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Crisis Management Lessons: the Interchange Between Lawyers and Communications Professionals


Speaker(s): Emil Hill, Preston L. Pugh
Recorded on: Apr. 17, 2020
PLI Program #: 300646

Emil Hill has more than 20  years of  experience in crisis and reputation management, corporate and public affairs, media relations and integrated marketing communications. He has worked on  range of  matters and sectors, including defense, telecommunications, Non-profit, Federal, State and Local government, technology, healthcare, investment finance, banking, education, consumer, litigation, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Currently, Emil serves as senior counsel to the National Education Association, Papa John’s and Vanguard. Emil also has distinct expertise developing communications strategies to reach multi-cultural audiences and building partnerships with leading national influencer organizations. Other notable clients and campaigns have included the U.S. Army’s, “Army of One and Army Strong” integrated campaigns and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s, “American Healing and the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Initiatives”.

Before joining the firm, Emil worked with Manning Selvage & Lee where he directed comprehensive and integrated communications programs for corporate, non-profit and government clients, including Verizon, National Geographic Foundation, the U.S. Army and George Washington University.

Emil earned a BA from Morehouse College. He serves as a national trustee for the Boys and Girls Club of America, National Medical Fellowship and Advisory Board Member for the George Washington University Cisneros Institute. Emil  has also been a frequent lecturer and commentator on communications, marketing and public issues.


Preston Pugh co-leads the False Claims Act practice at Crowell & Moring.  He is an experienced trial and investigations lawyer, with a particular focus on whistleblower cases.  He served for several years in the federal sector, both in the United States Attorneys Office in Chicago and the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.  Today, Preston represents corporations and large institutions, and boards of directors, in internal and government-initiated investigations, litigation that stems from those investigations, jury trials, and in multiple stages of crisis management.

As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, senior compliance investigations counsel at the General Electric Company (Healthcare), and a compliance monitor appointed multiple times, Preston assists clients operating in competitive and complex markets.  He is a prolific writer and speaker on topics including whistleblower cases, the False Claims Act, and corporate compliance investigations.  He is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C., New York, and Illinois.