Leslie Pedernales works with clients to develop communication strategies as part of integrated government relations initiatives. She partners with her clients to understand their business objectives and priorities so she can provide practical counsel and help them formulate successful legislative and legal strategies.


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, and health insurance. She has worked with clients to develop responses to legislation, media relations material, books, video scripts, print advertisements and commercials as part of comprehensive strategies to engage stakeholders on these issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Leslie 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 an instructor of english and composition at Winthrop University.



  • 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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