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Rich Klein, president of Rich Klein Crisis Management (formerly LawFirmsPR), is a media relations/crisis communications consultant with 30 years of experience in public relations and journalism.
Klein has advised companies, colleges, law firms and non-profits since the early 1990’s on media relations, crisis/litigation communications, reputation management and social media strategies.
He has spoken before local and state bar associations on these subjects and has written articles for the National Law Journal, PRWeek, The Mann Report, the New Jersey Law Journal, The Crisis Management Guidebook (PRNews) and Strategies, the magazine of the Legal Marketing Association. In addition, Klein has participated in a global podcast regarding online reputation and was the guest speaker for a Legal Marketing Association webinar on crisis communications and Web 2.0.
Klein’s blog, Rich Klein Crisis, deals with crisis/litigation communications and online/offline reputation management. He is also the founder of the Crisis Communications Network on Ning.com and is an active participant in all aspects of social media.
In 2010, he started Rich Social Media to advise organizations about how to use sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to build business. In 2009, he joined the Internet radio world with the launch of LawFirmsPR podcasts on Blog Talk Radio.
Klein’s ability to uncover hidden news for and about his clients, write sharp press materials that get noticed by busy reporters, and shape a story that clearly conveys his clients’ key messages, have contributed greatly to his clients’ business success.
Over the years, he has secured media coverage for his clients in top-tier business and trade publications, in daily and weekly newspapers, on the major wire services , on television/radio and on influential websites and blogs. He has also developed extensive media contacts across industries including legal, accounting, technology, real estate, healthcare, sports and entertainment for more than a quarter century.
--Head of Law Firm Group at Beckerman Public Relations, representing Cole Schotz, Pryor Cashman, Piro Zinna and Kenyon & Kenyon, among others.
--Owned and operated Riverside Public Relations LLC from 2002 to 2008. Represented Kramer & Dunleavy, Finkelstein Newman, Kenyon & Kenyon, Kaye Scholer (patent litigation group) and JAMS, The Resolution Experts, among others.
--Worked in law firm groups at two public relations agencies , Rubenstein Associates and Magnet Communications. Represented Holland & Knight, Salans, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Morrison & Foerster, Weitz & Luxenberg, among others.
--During the late 1980‘s and early 1990‘s, held the top media relations positions at the Anti-Defamation League, the New York County Lawyers’ Association and Proskauer Rose LLP.
--Former editor of B’nai B’rith’s largest monthly publication, The Star, the regional publication for the Northeast
--Former sports reporter/editor at The Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) and The Ithaca Journal, where Klein was part of team that won Best of Gannett, Sports Coverage, in 1985.
--Former reporter and city editor for The Legislative Gazette (Albany, NY) in 1982 and 1983.