Sutherland’s extensive experience and overall breadth of practice enables our Crisis Management Team to immediately mobilize a targeted response for clients facing the myriad legal challenges inherent in crisis situations. Our multidisciplinary approach to crisis management brings together attorneys from across practice teams and office locations with the relevant industry experience and legal skills required to address clients’ specific needs. Our close coordination and communication with clients ensure team efficiency and efficacy during any type of crisis.
The Sutherland Team includes many attorneys with industry and business experience. We are adept at balancing a client’s mid and long-term goals with the immediate steps required by in-house counsel and management in a crisis – such as maintaining accurate corporate disclosures and consistent public statements, avoiding inappropriate corporate admissions, identifying and retaining relevant data, and anticipating future claims.
Clients rely on Sutherland when faced with high exposure disputes on a national stage. Whether stemming from a crisis or a non-crisis event, Sutherland litigators are known for successfully and efficiently resolving litigation and arbitration for clients in a variety of industries. Our deep understanding of our clients’ business contributes to our accomplishments in challenging venues. This knowledge is applied to strategic advocacy for the current crisis and recommendations to avoid future risks. Sutherland’s experience with multi-forum litigation, class actions and federal and state multi-district litigation involving hundreds of litigants and numerous defendants allows our clients to maintain focus on their business objectives while we effectively manage these complex matters to resolution.
Effective crisis management requires thoughtful preparation. Partners in our Crisis Management Team use industry, government and litigation experience to develop crisis management plans specifically designed for a client’s industry and anticipated risks. The team develops crisis response plans for companies in a variety of industries and performs periodic plan audits and crisis drills for clients to evaluate plan effectiveness and team responsiveness.
Together with our clients, Sutherland develops and executes strategies for responding to all types of demand for information – whether from shareholders, rating agencies, auditors, federal and state agencies, opposing counsel in high-stakes litigation, or any other group. When a crisis captures media attention, Sutherland works with internal and external communications consultants to craft tactics minimizing legal risk and promoting a coordinated message, ensuring consistency and compliance with regulatory disclosure requirements. Our around-the-clock availability to deliver key messages provides our clients with a consistent message and legal oversight throughout a crisis.
Sutherland’s Crisis Management Team has created and trained a unique and experienced data review and e-discovery team. Our team includes senior staff attorneys, staff attorneys, and more than 50 long-term contract attorneys dedicated to data identification, effective document assessment and production projects. Faced with complex issues, hundreds of witnesses, and short deadlines, this team has consistently performed superbly on tasks ranging from production review to privilege analysis to witness kit preparation. The attorneys on this team are experienced at working together to handle high-pressure, high-stakes situations, and effectively use advanced technology to identify, preserve, and assess documents and data. Click here for more information on the firm’s staff attorneys and contract attorney team.