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PROFESSIONAL BIO | GET TO KNOW ED

OVERVIEW

Throughout his career, Ed has demonstrated expertise in the courtroom, the community and the legal field, serving a wide array of client needs. 

Ed is listed in Best Lawyers in America® for Trusts and Estates and Litigation-Trusts and Estates. He is also listed in Super Lawyers as a Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Knoxville.

Ed is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and serves on the ACTEC Fiduciary Litigation Committee. He is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA), and Past Chair of the TBA Estate Planning and Probate Section.

Ed is a member of the Tennessee Probate Study Group, a joint ACTEC and TBA committee responsible for reviewing and drafting proposed state laws regarding estates, trusts, property and inheritance, including related tax laws.

Ed served on the board of the Knoxville Estate Planning Council for nine years, including a term as president.

Ed speaks to both professional and lay groups on trusts, estates and related topics and volunteers his time to counsel and speaks on behalf of charities.

Ed has been married to the same woman since 1988 and they have three noteworthy children.

Why did you decide to become a lawyer?

I was transitioning out of a first career as a college minister and wanted to spend my professional life doing something interesting and meaningful. I was attracted to the intellectual rigor of the law, the personal side of counseling individuals and families on matters of great importance to them and the opportunity to advocate for those in need.

What attracted you to trust and estate law?

Trust and estate law touches on deeply personal issues in the lives of our clients. Clients trust me with their fears, hopes and dreams for their families and other beneficiaries. They count on me to craft tailored estate plans to address those issues and to find creative solutions to existing problems. When things break down, I enjoy bringing significant trust and estate experience to negotiation and (when necessary) litigation to give my clients the best possible chance to achieve a favorable outcome.

Of all the cases you’ve worked on, do you have one that stands out the most that you have permission to share?

I have counseled many charitable individuals and large and small nonprofits and am honored to play a small part in what they do for our communities.

How would you describe yourself both personally and professionally?

I try to be a compassionate helper, listening well, walking alongside friends and clients and doing anything I can to help. Others have told me I am good at making complex ideas understandable.

What do you love about your career?

I get to work with some of the best and brightest clients and other professionals. Together, we get to do good and impact others. I love that.

Who was the biggest influence in your career?

Dan and Marshall invested heavily in mentoring me as a lawyer and a man, for which I will be forever grateful. Many clients have influenced me in profound ways through their examples of how to live well.

What is something that you are really proud of, and why?

I am proud of the effort I have made to be a good husband and father. I regularly make mistakes, but rarely for lack of trying.

What are the goals you are still working to achieve?

My primary goals each day are to treat people well, enjoy the present and not embarrass anyone. I am more successful some days than others.

What are your main interests, hobbies or passions outside of work?

I love working with children, teens and college students. I enjoy exercise and the outdoors, including hiking and bicycling. I love singing, but for some of us that is best done in private.

Is there something you wish you could do over again?

Many things. I try to learn and grow.

When people look back at your life, how do you want to be remembered?

As a person who loved God and people and who used the talents given him to be a blessing to others.

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