Executive Vice President
Widely recognized senior advisor on high-profile organizational risk, crisis management, complex litigation strategy, government investigations, and public affairs.
Working closely with executive leadership teams and their boards, he has worked across all industry sectors. Harlan’s representative clients have included: SC Johnson, Chevron, United Airlines, GE HealthCare, Citibank, HSBC, Silverlake Partners, Ares Management, GI Partners, Encana Energy (now Ovintin) Samsung, Gilead Sciences, Medtronic, the United States Justice Department, PayPal, HP, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Veolia, SNCF, Starbucks, Tata Steel, the United States Airforce Academy, and Fair Oaks Farms.
Harlan has also been a sought-after media expert and has appeared frequently on both broadcast news and print including MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Good Morning America, BBC, NBC News with Tom Brokaw, CBS This Morning, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and the Financial Times,
Harlan served as Edelman’s Global Practice Chair for Crisis & Reputation Risk, was a founding principal of the Chicago office of FTI’s Strategic Communications Consulting Group and served as the Managing Director of Litigation Communications for Hill & Knowlton.
Harlan began his legal career in private practice with the law firm of Godfrey & Kahn, where his work concentrated on public affairs and regulatory issues. Harlan subsequently served as Civil Rights Counsel for the ADL and led: all law enforcement and FBI training programs, discrimination cases, appellate litigation, hate crime investigations, high profile public affairs issues, and served as the media spokesperson for the League’s Civil Rights Division.
Harlan has been recognized by both Chambers and Partners and Lawdragon as one of the best litigation communications strategists in the United States. He also has been appointed to the adjunct faculty at Northwestern University Law School, and is a regular contributor to HuffPost. Some of his work can be found here.
Harlan has been a feature speaker at a number of events including:
Area of Expertise
- Crisis and Reputation Risk
- Litigation Communications
- Corporate Communications
- Corporate Executive Counsel
- Dartmouth, Vassar College, BA
- University of Minnesota Law School JD, cum laude
- Research Council, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Harvard University
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