How to Handle Cases with High Media Attention

In today’s 24/7 news cycle attorneys must be cognizant of media attention and how to handle high profile cases that end up in the headlines.  Nowadays, you can take a case involving a high school student doing a partially nude photo spread for the school newspaper …. and wake up the next morning with 50 voicemails from various local and national media outlets.  But how do you handle this media attention?


If you need some practice points on how to handle cases with high media attention then please join Dan Gilleon as he discusses the risks, benefits and ethical pitfalls of taking high exposure cases.  The main topics discussed during this presentation include the benefits of media exposure for your cases, issues to consider when your case becomes newsworthy, the ethical & tactical risks of increased media coverage and the fine points of presenting your case to the news media.  To access the course please click  here: How to Handle Cases with High Media Attention.

Further items discussed in this CLE course include:

  • Getting more witnesses & evidence from media coverage
  • Three types of media exposure
  • Commentator issues
  • Getting authorization from your client
  • Journalism ethics
  • The risks of not commenting on a case
  • Preparing your client for the possible negative reactions
  • Making sure the case has already been filed
  • Intangible benefits
  • Creating sound bites
  • Using the media to level the playing field for your client
  • Negative public perceptions
  • Getting informed consent from your client
  • Releasing confidential information, trial publicity rules
  • Affecting the outcome of a case
  • Irritating the judge
  • Criminal cases
  • Confidentiality
  • Extortion
  • Live vs. recorded interviews
  • Ways to get media coverage
  • Trust
  • Appearance

Daniel M. Gilleon has spent more than a decade at the forefront of San Diego personal injury and civil rights litigation.  Known as a tenacious litigator, his outstanding track record makes him a distinguished legal voice in the local and national media.  Mr. Gilleon practices in the areas of personal injury, employment law and civil rights.

This CLE course on handling media attention is currently accredited in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in California and around the country.  For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: California CLE.