Controversial Clients Are Nothing New for Law Firms—but Consequences Might Be Quotes Gina Rubel [Law.com Trendspotter]
Law.com Trendspotter’s article by Zack Needles, Controversial Clients Are Nothing New for Law Firms—but Consequences Might Be, discusses the hardships law firms have endured due to their representation of divisive clients and explores whether the repercussions could result in business consequences.
Needles notes, that professional sentiment fell somewhere between “all publicity is good publicity” and “this too shall pass” when a law firm faces criticism over its clients. We saw a great deal of this type of criticism because of the 2020 elections and post-election lawsuits.
Gina Rubel, founder, and CEO of Furia Rubel Communications said, “Speaking as a lawyer and as a publicist, I don’t think [law firms] have anything to be ashamed of because their job is to litigate successfully for their client.”
However, Rubel did shared more in-depth thoughts with JD Supra about BigLaw firms that came under intense public scrutiny in the wake of the refusal of the Trump administration to acknowledge the results of the presidential election. In her article, Lessons in Law Firm Reputation Management: How Firm Leaders Should Prepare for Public Scrutiny When Representing Political Clients, she says:
“Many BigLaw and midsized law firms handle government matters and high-profile government individuals. Keeping this in mind, as well as each firm’s fiduciary duty to protect all employees’ and clients’ best interests, every firm should consider protocols to avoid getting on a boycott list.”
Read the full Law.com Trendspotter’s article here.