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.
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:
Data security regulatory and legal issues
Environmental issues and disasters
DOJ, SEC, and other regulatory enforcement actions
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
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.
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.
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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A 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.
Senior Vice President and U.S. Lead
Aidan 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 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.
As 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.
Senior Vice President and Out Front Corporate & Crisis Lead
Lauren Gray Senior Vice President and Out Front Corporate & Crisis Lead | New York City Lauren brings a law degree and 15 years of experience in strategic communications, crisis management, policy and social issues to help clients manage complex reputational issues. She has supported clients navigating regulatory issues, litigation, and preparation to testify at government hearings at the state and federal level. Lauren is also part of Edelman leadership for its Out Front LGBTQ+ Task Force and Societal Issues Task Force, providing expert counsel to clients across industries such as health, finance, CPG, retail, fashion, and tech. For example, Lauren and this team counseled 100+ businesses on the potential communications and business implications of the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Lauren has also worked on Edelman projects for clients such as the United Nations Population Fund, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and TIME'S UP. Prior to Edelman, Lauren provided crisis communications support to the City of New York and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She trained survivors of military sexual assault to share their stories with members of Congress and the media. And she led communications for the first lawsuit filed against former President Trump's now-repealed transgender military ban. In 2023, Lauren was one of four Edelman employees honored in New York’s City & State Political PR Power 50. In 2022, PR Week named Lauren to its Pride in PR list featuring 30 leading LGBTQ+ professionals. Lauren was also honored by PR Week as a Champion of PR, one of 36 women in the U.S. who represent the “gold standard in the industry.”
Senior Vice President and West Coast U.S. Lead
Jason 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.
Executive Vice President and Labor Lead
Mark 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.
Managing Director, Edelman Global Advisory
Simon Behrmann Managing Director, Edelman Global Advisory | Washington, D.C. Simon.email@example.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.
Executive Vice President, Edelman Smithfield New York City
Ira 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.
Executive Vice President, U.S. Crisis & Risk Management Los Angeles
Lee brings 25 years of corporate, government and nonprofit experience to his role as a senior counselor in Edelman’s U.S. Crisis & Risk practice. In more than 10 years at Edelman, Lee has led the Corporate & Advisory practice in Edelman’s Los Angeles office and has served as a key leader in Edelman’s New York Corporate & Public Affairs practice. Most recently, Lee has led multiple confidential litigation communications engagements, including one state court case that involves the largest jury verdict in that state’s history and developing the strategy that led to S&P Global's historic 2015 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. Lee also spent 11 years in Washington, D.C., including five on Capitol Hill, where he served as Legislative Director and Appropriations Committee staff for U.S. Representative Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV). An attorney by training, Lee received both his Juris Doctor and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has sat on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, the North Carolina State Bar, and the U.S. District Court Bar (E.D.N.C.).