High-profile individuals often are targets for extortion, scams, and other difficult situations. These threats can be either external or internal. In today’s climate, a reputational or financial attack can come from strangers, employees, business associates, or even friends. Unfortunately, being in a position of high visibility or perceived wealth makes you vulnerable to such threats.
Gaza & Hogan has dealt with these types of sensitive matters at all levels. Sometimes the threat can be addressed non-publicly. In other instances, the situation may require litigation, forensic or security experts, or the involvement of law enforcement. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. The unique needs and position of the client dictate discretion, experience, and good judgment.
The key to counseling high-profile clients in such matters is early involvement and strategic crisis management. A small problem today can become tomorrow’s headline or a trending topic on social media. The firm specializes in addressing such problems firmly, fairly, and quietly. If the matter already has become public, the firm also has the resources and ability to craft the appropriate public messaging to accompany the legal strategy. The best results for clients in this sensitive field are issues that have never and will never become public.