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Ed Walsh is the founding (1980) member of the Firm and for 38 years
he has been a consumer advocate trial lawyer committed to securing
justice for his clients. He has promoted justice by securing numerous
multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts for his injured
clients. His most significant accomplishments include a $10,080,000.00
jury verdict after the completion of a six (6) week medical
malpractice/products liability trial in Chicago and a $7,287,083.00
medical malpractice jury verdict, the highest jury verdict on record
in Illinois for facial disfigurement.


Ed has secured the largest medical malpractice settlement,
$5,735,000.00, in the history of the Circuit Court of Will County,
Joliet, IL. This complex case involved the failure of doctors to
diagnose Group B Strep infection in a newborn baby.  As a result of the
doctors' medical negligence, the baby needlessly suffered profound
brain injury resulting in cerebral palsy.


As a consumer advocate, Ed has secured three (3) multi-million
dollar medical malpractice jury verdicts in which the amount of each
verdict exceeded the monetary amount of insurance available to protect
the doctors who were sued.  Two of these "excess verdicts" resulted
in "bad faith" claims against the doctors' insurance carriers.


Based upon recognition by his peers, since its inception in 2004 the publishers of Law & Politics and Chicago magazines, have consistently selected Ed Walsh as one of Illinois' "Super Lawyers" in the specialized practice areas of personal injury and medical
malpractice, representing seriously injured people and the loved ones of
people who are negligently and wrongfully killed.


Recognizing Ed as a true consumer advocate trial lawyer, the Chicago Lawyer publication has singled him out as being the only lawyer in Illinois to
secure justice for his clients by achieving three (3) monetary
settlements of one million dollars or more during a single year, in court jurisdictions outside of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois.


By appointment of the Illinois Supreme Court, Ed serves as a member of the Supreme Court Rules Committee and the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. He is a past member and chairman of the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness to Practice Law.
He is the past associate general counsel and general counsel for the
DuPage County Bar Association under the terms of five presidents.  Ed
is a past president of the Inns of Court and an elected member of the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA).


Ed is a frequent continuing legal education speaker and in 2011
ITLA invited Ed to address the statewide audience of trial lawyers at
its annual Medical Malpractice Seminar on the topic of "The Case Theme: Meaning Purpose and Direction".  Ed has also authored the chapter "The Empty Chair Defense and Respondents in Discovery" in the 2011 ITLA published Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook.


To assist him and the firm in providing the highest quality and
most sophisticated legal expertise and advocacy for their clients, Ed
Walsh pioneered the implementation of network computer technology at
the firm in 1988. The firm skillfully and efficiently uses
computerized case management, deposition and trial transcript
management and digital trial evidence presentation graphics. Along
with his trial advocacy skills, this technology has empowered Ed to
achieve for his clients record setting jury verdicts and settlements.


Ed Walsh represents plaintiff clients with special emphasis in
representing clients with serious personal injuries and complex
damages as a result of medical malpractice, automobile and truck
collisions, wrongful death, product liability and legal malpractice.


Ed and his wife of 43 years, Bobbi, have four adult sons and 4
grandchildren. When he is not devoting his time to his family and
clients, Ed actively enjoys environmental stewardship, reforestation
and native plant restoration at his Upper Mississippi River Valley
Minnesota farm, horsemanship, wilderness backpacking, fly fishing and
endurance aerobic and strength training.


Areas of Practice:

Medical Malpractice

Personal Injury -- Plaintiff

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 1973

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1973

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1981


Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1973
Law Review: Loyola University Chicago School of Law Review, Associate Editor, 1972 - 1973

Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1970
Honors: With Honors

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness

Past Member and Chair

Supreme Court Rules Committee


Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism


American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)

Sustaining Member

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), 1996 - Present

Elected Member, Board of Managers

DuPage County Bar Association

Illinois Bar Association

American Bar Association

American Bar Association, Litigation Section, 1976 - Present

DuPage County Bar Association, 1991 - 1994

Past Associate General Counsel

DuPage County Bar Association, 1995 - 1997

Past General Counsel


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 34%
  2. Defective and Dangerous Products: 33%
  3. Personal Injury: 33%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Heinz J. Brisske

    I endorse this lawyer. Ed deserves his reputation as the foremost medical malpractice attorney in DuPage County, and one of the best in the state. He is passionate about his clients and his work. In and out of the courtroom, Ed is a gentleman in his interactions with others, but he is always a fierce competitor in prosecuting his clients' claims.


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Contact info

Walsh, Knippen, Pollock & Cetina, Chartered

2150 Manchester Road Suite 200
Wheaton, IL, 60187-2476


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197311/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
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Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding MemberWalsh, Knippen, Pollock & Cetina, Chartered1980 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1996 - Present
DuPage County Bar AssociationGeneral Counsel1995 - 1997
American Bar AssociationLitigation Section1976 - Present
Supreme Court Committee on Character and FitnessChairN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Cann vs. Life Products & Loyola U. Medical Center10 Million Dollar Jury Verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Negligence CommitteeMeaning and Purpose and Direction2011