Ed has a distinguished record of public service. He has served as Chief of Staff to both the Governor and Lt. Governor of North Carolina, as Special Assistant/Counsel to a United States Senator and as a national advisor to three presidential candidates. 

Given his government experience, Ed represents clients before the executive branch, legislative branch and administrative agencies on a variety of matters. A significant part of his practice includes drafting legislation and building support for its enactment. He has been ranked by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research in the top 3 percent of all registered lobbyists in the state.

In his roles as an attorney and public policy leader, Ed has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, CSPAN, NPR and the BBC.  He has also been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

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Ed represents a variety of businesses in the fields of media, communications and technology. He spends much of his time advising tech companies on contracts, procurement and taxation, and served as state government counsel to the North Carolina Technology Association for more than 10 years. An active lobbyist, Ed works for policies that help grow technology jobs in North Carolina and across the nation. 

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Ed counsels health care organizations on a variety of regulatory and legal issues, including legislation related to the industry. His practice includes representing the nation’s largest health insurance company and companies that operate hospitals and provide health care in correctional institutions. 

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Ed advises numerous clients in the education industry, including several businesses that provide technology and instructional content to educational institutions. His work focuses on legislative, regulatory and business issues related to education. 

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Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Business/Corporate Law (2006, 2014-2017)

Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition for Business/Corporate Law (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in Government Relations Practice, Corporate Law and Commercial Litigation (2011-2018)

Peer Review Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell

Winner of the IT Support Services Award from the North Carolina Technology Association

President, Duke University Class of 1979, 1989-1994

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law Alumni Board of Directors, 2012-present 

Board of Trustees, Kenan Institute for Engineering, Science and Technology at NC State University, 2000-present 

Board of Directors of the Wake Technical Community College Foundation, 2006-2015 (Former Chair)

Board of Directors of the NC Methodist Home for Children, 2005-2013

Member, Edenton Street United Methodist Church, Raleigh, NC (Former Administrative Board Chair)

Member, Democratic National Committee, 2009-2013

Former Member, NC Rural Internet Access Authority, 2000-03

American Bar Association, 2000-present

North Carolina Bar Association, 2000-present 

Wake County Bar Association, 2000-present 

Although I grew up watching Perry Mason, my work is not always as exciting or definitive as that show. Instead, steady often wins the race, and the answer to a problem usually doesn’t come in 60 minutes.

To maximize value to my clients, I ask questions to understand their goals and often visit their workplaces to understand the nuances of their needs. You can learn a lot by visiting their “turf.” In addition, I seek to think carefully before advising them or acting on their behalf.

My perspective is shaped by having worked in professions other than law (government and politics to name two) and in many different places (one job took me to 35 states, and I lived in the San Francisco and New York areas while doing it). That life experience helps me view client matters through a lens outside of my city or my state. Given that clients often have national and even global challenges, I think that’s a plus.

When I’m not working, I “sharpen the saw” (thanks to Stephen Covey) by time with my family (that includes three very active school-age children), church and community involvement, running, reading, and as a college sports fan. I like my work, but it’s these other things that remind me that even though I’m blessed with a busy practice, my family and personal relationships are the core of who I am as a person.

I enjoy learning about the business of my clients and helping shape their strategy. When I can use my knowledge and experience to help them succeed, that’s about as good as it gets.

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Speaking Engagements

September 15, 2015

Turlington Speaks at NCTA-CED Board Meeting

Brooks Pierce partner Ed Turlington spoke to a joint meeting of the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) and the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) boards in Raleigh on September 15, 2015. He provided an update on the 2015 session of the North Carolina General Assembly and...Read more
September 16, 2014

Turlington Speaks at NCTA-CED Board Meeting

Brooks Pierce partner Ed Turlington spoke at a joint meeting of the Boards of Directors of the NC Technology Association and the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) on September 16 in Raleigh. The meeting was part of CED’s Tech Venture Conference 2014, which was attended by 700...Read more
August 28, 2014

Turlington Speaks at NC Digital Government Summit

Brooks Pierce partner Ed Turlington spoke at the NC Digital Government Summit on August 28 in Raleigh. The Summit was attended by over 250 information technology leaders from state and local government in North Carolina. Turlington’s presentation was entitled “10 Things That IT Leaders Should Know...Read more

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