ST. LOUIS—Ben Kincannon, general manager of Fleishman-Hillard’s Boston office since 1997, has been named to the new position of managing director of litigation communications in North America for the firm. Kincannon will work with clients on litigation issues, and will develop new services, increase the visibility of the firm’s capabilities, and assist offices in building their litigation teams. He will work closely with Matthew Doering and Jack Dougherty, his fellow co-chairs of the litigation support practice group.
Kincannon’s efforts will complement the work of Communications Consulting Worldwide, a multidisciplinary global consulting unit of Fleishman-Hillard that provides senior counsel on complex issues.
Kincannon previously was co-chair of the firm’s litigation support practice group and has worked with corporations on high-visibility legal matters in healthcare, finance, manufacturing, insurance, higher and secondary education, technology, energy, agriculture, and other industries.
“Litigation communications is growing in complexity and importance to corporations worldwide,” says the firm. “Companies today are faced with government investigations, administrative actions by federal and state regulatory authorities, and lawsuits filed by a broad array of plaintiffs. Each of these, if not appropriately handled, has the potential to damage reputation, deflate employee morale, and drive down share price. For these reasons, strategic communication that complements and supports a company’s legal strategy is essential.”
Kincannon’s replacement as general manager in Boston will be named in the near future.