How were brandname lawyer Ted Olson and his team at law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to lobby on behalf of Saudi Arabi when it allegedly has blood on its hands for the murder of The Washington Post journalist Jamal Khoshoggi? They would carry the stink of that allegation into every conference room they entered.
Both the brand of Olson and Gibson, Dunn would have taken a catastrophic hit.
So, it's no surprise that Olson and the law firm at which he is partner did a wrap on that lobbying contract.
In Law.com, C. Ryan Barber reports:
" … [They] stopped lobbying on behalf of Saudi Arabia against U.S. legislation affecting oil-producing countries, becoming the latest firm to end ties with the kingdom amid international outcry over the disappearance and suspected slaying of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi."
This was a smart decision. However, the whole incident has thrown shade over both Olson and Gibson, Dunn. They will be busy bees in the next weeks struggling to restore their reputation.
The danger is that they would try too hard and too fast to do that. A mistake would be to flood establishment media with op-eds about subjects as how law firms select lobbying clients. The impression made could be that The Lady Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks.
Will Olson have a permanent black mark on his lawyering soul? Only time will tell.
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