At The Axelrod Firm, we have the experience and the tools to help our clients deal with a crisis that threatens the company as well as to provide our clients with in-house training on crisis management to help them minimize reputational and litigation risk. We have presented on such topics as “Crisis Management in the #MeToo Era,“ “Tools We Developed For Defendants to Successfully Navigate the Judicial Hellhole of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia,” and “Crisis Management as a Litigation Tool.” We have assisted in situations involving claims of employment discrimination, whistleblower complaints, high profile product liability claims, and other areas that could have posed a threat to our clients’ reputation and businesses. We partner with our clients in risk prevention and are always ready to engage with in-house counsel, business units, and Human Resource directors to discuss anticipated and unanticipated issues.
Successfully led a corporation through a crisis involving one of its facility’s administrators, after evidence arose that she embezzled monies from the corporation and may have started a fire at the facility to cover up her embezzlement. From the time the administrator was charged with embezzlement to the time she pled guilty to it, we drafted press releases for the company: (1) discussing our client’s cooperation with the authorities; and (2) calling out the behavior with which the administrator was charged, as unacceptable. Our approach of being transparent and holding the administrator accountable, paid off. The community’s support and level of engagement with the corporation rose rather than fell.
Shepherded a corporate client through a crisis in which one of its sporting coaches appeared to admit, immediately before being fired, that he harmed a minor. There were concerns he might have harmed other children. Successfully counseled the client to report the entire matter to the authorities and to convene the parents to tell them all the client knew. No claims have been made against the client since, and this happened years ago.
Strategically counseled a large company that, among other services, provides housing. A woman claimed that when she sought housing, an individual in a position of authority at the site demanded that she provide him sexual favors in return. There were allegations that this individual made these demands to dozens of women who sought housing. Managed to amicably resolve the one claim through a settlement requiring confidentiality, payouts extended over the length of the Statue of Limitations for others to bring claims, signed Affidavits of compliance with the confidentiality provision, and the bulk of the settlement monies being paid after the Statue of Limitations on other claims had run. During this time, no other alleged victim made a claim.
Represented a Fortune 500 company in investigating and defending product liability claims and litigation brought around the United States arising from damage allegedly caused by a commercial herbicide; worked on language for a website and call center for interface with customers; developed and launched a complex claims management process to resolve more than 35,000 claims including supervising a team of thirty (30) lawyers and consultants. Worked closely with in-house counsel and the business unit on strategy and its handling.
Represented airport authority in wrongful death and personal injury claims in the United States and overseas arising out of the high-profile collapse of a terminal at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.