Biography

Ed is a savvy litigator who resolves complex disputes that range from toxic tort and insurance recovery to Superfund, the Clean Air Act, and beyond. 

He is the Managing Principal of Beveridge & Diamond’s Austin, Texas office.

Ed genuinely enjoys getting to know his clients and building relationships that lead to better legal service experiences. When giving advice, Ed never loses sight of his clients’ underlying business considerations, which enables him to tailor his counsel to their particular objectives.

Ed enjoys the intellectual challenge of law and playing a role in upholding our country’s long tradition of maintaining the rule of law. Although he began his career at large Wall Street firms, Ed moved into environmental law because of its impact on so many aspects of how we live and organize our society, and because of his strong belief in the value of a healthy environment.

Litigation

Ed’s practice focuses on high-stakes, complex environmental and commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He works with clients across a full spectrum of industries, including chemicals, consumer products, financial services, high tech, media, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications. His experience across sectors and subject-matter areas gives him a deep understanding of the business considerations involved in large-scale disputes and enables him to provide clients with sound strategic and tactical advice.

A substantial part of Ed’s commercial litigation practice focuses on representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes and on issues of director and officer indemnification. He also offers experience in personal injury, contract, business tort, antitrust, and securities matters.

Environmental

Ed litigates a wide range of environmental cases, including toxic torts and matters arising under Superfund (CERCLA), the Clean Air Act, and other federal and state laws.

Ed’s recent successes include the defense of clients in cleanup cases involving novel issues of liability, subrogation, allocation, and statutes of limitations under CERCLA. Using his substantial litigation experience and sophisticated knowledge of Superfund, Ed obtained dismissal of a $50-million case that he successfully defended on appeal. He also obtained dismissal on summary judgment of a multimillion-dollar claim using a theory never before adopted by a court. In both cases, Ed saved his clients millions of dollars in cleanup costs.

Professional Involvement

Before entering private practice, Ed served as a law clerk for the Honorable William H. Walls of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Ed’s active pro bono practice focuses on representing asylum-seekers in federal immigration proceedings. He is a board member of American Gateways, a nonprofit dedicated to providing legal services to refugees and other vulnerable immigrants in Central Texas. He is also part of the 2019 class of Leadership Austin, president of the Harvard Law School Association of Austin, and an active member of Congregation Beth Israel.

Education

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (S.B., 1996)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Harvard University  (J.D., cum laude, 2003)
    • Harvard Human Rights Journal, 2001-2003

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court – Colorado

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
  • Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court
  • Harvard Law School Association of Austin – Founder and President
  • Leadership Austin – Essential Class of 2019
  • State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College