Ed Walters

Ed Walters

Ed Walters is the CEO and co-founder of Fastcase, an online legal research software company based in Washington, D.C. Under Ed’s leadership, Fastcase has grown into one of the world’s largest legal publishers, currently serving more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world.

Before founding Fastcase, Ed worked at Covington & Burling in Washington D.C. and Brussels, where he advised clients such as Microsoft, Merck, SmithKline, the National Football League, and the National Hockey League. His practice focused on corporate advisory work for software companies and sports leagues, and intellectual property litigation. Ed worked in the White House from 1991-1993, first in the Office of Media Affairs and then in the Office of Presidential Speechwriting.

Ed graduated from Georgetown University and the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of The University of Chicago Law Review, and he clerked for the Hon. Emilio M. Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Fifth Circuits. He serves on the boards of Pro Bono Net, Public.Resource.org, Friends of Telecom Without Borders, and Salsa Labs. He teaches Law of Robots, a class about the frontiers of law and technology, at Georgetown University Law Center.

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Guest Appearances
February 12, 2018
Legal Printing Isn’t Dying, Just Changing

Host Jared Correia and Ed Walters have a genuinely interesting conversation about paper.

September 28, 2017
Member Benefits Providers Offer Services to Irma Victims

Trent Carlyle, Ed Walters, Andrew Gay, and Austin Lindsey talk about what their companies are providing to those affected by hurricane Irma.

March 29, 2017
Catching up with Legal Rebels Ed Walters of Fastcase and Kevin O’Keefe of Lexblog

This year at ABA TECHSHOW, Molly McDonough catches up with Legal Rebels Ed Walters and Kevin O’Keefe.

March 21, 2017
ImmigrationJustice.us: How Lawyers can Respond to Trump’s Immigration Laws

This podcast focuses on ImmigrationJustice.us, a website built to organize legal professionals who are seeking ways to help immigrants.

March 20, 2017
ABA TECHSHOW 2017: Why Robots Won’t Take Lawyer Jobs

Andrew Arruda, Shamla Naidoo, and Ed Walters talks about artificial intelligence and how technology is helping lawyers, not replacing them.

October 12, 2016
For Fastcase founders, the message is: Change, and do it faster!

Legal technology has changed since 1999, when Ed Walters and Phil Rosenthal founded the legal research service Fastcase—but not as much as they’d like.

September 22, 2016
Clio Cloud 2016: Changing Law for Thinking Machines

Victor Li chats with Fastcase CEO Ed Walters about the “robot revolution” and how the law might have to change to handle machines.

April 1, 2016
The Law is Not Copyrightable: Fastcase Sues Casemaker

Recently, the legal publishing company Fastcase received a takedown notice from the parent company of another publishing company, Casemaker, claiming they had exclusive rights to distribute, for commercial use, the Georgia Administrative Rules and Regulations. Fastcase CEO Ed Walters was surprised by this demand, because public law is not copyrightable. As a response, Ed decided...

February 1, 2016
Legal Research Software: Mapping Data to Save Time and Improve Access

It is an exciting time for legal research. The text-based searches of yesterday are giving way to the interactive visualization of data. What this means is that lawyers will have more control over and increased awareness of their research projects. The visual ability to map out information empowers researchers to understand when enough is enough,...

October 9, 2015
ATL APP: Thinking Like a Lawyer and Thinking Like a Person

Fastcase founder Ed Walters goes introspective about sapere vedere on this Special Report with Joe Patrice and Elie Mystal. Simply put, sapere vedere means learning to see. In it, Ed recalls the lessons learned from his high school art teacher and applies them to legal practice. Attorneys should remember the viewpoint of others when they...

July 30, 2015
The Summer of Lunch Part 2: Authentic Legal Marketing in the Digital Age

Because clients’ lives are increasingly online, lawyers need to market their law firms online too. When looking at a website, marketing campaigns, social media, or even bios, potential clients are interested in authentic online profiles and messages. But when lawyers try to balance professionalism with authenticity, it results in cliches, uninteresting self-promotion, and useless information....

March 31, 2015
The Law of Robotics: Autonomy, Responsibility, and Risk

From self-driving cars and drones to robotic surgeons and soldiers, humans are delegating more tasks to machines and software. But who is responsible when then these new innovations cause damage, injury, or death? Can we trust machines to prioritize preserving human life when accidents inevitably occur? Should we be thinking about sweeping regulations? In this...

January 15, 2015
Legal Research Tools and Tips

Ed Walters started as a lawyer in a big law firm in Washington D.C. In the late 1990’s, he was approached by a client asking him to research a relatively new legal issue without using LexisNexis or WestLaw, as they were trying to reduce online legal research costs. His inability to do this set off...

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