A Conversation with Judy Smith, WCL ‘ 86

November 5, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016
6th Floor Lounges


Judy A. Smith is the founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Ms. Smith honed her skills through her experiences with some of the most historic and sensational events of our time, including the General Petraeus scandal, the Iran Contra investigation, the prosecution of former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry, the 1991 Gulf War, the Los Angeles riots, the President Clinton scandal involving Monica Lewinsky, the congressional inquiry of Enron, as well as matters involving Senator Larry Craig, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, actor Wesley Snipes, NFL quarterback Michael Vick and the family of Chandra Levy. Ms. Smith also serves as a counselor to Fortune 500 corporations and has provided strategic advice on a variety of corporate communications issues such as mergers and acquisitions, product recalls, intellectual property litigation, corporate positioning, diversity and other challenges. In the international arena, Ms. Smith has provided counsel to several heads of state and executives of major corporations on matters in the Philippines, Haiti, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Zimbabwe (Save Zimbabwe Campaign). In addition, she assisted the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s leadership with its communication efforts as part of the War on Terrorism. Prior to founding Smith & Company, Ms. Smith served as Senior Vice-President of Corporate Communications at NBC where she reported directly to the CEO and was responsible for the network’s strategic global communications strategy. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from Boston University and graduated from the American University Washington College of Law. As a result of her wide ranging and ground breaking career, Shonda Rhimes, creator of ABC’s hit television dramas Grey’s Anatomy, developed a television drama about the world of crisis management inspired by Ms. Smith entitled, Scandal. Ms. Smith is also the author of the book, Good Self, Bad Self.





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