Lew Phelps joined Sitrick And Company 12 years ago, bringing to the firm his experience as head of public relations for three top Fortune 500 companies (Southern California Edison, Southern Pacific Company and Norfolk Southern Corp.). He also spent a decade as a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and four years managing his own successful public relations consulting business. His client involvement at Sitrick primarily includes complex transactional issues, strategic financial and investor communications, crisis management and litigation support. His litigation support assignments include intellectual property cases in behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, anti-trust cases, environmental issues, contested mergers, and proxy fights. He has counseled companies embroiled in SEC investigations involving stock options backdating, accounting issues that were deliberately concealed by prior management, alleged accounting irregularities by current management, insider trading issues, and alleged factual miscommunication in a contested merger case. He has managed crisis communications assignments for clients, including food contamination cases, sexual misconduct allegations, and alleged theft of intellectual property. He co-led Sitrick’s successful effort to neutralize and ultimately defeat a coordinated (and illegal) disinformation campaign by short sellers against one of North America’s most successful insurance companies. Drawing on decades of experience in the electric and natural gas industries, he heads Sitrick’s Energy Practice Group. Mr. Phelps is a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California, and served as an officer on a U.S. Navy ammunition ship during the Vietnam conflict.