David Chamberlin

Managing Director of Strategic Communications Advisory Team


David Chamberlin is the Managing Director of the Strategic Communications Advisory Team, where alongside Orrick's lawyers, he advises clients on reputation risk, communications strategies to address those risks and global business operations issues.  He helps clients drive business results, build trust and credibility, strengthen relationships with stakeholders and successfully navigate and mitigate critical issues affecting their organizations.

David collaborates with Orrick’s legal advisory teams, including the litigation, regulatory and transactional practices to provide strategic business guidance to clients facing critical situations. He helps clients address reputational challenges and maximize the opportunities affecting their organizations and stakeholders. He serves as a trusted advisor to the C-suite and Boards across numerous industries around the world. He develops strategies for Congressional hearings, corporate layoffs, federal investigations, mergers and divestitures, multi-country recalls, executive transitions, organizational change management initiatives, cybersecurity and privacy incidents and legal and financial crises.

Prior to joining Orrick, David served as the Chief Marketing Officer at SonicWall, a global cybersecurity leader, where he revamped the marketing, communications and government relations functions. He also served as PNC Financial Services Group’s Chief Communications Officer where he modernized the function and led internal and external communications, corporate social responsibility/ESG messaging, social media strategies, sponsorships and employee recognition. He also led public relations and communications for the credit card business at JPMorgan Chase and served as the Head of Global Communications for Nortel.

As a consultant, he helped launch and lead the  global Data Security & Privacy Group at Edelman. He served as the general manager of Edelman’s Dallas, Texas and Shanghai, China offices and led the firm’s global Financial Comms & Special Circumstances and Crisis & Risk practices. He also served as the North American head of MSL Group’s Issues & Crisis Management Practice. David has appeared on CNN, ABC, PBS and several other broadcast outlets. He has been published in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and Forbes.com. His work has earned several awards, including being named to PRWeek’s Global Power Book and 40 Under 40, as well as earning their inaugural Corporate Public Relations Team of the Year award. He is a regular speaker at conferences and universities around the country

A native of Springfield, Ohio, David has three children and lives with his wife in the Dallas, Texas area. Away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music and cycling.