Leslie Pedernales practices in the areas of public affairs, media, advertising and marketing law. She works with clients to develop communication strategies as part of integrated government relations initiatives. She partners with her clients to understand their communication objectives and priorities so she can provide practical counsel and help them formulate successful marketing, legislative and legal strategies while navigating regulatory and other issues.


Leslie has assisted clients in managing communications on a number of issues including global climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, international trade and interstate commerce, energy policy and alternative fuels. She has worked with clients to develop and review responses to legislation, media relations material, books, video/audio scripts, print advertisements and commercials and provided counsel as part of comprehensive strategies on these issues.

Leslie has taught Media Law to law students and, prior to joining the firm, was an editor of Program Practices at the CBS Television Network, an advertising account executive at Kothe, Howard Communications, a corporate communication consultant for Fortune 500 companies, and also an instructor of English, Communications and Composition at universities in the South East.



  • Board President, Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Access Corporation, Appointment through 2019
  • Co-Chair, Women in Communication Law Committee, American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2016
  • Adjunct Professor, Charlotte School of Law, Mass Media Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Winthrop University, English and Composition 
  • Instructor, Central Piedmont Community College, Communication and Presentation Skills 
  • M.S. Communications, Thesis on Broadcast Television Advertising Practices and Standards
  • CBS Television Network, New York, NY, Editor of Program Practices
  • Education Design Group, Inc, Senior Communication Consultant
  • Jessica Savitch Award, New York Chapter of Women in Communications


Blogs and Resources


Blog Posts



  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on Communications Law
    • Women in Communications Law 
  • North Carolina Bar Association


J.D., Charlotte School of Law, 2010

M.A., New York University, 1992; Communication

B.A., New York University, 1987; Broadcast Journalism


  • North Carolina, 2010
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