Laura E. Edidin is Of Counsel at Wigdor LLP.  Ms. Edidin has enjoyed a distinguished and versatile legal career at the intersection of human rights and public service.  She has over 25 years of experience responding to allegations of sexual violence, human trafficking, hate crimes, police misconduct, LGBTQ+ rights violations and other civil and criminal wrongdoing.  A former federal and state prosecutor, Ms. Edidin’s trauma-informed approach to working with victims is a hallmark of her professional background.

Ms. Edidin joined Wigdor LLP in January 2022 after serving as Chief Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk and Compliance in the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.  In addition, she has served in prominent roles in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

A pioneering advocate for crime victims, Ms. Edidin was the founding Director of Legal Services for the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP), the largest crime victim agency for LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected crime victims in the U.S.  She also established the nation’s first prosecution unit to empower civilian lawyers to investigate and try police officers at disciplinary trials.  In addition, Ms. Edidin successfully drafted and advocated for the passage of critical anti-trafficking legislation in New York State. Recently, Ms. Edidin served on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s transition team as a member of the Gender-Based Violence and Ethics Subcommittees.