Power Lawyers 2011
Edelman has become a reliable gun in network and studio holsters. NBC deployed him during the Conan O'Brien Tonight Show fiasco, and this year CBS asked him to defend the multimillion-dollar profit participation suit brought by fired NCIS showrunner Don Bellisario over NCIS: Los Angeles. FX has him fighting a stolen-idea suit brought by biker Chuck Zito over Sons of Anarchy, and he's defending Warner Bros. in a profits case brought by the creators of Smallville. The father of three daughters (wife Susan was once a lawyer at his firm), Edelman has been awash in Hollywood disputes since winning several big-ticket cases a few years ago, including the infamous battle over Elie Samaha's Franchise Pictures. The firm's track record "has given the studios and networks confidence that we know how to defend these cases," he notes.
OFF-DUTY The tennis nut recently won a men's doubles tournament at the Los Angeles Tennis Club. "To top it off, I took my family to Wimbledon this year, which has always been a dream."