Our CEO, Gina Rubel, was interviewed by Dan Packel of American Lawyer Media for their LegalSpeak Podcast. The two discussed what law firms need to do to handle the court of public opinion as it relates to #MeToo allegations. The backdrop is DLA Piper’s sexual assault case between two former law partners. Rubel’s key points are that law firms can learn from these types of matters and start planning for their own crises. It’s not if but when a crisis strikes a law firm. It’s time to have a crisis response plan, revisit policies, have a crisis response team identified, and get independent victims’ advocates and investigators on retainer.
DLA Piper has a case to make against allegations of sexual misconduct from a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. But the strategy has its risks.