A high-profile spin doctor who once spruiked for Steve Vizard has been hired by gangland lawyer George Defteros to shield former Brimbank Mayor Natalie Suleyman and her father Hakki from the fallout over corruption allegations at the scandal-hit council.

Mike Smith, a former editor of The Age who now runs public relations firm Inside PR, confirmed to Crikey this morning he had been approached by Defteros after the Victorian Ombudsman delivered a scathing report into the council's activities last week.