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Edward J. Walters


CEO, Fastcase, Adjunct Professor of Law

A.B., Georgetown; J.D., University of Chicago

ED WALTERS is the CEO and co-founder of Fastcase, an online legal research software company based in Washington, D.C. Under Professor Walters’s leadership, Fastcase has...

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

Before founding Fastcase, Professor Walters worked at Covington & Burling, in Washington D.C. and Brussels, where he advised Microsoft, Merck, SmithKline, the Business Software Alliance, 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.

Professor Walters worked in the White House from 1991-1993, first in the Office of Media Affairs and then in the Office of Presidential Speechwriting. After working in the White House, he was the lead account executive in an influential Washington public relations boutique. He has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The University of Chicago Law Review, The Green Bag, and Legal Times, and has spoken extensively on legal publishing around the country.

Professor Walters earned an A.B. in government from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. He served as the Editor-in-Chief and Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Hoya, Georgetown University’s college newspaper, and during law school, he served as an editor of The University of Chicago Law Review. From 1996-97, he served as a judicial clerk with the Hon. Emilio M. Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar, and he has been admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Fifth Circuits. He serves on the boards of Pro Bono Net, Public.Resource.org, and Friends of Telecom Without Borders. He has served on the Visiting Committee for the University of Chicago Law School, and the Visiting Committee for the University of Chicago Main Campus Library System.

In the News

"The Dark Side of Al in Law", coverage in Legal Tech News, October 31, 2017, quoting Professor Edward Walters.  

 "Using Small Data to Make Big Decisions; Managing a smarter small firm with data", coverage in Mazdigital, October 4, 2017, by Adjunct Professor Ed Walters.

"Senate Panel Approves Legislation That Would Put a Hell of A Lot More Self-Driving Cars on US Roads," coverage by Gizmodo, October 4, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Ed Walters.

"FastCase CEO Ed Walters Discusses Modern #LegalLeadership," coverage by High Performance Counsel, March 16, 2017, featuring Adjunct Professor Edward Walters.

"Dynamism vs. stasis and stagnation: Professional drivers want a 50-year ban on driverless cars," coverage by AE Ideas, January 18, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Edward Walters.

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"The Dark Side of Al in Law", coverage in Legal Tech News, October 31, 2017, quoting Professor Edward Walters.  

 "Using Small Data to Make Big Decisions; Managing a smarter small firm with data", coverage in Mazdigital, October 4, 2017, by Adjunct Professor Ed Walters.

"Senate Panel Approves Legislation That Would Put a Hell of A Lot More Self-Driving Cars on US Roads," coverage by Gizmodo, October 4, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Ed Walters.

"FastCase CEO Ed Walters Discusses Modern #LegalLeadership," coverage by High Performance Counsel, March 16, 2017, featuring Adjunct Professor Edward Walters.

"Dynamism vs. stasis and stagnation: Professional drivers want a 50-year ban on driverless cars," coverage by AE Ideas, January 18, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Edward Walters.

"Professional drivers in New York want self-driving cars banned for 50 years," coverage by Digital Trends, January 13, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Edward Walters.

"The backlash against self-driving cars officially begins," coverage by CNN.com, January 10, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Edward Walters.

"Cars Talking to One Another? They Could Under Proposed Safety Rules," coverage by The New York Times, December 13, 2016, quoting Adjunct Professor Ed Walters.

"Can a Self-Driving, Autonomous Car Really React in an Accident?," coverage in Slaw, December 21, 2015, featuring Adjunct Professor Edward Walters.

Podcast #24: Ed Walters on Robot Lawyers and the Law of Robots (Replay),” Lawyerist.com, July 7, 2015, interview with Adjunct Professor Edward Walters.

"Podcast #4: Ed Walters on Robot Lawyers and the Law of Robots," coverage by Lawyerist podcast, January 27, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Ed Walters. Futher coverage is in Slaw.

"Legal Research Tools and Tips," coverage by Legal Talk Network, January 15, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Edward Walters.

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