Crisis Rolodex

When disaster strikes, panic often follows.

Many people can't function in a crisis. Mistakes happen, details get lost, organizations falter and the best-laid plans are rendered useless in a dynamic and dangerous situation. In times like these, every general counsel needs the number of a good outside lawyer who knows how to handle a crisis.

For his part, Wells says the key to success in managing a white-collar crisis is the ability to marshal an overall defense against what is bound to be a multifaceted set of legal issues. Challenges won't come only from a U.S. Attorney's office, but also the SEC, state AGs, shareholders, auditors and even congressional committees. "What you need in a lawyer is really a senior strategist, who can step back and understand how all the moving parts fit together," Wells says.

As one of America's most celebrated corporate defense lawyers, Wells is the ideal senior strategist for any company facing a white-collar scandal.

Not everybody, but Flexner does. Like a world-class neurosurgeon who has brought patients back from the brink and had them dancing a jig again, Flexner is the lawyer to call in an antitrust emergency.

Steve Bernstein, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
12 years at FTC; saved Alliant Techsystems' acquisition of Olin Ordnance

Nancy Abell, Paul Hastings
Parachuted into Dukes v. Wal-Mart; represents Microsoft, GE, Oracle

Allan King, Littler Mendelson
Department chair at world's largest employment law firm; represents U.S. Bancorp

Jay Mayesh, Kaye Scholer
Defended DaimlerChrysler in first U.S. airbag case; represents Pfizer

Lanny Davis, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Former Clinton special counsel; well known crisis manager

Morgan Chu, Irell & Manella
Obtained post-eBay injunction in TiVo v. EchoStar

Charles Lipsey, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner
Infringement victories for Eli Lilly, Matsushita


Michael T. Burr

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