The world of public relations is complex - at least at the high end.
And that's where legendary spinmaster Michael Sitrick operates. His client list ranges from Paris Hilton to Theranos. And, as today's The New York Times profile of him points out, representing Harvey Weinstein is one of his rare fumbles.
Among what we find out from Abby Aguirre's NYT reporting is that when a lawyer directly hires a public relations pro like Sitrick, that professional is covered by attorney-client privilege. So, it's not smart for the client to go for the representation directly to the public relations firm.
Among the attorneys who have hired Sitrick has been Marc Kasowitz who is associated with Donald Trump.
In addition, working at the high end can command the same high fees lawyers mandate. Sitrick bills at $1,100 an hour.
But not every assignment produces a resolution that enhances Sitrick's branding in the reputation-restoration industry. No surprise, he is tight-lipped about why he is no longer representing Weinstein.
All he reveals is that Weinstein has not paid his bill. That is in arbitration.
Aside from that, the world might never know why the two players stopped being on the same team.
Does this parting of the ways throw shade on the Sitrick and Company brand? Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, some discontented lawyers whom I coach wonder about the career path as a sophisticated, well-connected public relations representative. One advantage is creative freedom. They develop strategies and tactics not locked in by all the rules of procedure of the legal sector.
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