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Ed’s superior litigation, leadership, organizational and crisis management skills derive from a mosaic of more than 35 years of experience: over 20 years of trial practice in mass tort liability litigation, four years as a senior executive (General Counsel and Chief Restructuring Officer) in a publicly traded company, and more than a decade as an active duty Marine Corps officer.

Building on his national reputation as a lead trial attorney in mass tort products liability personal injury cases and as a senior company executive, Ed successfully directed and managed a multi-faceted bankruptcy restructuring. This included pension, retiree medical, public and inter-company debt, environmental liabilities, and mass tort liabilities (including direct supervision of litigation involving more than $1 billion in products liability insurance coverage). He formed and led task-organized teams through a wide range of issues including: negotiation and resolution of longstanding foreign tax liabilities; negotiation and sale of a majority interest in a major manufacturing facility in sub-Saharan Africa to that country’s government (including management of political relationships with several United States governmental agencies); development of a ground-breaking application of bankruptcy law to multiple mass tort liability resolution in the restructuring; management of a privileged internal environmental investigation; and oversight of internal audit and compliance matters.

He has been admitted pro hac vice for trials in more than 12 states and in several federal jurisdictions over his career.

Edward F. Houff Photo

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Maryland School of Law, 1977
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Maryland, 1968

Admissions

  • State Bar of Maryland 
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Maryland 
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit