How do you manage a crisis?

Adam W. Goldberg
Washington, DC

Justice & Law Politics


Adam Goldberg
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Adam Goldberg provides strategic crisis management and communications counsel to various public and private companies and individuals. He can shed light on regulatory, congressional and criminal investigations; crisis prevention; and strategic government-relations campaigns.
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Washington, DC 20005
United States
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Adam Goldberg, a partner in the Washington, D.C., office, is co-leader of the firm's Public Strategies and Crisis Practice and a member of the Litigation Group.  Mr. Goldberg is a strategic advisor and advocate for legal matters having media or political dimensions, and for clients seeking a roll in public policy.  This includes advising clients on regulatory, congressional, and criminal investigations; crisis prevention, mitigation, and response for high-profile matters; government relations and public affairs campaigns; and transactions.

He has worked for public and private companies and individuals across many industries, including the financial, technology, education, hedge fund, private equity, pharmaceutical, personal genetics testing, automotive, telecommunications, and hospitality sectors.  This work has included advising clients that have sought to build support or opposition to transactions; that have had to defend themselves publicly against litigants, regulators, and short sellers; and that have had to work with the media, grass-roots groups, or the government in connection with other legal matters.

Mr. Goldberg also provides clients with district court and appellate litigation counsel, including having successfully briefed an important legal precedent for tribal sovereign immunity in the D.C. Circuit.

Mr. Goldberg served in the White House as Special Associate Counsel to the President from 1996 to 1999, providing advice on crisis communications and political strategy for the campaign finance, Monica Lewinsky, technology-transfer, and other investigations.  Serving as a White House spokesman on such issues, Mr. Goldberg worked on congressional, Department of Justice, and independent counsel inquiries.  Before the White House, he began his career as a lobbyist at a Washington, D.C., law firm and then served as the Director of Rapid Response for Special Projects for the Democratic National Committee during the 1996 presidential campaign.

Mr. Goldberg is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School, where he teaches a class on crisis management and communications.  He also lectures on related topics frequently to different audiences.

Mr. Goldberg is the co-author of published articles on congressional investigations and crisis communications, and is a commentator on national television and in major print and online publications for political, legal, and crisis current events.

Recent Publications/Appearances


November 2010 Audio: Guest, Executive Report on American Airlines Sky Radio, "Crisis Management Roundtable"

Feb 22, 2010 The Huffington Post "Tiger's First Steps Back to the Tees"

June 4, 2009 FocusWashington "Focus Washington: Adam Goldberg of Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe, LLP on Crisis Communication"

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