Reputation Management & Executive Transitions

Reputation Management & Executive Transitions

High-profile personalities are a favorite for media scrutiny. Our professionals frequently provide strategic communications and counsel when the media spotlight has turned to these individuals in the midst of a crisis or scandal. We have represented high-profile elected and appointed officials, politicians, business executives, and professional athletes through a variety of scandals, investigations, and media exposés.

Representative Reputation Management & Executive Transitions Experience

  • High-profile community non-profit organization faces leadership crisis as Board terminates CEO, resulting in uncertainty for community partners and temporary leadership uncertainties
  • Top-ranking executive at publicly-traded Fortune 100 company steps down after previously undisclosed consensual relationship with a colleague is discovered by management
  • Prominent physician faces accusations of sexual harassment and licensing board suspension
  • Private equity firm acquires national direct mail company and initiates emergency misappropriation of trade secret litigation following the sudden exodus of top staff who joined former CEO’s newly launched competing company
  • Sudden resignation of college President and related executive transition issues for the institution
  • Communications strategy and planning concerning mid-season executive transition of summer camp head
  • Sensitive transition planning following sudden resignation of pre-school director and announcement of new leader following allegations of sexual abuse of children by former teacher
  • Party retained by national athletic organization investigating claims of sexual abuse of Olympic athletes faces negative national media attention, U.S. Senate investigation and testimony, and potential litigation
  • Attorneys sought counsel, message development and media coaching amid their representation of the family of young man killed in one of the nation’s highest profile police shooting cases that led to city-wide riots, the growth of Black Lives Matter movement, civil litigation and police reform efforts
  • Internet provider dealing with arrest of its founder and CEO for soliciting sex from a minor and managing the impact of executive transition on key national business contracts and planned IPO
  • State bar association faces media and community scrutiny related to the arrest and ultimate conviction of its incoming President for sexual assault of a minor
  • Community philanthropic organization faces multiple executive transitions within a short period of time raising concerns among donors and recipient agencies
  • Announcement of board of Trustees selection of new college President following expedited national executive search
  • Non-profit mentoring organization in the midst of executive transition faces scrutiny of incoming leader due to his past handling of race-related issues
  • Longtime CEO of global manufacturing firm transitions to new startup venture
  • Medical clinic subjected to false attacks, distribution of false information, and harassment by local rating agency, threatening the viability of its practice
  • Debt collection industry leader facing false accusation of illegal collection tactics in litigation papers and media onslaught as allegations in the case go viral via national broadcast, print, and social media
  • Prestigious private boarding school investigated by state law enforcement agencies regarding claims by former students of sex abuse by former teacher
  • Well-known professional athletes dealing with negative media due to various criminal charges, civil litigation, and league disciplinary proceedings
  • Prominent political leader resigns post after inappropriate relationship with staffer
  • Professional athlete charged and tried for felony assault during peak of league season
  • CEO managing launch of new business venture amidst persistent internet exposure of prior business’ bankruptcy
  • Senior Executive facing negative media due to arrest and trial for indecent exposure
  • Senior Executive dealing with lawsuits and negative media due to former spouses’ embezzlement during the marriage
  • High-profile CEO of fortune 100 publicly-traded company involved in internet sex scandal
  • Broadcast, print, and internet defamation of television news reporter
  • Internet and blog defamation of retail food company
  • Internet defamation litigation concerning high-profile radio personality
  • The running of inflammatory and racially charged news story regarding a local childcare organization
  • Publicity issues pertaining to high-profile celebrity divorce proceedings
  • Strategic counsel and planning for CEO nominated for prestigious award

Case Study

A high-profile professional athlete became the subject of continuous negative publicity due to criminal charges, a civil lawsuit, and league disciplinary proceedings. Rotenberg Associates, Washington, DC and Minneapolis, developed a long-term reputation rehabilitation plan to help the athlete regain his standing with his teammates, league fans, and broader community.


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