Ed Sledge is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who has developed a diverse litigation practice. Ed has a wide range of trial experience in high-stakes, bet-the-company disputes for a variety of corporate clients and private equity groups nationwide. He has litigated commercial disputes, product liability matters, consumer finance disputes, intellectual property disputes, insurance coverage matters, class actions, as well as personal injury and wrongful death matters. Ed and other members of Bradley serve as national counsel for a unit of a Fortune 50 corporation.
Ed’s approach to litigation focuses on the big picture – the partnership between the client and counsel. He believes that effective representation – that is, representation that achieves both short-term success on a matter as well as servicing the client’s long-term business goals – is best achieved when counsel understands and invests time in the client’s business, its people and its culture.
Ed is a frequent lecturer and author on civil litigation and trial issues. In recent years, he has written or spoken on extraterritorial jurisdiction under RICO, on trying RICO and other complex commercial jury cases, on handling consumer finance disputes under Dodd-Frank, and on the exercise of forum selection clauses. Ed recently served as a faculty member at the 2018 IADC Trial Academy at Stanford University and is consistently recognized for his skills in Alabama Super Lawyers “Top 50,” The Best Lawyers in America®, Benchmark Litigation and other publications. He is a past chair of the IADC’s Business Litigation Committee and the Alabama State Bar’s (ASB) Leadership Forum Section.
Ed is civic-minded. He serves on the Foundation Board of the IADC, serves on the board and as treasurer for a local nonprofit, Glenwood, and, as a veteran himself, has been active in giving his time to initiatives that support veterans. For three years in a row, Ed received the ASB’s President’s Award, which is presented to members of the bar who best exemplify the ASB motto, “Lawyers Render Service.”