Ed Harrell has more than 30 years of experience in the practice of law, joining Hughes Watters Askanase as a partner in 1988.
Ed focuses his practice on complex trials and appeals in the areas of consumer and commercial lending, financial institutions, debt collection practices, deceptive trade practices, securities fraud and breach of contract. He also has defended numerous class action suits ranging from employment discrimination to breach of warranty. He serves as lead appellate counsel in the event of appeals. Ed has tried more than fifty jury cases to verdict and a number of discrimination bench trials.
Ed merged his practice with HWA because he felt the firm's culture was compatible with his work style, personality and interests. Ed appreciates the fact that HWA accommodates many different points of view and backgrounds while also maintaining a collegial and professional atmosphere.
Ed was admitted to practice law in 1977 by the State Bar of Texas. Ed practices in all Federal District Courts in Texas, the Supreme Court of Texas and the Fifth, Ninth and Tenth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal as well as the U.S. Court of Claims.
Ed has represented clients in a variety of industries.
Since the adoption of the Texas Home Equity Amendment, Ed has defended several class-action home equity cases as well as numerous individual claims. These include filing an amicus curiae brief in Stringer v. Cendant Mortgage Corp., 23 S.W.3d 353 (Tex. 2000), which guided the opinion. He was also lead attorney, trial and appellate, in McMahan v. Long Beach Mortgage Co., 235 F.3d 1340 (5th Cir. 2000).
Ed was part of the team that successfully reversed a nationwide consumer class action in General Electric Co. v. Jewell, 2003 WL 22176623 (Tex. Civ. App. - Houston [14th Dist.]), in which he was trial counsel and co-appellate counsel.
OTHER SELECTED CASES
- Duran v. Entrust, Inc., No. 01-08-00589-CV, 2010 WL 1241093 (Tex. App. - Houston [1st Dist.] Mar. 25, 2010, pet. denied).
- Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance, Inc. v. Posey, 146 S.W.3d 302 (Tex. App. - Texarkana 2004, no pet.)
- In re Cueva, 371 F.3d 232 (5th Cir. 2004)
- TMS Mortgage, Inc. v. Golias, 102 S.W.3d 768 (Tex. App. - Beaumont 2003, no pet.)
- Youngblood v. GC Services, Ltd. Partnership, 186 F.Supp. 2d 695 (W.D. Tex. 2002)
- Merchandise Center, Inc., et al v. WNS, Inc., 85 S.W.3d 389 (Tex. App. - Texarkana 2002, no pet.)
- Boales v. Brighton Builders, 29 S.W.3d 159 (Tex. App. - Houston [14th Dist.] 2000, review den.)
- Askanase v. Livingwell, Inc., 45 F.3d 103 (5th Cir. 1995)
- Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Texas Tech University, 1973
- Juris Doctorate, Order of the Barons, University of Houston Law Center, 1977
- American Bar Association
- Houston Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas
AWARDS AND HONORS
- AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
HOBBIES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS
Ed enjoys fishing and hunting for recreation