Jackson Spalding Collaborates with Regional Firms to Establish New Issues Management Network

Atlanta, GA (July 22, 2008) – Jackson Spalding has entered into an agreement with ten other firms across the southern United States to create the Issues Management Network. Together, the firms will combine their strengths and resources to provide seamless assistance for clients whose interests span multi-state regions.

“The Issues Management Network is designed to allow clients to manage issues across a larger geographic region, and to utilize the local knowledge and resources of member firms,” said Danny Mitchell, Chairman of Jackson, Mississippi-based GodwinGroup, the founding member of the Issues Management Network. “From Texas and Oklahoma to South Carolina and Florida, this network represents a cadre of firms with strong track records in issues management.”

Issues management is the process of assessing and addressing present and emerging issues that can impact an organization. Such issues may impact reputation, brand, public policy, litigation or other key areas. Jackson Spalding Co-Principal Bo Spalding said companies, especially national brands, need and demand targeted access and connectivity in order to reach key decision makers and opinion leaders.

“The network allows our clients to address issues across a broad area but still tailor the response to each local market,” Spalding said. “For example, a company that serves several states may have issues management needs specific to Tampa or Dallas or Birmingham. Network members can provide first-hand knowledge of their respective markets along with knowledge of government, regulatory agencies and news media. Through the network we can localize any issue while bringing in regional and national expertise from our partner agencies.”

Firms listed as members of the Issues Management Network include Chernoff Newman of Columbia and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; CJRW of Little Rock and Springdale, Arkansas, and Dallas, Texas; GodwinGroup of Jackson and Biloxi, Mississippi; Harris DeVille & Associates of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama; HORNE LLP of Jackson, Mississippi, Mobile and Birmingham, Alabama, and New Orleans, Louisiana; Jackson Spalding of Atlanta; Littlefield Inc. of Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Lõpez Negrete of Houston, Texas; Stephen Bradley & Associates of Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama; Stevens|fkm of Dallas, Austin and Houston, Texas; and Tucker Hall of Tampa, Tallahassee and Orlando, Florida.

All member firms will remain independent but will enter mutually beneficial working relationships to serve clients. Spalding said the collective strengths and geographic locations of network members are an advantage to both clients and member firms. The multi-state network also offers specialized expertise such as disaster planning and management from HORNE LLP and includes one of the nation’s leading Hispanic marketing firms, Houston-based Lopez Negrete, to better communicate with the region’s growing Latino population.

“All of these firms were thoroughly evaluated and carefully selected based on their track records, resources and skill sets,” Spalding said. “The combined resources will allow every network firm to take client service to a higher level.”

The Issues Management Network’s web site address is www.issuesmanagementnetwork.com.