Crisis Response and Crisis Management

In a crisis, time is always a factor.

Our crisis practice has always been based on our ability to rapidly respond practically anywhere in the world, quickly and accurately determine the facts, put together a plan, put together a team, and coordinate the entire operation in order to guide the client through the crisis.

Working with clients and their counsel, our crisis management experience includes:

  • The prevention of international and political incidents.
  • Consular emergencies.
  • Responses to investigations, arrests and prosecutions, particularly involving international issues.
  • Situations requiring liaison with government agencies and officials.
  • Strategies to avoid or minimize the need for government intervention or court oversight.
  • Resolution of issues between VIPs and governments.
  • Extortion.
  • Missing persons.
  • Reputational crises.

Experience

INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT AVERTED

Certain international efforts were threatened when allegations were made about a particular individual. We responded immediately and within one hour opened lines of communication with relevant officials. Over the next several weeks, we conducted an independent investigation which revealed that the allegations were actually false. We presented our findings to the appropriate authorities and, as a result of our work, an international incident was averted and operations were resumed.

ARREST PREVENTED AND FURTHER MEDIA ATTENTION AVOIDED

A particular individual was the target of a criminal investigation, giving rise to national media attention. We first advised our client on whether or not to make a public statement and, if a public statement was to be made, what that statement should be. Through our further work on the case, information was able to be made available to prosecutors, as a result of which, our client was never arrested and, other than a story reporting that the investigation had been closed without an arrest, further media attention was avoided.

FORMAL CHARGES RESOLVED AND MORE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES AVOIDED

An individual had been arrested and formally charged and was facing life in prison. We flew in the next morning to assess the situation. We then coordinated a team of lawyers, investigators, experts and consultants and, working together, we were able to provide prosecutors with information and evidence that previously had not been made available to them. Prosecutors were then able to more fully evaluate all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the case and, as a result, offered to let our client plead no contest to a significantly reduced charge, after which our client was sentenced only to probation and returned home.

FORMAL CRIMINAL CHARGES DISMISSED AND IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES AVOIDED

An individual engaged in international business, was arrested and formally charged. Any finding or admission of guilt, or even participation in a pretrial intervention program, would have rendered our client permanently inadmissible to the U.S. Our investigation, however, revealed evidence that made it unreasonable to believe the charge was supported by probable cause. We therefore focused our efforts on making that evidence available to prosecutors. Our efforts included an extensive fact investigation, forensic accounting, a polygraph examination, a forensic psychological evaluation and a social history. As a result of our work, formal charges against our client were dismissed by prosecutors.

FORMAL CRIMINAL CHARGES AVOIDED

An individual was arrested and facing 30 years in prison. We flew in the next morning to begin our own independent investigation. Our investigative findings were provided to the lead prosecutor and, as a result of our work, formal charges against our client were never filed and the case was dismissed.

RESPONSE TO PROBLEMS BETWEEN A NON-U.S. BANK AND THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

A foreign bank with agency operations in the U.S. was facing legal consequences for failing to respond properly to subpoenas and inquiries from federal agents and Justice Department prosecutors conducting a money laundering investigation. As a result of our work, the situation between the bank and the government was defused and a system was implemented to prevent similar problems in the future.

LOSS OF PROFESSIONAL LICENSE AVOIDED

A licensed professional was facing disciplinary sanctions, to include possibly being stripped of her credentials, after testing positive for illegal drug use. We came up with a reasonable plan for resolving the matter. As a result of our work, disciplinary sanctions were never imposed against our client and, instead, a “letter of concern” was simply placed in our client’s licensing file.

MISSING PERSON REUNITED WITH FAMILY

We were contacted when an individual who was living halfway around the world from his family had been missing for more than a week. We flew in that same night, located the individual in less than 48 hours and reunited him with his family.

ABDUCTED CHILDREN RETURNED TO THEIR PARENT

Children were abducted by one of their parents and taken from their country of residence. The children were located and, through their embassy, we quickly returned them to the parent from whom they had been abducted.

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