Ed has litigated numerous cases in Federal courts as well as the courts of North Carolina for over 40 years. He is currently recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in North Carolina. His advice is valued by his clients based on his wisdom, experience, intuitiveness and innovation. Ed is a persistent advocate for his clients who simply does not give up on a matter. Ed is frequently called on by other attorneys to provide guidance and advice on professional matters.
- North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice
- Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism
- North Carolina Commission on the Delivery of Legal Services
- Legal Aid of NC Board of Directors
- BarCARES Board of Directors
- Past Chair Senior Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA)
- Wake County Bar Association (WCBA) President (2009)
- WCBA Joseph Branch Professionalism Award
- WCBA Professionalism Committee
- Founding Master and Past President, Craven-Everett American Inn of Court
- American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism
- NCBA Board of Governors
- NCBA Administration of Justice Study Committee
- NCBA General Practice Hall of Fame (2012)
- North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Hall of Fame (2018)
- AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Ed worked at the local bank growing up where he gained insight into the working of the community as well as finance. While at Wake Forest, Ed became an award winning collegiate debater. That led to his interest in the law, particularly trial practice.
Ed wed his wife, Ann, more than 50 years ago. They have two daughters and six grandchildren. Ed is an active Baptist lay person who has been a Sunday school teacher for over 40 years. He strives to put his beliefs into practice not only in his personal life but in his professional life as well. These beliefs are reflected in the Firm’s principles which Ed played a large part in articulating.
Although he enjoys trial work immensely, Ed’s greatest satisfaction comes from helping his clients resolve their issues without resorting to litigation. In that capacity, Ed has proved to be an effective counselor.
Ed has emphasized work-life balance in his own life and in the lives of all those involved with the Firm. Ed and Ann enjoy spending time at their beach home where they frequently entertain family and friends.
Ed has been an active member of Hayes Barton Baptist Church for over 40 years, has served as a Sunday school teacher during the entire time and as a deacon and deacon chair as well. Ed was also active in public school matters when his children were young as both president of several PTA’s, a member of the school district’s advisory council and Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. Ed also served as a member of the Chamber Board of Directors, Chair of the Board of Theater in the Park, and a member and counsel of the Wake County Interfaith Council.