WASHINGTON, D.C.—Edelman has hired Charles Bakaly, best known as counselor and spokesman for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr during the Whitewater investigation, to lead the firm’s litigation communications practice in Washington D.C. A lawyer and a communications professional, Bakaly will serve as senior counselor and will provide strategic counsel to clients at the intersection of the courts of law and public opinion.
In 1981, Bakaly was appointed staff assistant and director of press advance for President Ronald Reagan
and during the President’s second term served as Special Assistant to Secretary of the Treasury James A. Baker III. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
In private law practice, he was a litigator with Morgan Lewis & Bockius, where he specialized in complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense, while as a federal prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted public integrity cases.
Bakaly was accused of leaking restricted information from the Starr investigation to The New York Times and resigned from the independent counsel’s team.
ATLANTA—Patty Tucker has been promoted to deputy general manager of the Atlanta office of Edelman. In her new role she will assist Claudia Patton, general manager, in overseeing the firm’s operations in Georgia. She will be responsible for expanding Edelman’s Southeast presence and will maintain her role as senior vice president, managing the $4 million corporate affairs practice.
Edelman has operated in Atlanta since 1994 and currently has 45 employees in the city specializing in public affairs, consumer and lifestyle brand marketing, issues and crisis management and corporate communications. Edelman Atlanta clients include UPS, Alston & Bird, Georgia-Pacific and Char-Broil.