Jamal M. Edwards focuses his legal practice on Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology, business litigation, healthcare and real estate matters. Mr. Edwards has represented major international and Fortune 500 companies for over 15 years. He also counsels entrepreneurs, small businesses (including MBEs and WBEs) and start-ups in a broad range of matters.
Adding to his value as a trusted counselor, Jamal has had a distinguished business career, including two executive positions at Equifax, Inc., several small business, real estate and tech start-up CEO positions, and serving as turnaround CEO for a federally qualified health center in Chicago, and advisor to a commercial real estate company.
In 2011, Crain’s Chicago Business named him top “40 under 40” and he has received several prestigious awards for his work in law, healthcare, business, real estate and public relations/crisis communications. He has repeatedly been recognized as a SuperLawyers® Rising Star in both Illinois and Michigan.
Before joining the Firm, Mr. Edwards was a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and the Detroit office of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. He also previously served as corporate counsel to IBM.
Mr. Edwards has served on a variety of nonprofit boards, including the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago (now the Legal Council for Health Justice), Adoption-Link NFP, Illinois Primary Healthcare Association and Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services, L3C. He is actively engaged in civic, political and philanthropic endeavors, locally and nationally.
After graduating from law school, Jamal clerked for the Hon. Raymond A. Jackson, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and for the Hon. Roger L. Gregory, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Mr. Edwards received his B.S. cum laude from Morehouse College in 1998. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002, where he was the Executive Editor of the Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review and a Semi-Finalist in the 77th Annual Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, in addition to winning several other prestigious moot court and mock trial competitions, locally and nationally.