Crisis Management

In today's complex and challenging environment, the Firm's Crisis Management Practice Group offers essential and necessary resources. Our lawyers and other professionals have extensive experience in helping corporations and individuals manage the multiple challenges that unexpected crises may present: potentially catastrophic legal exposure, hostile law enforcement agencies and aggressive media, to name just a few.

The Firm's Crisis Management Practice Group includes skilled and experienced lawyers who assist clients facing a company-threatening crisis, whether it is a government investigation, a hostile tender offer, a proxy contest, an explosive whistleblower's allegation, an unexpected accounting problem or a potentially damaging "exposé" about the company. The Firm's Crisis Management Group possesses wide-ranging substantive experience developed both in private practice and in government service, including:

  • criminal law
  • corporate control and merger fights
  • proxy contest
  • complex civil litigation 
  • antitrust
  • environmental regulation
  • securities and corporate governance
  • accounting
  • media relations
  • insurance relations
  • international trade
  • congressional investigations
  • homeland security
  • employment and intellectual property disputes.

The Firm's Crisis Management Group has lawyers in Boston, Denver, New York, Palo Alto, Reston, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. The Group includes former federal prosecutors, former federal securities regulators, CPAs and securities and labor lawyers. The team of specialists includes high-ranking officials drawn from government capable of providing strategic counseling in addressing the legislative, regulatory, insurance and public-relations aspects of any crisis.

The right response to a crisis requires a team equipped to deploy a comprehensive response and execute on multiple fronts. A company facing a crisis has little time before issues are fixed in the public mind, and it often must deal immediately at the same time with federal and state prosecutors, regulatory agencies, investors and directors, the private plaintiffs' bar, congressional investigators, the press, insurers, the company's customers and employees. As a crisis unfolds, the legal team representing the company must be able to advise the company on a comprehensive and efficient basis, and on the developing and sometimes, unexpected, fronts that inevitably will arise.

When serious threats arise, companies rely on Cooley to provide multi-faceted solutions. For further information, please contact one of the lawyers listed above.

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