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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

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

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