Connell Foley offers a uniquely qualified group of professionals experienced in responding to the myriad consequences of catastrophic events. Our attorneys have represented businesses, design professionals, educational institutions, and other entities in connection with a wide range of catastrophic losses – including pipeline ruptures, structural collapses, and explosions – that often result from multiple complex causes.
These representations have ranged from events affecting a small number of persons to incidents involving thousands of claims and hundreds of lawsuits for personal injury, property damage, and other relief.
Rapid and Comprehensive Crisis Management
When crisis strikes, our team responds immediately to catastrophic events with qualified experts and investigators who protect client interests by preserving evidence and initiating appropriate investigations. Our experience has shown that a rapid response, supported by the necessary personnel and resources, can be critical to the ultimate disposition of claims arising from catastrophic events.
An essential element of our crisis management practice is the use of public relations professionals who not only manage media inquiries, but help to develop an appropriate public message for the client to minimize the adverse consequences to industry and community standing.
The scale and complexity of such matters requires special expertise in diverse areas. In addition to the representation in all stages of civil proceedings – from claims and causation investigation through trial – Connell Foley attorneys handle all other aspects of catastrophic losses, including:
- Administrative and regulatory proceedings
- Criminal investigations
- Environmental law issues
- Insurance coverage questions
- OSHA investigations
- Media relations
Further, Connell Foley lawyers also assist the client in developing and implementing action plans and crisis response protocols so that the client is prepared to react immediately to catastrophic events involving facilities, products, or properties. This proactive approach serves to improve ongoing operations and procedures, thereby reducing the prospect of adverse occurrences.