Ed’s practice covers all aspects of employee benefits. He works
primarily with employers in the establishment, operation and maintenance
of tax-qualified retirement plans, retirement plans for tax-exempt and
governmental entities, Taft-Hartley plans, cafeteria plans, health care
and other welfare and fringe benefit programs and executive compensation
arrangements. A significant portion of Ed’s time is devoted to
resolving compliance issues under the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA.
Ed represents large and small businesses, nonprofit organizations and
governmental entities; he also has an active practice preparing
qualified domestic relations orders for individuals going through
divorce. Ed also represents executives in the negotiation and
documentation of executive compensation arrangements. Ed regularly works
with many of the banks, investment managers, stockbrokers, actuaries,
third-party administrators, insurance companies and insurance brokerages
active in northern New England. Although most of his clients have been
located in Maine and New Hampshire, Ed has worked with clients located
in Massachusetts, New York, Texas and California and with clients
headquartered in Canada.
Prior to joining Eaton Peabody Ed was a solo practitioner for 19 years.
Prior to establishing his solo practice in September 1991 Ed was
associated with Drummond, Woodsum & MacMahon in Portland, ME, from
April 1987 through August 1991, where his practice emphasized employee
benefits and executive compensation. From November 1982 through February
1987 he was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Fried,
Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, one of the nation’s largest law
firms. During his tenure with Fried, Frank Ed’s practice emphasized
executive compensation, transactional business/tax planning and general
corporate practice. Between college and law school Ed held a variety of
jobs, including two years (1975-77) as a construction worker in Oslo,
Norway. He retains a very basic knowledge of Norwegian.