Christopher D. Edelman

Christopher D. Edelman

Washington, D.C.

Email christopher.edelman@​

Phone +1 202 637 5873

Fax +1 202 637 5910

LanguagesEnglish, Spanish

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Chris Edelman uses his background in complex litigation and international experience to represent clients on a wide range of legal issues. He has considerable experience at all stages of civil litigation, including motions to dismiss; fact, corporate, and expert witness depositions; discovery disputes; and motions to certify a class.

Clients look to Chris for guidance in complex civil litigation matters, with a focus on class actions. He has particular experience with consumer protection, RICO, and antitrust claims, among others. Chris is skilled at overseeing large-scale factual investigations and the eDiscovery process and excels at distilling complex legal arguments into clear and concise briefs. His graduate degree in international relations and experience living and working around the world help him to understand the diverse needs of the international clients he represents as well as the complexities of conducting business across jurisdictional boundaries.

Chris is committed to public service. At Hogan Lovells, he maintains an active pro bono practice, advising clients on immigration matters, including representing immigrants seeking asylum and a minor seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. He has also helped to defend the privacy rights of crime victims. Before attending law school, he worked for a non-governmental organization in Costa Rica where, among other responsibilities, he represented Costa Rica as a delegate to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty negotiations.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Chris clerked for the Honorable Anthony J. Trenga on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. While in law school, Chris was a member editor of the Stanford Law Review and co-production editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review, and co-president of the International Law Society and National Security & the Law Society. He also volunteered his time at Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto.

Education and admissions


J.D., Stanford Law School, Salzburg Cutler Rule of Law Fellow, 2015

M.Phil., University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College, with merit, 2012

B.A., Duke University, summa cum laude, Robertson Scholar, 2011


American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

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