Malone, Edward F.

  Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Ed is a civil litigator and white collar criminal defense attorney. He has tried cases and argued appeals in both state and federal courts, represented clients in grand jury proceedings, and counseled and conducted internal investigations for clients who face potential criminal or civil government investigations. Ed also serves as general counsel to the Firm.

Civil Litigation

Ed has concentrated his civil litigation practice on representing clients in commercial disputes. He has litigated such disputes for clients in a variety of industries, including the financial services, real estate, luxury goods, healthcare, and defense industries. Ed has significant experience representing clients in litigation over non-compete agreements, including in the financial services, luxury goods, insurance, and medical device industries. Ed also has defended clients in antitrust, consumer fraud, and product liability class action litigation.

White Collar Criminal Defense/Government & Internal Investigations

About half of Ed's practice has been devoted to counseling and defending individuals and corporations in connection with criminal investigations and civil enforcement actions, including investigations by the SEC, the OCC and SIGTARP.  Ed has represented clients in investigations of securities and other financial fraud, insurance fraud, and criminal antitrust investigations into alleged price-fixing and bid rigging. Ed also has represented a variety of firms that do business with the federal government and other public entities, including engineering firms, health care companies, and defense firms, in grand jury investigations into allegations of fraud against such public entities, as well civil litigation under the False Claims Act. Ed regularly conducts internal investigations for corporations and counsels his clients on compliance with federal criminal law and on disclosures of potential violations.

Ed has spoken and written widely on criminal law and evidentiary issues. Among other things, he is co-author of a chapter on evidentiary issues in federal criminal cases in Federal Criminal Practice, published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and for several years was a co-author of the two-volume treatise Testimonial Privileges from West, including a chapter on “Executive and Governmental Privileges."

Ed is an active member of the Firm's Finance Committee and co-chair of the Pro Bono Committee.


  • U.C.L.A. Law School, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1991
  • University of Chicago, A.B., with honors, 1986

Practice Areas

  • Bank Litigation
  • Compensation and Employment
  • Financial Institutions
  • Litigation