Ed Barnidge focuses on commercial and complex civil litigation.  He has tried cases in court, arbitration, and regulatory proceedings.  His practice is national in scope, and he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in many high-dollar disputes. 

Ed has particular experience in disputes involving commercial contracts, financial instruments, federal and state False Claims Acts, franchise matters, government licensing, and retail financing.  In addition, he has conducted numerous internal investigations of potential financial improprieties and product defects.

Ed is Co-Chair of the firm’s Class Action practice group. He also chairs the firm’s Consumer Law Practice Center for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Ed graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1993.  He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, before clerking for Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California.  He joined Williams & Connolly in 2000.

Representative Experience

Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Ed’s experience includes:

  • Defeating on summary judgment a nine figure claim by the Lehman estate under a derivatives contract
  • Successfully prosecuting a high-stakes breach-of-contract claim against a leading financial institution
  • Defending an issuer of convertible debt against a breach of contract claim seeking tens of millions of shares
  • Successfully defending client at trial against multimillion dollar claims involving commercial real estate project
  • Representing clients with environmental, public fisc, and cannibalization claims in connection with a high-profile government licensure program
  • Defending client against claims by government and qui tam claimants under state and federal False Claims Acts
  • Vindicating on appeal a franchisor’s right to terminate a long-time franchisee
  • Leading internal investigation of alleged product defect in computing industry
  • Defeating a claim for class representation brought by retail consumers against a high-profile dealership in a national automotive dealership chain
  • Obtaining a dismissal in a putative class action involving purported financial fraud
  • Leading internal investigations of claims of alleged retail financing frauds
  • Lead attorney in arbitration of consumer claim involving purported retail financing fraud



Government Service

Law Clerk, Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 1999-2000

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