During any corporate bankruptcy proceeding, controlling the flow and content of information is critical. By not communicating a compelling turnaround story to its customers, its vendors, its employees and its investors, a company stands little chance of successfully emerging from Chapter 11. Similarly, by not aggressively taking steps to address and combat negative and sometimes misleading stories, a company in bankruptcy runs the risk of staying there.
Understanding the public relations and strategic communications challenges faced by a company in bankruptcy, as well as the substantive procedures involved in a bankruptcy proceeding, is critical to the formulation of a Chapter 11 communication strategy.
Harrington Communications offers unique public relations and strategic communications expertise to troubled companies which may face the prospect of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Led by Jay Harrington, Harrington Communications' Chapter 11 strategic communications practice has bankruptcy knowledge and expertise unmatched by other public relations and communications firms.
Prior to founding Harrington Communications, Mr. Harrington represented large, multi-national companies as legal counsel in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, he practiced in the Corporate Restructuring practice group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, one of the world's largest and most prestigious law firms. While at Skadden, he represented companies such as Comdisco, Inc., Eagle Food Centers, Inc. and Orius Corp. in their Chapter 11 proceedings. Thereafter, Mr. Harrington practiced in the Business Reorganizations practice group of 1,000 lawyer, national law firm Foley & Lardner LLP. Located in Foley's Detroit office, he gained considerable experience representing, and learning the unique issues facing, domestic and foreign automotive suppliers. A member of Foley's Automotive Industry team, he represented large Tier 1 automotive suppliers, such as Intermet Corporation, in their bankruptcy proceedings.
This considerable, substantive, real-world experience in the corporate bankruptcy arena means that Harrington Communications can quickly and effectively implement a public relations and strategic communications strategy for a company in or on the brink of Chapter 11, without wasting valuable time familiarizing itself with the legal intricacies of the bankruptcy process. This critical advantage makes Harrington Communications the right partner for any company undertaking a restructuring.