Ed is a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy and Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Electronic Transactions teams. He counsels a wide range of businesses and financial institutions in matters regarding blockchain financial transaction applications, electronic and digital signatures, electronic loan documents and other electronic records, and collateral consisting of electronic chattel paper, transferable records and other electronic assets. He has a deep understanding of emerging technologies and, in particular, their relation to cybersecurity and state and federal financial transaction statutes.

Ed represents banks, finance companies, funds and borrowers in the middle and large corporate markets. His finance practice includes extensive experience with myriad lending/borrowing transactions: accounts receivable and inventory finance; cash flow finance; mezzanine finance; health care finance; equipment finance; joint venture finance; leveraged acquisition finance; unsecured finance; letters of credit finance; asset securitizations; media, high tech and telecommunications finance; real estate finance; loan syndications and participations; workouts, restructurings and forbearance arrangements; secured party sales; debtor-in-possession finance; and loan purchases and sales.

Ed is a member of The Electronic Signatures and Records Association and is an observer on the ULC/ALI committee to amend the Uniform Commercial Code with respect to emerging technologies. He frequently writes on lending and other legal topics and has lectured for the National Business Institute, Lorman Education Services, and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, as well as the Emory University Law and Religion Program.


  • Finance, Commercial & Corporate Finance
  • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
  • Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Electronic Transactions
  • Commercial Real Estate Finance
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Agriculture Funding & Lending

Honors & Recognitions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Banking & Finance Law since 2006, Securitization and Structured Finance Law since 2012, Commercial Finance Law since 2022, Equipment Finance Law (2024)
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, "Lawyer of the Year," Securitization and Structured Finance Law, Atlanta, Georgia (2021), Commercial Finance Law, Atlanta, Georgia (2024) 
  • Named, Chambers USA, Banking & Finance (2009-2024)
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, Banking (2010-2014, 2016-2018; 2021-2024)
  • Georgia's "Who's Who Legal," Banking
  • American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers



Professional & Community

Civic Activities

  • Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, Board Member and Board Co-Chair
  • Host of informal "Tour the Bible Through the Carlos Museum" program for church and synagogue groups on weekends
  • Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors Member
  • Chair and speaker, annual ICLE Ethics & Professionalism seminar, "Ancient Foundations and Modern Equivalents," Michael C. Carlos Museum

Professional Activities

  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia State Bar Association
  • Georgia State Bar Association Business Law Section, Former Chair
  • Georgia State Bar Association Business Law Section and Uniform Commercial Code Committee
  • Georgia State Bar Association Business Law Section Uniform Commercial Code Committee, Former Chair


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Burr & Forman's experienced team helps clients navigate the complex cybersecurity and data privacy landscape with strategies designed to assess current risks, develop a corrective action plan, implement best practices, and provide immediate and appropriate responses to a cybersecurity breach.

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