WASHINGTON: After receiving a crash course in crisis PR at his previous employer, Arthur Andersen, Patrick Dorton has founded his own PR firm, Rational Public Relations. Dorton said the focus of his consultancy will be strategic corporate communications, public affairs, and crisis/litigation consulting.
Dorton was chief spokesman and director of media relations at Arthur Andersen LLP during the firm's 2002 Enron accounting crisis, extensive litigation, and subsequent sale of assets in over 40 transactions.
"I really got some invaluable experience at Andersen," said Dorton. "I got to see a company go through tremendous changes in a very short time frame."
Before joining the accounting firm, Dorton was a spokesman and adviser for several Washington potentates. He was special assistant to President Clinton and communications director for the White House National Economic Council.
Dorton has also served as press secretary for Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and the Senate Agriculture Committee.