Nicholas W. Allard and Mitchell R. Berger were quoted in a story by The Hill on March 24, 2009 in a story about how to prepare a witness to face the klieg lights of a Congressional investigation. Mr. Allard, co-chair of the firm's public policy practice, told the newspaper that being prepared is the “No. 1 Golden Rule.” Preparation involves getting a sense of what questions will be asked from lawmakers and staff, as well as walking clients through their answers. “If your lawyer/lobbyist has not prepared you for the questions, then you need a new one,” Mr. Allard said.
Mr. Berger, co-chair of the firm's litigation practice, told the paper that the No. 1 mistake is thinking that a Congressional hearing is equivalent to a legal proceeding. “It’s not,” Berger said. “It’s a political proceeding.”