Chicago, IL Nixon Peabody is expanding its Commercial Litigation practice with the arrival of former judge Edward Washington II as counsel in the firm’s Chicago office.
Ed, a recently retired trial judge, joins Nixon Peabody to serve as both a hands-on litigator and a trusted adviser in commercial disputes and regulatory matters. “Ed brings an interesting perspective to our clients given his courtroom experience as a former trial judge,” said Ethan Trull, co-leader of the firm’s national Commercial Litigation practice. “Our clients will benefit from his seasoned judgment and strategic counsel.”
As a jurist, Ed presided over the trial of hundreds of complex civil jury cases involving commercial disputes, medical malpractice, product liability and catastrophic injuries. He used his mediation skills to settle a number of cases on the eve of trial.
“Our clients deal with cases involving the highest stakes, and they’ll appreciate the foresight and insight that Ed can provide,” said David R. Brown, managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s Chicago office. “Ed is a perfect fit for our office, mentoring our associates and working alongside some of Chicago’s most successful and experienced litigators.”
Prior to serving as a trial judge, Ed was as an administrative law judge at the Illinois Commerce Commission in public utility and telecommunications regulation. He was also a Cabinet member at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office for a dozen years. Ed also worked as a partner for several national law firms, and in-house for a Fortune 500 corporation.