of legal and media experience. He'll know what our defences are and the specifics of the case, so he can be pre-emptive in crafting a communications strategy."

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Trident DMG

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Trident DMG are a strategic communications, crisis and public affairs firm based in Washington DC. The agency specialises in cases at the intersection of law, media and politics. Trident's four co-founders have deep experience in all three domains, which gives the agency "a very good 360 view of understanding the legal and reputational risks," according to one client.

Trident's founders are also responsible for establishing law firm Davis Goldberg & Galper, and can act as co-counsel during a case to provide greater protection to clients under attorney-client privilege. Clients benefit from "close service from the partners," and "remarkably complex strategies with flawless execution." One client says: "I honestly don't know anyone better in the country to do this kind of work. They can put your story on the map in any publication in the US."

Notable practitioners

Lanny Davis is one of four co-founders of Trident DMG and associated law firm Davis Goldberg & Galper. He is a former Special Counsel to President Bill Clinton, where he specialised in managing legal, media and political aspects of investigations and controversies. He went on to found the first crisis management practice at Patton Boggs.

Clients say: "Lanny is absolutely relentless. He's a fighter, and he's absolutely brilliant. In the very complex world of DC politics, Lanny can work with anybody and everybody. He has a deep understanding of politics, but he's also a very strong lawyer. He can go anywhere - there are no limits to his connections."

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Hellerman Communications

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Hellerman Communications are a boutique corporate communications agency founded by John Hellerman. The agency work with law firms and their clients on content strategy, crisis and litigation communications. Lawyers recommend the agency for "the tough situations where we're having an issue with a client, or a client has issues with litigation." One client reports: "They're a smaller organisation, so they're nimble and can produce things very quickly. They continuously deliver, meet and exceed our needs."

Work highlights

Hellerman were engaged by the Diocese of South Carolina in relation to an adverse decision in the SC Supreme Court concerning the Diocese's attempt to leave the national Episcopal Church while retaining ownership of more than USD500 million in property. The agency raised awareness of the Diocese's argument by contending the judge ought to have recused herself, in preparation for an appeal to the US Supreme Court.

Notable practitioners

John Hellerman is the founder of Hellerman Communications. He has led the agency since 2001, and developed strong relationships with law firms and the legal media. Hellerman is praised by clients for his "uncanny ability to get inside the heads of the various parties in a litigation," as well as for being "hyper-intelligent, creative and able to navigate difficult personalities."

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KARV Communications

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

KARV Communications are a boutique strategic communications firm, particularly adept in matters with a government or public affairs dimension. Clients benefit from the team's strong relationships within the media, lobbying and public policy industries. The agency has experience across a diverse range of industries, including the financial, technology and energy sectors.

President Andrew Frank is praised by clients for his impressive cultural sensitivity and skill in handling multi-jurisdictional matters. One client says: "Andrew targeted the key political influencers I needed to speak to in my own industry. He has tremendous political sensitivity. It was a wonderful experience, I've never had that dialogue with a PR person in my life. He knew exactly where the hits could come from."

Work highlights

KARV provided media strategy and litigation support to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, following an art restitution claim brought in the US concerning the 1935 sale of the Guelph Treasure.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Frank is the founder and President of KARV Communications. His track record includes senior management positions at Swedish communications consultancy Kreab Gavin Anderson, and the US Information Agency's New York Foreign Press Center.

Clients describe him as "a perfect fit for transatlantic matters," and laud him for being "very good at what he does, especially anything government process related." He has niche expertise in the area of holocaust reparations and related issues. Lawyers report: "He's a very deep thinker and has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of government and political wrinkles around the world. He brings a huge amount to every conversation."

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Levick

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Levick are a US strategic communications and crisis response agency. Levick was founded in 1998 to provide legal PR to leading law firms, and has since expanded its offering. The agency are recognised by clients for being "the go-to firm for crisis management in DC," and for being "very knowledgeable" in cases involving the Department of Justice or Congressional investigations. Clients say: "If you let them employ an aggressive media strategy, that's where they really excel." Levick's litigation communications team includes former Justice Department officials, attorneys, predictive analysts and journalists.

One lawyer reports: "If you have something negative in the press which is going to hit your share price, they know how to get in front of it and flood the news stream with positive messaging. They're forward-thinking and you don't have to bring them up to speed."

Work highlights

Levick provided research, intelligence and global communications strategic advice to Japanese multinational Hitachi as they faced prosecution under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Notable practitioners

Ian McCaleb is chair of Levick's legal advisory and communications practice. He is a former reporter for top tier international news outlets, as well as a former senior spokesperson at the Department of Justice. McCaleb also acted as the sole media consultant to the Information Review Task Force, a US Defense Department body created to assess damage to US military and federal agencies following the WikiLeaks disclosure in 2010.

Clients say: "Ian can quickly work out the political ramifications of a case. His background means he can give very sharp analysis, and get to the heart of a problem very quickly."

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Trident DMG

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Lanny Davis is one of four co-founders of Trident DMG and associated law firm Davis Goldberg & Galper. He is a former Special Counsel to President Bill Clinton, where he specialised in managing legal, media and political aspects of investigations and controversies. He went on to found the first crisis management practice at Patton Boggs.

Clients say: "Lanny is absolutely relentless. He's a fighter, and he's absolutely brilliant. In the very complex world of DC politics, Lanny can work with anybody and everybody. He has a deep understanding of politics, but he's also a very strong lawyer. He can go anywhere - there are no limits to his connections."

^ See whole ranking table

Ripp Media

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Allan Ripp is a former journalist who has worked in legal media since 1990, representing many leading law firms and working on numerous high-profile litigation matters. He has close ties to the legal and national press titles and, according to one client, has "legendary status in law firm media."

Sources say: "Allan is universally raved about by reporters and journalists, because he's very experienced and doesn't make empty promises - if he tells you something you can take it to the bank."

^ See whole ranking table

Sitrick and Company

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Michael Sitrick is the agency's founder and CEO. He is held in high regard by clients and law firms for "understanding what a client's stress points are, and how to address these issues within the media and in the wider public consciousness," and for being "completely unafraid of appearing aggressive in defending his clients' interests."  Sitrick has published two books on media relations and reputation management, and serves on the boards of directors of Nasdaq-listed companies Jakks Pacific and NantHealth.

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Kekst

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Jeremy Fielding is the President and CEO of Kekst, and also serves as co-head of the agency's restructurings and cybersecurity groups. He has led global corporate clients through major high profile litigation, mergers, restructurings and crises, including Coca-Cola, Delta, Borders, and Al-Jazeera America.

One lawyer says: "We were being outgunned, so we brought in Jeremy and his team at Kekst. The opposition was better funded, more aggressive and were handling the media campaign better than us. He righted the ship and had us on the offensive. He caught up and got us ahead very, very quickly."

^ See whole ranking table

PRCG Haggerty

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

James Haggerty is the CEO of PRCG, and a qualified attorney admitted in New York and Florida. He has a central focus on litigation communications, and has authored a well-known book on the subject published by the American Bar Association.

Haggerty is described by clients as "a powerhouse," and receives praise for "going the extra yard when you need him to." One client says: "He thinks on a different level to most PRs. Having been a lawyer, he brings a double barrel of legal and media experience. He'll know what our defences are and the specifics of the case, so he can be pre-emptive in crafting a communications strategy."

^ See whole ranking table

Edelman

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Harlan Loeb is Global Chair of Edelman's crisis and reputation risk practice, as well as Professor of crisis litigation at Northwestern University Law School. He is a former attorney at Wisconsin law firm Godfrey & Kahn, and a former senior director at communications agencies Hill+Knowlton and FTI Consulting.

Clients recommend Loeb for his "good judgement," and for "cases that run the gamut of litigation." Lawyers say: "I use Harlan for bet-the-company stake cases. I enjoy putting him in front of the client, and in front of the C-suite. He quickly gains their confidence, which is critical. He has a plan, and a plan based on his depth of experience. It gives the client obvious comfort."

^ See whole ranking table

Brunswick Group

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Ellen Moskowitz co-leads Brunswick's global litigation communications and crisis practices. She is the former managing director of boutique communications and lobbying firm Clark & Weinstock, and a former litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis, where her focuses included antitrust, securities and product liability matters.

One lawyer reports: "Ellen and Brunswick were spectacular, the best of any group I've ever worked with. There were multi-faceted and competing considerations in the case - Ellen and the team showed a very textured understanding of the different obligations, threats and opportunities in all those different forums."

^ See whole ranking table

Infinite Global

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Jamie Diaferia is the founder and CEO of Infinite Global. He represents a range of clients, including law, consulting and financial services firms, corporations and individuals on litigation and crisis communications strategies.

Commentators praise Jamie for having "a knack and instinct that's hard to define, but that great PR guys have," and for being "knowledgeable, responsive and having great judgement."

^ See whole ranking table

KARV Communications

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Andrew Frank is the founder and President of KARV Communications. His track record includes senior management positions at Swedish communications consultancy Kreab Gavin Anderson, and the US Information Agency's New York Foreign Press Center.

Clients describe him as "a perfect fit for transatlantic matters," and laud him for being "very good at what he does, especially anything government process related." He has niche expertise in the area of holocaust reparations and related issues. Lawyers report: "He's a very deep thinker and has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of government and political wrinkles around the world. He brings a huge amount to every conversation."

^ See whole ranking table

Hellerman Communications

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

John Hellerman is the founder of Hellerman Communications. He has led the agency since 2001, and developed strong relationships with law firms and the legal media. Hellerman is praised by clients for his "uncanny ability to get inside the heads of the various parties in a litigation," as well as for being "hyper-intelligent, creative and able to navigate difficult personalities."

^ See whole ranking table

Levick

From the Chambers Professional Advisers: Litigation Support guide

Ian McCaleb is chair of Levick's legal advisory and communications practice. He is a former reporter for top tier international news outlets, as well as a former senior spokesperson at the Department of Justice. McCaleb also acted as the sole media consultant to the Information Review Task Force, a US Defense Department body created to assess damage to US military and federal agencies following the WikiLeaks disclosure in 2010.

Clients say: "Ian can quickly work out the political ramifications of a case. His background means he can give very sharp analysis, and get to the heart of a problem very quickly." 

^ See whole ranking table