Nota Bene Episode 59: Organizational Integrity and Solving Reputational Threat with Jonathan Aronie, David Douglass, and Joseph Jay


Approaching organizational integrity to resolve reputational threats before and after they may occur requires accounting for corporate values, public trust, corporate stakeholders, and reputation while seeking out and handling corporate issues.

To aid multinational companies with any such assessments, the Organizational Integrity Group at Sheppard Mullin was created by our guests today, Jonathan Aronie, Joe Jay, and David Douglass.

Jonathan Aronie is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Sheppard Mullin, and the co-leader of the firm’s Government Contracts and Internal Investigations Practice Group. In 2013, Jonathan was appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to serve as the Federal Monitor over the NOPD Consent Decree, the most comprehensive Consent Decree in the country. He is the author of From Bourbon Street To The Board Room: Eight Aids to Sustaining Reform. Jonathan previously appeared on this podcast in Episode 8.

Joe Jay is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in Sheppard Mullin’s Washington, D.C. office. Joseph’s practice encompasses a broad array white collar defense, corporate investigations, and international trade matters. His matters include defense of civil and criminal enforcement actions and investigations, compliance counseling and regulatory advice. Joe previously appeared on this podcast in Episode 45.

David Douglass is Managing Partner of Sheppard Mullin’s 100-lawyer Washington, D.C. office and a partner in its Government Contracts, Investigations and International Trade Practice Group. He defends companies in criminal and civil investigations and litigation.

For more than three decades, David has drawn on his criminal and civil trial experience to advise and represent healthcare and life sciences companies, government contractors and other highly regulated business in government investigations, litigation and, of course, trial. David is often lead trial counsel in federal courts, including Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and New York. He defends companies and individuals in criminal and civil, False Claims Act (whistleblower), investigations and litigation.

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What We Discussed in This Episode:

  • What is an organizational integrity group and how does it help corporations?
  • What underlying issue is common to all companies seeking assistance in avoiding or dealing with crises?
  • What various perspectives should companies consider when approaching reputational threat problem-solving?
  • Why it’s important for multinational corporate leaders to look at corporate problems across various dimensions
  • What is the revised statement of corporate purpose as explained by the Business Roundtable?
  • How might an organizational integrity assessment protect a company?
  • Can crisis roleplay help leaders prepare for problems that haven’t occurred yet?
  • What is a reputational threat and how is it assessed?
  • Why leaders shouldn’t fear seeking out potential problems
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