Top-Tier Litigation Communications Specialist Will Head New Chicago Office
Feb. 25, 2015 — In the next step of LEVICK’s ongoing growth and rapid expansion, the communications firm announced today the hiring of Randall Samborn, an attorney and former legal journalist who spent two decades with the Federal prosecutor’s office in Chicago leading one of the Federal government’s most active and successful prosecutorial public affairs operations.
Over the course of his career, Samborn played a key role in the prosecutions of Illinois governors Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan as well as cases involving corporate, financial, and health care fraud, civil rights, cybercrime, national security, and terrorism. He also served as the sole U.S. Justice Department spokesman during the high-profile Special Counsel investigation and subsequent trial of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a senior White House official who was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in 2007.
“Randy Samborn wrote the book on communicating the law enforcement priorities of the Federal government to disparate audiences over his career,” said LEVICK Chairman, Richard Levick, Esq. “He set the standard for his field and his expertise now significantly elevates LEVICK’s litigation support capabilities.”
“Chicago is a global business and legal center, and I’m excited to bring LEVICK’s renowned expertise in legal and crisis communications closer to my home,” said Samborn.
As an Assistant United States Attorney and the chief Public Information Officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, Samborn’s media relations and litigation communications skills have been widely praised by lawyers, judges, and journalists in legions of cases that attracted intense local, national, and international headlines. Prior to his federal government service, Samborn was the Chicago Bureau Chief for The National Law Journal and covered crime, courts, and legal affairs for The Blade newspaper in Toledo, Ohio.
LEVICK’s growth continues
With offices already existing in Washington, D.C. and New York City, Samborn will be leading LEVICK’s newest office in Chicago.
“Adding Asst. U.S. Attorney and prosecution spokesman Randy Samborn is part of our geographic expansion and adds a complementary component to our signature blend of legal, regulatory, and national security expertise,” said LEVICK President Mark Irion. “Communicating on legal matters demands more than what most PR shops are equipped to do, so we have built a team of white collar attorneys, investigators, Justice officials, and National Security professionals that understands case facts and communicates them brilliantly.”
Samborn will be part of LEVICK’s Litigation Communications practice, which also includes former White House Special Counsel, Lanny Davis, Esq., Chrysta Castaneda, Esq., Robert Gemmill, Esq., Eric Lebson, Richard S. Levick, Esq., Jason Maloni, Ian McCaleb, and Eleanor McManus.
At the intersection of law, media, and politics, LEVICK’s Litigation Communications practice consists of lawyers, former Justice Department officials, national security professionals, trained investigators, news reporters, and communications experts. LEVICK has the unique ability to connect case facts with legal or policy arguments that inform and persuade the audiences needed to achieve desired outcomes.