Richard Levick a highly accomplished communications professional and legal expert serving as Chairman and CEO of Levick Strategic Communications, specializing in FIXING THE IMPOSSIBLE, passed away on April 11, 2023, at the age of 65 due to cancer.
His firm has handled some of the world’s most complex and high-stakes communications matters, including crises, public affairs, and litigation representing numerous countries and companies including AIG and the Catholic Church during the clergy abuse scandal. He often found himself in dangerous environments requiring heavy security. Following the 9/11 attacks, he represented a dozen Kuwaitis detained as suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. His firm created a “two-tiered PR strategy,” which aimed to put a human face on the detainees and help the public understand that the issues faced by the detainees affect all Americans. All of the Kuwaiti detainees were eventually repatriated, but one of them later carried out a suicide bombing in Mosul, Iraq. Levick offered guidance to the family of Austin Tice, a law student and freelance journalist who was abducted in Syria.
Levick was also a prolific writer and speaker, sharing his insights on crisis communications, leadership, and related topics with audiences around the world. He was often the featured speaker on crisis communications at Capitol Communicator’s PR Summit DC, from featured photo. Levick’s achievements have been widely recognized, and he has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the field of communications and public affairs.was a prominent crisis communication consultant based in Washington, D.C.
The following is the link to his obituary in The Washington Post.
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