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With nearly 400 attorneys operating out of 11 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia, Stoel Rives is an AM Law 200 business law firm headquartered in the Pacific Northwest. Stoel Rives is a leader in corporate, energy, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources, project development and real estate law. Furia Rubel provides Stoel Rives with Am Law 200 law firm public relations and communications services to support the long-term success of the firm’s strategic plan. Furia Rubel handles Stoel Rives’ firm-wide media relations and strategic internal messaging for the chief business development officer, firm managing partner and office managing partners.
One of the agency’s initial assignments was to craft a communications plan to announce that James E. Torgerson, a partner in the firm’s Anchorage office, would be taking the helm as firm-wide managing partner (FMP).
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Jim Torgerson, the first Alaska-based managing partner of a major law firm in U.S. history, assumed the leadership role in January 2016. Furia Rubel executed an aggressive media relations campaign that resulted in feature stories in more than 30 prominent print and online publications such as Bloomberg Business, Reuters, National Law Review, American Lawyer, Above the Law, Yahoo Finance, Morningstar, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Alaska Business Monthly, Portland Business Journal, Greater Portland, Sacramento Business Journal, Seattle Business, Fox20 WFLX.com and the Portland Business Journal.
The transition to new leadership also signaled a sharper focus on the way the law firm was run and on the value it provides to its clients. Furia Rubel helps Stoel Rives communicate those messages effectively to internal and external audiences through various means, including internal messages from the firm managing partner to all staff; submitted articles on law practice management; press interviews regarding law practice management and changes in firm structure; relocation of the firm’s headquarters into new, environmentally friendly and technologically advanced office space; changes in staffing structure; high-profile hirings and lateral moves, and more.