James E. Lukaszewski (loo-ka-SHEV-skee) is president of the Lukaszewski Group, a division of Risdall Public Relations, New Brighton,
Minnesota. He is among the most prolific authors on crisis management communication education in America today. Corporate Legal Times listed James as one of the “28 Experts to Call When All Hell Breaks Loose,” and PR Week named him as one of 22 “crunch-time counselors who should be on the speed dial in a crisis.”
James advises, coaches, and counsels the men and women who run very large corporations and organizations through extraordinary problems and critical high-profile circumstances.
He is an expert in managing and reducing contention, counteracting tough, touchy, sensitive corporate communications issues. He counsels companies facing serious internal and external problems involving activist counteraction, community conflict and grassroots campaigns, corporate relations failures, reputational threats, employee relationship building, ethics/integrity/ compliance, litigation visibility, web-based attacks, and threats to corporate survival.
His broad-based experience ranges from media-initiated investigations to product recalls and plant closings, from criminal litigation to takeovers. He is frequently retained by senior management to directly intervene and manage the resolution of corporate problems and bad news. The situations he helps resolve often involve conflict, controversy, community action, or activist opposition. Almost half of his practice involves civil and criminal litigation.
He is a teacher, thinker, coach, and trusted advisor with the unique ability to help executives look at problems from a variety of sensible, constructive, principled perspectives. He teaches clients how to take appropriate, highly-focused, ethically appropriate action. He has personally counseled, coached, and guided thousands of executives in organizations large and small from many cultures representing government, the military and defense industry, the agriculture, banking, computer, financial, food processing, health care, insurance, paper, real estate development, and telecommunications industries, cooperatives, trade and professional associations, and non-profit agencies.
He is a prolific author (six books, hundreds of articles), lecturer (corporate, college and university), trainer, counselor, and an internationally recognized speaker on crisis management, ethics, media relations, public affairs, and reputation preservation and restoration.
Lukaszewski received his BA in 1974 from Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. He is a former deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Economic Development and assistant press secretary to former Minnesota Governor Wendell Anderson. He founded Minnesota-based Media Information Systems Corporation in 1978. Prior to founding The Lukaszewski Group Inc. in 1989 he was senior vice president and director of Executive Communication Programs for Georgeson & Company and a partner with Chester Burger Company, both in New York City.