In an internal investigation, allegations of potential employee misconduct or company wrongdoing can turn from rumor to front page news quickly. Responding with speed and agility to identify the facts and communicate a timely message can help you contain a potential crisis.

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How should general counsel and their legal operations teams prepare to respond to a crisis? In this webinar, legal, technology and crisis management experts will offer strategies to help you quickly and properly respond to and contain a crisis. You’ll learn:

  1. How to conduct an internal investigation that identifies and distills critical facts while maintaining its integrity despite the obstacles frequently present in this process.
  2. Consequences for failing to meet legal hold obligations
  3. How to quickly locate and analyze the relevant electronically stored information to streamline your investigation.
  4. The considerations behind—and importance of timing around—internal and external messaging


Thomas Gricks
Thomas C. Gricks III, Managing Director, Professional Services, Catalyst + OpenText

A prominent e-discovery lawyer and a leading authority on the use of technology-assisted review, Tom is managing director, professional services, at Catalyst. He advises corporations and law firms on best practices for applying technology to reduce the time and cost of discovery and investigations. Tom has more than 25 years’ experience as a trial lawyer and in-house counsel, most recently with the law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, where he was a partner and chair of the E-Discovery Practice Group. He was lead e-discovery counsel in Global Aerospace v. Landow Aviation, the first case in the country to authorize the use of TAR over the objection of opposing counsel.

Gloria Labbad
Gloria Labbad | Principal & Corporate Counsel | Sard Verbinnen & Co.

Gloria advises clients on communications strategies in special situations, with a focus on litigation support, crisis communications and other sensitive legal and reputational matters. Before joining SVC, Gloria practiced in the litigation departments of global law firms Dentons LLP and McGuireWoods LLP, where she advised a broad range of clients on all aspects of state and federal litigation, with a focus on financial services, labor and employment disputes, consumer class action defense and patent infringement. Gloria also served as a judicial clerk to two federal judges, the Honorable Richard A. Jones and the Honorable John E. Steele. Gloria received a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law and a B.A. from the University of California Berkeley.

Daniel Polatsek

Daniel Polatsek | Partner | Ice Miller LLP

Dan concentrates his practice in corporate litigation and white collar criminal defense and regularly conducts internal investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), public corruption, conflict of interest schemes, whistle blower claims, breaches of fiduciary duty and other types of alleged corporate malfeasance. Many of Dan’s matters involve sensitive issues of corporate governance and related issues of reputational harm and crisis management. Dan’s clients span several different industries including financial services, insurance, banking, healthcare and commercial lending. Dan is frequently a featured speaker and author on conducting internal investigations, preservation of the attorney-client privilege and issues involving e-discovery.


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