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Ten Things You Need to Know As a Woman In-House Lawyer (for Non-Lawyers, Too)

Here’s a list of ten things this writer has observed women lawyers don’t know or do as in-house counsel that their male counterparts seem to do quite well.  It is her belief that, over time, this has resulted in a widening of the gap between them, and, if women in-house counsel focus on these ten […]


On Brett Favre’s Welfare Scandal

By Thom Weidlich for PRCG | Haggerty LLC Talk about a reputational challenge. The heat keeps turning up on ex-NFL quarterback Brett Favre. As part of a larger scandal, he’s alleged to have pressured Mississippi officials to turn over $8 million in welfare funds for his pet projects, including a volleyball stadium at his alma […]


Waffle House Delivers Masterclass in Crisis Management

By Nicole Schuman for PRNews It takes a pretty big event to close a national institution like Waffle House. Especially when it has its own disaster meter. Coined the “Waffle House Index,” it is not an official metric, yet government agencies such as FEMA use it. Unfortunately, Hurricane Ian challenged the index this week, causing […]


Lesson From Last Year’s False Missile Alert in Hawaii: Social Media is Crucial in Emergency Communication

By Tina Reed for Fierce Healthcare A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that social media could have been better harnessed to provide timely and effective communication to the public before and after the accidental alert was sent out. The researchers said the incident showed the importance of improving messaging during emergency risk communications to address the […]


Lawyers, Demigods, Outrage Management & Crisis Communications

By Thom Fladung, Hennes Communications At Hennes Communications, we often tell clients that they have an attorney for the Court of Law. But they have us for the Court of Public Opinion. And those two courts often require different – and at times conflicting – strategies. Attorneys have persuasive arguments for tailoring a strategy completely around […]


The Evolution of Crisis Communications in Banking

By Kamyar Naficy, Founder and Principal, KNECTCOMMS, for International Banker   Banks are more vulnerable than ever to a wide range of potential crises. These crises are often exacerbated by 24/7 news cycles, volatile social media and unprecedented social, economic and geopolitical disruption. Against this backdrop, banks must shore up their crisis communications efforts if […]


Lawyers Should Not Rewrite Crisis Communications

Introduction by Bruce Hennes, Hennes Communications   Hennes Communications was founded in 1989 as a full-service public relations firm.  In 2001, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we became one of the few firms in North America focused exclusively on crisis management and crisis communications. Since then, we frequently work with attorneys, who tend to be the […]


Crafting the First Statement in Crisis Situations: What To Say and When to Say It

By Nora Jacobs, Hennes Communications   For organizations responding to sudden, catastrophic crisis events, one of the most challenging decisions to make involves determining what to say and when to say it. Wait until all the facts have been gathered and you risk not being part of the critical first news cycle, which often sets […]


Crisis-Response Statements Are Never Like Garanimals

By Hinda Mitchell for PR News Founded in 1972, Garanimals is a clothing line for children. At its outset, Garanimals offered a mix-and-match way of combining kids’ shirts and pants just by matching the tags. Garanimals came to mind after spotting a recent essay that contained recommendations for crafting a PR crisis response statement. It […]


Hennes Communications CEO Named to Lawdragon Global 100 Leaders in Legal Strategy and Consulting and the Lawdragon Hall of Fame

Bruce Hennes, Chief Executive Officer of Hennes Communications, was again named to the 2022 Lawdragon Global 100 Leaders in Legal Strategy and Consulting, the definitive guide to the experts in management, marketing, communication and recruiting most valued by law firm leaders. Hennes Communications, founded in 1989 and located in Cleveland, Ohio, is one of the […]


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