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Ed Walsh is the founding (1980) member of the Firm and for 39 years he has been a consumer advocate trial lawyer committed to securing justice for his clients. He has promoted justice by securing numerous multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts for his injured clients.
Based upon recognition by his peers, since its inception in 2004 the publishers of Law & Politics and Chicago magazines, have consistently selected Ed Walsh as one of Illinois' "Super Lawyers" in the specialized practice areas of personal injury and medical malpractice, representing seriously injured people and the loved ones of people who are negligently and wrongfully killed.
Recognizing Ed as a true consumer advocate trial lawyer, the Chicago Lawyer publication has singled him out as being the only lawyer in Illinois to secure justice for his clients by achieving three (3) monetary settlements of one million dollars or more during a single year, in court jurisdictions outside of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois.
To assist him and the firm in providing the highest quality and most sophisticated legal expertise and advocacy for their clients, Ed Walsh pioneered the implementation of network computer technology at the firm in 1988. The firm skillfully and efficiently uses computerized case management, digital deposition and trial transcript management and digital trial evidence presentation graphics. Along with his trial advocacy skills, this technology has empowered Ed to achieve record setting jury verdicts and settlements for his clients.
Ed Walsh represents plaintiff clients with special emphasis in representing clients with serious personal injuries and complex damages as a result of medical malpractice, automobile and truck collisions, wrongful death, product liability and legal malpractice.
Notable Cases and Results:
His most significant accomplishments include a $10,080,000.00 jury verdict after the completion of a six (6) week medical malpractice/products liability trial in Chicago and a $7,287,083.00 medical malpractice jury verdict, the highest jury verdict on record in Illinois for facial disfigurement.
Ed has secured the largest medical malpractice settlement, $5,735,000.00, in the history of the Circuit Court of Will County, Joliet, IL. This complex case involved the failure of doctors to diagnose Group B Strep infection in a newborn baby. As a result of the doctors' medical negligence, the baby needlessly suffered profound brain injury resulting in cerebral palsy.
Collaboratively, Ed, along with partner Brad Pollock, secured a Cook County, Illinois settlement award of $18,605,733.00 to a Chicago construction worker who suffered a brain injury following the collapse of a piece of construction equipment.
As a consumer advocate, Ed has secured three (3) multi-million dollar medical malpractice jury verdicts in which the amount of each verdict exceeded the monetary amount of insurance available to protect the doctors who were sued. Two of these "excess verdicts" resulted in "bad faith" claims against the doctors' insurance carriers.
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1973
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1981
Year of Birth: 1948
Law School: Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1973
Law School Honors/Involvement: Loyola University Chicago School of Law Review, Associate Editor, 1972 - 1973
Undergraduate School: Coe College, B.A., 1970
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: Cum laude
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
- Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness
- Supreme Court Rules Committee
- Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
- Supreme Court Special E-Business Committee
- American Association for Justice (AAJ)
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), 1996 - Present
- Sustaining Member
- Elected Member, Board of Managers
- DuPage County Bar Association
- Associate General Counsel, 1991-1994
- General Counsel, 1995-1997
Illinois Bar Association
American Bar Association
Litigation Section, 1976 - Present
- Past member, Inns of Court
Published Legal Writing:
Chapter author, "The Empty Chair Defense and Respondents in Discovery," 2011 ITLA Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook
Frequent continuing legal education speaker
"The Case Theme: Meaning Purpose and Direction," 2011 ITLA annual Medical Malpractice Seminar
Ed and his wife of 45 years, Bobbi, have four adult sons and 5 grandchildren. When he is not devoting his time to his family and clients, Ed actively enjoys environmental stewardship, reforestation and native plant restoration at his Upper Mississippi River Valley Minnesota farm, horsemanship, wilderness backpacking, fly fishing and endurance aerobic and strength training.1040191