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, and a partner since 1984. 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). Currently he is serving 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)
  • Messer Construction Co. (Board Member)
  • Messer Inc. (Board Member)
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Member)
  • Saturday Knight Ltd. (Board Member)

Community Involvement

  • Austin E. Knowlton Foundation (Trustee and Treasurer)
  • Bluffton University (Past Chair, Executive Committee, Trustee, Honorary Trustee)
  • Bluffton University (Former Chair; Honorary Doctorate)
  • Boy Scouts of America - Daniel Beard Council (Board Member, Former Chair)
  • Center for Holocaust Education (Member, 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; Governance Committee Chair)
  • Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Former Member)
  • Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. (DCI) (Chair)
  • Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati (Board of Trustees, Former Member)
  • Family Service of the Cincinnati Area (Former Chair, Board of Trustees)
  • 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 Education Agency (Vice-Chair, Board of Directors)
  • Mental Health Services East (Former Trustee)
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (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)