Ed Sledge is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who represents businesses in high-exposure civil disputes in a variety of industries. Ed’s national practice focuses on complex business and commercial litigation in courts across the country; he also routinely represents businesses in product liability matters, consumer finance disputes, and in personal injury and wrongful death matters. With his strategic, problem-solving approach and ability to anticipate and see the big picture, he helps his clients successfully navigate complex, high-stakes disputes.
Ed is a first chair trial lawyer, and frequent lecturer and author on civil litigation and trial issues. In recent years, he has co-authored an article for the IADC’s Defense Counsel Journal on extraterritorial jurisdiction under RICO and on trying complex commercial jury cases, and for the Alabama Lawyer on forum selection clauses. He has spoken at IADC meetings about trying complex commercial cases to a jury, trying a complex RICO case, and handling consumer finance disputes under Dodd-Frank. Ed also routinely presents on indemnity and insurance coverage issues in third-party litigation. Ed has also spoken at the Military Law Symposium regarding Veterans Courts and presents annually at the Alabama Lawyers Hall of Fame. He was recently selected to serve as a faculty member at the 2018 IADC Trial Academy at Stanford University.
Ed is a past chair of the IADC’s Business Litigation Committee and the Alabama State Bar’s (ASB) Leadership Forum Section. 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.” He has also been listed in Alabama Super Lawyers “Top 50,” The Best Lawyers in America®, Benchmark Litigation and several other publications.