2023 Men of the Year: WilmerHale Crisis PR 

December 31, 2023

In the wake of Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack on Israel, elite university presidents issued mealy-mouthed statements that made it difficult to discern who had attacked whom. They added context. They searched for nuance. Or, in the case of Harvard president Claudine Gay, they sat on their hands for a full 48 hours before barfing out a statement even a commie lib described as "word salad."

Then, anti-Semitic rallies erupted on those same campuses—where, for the past decade, every microaggression, Halloween costume, and pronoun has been policed, mediated, and therapized. But the university presidents did jack s—t.

In early December, when they descended from the Ivory Tower to explain themselves to the American people, they were prepared for some tough questions. Well, not exactly, but they shelled out the big bucks for preparation to the white-shoe law firm WilmerHale to help them prepare. According to our thorough Google search, WilmerHale was charging $1,250 an hour nearly 10 years ago.

"Lawyers for WilmerHale sat in the front row at the hearing on Tuesday," the New York Times wrote. "They included Alyssa DaCunha, who leads the firm’s congressional investigations and crisis management practices, and Felicia Ellsworth, the vice chair of the firm’s litigation and controversy department," adding that both DaCunha and Ellsworth "were involved in preparing the presidents of Harvard and Penn for the hearings.

But a round of applause for these ladies, who did men’s work exposing the intellectual rot of the Ivy League and burying one of its presidents through sheer incompetence. That’s the sort of public-spirited work we applaud at the Washington Free Beacon, and for that, DaCunha and Ellsworth aren’t just top lady lawyers, they are also Washington Free Beacon Men of the Year.