Ed Gehres is an experienced business lawyer, corporate counselor, and litigator with a practice that serves companies, investment funds, non-profit entities and foundations, government agencies and tribally-owned businesses. His industry experience includes financial services, technology companies, product manufacturers and marketers, food and nutrition, aviation, insurance, asset-backed finance, energy and infrastructure, and businesses partnering with Native American and Alaska Native entities.
Ed has served as General Counsel for several companies, including a community development financial institution, a venture-backed FinTech company, and an investment holding company with more than thirty-five subsidiaries and billions of dollars in assets under management. Ed has leveraged this experience into a practice that includes corporate transactions, debt and equity financing, governance, data and privacy issues, compliance counseling, risk management, and corporate political affairs. Ed can assist clients at all stages of the business development cycle, combining elements of strategic planning with a 360-degree view of legal and regulatory challenges.
Ed began his career in litigation and has tried numerous complex cases and class actions alleging unfair and deceptive practices, environmental contamination, product liability, and health and safety violations. Ed has also led clients through internal investigations and state and federal government enforcement matters, and has significant experience developing strategies for dealing with adverse agency findings on complex scientific issues. Ed builds his representation in litigation matters around collaboration with principals and in-house counsel that know the business best, crafting strategies that balance zealous advocacy with efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Ed is also the co-coordinator of Van Ness Feldman’s nationally recognized Native Affairs practice. Ed brings deep personal connections with Indian Country to bear in counseling parties on how to maximize the profitability and success of Native American enterprises while minimizing and preparing effectively for inherent risks. Ed is of Eastern Band Cherokee heritage, served on the Executive Board of the Native American Bar Association of Washington, DC, and was co-chair of the Advisory Board for the Native American Political Leadership Program at the George Washington University.