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 Tech 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 companies that provide health insurance and services (both to individuals and correctional institutions) and companies that operate hospitals.

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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 (2011-2019)

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)

Board of Advisors, Triangle Family Services (2015-present)

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)

North Carolina Bar Association (2000-present)

Wake County Bar Association (2000-present)

Presenter, Business North Carolina Cybersecurity Roundtable, Raleigh, NC, November 2018. 

Presenter, "A Wrench in the Gears: How to Prevent a Data Breach from Disrupting Your Operations & Customer Relationships," mfgCON 2018, Durham, NC, November 14, 2018. 

Presenter, "Data Breaches & Cybersecurity," 2018 CFO/CPA Risk Management Conference, Greensboro, NC, October 16, 2018

Presenter, "Data Privacy - A Legal Assessment," CFO Roundtable event, High Point, NC, August 16, 2018

Co-presenter, "You've Been Breached: What Next?," Business North Carolina CEO Summit, Pinehurst, NC, March 27, 2018

Panelist on cybersecurity concerns for entrepreneurs, Greater Women's Business Council's POP Too! Conference, Raleigh, NC, March 9, 2017

Co-presenter (with Thomas Varnum), "Digital Marketing Blues," Raleigh Social Media Marketing Meetup, Raleigh, NC, January 18, 2017

Co-presenter (with Thomas Varnum), "Digital Marketing Blues," Internet Summit, Raleigh, NC, November 16, 2016

Presenter, “Digital Media and Marketing,” UNC Festival of Legal Learning, February 14, 2015

Presenter, “Responding to a Data Breach,” Banking Security Summit, North Carolina Bankers Association, October 16, 2014

Presenter, Digital Legal & Compliance 101 Panel Discussion, North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, June 24, 2014

Presenter, “Tax Consequences of Lobbying and Political Advocacy,” North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, May 2014

Panelist, Representing Your Local Broadcaster, ABA Forum on Communications Law, April 2014

Co-author, “Commercial Free TV and Aereo:  What Lies Ahead for Content Owners in the Wake of the Ninth Circuit’s AutoHop Decision,” Communications Lawyer, November 2013

Co-author, “Prior Restraint 2.0: A Framework for Applying Section 230 to Online Journalism,” 1 Wake Forest J.L.& Pol'y 75, May 2011

Co-author, “Supreme Court Rocks Campaign Finance Boat,” Triad Business Journal, 2010

Moderator, “Recent Developments in Election Law,” North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, October 2013

Panelist, “Copyright and the Internet: Giving Broadcasters the Cold Shoulder?” American Bar Association, Representing Your Local Broadcaster, April 2013

Presenter, “Citizens United and Corporate Political Speech: New Opportunities and Obstacles,” North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, October 2010

Presenter, “Indemnification, Attorneys’ Fees and Arbitration Provisions in Contracts,” North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section Annual Meeting, February 2010

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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August 24, 2018

Charles Marshall Speaks on Data Privacy At CFO Roundtable

Brooks Pierce partner Charles Marshall spoke at the quarterly CFO Roundtable sponsored by Parker & Lynch, DMJ Accounting and Scott Insurance in High Point on Aug. 16. In his presentation, entitled “Data Privacy—A Legal Assessment,” Marshall discussed the importance of collaboration between a...Read more

Recognitions

The 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © recognized 55 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
The 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © recognized 54 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
Thirty-eight Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized in the 2017 edition of North Carolina...(read more)
The 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © recognized 50 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
Thirty-six Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized in the 2016 edition of North Carolina Super...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 26 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2015...(read more)
The 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © recognized 48 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
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Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 27 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2014...(read more)
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