SAN FRANCISCO—Lanny Davis, former White House special counsel to President Clinton and an expert in crisis communications, is joining global law firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe as a litigation partner in its Washington D.C. office. Since leaving the White House, Davis has written a book—Truth to Tell—and served as a partner at Patton Boggs specializing in legal crisis communications in high-profile cases.
Davis has three decades of litigation experience. As White House Special Counsel from 1996 to 1998, he acted as the President’s spokesperson for campaign finance investigations and during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Orrick’s litigation group focuses on high-stakes disputes in subject matters including intellectual property, product liability and mass torts, securities, accountants’ liability and financial fraud, antitrust, employment, general commercial litigation, and white-collar criminal matters and parallel proceedings. The appointment of Davis is yet another sign that law firms are as concerned about winning the reputational war as well as the legal battle.
“Lanny focuses on helping clients win both in the courtroom, and in the court of public opinion,” says Ralph Baxter, Orrick’s chairman and CEO. “Lanny’s arrival significantly enhances our ability to assist clients who are facing a situation in which their reputation is at risk, and they need legal advisors who also help them maintain stakeholders’ confidence throughout legal proceedings.”
In the past year, Davis has handled crises for HealthSouth and Ephedra dietary supplement maker Matabolife and is believed to be playing an active the campaign of presidential candidate Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.). He also provided counsel to Trent Lott following criticism of his support now-deceased senator and former segregationist Strom Thurmond
Roll Call reports that members of Davis’ crisis team at Patton Boggs, including Adam Goldberg, anoher veteran of the Clinton White House; and former Fox and CNN producer Caroline Nolan, could follow him to Orrick.