When businesses and large organizations are suddenly confronted by a major crisis that places them in uncharted territory or threatens their brand, resolution of that crisis often will require a mix of litigation, regulatory, public policy, legislative and communications skills. Congressional hearings, law enforcement investigations, and the intense public scrutiny that these activities often entail require the swift development of a coordinated and comprehensive strategy. Looming over nearly all major controversies is the risk of litigation. The best solution to advance a company’s business objectives may come in different forms – a litigation victory or settlement, a legislative enactment, a regulatory fix or a creative combination of strategies. Clients need lawyers who can predict how developments may evolve and manage sometimes conflicting forces while keeping the focus on the client’s key objectives.
Jenner & Block’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice, led by former United States Department of Justice Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli and former Chief of Staff to the Governor of California Ann O’Leary, brings to bear lawyers who have extensive experience managing complex issues within the Executive Branch and the firm’s litigation and counseling expertise to turn a seemingly intractable crisis into a manageable problem with solutions in sight. The practice group focuses on advising companies, corporate executives and boards, and government institutions on the most controversial problems they may ever face at the intersection of law, law enforcement and government regulation. The practice group draws on Jenner & Block’s strength and depth as a premier litigation firm and its internationally recognized white collar practice to provide a full suite of services to organizations facing multifaceted problems. This includes creating risk management strategies, conducting internal investigations, and advising on crisis management for businesses and organizations facing problems that draw the attention of the state and federal civil and criminal law enforcement authorities, government regulators, inspectors general, congressional committees, state legislators and the media.