Summary

Ed practices primarily in the areas of real estate, health care and general corporate law. He has been an attorney in Taft's business and finance groups since 1976. During his tenure at Taft, Ed has served on the Executive Committee and numerous other committees, as well as being chair of the real estate and business and finance groups, and as the Taft Cincinnati office Partner-in-Charge.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Bluffton University, Ed attended the University of Oregon and later received his law degree from Harvard Law School. He is currently a Director of Messer, Inc., Messer Construction Company, and Saturday Knight Ltd. Ed also serves as a Board Member of The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation Inc., the Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America (previously serving as chair of the Board), REDI Cincinnati, Ten Thousand Villages, Ten Thousand Villages of Cincinnati, Inc. (formerly serving as board chair) and Mennonite Central Committee (as well as treasurer). He has also served as the board chair of Cincinnati Museum Center and Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. For many years, Ed served on the board and as board chair of Bluffton University. From 2007 until 2011, he served as vice-moderator and then moderator of the Mennonite Church USA. Ed also served on the boards of the Mennonite Education Agency (as vice chair), Family Service (as chair) and the Family Service Foundation Board (as chair).

In 2002, Ed received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from his alma mater, Bluffton University, after completing 22 years on the university’s board of trustees, 11 of those years as chair. In  2006, he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Dan Beard Council/Boy Scouts of America, and in 2016, Ed was recognized by the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) as the 2016 recipient of the Earl F. Morris Trustee Award recognizing an outstanding trustee serving one of its institutions who has provided exceptional leadership and institutional support in that role. Ed was named the Southwest Ohio region's Lawyer of the Year in Real Estate Law for the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, and has been listed in the publication for more than 30 years. He is also listed in Chambers USA, and has been included among the 100 Ohio Super Lawyers listings. For a number of years, Ed has been included on the Cincy Magazine Power 100 List, the annual listing of the TriState's most influential leaders in business and politics.

Awards

All Service Areas

Education

  • Harvard Law School (1976)
  • Bluffton University (1969)

Admissions

  • State - Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • AV Peer Review Rating (LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell)

    Awarded

  • American Bar Association

    Member

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Member

  • Leadership Cincinnati

    Class XVI

  • Ohio State Bar Association

    Member

Community Involvement

  • Austin E. Knowlton Foundation

    Trustee and Treasurer

  • Bluffton University

    Past Chair, Executive Committee, Trustee, Honorary Trustee; Honorary Doctorate

  • Boy Scouts of America - Daniel Beard Council

    Board Member, Former Chair

  • Center for Holocaust Education

    Member, Former Advisory Board

  • Christian Benevolent Association

    2013 Hall of Faith Inductee

  • Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity

    Former Board Member, SWONKY Affiliate

  • Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship

    Former Chair, Church Council and other Committees

  • Cincinnati Museum Center

    Secretary, Board of Trustees; Former Chair

  • Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

    Former Member

  • Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. (DCI)

    Former Chair

  • Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati

    Board of Trustees, Former Member

  • Family Service of the Cincinnati Area

    Former Chair

  • Forest Hills Schools District

    Co-Chair, Successful Forest Hills School Tax Levy Campaign

  • General Conference Higher Education Council

    Former Member & Chair

  • Mennonite Church USA

    Former Moderator

  • Mennonite Central Committee

    Board Member and Treasurer

  • Mennonite Education Agency

    Former Vice-Chair, Board of Directors

  • Mental Health Services East

    Former Trustee

  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

    Former Board Member

  • Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges

    2016 Recipient Earl F. Morris Trustee Award

  • Pandora-Gilboa School Foundation

    Outstanding Alumni Award

  • REDI Cincinnati

    Board Member

  • Ten Thousand Villages

    National Board Chair, Trustee

  • Ten Thousand Villages of Cincinnati, Inc.

    Board Member, Former Chair

  • Working in Neighborhoods ("WIN")

    Hall of Fame Inductee, Former Trustee

  • FK Holdings LLC/Saturday Knight Ltd

    Board Member

  • Messer, Inc./Messer Construction

    Board Member

  • US Bank

    Cincinnati Regional Advisory Board Member