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In Memoriam: Edwin Wallace


It is with extreme sadness that the leadership and staff of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys acknowledge the passing of MATA Past-President and longtime friend Edwin Wallace.


We are heartbroken to hear of the untimely death of Ed Wallace on July 4th.  Ed was a longtime champion of MATA and his career was dedicated to tireless representation of “the little guy” through his landmark representation of injured people – particularly those harmed by the tobacco and asbestos industries.


Ed Wallace was always there when MATA needed him.  He was one of the people who were instrumental in bringing attorney-conducted voir dire to Massachusetts.  Ed was also an important resource in helping our members learn the skills needed to succeed in that area.  Ed was always eager and willing to mentor young lawyers. I first met Ed when I was a teenager, through his friendship with my father.  Like many of you, I shared many good laughs with Ed.  He was instrumental in my development as a lawyer and my involvement with MATA, providing necessary guidance and encouragement along the way.  I am sure he has provided the same for many of you.  We are all going to miss Ed’s quick wit, intelligence, experience and fundamental human decency.


In recent years, as Ed faced his own health challenges (and yet never complained), he remained an active participant in MATA and inspired many of us by continuing to offer good advice and funny quips during his participation in MATA Board of Governors’ meetings.  Ed was named to be the recipient of the 2020 MATA Courageous Advocacy Award.


Our hearts go out to Ed’s wife Lisa, his three sons, colleagues and friends. We already miss him very much.


Brendan G. Carney



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