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Trained as a trial attorney and as a mediator, Ed focuses on the efficient prevention, management, and resolution of disputes for businesses, organizations, and individuals. Ed’s primary objective is to help clients identify their goals, and then to collaborate with them on business and personal solutions to meet those goals.

In addition to his litigation practice, in June 2022, Ed was appointed the first Chief Culture Officer in Much’s 50+ year history. Firm culture has always been one of the key components that distinguishes Much from other firms. As Much emerges from the pandemic, Ed focuses on building a culture that meets the new challenges and opportunities that await the firm. From how we recruit and retain, to how we develop professionally, to how we serve clients, to how we embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion, Ed ensures that the firm does so with respect, integrity, collaboration, and accountability.

Ed served as chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation group from 2007 to 2022. As an experienced litigator, Ed represents clients in state and federal court, before administrative agencies, and in mediation and arbitration. He has handled disputes involving breach of fiduciary duty, general employment matters, earn-out and other post-closing claims, breach of contract, fraud, restrictive covenants, unfair competition, trade secrets, professional licensing, business dissolution, shareholder disputes, probate and trusts, and real estate. Ed has also represented physicians and physician practice groups before various administrative agencies, including the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, as well as in contract, non-compete and hospital privileging matters.

Ed is also a certified mediator who helps litigants resolve their disputes by designing the most efficient and effective dispute resolution process for each particular case. His patience, persistence, and deep understanding of negotiation principles allows him to help parties get deals done so that they can re-focus their energies on their businesses and their personal lives.

A longtime member of the adjunct faculty at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, he taught for 10 years in the Program on Negotiation and Mediation. Ed serves as legal counsel for Temple Jeremiah. He also served for many years as a member of the Center for Conflict Resolution Board of Directors, where he is a former member of the Peer Review Committee, a volunteer mediator, and trainer. He is also a past board member for the Association for Conflict Resolution and former co-chair of its Programming and Professional Development Committee.

Much More Than My Work

I currently serve as legal counsel and am a member of the Executive Committee of Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, Illinois, where I served for many years as a member of its Board of Directors. I also serve on Temple Jeremiah’s COVID-19 Task Force.

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