Ed joined Chuck Bretz & Associates in 2012. Immediately prior to joining Chuck Bretz & Associates, Ed was in private practice concentrating in securities law, consulting on alternative dispute resolution before FINRA, CBOE and CME and consulting on securities regulatory matters.
Ed began his legal career in 1984, working as a Labor Conciliator for the Illinois Department of Labor. In that capacity, he heard and decided wage claims. Ed left that position to become a Hearing Officer for the Illinois Secretary of State Administrative Hearings Department. In that role, Ed presided over driver’s license reinstatement and RDP hearings. In 1987, Ed left the Administrative Hearings Department and to serve as an Enforcement Attorney for the Illinois Securities Department. As an Enforcement Attorney, Ed represented the Secretary of State in investigation and prosecution of violations of the Illinois Securities Act. In 1989, Ed left the Illinois Securities Department for employment with what is now known as FINRA (f/n/a NASD). In 2006, Ed left NASD Dispute Resolution to take a position as General Counsel to a Chicago based brokerage firm which specialized in private equity.
At Chuck Bretz & Associates, Ed practices in the areas of Family Law, Corporate Law and Civil Litigation. Ed also represents clients in Administrative Hearings before the Secretary of State.
Ed is a graduate of DePaul University and The John Marshall Law School.