Jeanne Finegan is managing director and head of the Kroll Notice Media practice. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the prestigious Alliance for Audited Media (AAM), and was named by Diversity Journal as one of the “Top 100 Women Worth Watching.” She is a distinguished legal notice and communications expert with more than 30 years of communications and advertising experience.
She was a lead contributing author for Duke University’s School of Law, “Guidelines and Best Practices Implementing Amendments to Rule 23 Class Action Settlement Provisions.” More recently, she has been involved with New York School of Law and The Center on Civil Justice (CCJ) assisting with a class action settlement data analysis and comparative visualization tool called the Aggregate Litigation Project, designed to help judges make decisions in aggregate cases on the basis of data as opposed to anecdotal information. Moreover, her experience also includes working with the Special Settlement Administrator’s team to assist with the outreach strategy for the historic Auto Airbag Settlement, In re: Takata Airbag Products Liability Litigation MDL 2599.
During her tenure, she has planned and implemented over 1,000 high-profile, complex legal notice communication programs. She is a recognized notice expert in both the United States and in Canada, with extensive international notice experience spanning more than 170 countries and over 40 languages.
Ms. Finegan has lectured, published and has been cited extensively on various aspects of legal noticing, product recall, and crisis communications. She has served the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as an expert to determine ways in which the Commission can increase the effectiveness of its product recall campaigns. Further, she has planned and implemented large-scale government enforcement notice programs for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Ms. Finegan is accredited in Public Relations (APR) by the Universal Accreditation Board, which is a program administered by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and is also a recognized member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS). She has served on examination panels for APR candidates and worked pro bono as a judge for prestigious PRSA awards.
Ms. Finegan has provided expert testimony before Congress on issues of notice, and expert testimony in both state and federal courts regarding notification campaigns. She has conducted numerous media audits of proposed notice programs to assess the adequacy of those programs under Fed R. Civ. P. 23(c)(2) and similar state class action statutes.
She was an early pioneer of plain language in notice and continues to set the standard for modern outreach as the first notice expert to integrate social and mobile media into court approved legal notice programs.
In the course of her class action experience, courts have recognized the merits of, and admitted, expert testimony based on her scientific evaluation of the effectiveness of notice plans. She has designed legal notices for a wide range of class actions and consumer matters that include product liability, construction defect, antitrust, medical/pharmaceutical, human rights, civil rights, telecommunication, media, environment, government enforcement actions, securities, banking, insurance, mass tort, restructuring and product recall.