Ed Garson is a trial lawyer with experience in large, complex, high-exposure civil matters involving a wide range of issues, from professional liability and financial fraud to construction accidents and property damage.
A primary focus of Ed's practice involves the defense of construction liability and defect matters, with particular experience representing steel erectors and crane companies in personal injury, property damage and impact claims. Ed also has a significant practice defending insurance brokers and agents, architects and engineers, financial advisors, lawyers, and real estate brokers and agents in professional malpractice litigation.
Ed's litigation approach emphasizes early, cost-effective claims resolution, with the ability to go to trial if that strategy best serves the interests of the client. He has taken many cases to verdict, including trials lasting more than six months. He has appeared before California federal and state courts and argued appeals in the California Court of Appeals, California Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also has been admitted pro hac vice in the Territory of Guam and the State of Washington in order to try major cases on behalf of clients.
Prior to joining Wilson Elser in 1987, Ed was a deputy attorney general for the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California, Torts and Condemnation Division.
California Supreme Court
Areas of Focus
Ed has handled all types of construction-related legal matters, from dispute resolution to contract negotiation. He has defended contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and material suppliers in construction liability and defect cases. He has developed extensive experience defending construction matters involving injuries to ironworkers, as well as equipment suppliers such as cranes, scissor and aerial lifts. He also has handled environmental exposure cases involving silica, asbestos, ground and water pollution, and construction-related toxic releases. His knowledge extends to issues of construction contract terms and conditions, additional insured coverage, and contractual indemnity.
In the professional liability area, Ed has defended insurance brokers and agents, architects and engineers, financial advisors, lawyers, and real estate brokers and agents in both trials and appeals. He is the co-coordinator of the firm's insurance professionals group within the Specialty Professional Risks practice. The group is focused on the representation of insurance brokers and agents, as well as other types of insurance professionals such as MGAs, TPAs, actuaries, investigators, program administrators and loss control/risk management consultants, in the defense of errors and omissions claims.
The Lessons of Brinker: The Status Meal Breaks In California
June 15, 2012
San Mateo County Restaurant Seminar
Edward Garson Moderates Panel at Construction SuperConference
January 10, 2012
“Recent Developments in Risk Allocation,” California Crane Owners Association Annual Conference, Silverado, CA, May 19, 2012.
“Emerging Risks to the Design Professional: Successor Liability on Abandoned Projects and Special Risks Associated with Green Projects” (with Louis Castoria and Ian Stewart), Markel, Deerfield, IL, May 15, 2012.
Moderator, “AI and Contractual Indemnity Update Post-Crawford,” Construction SuperConference, San Francisco, CA, December 18-19, 2011.
“Adventures in Blunderland: Way to Avoid E&O Exposure,” Surplus Lines Association, Los Angeles, CA, and San Francisco, CA, November 9-10, 2010.
“Contacts and Contracts: Have Your Ducks in Order Before Catastrophe Hits,” Northern California Crane Owners Association annual meeting, Lake Tahoe, NV, May 2010.
“Financial Fraud: What Was Old Is New Again,” Lancer Claims, CalSurance, April 2009.
“Construction Accident Liability: Privette, Elsner and Beyond,” Gallagher Bassett, Old Republic Insurance Company, Arch Insurance Company, April 2009.
“Investigating Catastrophic Construction Claims” (with Glen Fuerth), Northern California Crane Owners Association, September, 2008.
“What You Should Know About Risk Spreading,” Northern California Crane Owners Association, December 2007.
“Construction Defect Claims: Whose Liability Is It? (How Responsibility For Claims Can Be Redistributed),” Nova Pro Risk Solutions, Zurich Insurance Company, 2007.
“Driving Toward Resolution,” “Answer, Demurrer or Otherwise Respond,” “Last 120 Days Before Trial,” “The First 30 Days,” “Anatomy of a Trial,” “The Care and Feeding of Documents,” “Time Keeping and Time Management,” “Writing and Responding to Discovery,” and “Anatomy of an Insurance Broker Case,” Wilson Elser in-house training, various dates and locations.
Legal Insights Publishes Two Articles by Wilson Elser Partners
April 25, 2013
Specialty Profession Services Contributes to Agents of America e-Book, Insurance Agency Risk Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Avoiding E&O Claims
January 16, 2012
Tracking Employees through GPS on Mobile Devices