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Under Investigation: Communicating in Times of Regulatory Scrutiny


Speaker(s): Eric M. Wachter, Jeff McAndrews
Recorded on: Jan. 14, 2021
PLI Program #: 316082

As a Director in Finsbury Glover Hering’s Washington, DC office, Eric Wachter brings nearly two decades of experience as a practicing attorney and strategic advisor to help clients solve complex problems and tell their stories. He specializes in developing communications solutions and strategies for organizations facing highstakes crises, sensitive issues, significant litigation, government investigations, and public policy and regulatory challenges. He also helps organizations position themselves strategically with diverse audiences and navigate periods of change. From sprawling litigation to high-profile regulatory investigations to delicate labor disputes, Eric helps clients see around corners and balance competing interests to achieve their big picture objectives. He has worked with companies, nonprofits, and trade associations in the health care, automotive, education, retail, media, technology, and industrials sectors, among others. Previously, Eric worked as a litigation and government affairs attorney at King & Spalding LLP. His litigation practice focused on high-exposure consumer fraud, product liability, toxic tort, commercial, and administrative cases, including class actions and attorney general actions. He also helped guide clients through Congressional and governmental investigations and worked in appellate practice and crisis management. Additionally, he was Associate Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Washington, DC regional office, where he led communications and media relations, government advocacy, and operations. Eric received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University. He was law clerk to Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is a member of the Georgia and DC Bars.


Jeff McAndrews has been with Finsbury Glover Hering since 2000 and currently leads the firm’s global Crisis and Issues Management practice. He has more than 25 years of experience developing and executing targeted communications campaigns designed to advance his clients’ business and brand objectives. He specializes in crisis management, corporate reputation, litigation and regulatory support, media relations, CEO and employee communications, and cybersecurity. A founding partner of Finsbury’s Los Angeles office, he has provided communications counsel to global corporations as well as small to midsized clients across the media, automotive, financial services, technology, entertainment, consumer goods and healthcare industries, among others.

Previously, Jeff was Director of Communications and Development for the American Council on Germany, a leading foreign policy organization dealing with European-American political and economic relations. Prior to this, he was an instructor of business English in Japan.

Jeff holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.