Former Dewey chair hires Spitzer’s PR to handle media enquiries

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steve Davis has hired disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s PR adviser as media attention on the US firm’s former boss persists.

Steve Davis
Steve Davis

Davis, who was ousted from the senior role in April after the Manhattan district attorney’s office launched a criminal investigation into his conduct, has turned to New York media consultant Brandy Bergman.

Bergman, a managing director of strategic corporate and financial communications consultancy Sard Verbinnen & Co, acted for Democrat politician and former New York Attorney General Spitzer following his acrimonious resignation as Governor in 2008.

She confirmed to The Lawyer that she had been retained by Davis’s defence lawyer Barry Bohrer of Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason Anello & Bohrer as a spokesperson to handle media enquiries about the former Dewey chief.

Davis was originally ousted as chairman of the now-defunct US firm in March when it rejigged its senior management structure to replace the one-person role with a five-partner ‘office of the chairman’ (28 March 2012).

He was then removed from the top executive team altogether in April when the criminal investigation was launched (30 April 2012).

The global ex-chief has now become the subject of allegations that he was one of a number of Dewey figures who concocted a Ponzi scheme and maliciously misrepresented the firm’s financial situation, according to a lawsuit brought by former partner Henry Bunsow (14 June 2012).

Bergman acts as media counsel to high-profile people, according to her company’s website, with past clients including a major international bank on an SEC investigation and settlement and Del Monte Foods on its IPO.

She acted as spokesperson for Spitzer after he resigned as Governor in March 2008 following reports that he had hired a call girl working for the Emperor’s Club VIP escort service. Federal prosecutors announced later that year that Spitzer would not face criminal charges.

The news follows Dewey’s hiring of high-profile PR adviser Michael Sitrick earlier this year, with the consultant most famous for representing R&B singer Chris Brown following his alleged assault on then girlfriend Rihanna and Paris Hilton after she served time in prison (23 March 2012).