The American Lawyer, in its April cover story, highlights Boies Schiller Flexner partner Karen Dunn and the firm’s expertise as a crisis advisor.
More and more clients are turning to lawyers with experience in government as well as litigation to help them navigate the fast-moving, public crises that companies increasingly face today, the American Lawyer wrote. “At the heart of it, there is generally some sort of big legal problem, and that can be litigation, but it doesn’t have to be, and the outgrowth can be something that is government-facing, like a governmental inquiry that requires high-level executives at a company to have to go before Congress or regulators,” Dunn told the magazine. “Another facet could be media scrutiny or public outcry of some variety.”
Before joining Boies Schiller Flexner's Washington D.C. office, Dunn had served in all three branches of government–as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, as Associate White House Counsel for President Barack Obama, and, earlier in her career, as communications director and senior advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton, providing her with the skills needed to guide clients through crises that may simultaneously involve the law, the government, and the media.
“The communications skills that I got even before I knew I wanted to become a lawyer are so embedded that it helps me communicate to people, whether it’s on a jury or whether I’m preparing an executive to testify for anybody watching on a TV at home,” Dunn told the American Lawyer.
Dunn is a member of Boies Schiller Flexner's Management Committee and Executive Committee.