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About Ed

Edward D. Laird, Jr. concentrates his legal practice on the defense of transportation, product liability, medical malpractice, and other liability claims. He defends various transportation companies, commercial carriers, and manufacturers of aircraft, gas products, and sports equipment in State and Federal Courts throughout New York and Vermont.

In addition, Ed has successfully defended lawsuits on behalf of physicians and hospitals in various medical specialties including obstetrics, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, general surgery, ophthalmology and critical care. He represents physicians before the State of New York Department of Health, Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC). Ed has also represented other health care professionals, accountants, attorneys, engineers, and clergy in professional liability claims.

Why Ed

When you meet Ed, you will understand how he has built so many long-term, loyal relationships with clients. From the start, you notice that Ed has a creative approach with a unique angle of vision. He is focused on the issues at hand, but also attentive to long-term goals, professional standing, and the values and reputation associated with your brand and products.

Ed has an exceptional record of accomplishment in and out of the courtroom and is a well-respected litigator. Feedback from his clients often includes accolades related to his meticulous preparation, direct and honest communication, artful problem solving, and collaborative efforts involving his clients and team of experts.  Ed delivers both value and results.



  • ALFA International
  • ALFA International Transportation Practice Group, Steering Committee
  • Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc.
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Committee on Character and Fitness (2005-15)
  • American Inns of Court, Albany Law School chapter, Past Master
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Past President


  • Martindale-Hubbell, “AV” Attorney Rating (1990-present)
  • Super Lawyers®, Super Lawyer (2009–present)
  • Best Lawyers® in America, Best Lawyer (2013-present)
  • New York Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Marquis “Who’s Who”® in American Law


Representative Reported Cases

  • Palmatier v. Mr. Heater Corp., 2017 NY Slip Op 08922 (3rd Dept 2017)
  • Lake v. Urologix, Inc., et al, 22 Misc3d 960 (Sup Ct Madison Cnty 2008)
  • Gleason v. Holman, General Electric Company, et al., 263 AD2d 913 (3rd Dept 1999)
  • Davison v. Wiggand et al., 259 AD2d 799, 94 NY2d 751 (3rd Dept 1999)
  • Trustco Bank v. Capital Newspapers et al., 213 AD2d 940 (3rd Dept 1995)
  • State University Construction Fund v. Turner Construction Company et al, 181 AD2d 353 (3rd Dept 1992)
  • Markley v. Albany Medical Center Hospital et al., 163 AD2d 639 (3rd Dept 1990)
  • Chiplock v. Niagara Mohawk et al., 134 AD2d 96 (3rd Dept 1988)


  • J.D., Western New England University School of Law
  • B.A., State University of New York at Oswego, cum laude


  • New York State
  • Vermont
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the State of Vermont
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America


Advocacy & Involvement

Pro Bono

  • Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc., Equal Justice Fund, Board member



  • Moderator: “Tools to Tell the Client’s Story – Effective Courtroom Techniques”, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Seminary, Scottsdale, AZ (2017)
  • Moderator: “Welcome to the Wild Wild West: The New Frontier in Transportation Law – Preventability Versus Non-Preventability Determinations: Resolving the Tension Between Safety and Legal”, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Seminar, Tuscon, AZ (2013)
  • Panelist: “Strategies for the Tough Case, What’s Working, What’s Not: Spoliation, Driver Preparation & Participation”, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Seminar, Marco Island, FL (2010)
  • Speaker: “Evidence and Expert Testimony Best Practices: Supporting Your Case. Evidence, Experts and Hearsay in the Courtroom”, National Business Institute (2009)
  • Panelist: “The Road to Resolution: A Mediation Skills Seminar, Mediation with the Empathetic Approach”, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Seminar, Austin, TX (2007)
  • Speaker: “Medical Malpractice Litigation”, New York State Bar Association, Albany, NY (2005)