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Edward Washington, II



Edward Washington is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Complex Commercial Disputes practice group. He represents individuals and corporations in a wide variety of matters. Relying upon strong and longstanding relationships developed as a circuit court judge in Cook County for 15 years, Ed provides valuable guidance and strategic advice to counsel and assists clients in managing risk, making difficult decisions and solving complicated problems. As Chairman of the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board, Ed led internal ethics investigations, sometimes in conjunction with law enforcement agencies. He also has experience in federal and state regulatory compliance in the energy and telecommunications industries and has served as a mediator in sensitive personal claims against high-profile individuals as well as private and political entities.

What do you focus on?

I leverage more than 20 years of experience as a litigator, mediator, judge and educator to provide strategic counsel to my clients in commercial disputes and regulatory matters. As a jurist for 15 years, I have presided over complex civil jury cases, including medical malpractice, product liability and commercial matters and mediated many settlements on the eve of trial. I currently represent judges, lawyers, physicians and other professionals before disciplinary agencies.

Before serving on the bench, I worked for two national law firms in complex litigation and government relations; served in the cabinet with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and on the Illinois Commerce Commission during the deregulation of the telecommunications and energy industries that had a national impact on the development of today’s markets; and worked as senior regulatory attorney for a Fortune 500 telecommunications corporation.

Having the perspective of serving on the bench, as a government lawyer and working in-house and in private practice as well, I understand clients’ unique concerns with respect to not only the litigation process, trials and appeals, but the political environment, corporate imaging and confidentiality. I quickly learn highly technical, proprietary business methods and am sensitive to the need to provide high-quality client service while being mindful of case management and cost-effective representation.

What do you see on the horizon?

The business, political and social environment is constantly changing with the increase of available information and development of technology. Lawyers have to be continuously aware of these complexities in order to advocate effectively for their clients.

Retired Judge Finds New Calling After Bench, Joins Nixon Peabody

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | February 28, 2018

Chicago commercial litigation counsel Ed Washington, who joined Nixon Peabody after 15 years as a judge, is quoted in this article about his return to the other side of the courtroom.

Movers & Shakers

The Deal | January 26, 2018

Chicago commercial litigation counsel Edward Washington II’s arrival to the firm is included in this roundup of notable executive moves.

Contact

Edward Washington, II

Counsel

Chicago

Phone: 312-977-4416


Fax: 844-545-4585

Washington University School of Law, J.D.

Creighton University, B.S., B.A.

Illinois

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