Crisis Management

Crises arise suddenly, develop quickly, and involve high levels of risk, complexity, or uncertainty. In these situations, our clients require a legal team with a steady hand, speed, attention to detail, and clarity.

We advise companies and public figures when they are facing accusations of wrongdoing, intense media scrutiny, or legal uncertainties. We help our clients quickly assess their risks, identify and weigh options, and organize a systematic response. Sometimes publicity and information sharing is the best response; sometimes it is not. Sometimes the best option requires litigation; sometimes it requires reconciliation and concessions. Every crisis is different, but almost every solution begins with a systematic process for identifying risks and weighing responses. In a crisis, Statecraft offers a mix of legal, strategic, and public relations services. We regularly serve as both legal advisor and spokesman for our clients.

Noteworthy experience includes the following:
  • Led rapid response teams reacting to significant unexpected and negative developments (e.g., major litigation, scandal, failure or underperformance).
  • Spokespersons for public figures accused of misconduct, or for private figures alleging misconduct by public figures.
  • Respond to hostile media inquiries or unfavorable coverage to mitigate reporting bias and ensure factual accuracy.
  • Prepare contingency plans for potential developments in litigation or political campaigns.
  • Identify realistic possibilities and options for navigating and resolving client crises (e.g., preventing the publication of false allegations, shortening the duration of news coverage, securing compensation for clients’ injuries).