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    Biography

    Ed's principal area of practice is civil litigation involving business disputes and the defense of personal injury and medical malpractice claims. He is also a certified mediator with experience in a broad range of commercial and personal injury disputes.

    A 1981 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Law, Ed's legal career began with service as a law clerk for Hon. John F. Kilkenny of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Portland, Oregon. Since returning to Texas in 1982, Ed's legal career has included over 11 years as an Executive Director/Managing Trial Attorney for United Services Automobile Association, where he was primarily responsible for the defense of all third party indemnity litigation in Houston and its surrounding counties.

    He has also represented former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman in several business transactions and litigated matters.

    A veteran of over 200 first chair commercial and personal injury jury trials, he is admitted to practice before all Texas courts and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas.

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    Magistrate Selection Committee, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

    Key Experience

    Represented a former heavyweight boxing champion incident to transactions involving the production and marketing of retail cooking products
    Defended a multi-state healthcare provider in litigation involving an elderly patient in one of its Texas facilities who was allegedly killed by fire ants
    Represented several long-term care facilities in litigation alleging that neglect and abuse caused the death of elderly and disabled residents

    Work Experience

    2017 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2008-2017 Rathwell & Wallison, PLLC, Founding Member
    2004-2008 Rathwell & Nizialek, PC, Shareholder
    2002-2004 Orgain, Bell & Tucker, LLP, Partner
    1990-2002 United Services Automobile Association (USAA), Executive Director/Managing Trial Attorney
    1987-1990 Liddell, Sapp, Zivley, Hill, and LaBoon, Associate
    1984-1987 Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Johnson & Williams, Associate
    1982-1984 Vial, Hamilton, Koch, Tubb, Knox & Stradley, Associate
    1981-1982 Law Clerk, Hon. John F. Kilkenny, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Portland, OR