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Complex Civil Litigation

Dana Ballinger has 29 years' experience representing corporate clients in complex commercial litigation, with 23 years on defense teams for Fortune 500 companies in nationwide product liability litigation.  

Executive Witness Preparation

For more than 23 years, Dana Ballinger has served as a principal lawyer preparing senior executives of Fortune 500 companies for testimony in litigation and regulatory proceedings. 

Corporate Legal Risk Planning

Dana Ballinger advises clients on legal and risk-managment considerations affecting key business decisions.  Starting with a detailed understanding of the client, its business, and the operative legal and regulatory environment, Dana assists clients in identifying legal risks and formulating multiple levels of response strategy.  Key considerations include financial, infrastructure and technology, social and political, legal and regulatory, industry and competitors, and stakeholder interests.

Litigation and Discovery Management

Dana Ballinger advises clients in the development of litigation-management plans, with an emphasis on strategic considerations and cost control.  Affirmative discovery plans include identification of strategic priorities and the implementation of phased discovery.  Strategies for discovery response, particularly in complex litigation, include the creation of programs and infrastructure designed to increase efficiency, control costs, and minimize impact to ongoing business.

Strategic Litigation Evaluation

Dana Ballinger guides clients through a strategic evaluation of pending or anticipated litigation, which starts with the articulation of each element of an adversary's best case.  Clients develop and test potential response themes, identifying key facts, issues, documents, and witnesses.  Resulting work product is designed to become an integral part of the trial notebook.

Reputation & Crisis Management

Dana Ballinger represents individuals and corporate clients navigating high-profile crisis situations, offering counseling on litigation implications, crisis-driven messaging, reputation management, and rehabilitation.  The analysis focuses on considerations that include the integration of long-term litigation strategy and the litigation risks of crisis-driven communications.  In the majority of engagements the fact of the representation does not become public.

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