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The general counsel should lead crisis planning in a company, or at least be an integral part of the planning and the crisis management team, advised attorney Jennifer Bergenfeld in a webinar offered Tuesday.

“If the general counsel is left out, it is very confusing,” warned Bergenfeld, a former in-house counsel at several companies, including general counsel of EMG Investment Services. She now teaches business law and professional responsibility at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

“The general counsel also can add a lot of value, either as the spokesperson during the crisis or just by making sure any disclosure is reviewed and approved to avoid misinformation in the marketplace,” Bergenfeld added.

The webinar was one of a series offered by GC Briefs, an e-learning company for general counsel.

In this installment, the law professor discussed several real-life company scenarios, including:

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