Ed Mullen is an experienced litigator who has represented clients from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Ed has handled lawsuits from pre-suit investigation through trial and appeal in a broad range of substantive areas, including employment discrimination, election, civil rights, breach of contract and fraud, trademark and copyright, insurance coverage and bad faith, professional malpractice, real estate, and family law. In the last several years, Ed has been the lead trial lawyer in three successful trials. He has also advised non-profits and political organizations on formation and legal governance issues.
For several years, Ed was the Managing Attorney for Community Integration at Access Living, a disability rights organization in Chicago. There, he served as Access Living’s lead counsel on three class action cases in federal court alleging that Illinois violated the Americans with Disabilities Act in administering its Medicaid plan. All three cases were settled favorably, resulting in long-term Consent Decrees requiring the State to take significant steps to allow thousands of people with disabilities to live in integrated settings in their community. For this work, Ed received the ‘Lead On’ award from Access Living in 2011.
Prior to joining Access Living, Ed was a Litigation Partner at Ross, Dixon & Bell in Chicago (now Troutman Sanders) and a Litigation Associate at Howard Rice (now Arnold & Porter), where he litigated complex commercial lawsuits in state and federal courts around the country and maintained an active pro bono practice.
In addition to his litigation experience, Ed is a mediator trained by the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago and Northwestern University. He has mediated numerous civil disputes and participated in a variety of forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Ed graduated with highest honors from The George Washington University Law School, where he served as President of the Student Bar Association and was a member of the George Washington Law Review and Moot Court Board. He graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was on the Dean’s List, served as a Board member of the Kite & Key Service Society, and was a national championship qualifier in Parliamentary debate.
Ed is a member of the Illinois Bar and the Northern District of Illinois General and Trial Bars, as well as the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and federal courts around the country. He is an active member of several bar, community and political organizations (including Northside Democracy for America) in Chicago and Illinois. Ed serves on the Board of Directors of the Filament Theatre Ensemble and Neumann Family Services.