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Edward D. Shoulkin is a skilled trial and appellate attorney with 25 years of experience in a broad range of litigation matters. He represents multinational corporations, small businesses and individuals in business disputes, construction litigation, product liability cases, environmental litigation, and insurance coverage matters.

Mr. Shoulkin has particular expertise in defending professionals in civil disputes and disciplinary proceedings, including accountants, health care providers, financial advisors and attorneys. Since 2005, Mr. Shoulkin has maintained an AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory, the highest rating available for legal ability and ethical standards. He has been named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers directory (2013-15).

Clients rely on Mr. Shoulkin’s skills and experience in achieving favorable outcomes at trial, as well as through dispositive motions and alternative dispute resolution. His consulting services also assist clients in risk management, litigation avoidance, and resolution of professional ethics issues.

Mr. Shoulkin has served as a lecturer on trial practice, risk management and professional liability topics.

Representative Accomplishments

Mr. Shoulkin has successfully obtained dismissals of claims against CPAs and their firms in a variety of cases. For example, he attained a court order dismissing various claims related to an accounting firm’s fraud investigation of a municipality's employee. He has secured the dismissal of multiple accounting firms that have been sued in shareholder disputes involving their corporate clients. He also persuaded a judge in the Business Litigation Session of the Massachusetts Superior Court to dismiss a consumer protection claim against an accounting firm. The judge took the unusual step of dismissing the claim of the plaintiff early in the case before discovery had taken place. In defense of a CPA and his firm, Mr. Shoulkin secured a dismissal and order of sanctions against plaintiffs in a case arising from the electronic filing of incorrect draft versions of tax returns, which the plaintiffs had alleged resulted in the delayed receipt of a tax refund in excess of $100,000 and lost investment opportunity damages of almost $1 million.

In a business litigation matter, Mr. Shoulkin successfully obtained injunctive relief to enforce a non-competition clause against former employees who had wrongfully taken the client’s customer lists to start a new business.

Representing an attorney who had been suspended indefinitely from the practice of law for allegedly commingling and converting client funds, Mr. Shoulkin successfully persuaded a hearing panel of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers to reinstate the attorney's license.

In the medical malpractice area, Mr. Shoulkin successfully defended a health care provider at arbitration against drug toxicity claims. He obtained a defense verdict at trial for an orthopedic surgeon in a case alleging wrongful death. Mr. Shoulkin also obtained an arbitration victory for a medical provider against claims the provider negligently failed to diagnose prostate cancer.


"Liability for misrepresenting zoning designations in R.E.," New England Real Estate Journal, Aug. 9, 2013

"Accountants Beware: What Every CPA Should Know About the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act" (two-part article), SUMNews, Fall 2012 and Winter 2013

“Vicarious liability: Let the master answer,” American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS NOW), June 2007

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Shoulkin is a founding member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance for which he also serves as the Chapter’s Secretary and a member of its Board of Directors. He is also a member of CLM’s Professional Liability Committee. CLM is a nationwide organization of risk and litigation managers, insurance and claims professionals, corporate counsel, defense counsel and professional vendors. It promotes the highest standards of claims and litigation management and brings together the thought leaders in both industries. 

He is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and Defense Research Institute.


Contact info

Barton Gilman LLP

160 Federal St
Boston, MA, 02110-1700

Practice areas


  1. Business: 25%
  2. Ethics: 20%
  3. General Practice: 15%
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
  5. Other: 30%
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBarton Gilman LLP1995 - Present
AssociateTaylor Anderson & Travers, LLP1989 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Claims & Litigation Management AllianceFounding Member of MA Chapter2014 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
New England Real Estate JournalLiability for Misrepresenting Zoning Designations in R.E.2013
SUMNews (two-part article) Fall 2012 and Winter 2013Accountants Beware: What Every CPA Should Know About the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act2013
American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS NOW)Vicarious liability: "Let the master answer"2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
State University of New York, AlbanyN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1986