After all, its leader Donald Trump had been proving himself so adept and effective in crisis management. In fact, his approaches were analyzed in detail in public relations publications such as Odwyerpr.com. We content providers pored over them.
The smart money advised integrating those moves into one's own crisis communications strategies and tactics. At the top of the list was: Make short mea culpa, immediately move on, don't look back.
That was then.
Now the collapse of Trumpcare has changed everything.
The media, the Democrats, lefties, those who regretted voting for trump and other constituencies now smell blood in the water. The sharks which have already arrived are enjoying a feast of plenty.
Soon enough the blood in the water likely will reach others aligned with the Trump Administration.
Among them are the lawyers from law firm Jones Day who were hired to serve in the White House. Some of those, such as Don McGahn II, had represented the Make America Great Again campaign. Others just got lucky or what seemed like luck at the time.
As those lawyers from Jones Day parachuted into the Trump Administration, Brand Jones Day took on an aura. Currently that could be dimming. Not that all Jones Day watchers had been in awe of that secretive law firm.
For example, influential lawyer-journalist Joe Patrice at Abovethelaw.com often perceived problems in how Jones Day comported itself - both as an advocate for its clients and as a professional entity. Here is the latest Patrice analysis of Jones Day's code of professional conduct.
By now, Patrice probably has enough material to put together a book on Jones Day. Publishers, listen up. If Jones Day is on a downward trajectory, that book could be a best-seller.
When I was covering the Rhode Island lead paint class action public nuisance litigation (2005-2006), I was puzzled by the behavior of Jones Day in general. The firm represented defendant Sherwin-Williams. Currently Sherwin-Williams is in a public relations mess for continuing to export lead paint.
In the RI trial, the first time around the jury convicted Sherwin-Williams, as well at two others. The lawyer representing the fourth defendant - ARCO - got his client acquitted.
Throughout the four-month trial, the prosecution hammered how it was outgunned by the resources of the law firms representing the defendants. Yet, so many Jones Day lawyers would appear in the courtroom to observe their colleagues at work. The jury couldn't miss that those visitors who were white, middle-aged and in good suits had to be from BigLaw.
In addition, at the trial one of the Jones Day's female lawyers wore designer suits. Isn't it verboten for the lawyer to dress better than the jurors? Those jurors essentially were blue collar. Odd that the public relations firms representing the defendants didn't clue them in on how badly some of the lawyers were positioning and packaging themselves in front of the jurors.
One of the Jones Day's lawyers at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office accidentally emailed me a confidential file. As a result I was deposed for more than three hours. My own emails were part of the e-discovery.
If Patrice gets that book contract, sure, he can interview me.
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