Crisis Management

From time-to-time, higher education and K-12 entities have needs in the area of crisis management and communications, public relations, risk management, and compliance with laws and regulations. Our attorneys have experience representing colleges and universities’ senior administration and governing boards in connection with these issues. Our professionals include those who have served on boards with experience managing through crises.

In addition, our public relations team, led by a former investigative journalist and senior newspaper editor, assists clients with media-related issues that arise in crisis situations. The team maintains connections with most major US newspapers and media outlets, in addition to trade newspapers, blogs and online media organizations. The team can craft the overall media strategy and response to the crisis, prepare statements and press releases for institutions and their senior leadership, and serve as media contacts and/or spokespersons when necessary.

  • Advised a Southern California healthcare operator on all facets of crisis communications following the deaths of five patients and ensuing government investigations. The team coordinated its response with Troutman Sanders’ litigators and lobbyists, as well as outside PR and legal advisors.
  • Assisted a client that was a target of a Wall Street Journal investigation, helping draft statements in response to reporter questions, and preparing our attorneys for interviews with the reporter.