Edelman’s global Litigation and Legal Affairs counselors protect reputation and advance your position through high-stakes litigation and other legal issues.

Our team brings together former lawyers and federal prosecutors, public affairs campaigners, political researchers and investigative journalists, international policy advisors, and local experts on the ground in every major market worldwide.

Our Expertise

As the agency of record or a trusted specialist advisor to hundreds of organizations around the globe, we have had the privilege of handling a wide spectrum of litigated matters and other legal issues. Among many other issues, we regularly advise on:


Bet-the-company litigation

Congressional hearings

Cross-border disputes

Data security regulatory and legal issues

Environmental issues and disasters

DOJ, SEC, and other regulatory enforcement actions

First amendment, defamation, and media litigation

Intellectual property and trade secrets

Labor and workforce issues

Mass torts and multidistrict litigation

Product recalls and product liability

Social issues/impact litigation

State Attorney General actions

Workplace claims (harassment, discrimination, retaliation)

Contact us to learn more about our vast areas of expertise and how we can help you.


Our Approach

Legal challenges today aren’t confined to the courtroom.

Swift, strategic communications can protect an organization’s reputation and license to operate in ways that legal intervention alone cannot.

To navigate this environment in partnership with lawyers and our clients, we have developed and continuously hone an approach to litigation and legal communications founded in proven practices, empowered by the full capabilities of Edelman, and—always—pointed toward trust.

Legal & Communications Partnership

Lawyers and communicators work better together. As partners in service to our shared clients, we are better positioned to manage risk, reach stakeholders, and protect critical business objectives beyond the next legal milestone.


We approach legal issues with the discipline, adaptability, and 360-degree view of a political campaign. This means taking a holistic view of legal issues, convening the right internal stakeholders from day one, and planning for every possibility through the full lifecycle of the litigation.

Scaling to Meet
Client Needs

We deploy only the resources you need—from one or two senior experts to fully staffed campaign war-rooms worldwide. In right-sizing for each client, we keep in mind that legal issues involve extended quiet periods and sudden peaks of activity. This requires proactive cost management and efficiencies of scale.

Global Strategy,
Local Execution

Edelman’s unique hub-and-spoke model has long been the top choice for helping to manage cross-border litigation and global legal issues. As the world’s largest communications firm, we offer an unmatched ability to plan globally and execute locally—all while staying in lockstep with the legal strategy.


Our Clients

Edelman has provided strategic advice and communications support in litigation and other legal issues to clients ranging from Fortune 5 companies to startups to nonprofits and universities. Our wide-ranging experience covers finance, food and beverage, retail, healthcare and long-term care, pharmaceuticals, real estate and development, consumer products, manufacturing and heavy industry, higher education, and fashion/luxury.

"The team was expansive—from topline strategists to strong tacticians.
They were able to bring on a variety of specialists on the go."

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"Edelman has outstanding capabilities across research, public affairs, litigation expertise, etc. There is a seamless ability to engage productively with both in-house and outside counsel."

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"The Edelman team provides outstanding counsel, strategy, execution, and client service."

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Our Team

Our leadership team includes senior counselors from Edelman’s Crisis & Risk practice, the financial communications boutique Edelman Smithfield, and the geopolitical public affairs agency Edelman Global Advisory. Reach out directly:

Charles Bakaly

Senior Counselor and Global Lead
Washington, D.C.

CharlesA strategic communications counselor who has served as a former government official and lawyer, Charles applies his experience to help clients navigate enterprise, reputation and legal risks to make good decisions in a complex external environment. At Edelman, he conceives and executes campaign strategies for organizations to promote and protect their reputations. He regularly counsels senior leadership and boards of directors on governance and reputation management issues. His past experience includes serving as President Ronald Reagan’s director of press advance, special assistant to Secretary of the Treasury James A. Baker III, counselor and spokesperson for the Office of Independent Counsel under Kenneth W. Starr, and counsel to Judge William Webster following the Rodney King case. His honors and accolades include PRWeek “Campaigns of the Year” in multiple categories and PRSA Silver Anvil for Public Affairs.

Aidan M. Ryan, APR

Senior Vice President and U.S. Lead
Washington, D.C.

AidenAidan M. Ryan is a strategist and advisor to leaders and organizations facing challenges at the intersection of law, politics, and public affairs. Clients value Aidan's specialized expertise as much as his ability to bring together critical internal stakeholders and identify the higher business objectives that unify legal and communications campaigns. His experience includes serving as on-the-ground support and corporate spokesperson through one of the most significant public interest trials of the twenty-first century; shaping a compassionate and worker-oriented response for multiple employers facing an historic resurgence in labor organizing and activity; serving as spokesperson for the Board of Trustees of one of the nation’s top universities; and preparing a CEO to give Congressional testimony that led to the passage of the CHIPS Act. Prior to joining Edelman, Aidan launched and chaired the Crisis and Litigation Communications practice at the Am Law 200 firm Goldberg Segalla LLP while concurrently serving as the firm’s spokesperson and advisor to its founder and managing partner. He has ranked among Lawdragon’s Global 100 Leaders in Strategy & Consulting since 2022.

Stephanie Glover

Director and U.K. Lead

CharlesStephanie is a Director in the Issues & Crisis practice in London and leads Edelman’s Litigation & Legal Affairs practice in the UK. An Australian-qualified lawyer, Stephanie brings an internationally-trained legal perspective to her communications work. Prior to working in communications, she spent 5 years in private practice at global law firm DLA Piper where she specialised in corporate and commercial law and trained in the firm’s litigation practice. She has provided support and training for organisations such as the London Stock Exchange, Euroclear, Google DeepMind, Afiniti, Royal Bank of Canada, Zurich Insurance Group, FedEx, HEINEKEN, DP World, Norgine, Janssen, Worldwide Fund for Nature, and The Walt Disney Company, and has worked on landmark legal proceedings including the Financial Conduct Authority’s 2020 insurance test case relating to COVID-19. Stephanie ranked among Lawdragon’s Global 100 Leaders in Strategy & Consulting in 2023.

Antoine Calendrier

Executive Vice President and APAC Lead
Hong Kong

AntoineAs part of the Edelman APAC leadership team, Antoine leads the firm’s Issues & Crisis practice for Asia Pacific, responsible for accelerating the firm's advisory services across the region. Bringing two decades of international communications credentials with multinational corporations, governmental organizations and global brands including Microsoft, Huawei, Qualcomm and Boeing, Antoine operates across Edelman's servicing teams to drive client value and support the agency's development in key Asian markets. Prior to joining Edelman, Antoine held leadership positions in Asia including with Burson-Marsteller, as the firm’s Hong Kong CEO, and WE Worldwide, as the agency’s China MD. Before working in Asia, Antoine was leading the Corporate Affairs department at Hennessy (LVMH) in Paris, a global role focusing on the Asian and French markets. Antoine is fluent in French and English and has working knowledge of Chinese Mandarin.

Jason Levin

Senior Vice President and West Coast U.S. Lead
Washington, D.C.

JasonJason Levin Senior Vice President and West Coast U.S. Lead | Los Angeles Jason Levin has provided high-level communications, media, crisis and issues management strategic advice and counsel to a broad range of clients in corporate, nonprofit and government settings. He has led award-winning public affairs and public relations campaigns and specializes in equipping organizations to navigate complex issues environments. Prior to joining Edelman, Jason led the Public Relations and Crisis Communications practice at Cerrell Associates, a public affairs firm based in Los Angeles, where he handled the firm’s most contentious and high-profile work. In this role, Jason conceived and executed integrated communications and issues management efforts on behalf of corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and public agencies. A veteran of government and campaigns, Jason began his career working for candidates and elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels – including time spent working at Los Angeles City Hall and in the United States House of Representatives.

Mark Floyd

Executive Vice President and Labor Lead
Washington, D.C.

MarkMark Floyd Executive Vice President | Washington, D.C. Mark.Floyd@edelman.com Mark Floyd joined Edelman after more than 35 years in legal practice as global outside or in-house legal counsel for national and multinational, public and privately held companies from start-ups to well established fortune 100 businesses, across a number of industry sectors. As legal counsel, Mark has managed, supported, or served as “first chair,” in both strategic and tactical roles, in single plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action litigation at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state court as well as agency hearings. Mark brings to Edelman a specialty focus in the full range of traditional labor and employee relations matters, as well as associated legal compliance, policy development, investigations, and litigation.

Simon Behrmann

Managing Director, Edelman Global Advisory
Washington, D.C.

CharlesSimon Behrmann Managing Director, Edelman Global Advisory | Washington, D.C. Simon.behrmann@edelmanega.com Mr. Behrmann is a leading international political and communications strategist with over two decades of experience advising heads of state and top political leaders globally. Throughout his career, he has utilized research-based messaging strategies using a wide spectrum of communication vehicles including traditional advertising, digital/social media, and grassroots marketing. His areas of expertise include strategy development, campaign design, crisis communications, media training, and coalition development. Prior to EGA, Mr. Behrmann advised and managed several successful presidential campaigns in Asia and Europe. He has also advised over 25 US political campaigns and organizations, including multiple presidential, senate, congressional, and mayoral campaigns.

Ira Gorsky

Executive Vice President, Edelman Smithfield
New York City

IraIra provides strategic counsel on high-stakes, event-driven situations to C-suite executives and boards of directors of leading public and private companies. Areas of focus include M&A, activism defense, ESG investing, litigation and crisis. With deep-rooted storytelling skills Ira creates compelling corporate and investor narratives. He has extensive experience producing comprehensive business case assessments in addition to producing regulatory and financial white papers. Prior to Edelman, Ira was a managing member at Arch Research, a consulting firm that produces deep dive securities research. The majority of his career has been spent as an event-driven investor generating actionable trade ideas.

Alexis Madelain

Crisis & International Affairs Director    

AlexisAlexis is an experienced crisis professional with a strong experience in litigation & regulatory issues.​ Alexis Madelain is Crisis & international affiars director at Edelman France. A lawyer by training, Alexis advises clients on crisis communications and corporate reputation issues, with a special focus on litigation and regulatory issues.​ With a career that combines crisis communication, litigation communications, and public affairs, Alexis held the position of Director of Crisis & litigation communications at Havas Paris where he worked for 4 years. ​ Alexis is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and Waseda University in Japan. Alexis began his career as a parliamentary group aide in the Senate of France before joining Lysias Partners, where he worked as a lawyer specializing in business criminal law and international law.​ Alexis has spent over 20 years in the UK and the US and is fully bilingual, with a triple French, American, and British culture.​

Laura Murray

Senior Advisor    

LauraLaura is a seasoned strategic communications counselor who has advised clients on crisis response, reputational threats, and risk management for two decades. ​Laura is known for crafting purposeful and tailored strategic plans for clients who need to navigate a crisis, protect their organization’s reputation or wish to achieve a specific business objective. She has steered clients through a number of crises, including government investigations, and handled media relations in several high-profile civil and criminal cases.​ She is experienced at working with teams comprised of a client’s employees and outside advisors, including liaising with outside counsel as required. Laura is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds law degrees from Columbia (LL.M.) and South Texas (J.D.). Prior to attending law school, Laura worked in the Texas Legislature as the staff director for the House Committee on State Affairs; major policy initiatives included medical malpractice reform and legislation to regulate public utilities. She clerked for the Texas Court of Appeals after law school and spent three years as a litigator in Houston. After receiving her LL.M. in constitutional law, with a particular focus on civil rights, she became the Legislative Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, where she developed an expertise in information privacy, and later served as the Director of the Alliance for Consumer Rights, with patients’ rights—related to HMO’s in particular—among her priorities.​

Takashi Hirono

Executive Vice President and Head of Edelman Smithfield 

CharlesTakashi Hirono is an Executive Vice President and Head of Edelman Smithfield Japan. His expertise lies in activism defense, investor relations, and special situations including crisis management. Takashi excels at providing strategic communication counsel to C-suite executives across diverse industries. He is adept at engaging with regulators and policymakers, both in Japanese and non-Japanese organizations, to develop effective communication strategies. Takashi's career commenced at the Industrial Bank of Japan (now Mizuho Bank), the nation's development bank established by the Japanese government. During the turbulent 1990s, he worked in the bank's planning staff, addressing and resolving various crisis situations. Subsequently, he assumed advisory roles at Deutsche Bank's securities unit and UBS. He played a key role in numerous M&A and financing transactions, including acting as a lead advisor for capital markets communications during the merger of Sumitomo Metal Industries and Nippon Steel Corp. .


Edelman has earned several rankings in Chambers & Partners’ Litigation Support Guide, including:

  • Global, Band 2, 2022-present
  • U.S., Band 3, 2022-present
  • U.K., Band 3, 2022-present


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