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Until his retirement, Ed Barshak was the firm’s senior trial lawyer. He specialized in trials and appeals of complex, multi-party business disputes, and represented hundreds of individuals, corporations, developers, and financial and educational institutions in matters of significance and sensitivity. He also advised and represented clients in domestic-relations cases, including disputes over divorce and separation, property settlements, alimony and child support, child custody and visitation, and pre-marital and post-marital agreements.
Ed handled important state and federal appeals on a variety of matters including partnership disputes, civil rights and civil liberties, housing discrimination, domestic relations, insurance coverage, product liability, employment, municipal liability, and shareholder disputes. Ed also frequently served as an arbitrator, master and mediator at the request of private litigants and the courts.
Over the years Ed took on vital roles in the Boston legal community. He served as president of the Boston Bar Association, as director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, as chair of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners, and as chair of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments, among other posts. The Boston Bar Association honored Ed in 2014 with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ed received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University (cum laude) in 1945, and his law degree from Columbia University in 1949.