Office Information

  • Assistant Practice Group Leader, Commercial Litigation Group
Ed served as United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee from 2010 to 2017.  Prior to his presidential appointment, he was senior counsel for a Fortune 500 Company and previously served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Memphis.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1997
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Western
    • Mississippi: Northern
    • Texas: Northern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • Shelby County Books from Birth-Imaginatino Library Board, Former Chairman
  • Memphis Area Neighborhood Watch, Inc., Former Board Member
  • Volunteer Tennessee Board (Appointed by Gov. Phil Bresden), Former Board Member
  • Brown Missionary Baptist Church, Member

Distinctions

  • Best of the Bar in Public Service Award, Memphis Business Journal, 2017
  • Trailblazer Award, Christian Brothers University, 2017
  • Leader Award, The New Tri-State Defender, 2016
  • A.A. Latting Award, National Bar Association, 2016
  • Achievers Award, Young Men's Christian Association, 2016
  • Champion of Justice Award, Olivet Fellowship Church, 2015
  • Community Leader Award, Alpha Memphis, 2010
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award, University of Memphis, Arts and Sciences Chapter, 2010
  • Memphis/Shelby County Achievers Award, Memphis Silver Star News, 2009
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Education & Honors

  • University of Memphis School of Law, J.D., 1997
    • Moot Court Board
    • Associate Justice
    • President, Black Law Student Association
    • Vice-President, Student Bar Association
    • Dean's outstanding Service Award, 1997
    • Graduating Class Commencement Speaker, 1997
  • University of Memphis, B.A., Political Science, 1994

Experience

  • ​Extensive civil and criminal litigation and courtroom experience in both trial and appellate courtrooms.
  • Presidentially appointed ​U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee from 2010 to 2017, managing an office of approximately 100 attorneys and support staff in Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee.
  • Oversaw the investigation and litigation of major criminal and civil cases, including violent crime, financial and health care fraud, racketeering, international drug trafficking, terrorism, child exploitation, cybercrime, employment discrimination, False Claims and Federal Tort Claims Act matters.
  • Launched a number of highly successful initiatives including the formation of a dedicated Civil Rights Unit.  This unit earned national acclaim for prosecuting individuals who committed federal civil rights crimes including sex trafficking, public corruption, excessive force, official misconduct, hate crimes, predatory lending, unfair housing and Americans with Disabilities Act violations.
  • Senior Litigation Counsel for Federal Express Corporation from 2002 to 2010, serving as lead trial and corporate counsel on complex business and litigation matters including governmental investigations, class action, labor and employment, trademark infringement, transportation law and environmental matters throughout the country.
  • Two decades of governmental and litigation experience include tenure as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Memphis and practice with two private law firms.
  • Representative Cases
  • United States v. Mardis – Prosecuted civil rights hate crime case resulting in concurrent life sentences for the defendant.
  • Federal Express Corporation et al. v. United Parcel Service – Lawsuit seeking injunctive relief and damages against a competitor for broadcasting false and misleading television commercials.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Keynote Speaker, University of Mississippi School of Law, Speakers’ Series – Oxford, MS, November 2017.
  • Panel Member, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice White Collar Section, Civil and Criminal Investigations Update – Nashville, TN, November 2017.
  • Keynote Speaker, FBI Citizens Academy Graduation – Memphis, TN, November 2017.
  • Keynote Speaker, Knoxville Bar Association’s Annual Diversity CLE, October 2017.
  • Moderator, Federal Judges Panel, 2017 Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Annual CLE Meeting – October 2017.
  • Keynote Speaker, Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class – Memphis, TN, March 2017.
  • Author, "Working Together, A Message from the United States Attorney," On The Record, Winter 2016.
  • Panel Member, Healthcare Fraud Enforcement:  A View from the U.S. Attorneys – Nashville, TN, December 2016. 
  • Speaker, Next Generation, A Message from the United States Attorney, On The Record, October 2016.
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