Ed grew up in Bangor, Maine, and graduated from Bangor High School and the University of Maine, Orono. He and his wife, also a U. Maine grad, later enrolled in law school together (a bold experiment), graduating from the University of Maine School of Law in 1984.
In 1984, Ed began practicing with the firm of Jolovitz & Niehoff, in Waterville, Maine. Before long, he became interested in returning to southern Maine and considered joining a D.A.’s Office and securing some intensive trial experience. In early 1987, Ed joined the Cumberland County D.A.’s Office as an Assistant D.A. Within the first 2 months, he was invited to move up from the Portland District Court to Cumberland County Superior Court. Soon, he was racking up jury trials galore- sometimes 5 or 6 a month- handling cases ranging from misdemeanors, to sex offenses, to armed robberies, to attempted murders.
In 1992, Ed was appointed to the position of Deputy Cumberland County District Attorney. The Deputy D.A. is sort of the “right hand” of the D.A., which is the role he assumed while also handling over 125 felonies and several hundred Superior Court misdemeanors per year.
In 1995, Ed went into solo private practice, mostly practicing as a Maine Criminal Defense Lawyer in state and federal court. During this period, he defended people against a wide variety of criminal charges, including murder. The first murder charge he ever defended was dismissed outright after he tried the case twice in three months, alone, with no co-counsel, and got two hung juries.
In 1999, Ed joined a criminal defense, OUI defense firm in Saco, Maine. He remained there until mid-2012, engaged exclusively in criminal defense, with a strong focus on OUI defense. During this time, Ed represented hundreds of people who faced OUI charges as well as drug, sex and domestic violence charges, charges of vehicular and non-vehicular manslaughter, and attempted murder. From 1996 to 2002, Ed served on the Board of Directors of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2013 he received that organization’s President’s Award, “For Exemplifying the Goals and Values of this Association and the Profession.” In 2011, Ed authored the book Maine OUI Law, a legal reference guide designed to assist other Maine attorneys handling OUI cases. A 2014 edition of Maine OUI Law was published in December of 2013, and a 2016 edition was published in November of 2015 . He authored a second legal reference guide, Maine Driver’s License Suspensions, Revocations and Related Offenses, which was first published in December of 2012, with a 2016 edition published in November of 2015. Ed also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine School of Law, teaching the course Criminal Procedure: Investigations to second and third year law students in the spring semesters of 2014, 2015 and 2016. He has frequently lectured at continuing education seminars, training other criminal defense attorneys on the defense of clients charged with criminal and OUI offenses. In 2017, Ed was a presenter at three training seminars for criminal defense attorneys sponsored by the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services and the York County Bar Association, respectively. Ed’s topics were OUI defense (Augusta, March 24, 2017), evidence issues in domestic violence cases (Saco, April 25, 2017), and state and federal firearms bans resulting from criminal convictions (Saco, September 26, 2017). If you hire another lawyer to represent you on a criminal charge in southern Maine, chances are Ed had something to do with that lawyer’s training. As for his own continuing education, Ed recently completed an 18-hour Intoxilizer 8000 Operator’s Course, in December of 2017, along with a few dozen other Maine defense attorneys. The course was graded, and the participants were assigned a class rank. Ed was first in the class!
Since September of 2012, Ed has practiced criminal defense, OUI defense, and juvenile defense law from his office, in Biddeford, Maine. If you are charged with a crime he’s there to help you take it on and get through it.