Howdy. I’m Ed. I’m a Nashville criminal defense lawyer and I’ve been practicing in Nashville since 2012. To date I’ver handled over 2,000 Nashville criminal cases (see link below to my law practice website).

Here’s a brief back story on how came to be.

In 2012 I moved to Nashville, a city where I knew no one, I had no place to live, and I had no job other than the practice I was starting. The first thing that I did when I arrived to Nashville was seek out resources and mentors. I needed to know how to cross-examine, win trials, pick a jury, negotiate settlements, conduct hearings, and the list went on and on. Unfortunately, traditional practice guides were insufficient, unaffordable, filled with theory, and required hundreds of dollars every year for updated print material. In 2017, after 10,000 hours of criminal defense practice and over 1,200 criminal cases I wanted to help lawyers who were facing the same painful challenges I had once faced…so I created Courtroom Coach. The focus of development was creating practical and easy to use tools that could be used in any criminal courtroom in the country and quickly accessed on any device. All Courtroom Coach content is tried-and-true on real cases.

If you want to know more read on…

I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in New Lenox, Illinois as the youngest of six children by two fantastic parents. At the age of ten I acquired my first job, working as a paper boy for The Daily Herald. I attended Lincoln-Way Central High School where I played football, water polo, and ran track. Go Knights!

I then became the final Hastings child to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In the spring of 2006, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Illinois. Graduation day was particularly unique as I began the morning by completing my first triathlon, then attended my afternoon graduation where I graduated with my sister.

Following graduation, I sought out Southern California. I relocated to San Diego in 2006 to attend Thomas Jefferson School of Law. While a full-time law student, I balanced various legal positions, coached youth football and baseball, was a SAY San Diego youth mentor, taught surf lessons at Menehune Surf, Inc., and participated in various triathlons and running events. Upon graduating Thomas Jefferson in 2009, I had completed 3 Ironman Triathlon’s, 12 marathons, a 50 mile run around Catalina Island, and other triathlons…one in which I swam from Alcatraz Island.

After law school I continued coaching, mentoring and cultivating my legal and business skills through diverse work experience. Through my work at a family law practice, as a licensed California Real Estate Broker, and as co-founder of investment company Big Wave Capital, LLC, I acquired invaluable courtroom, sales, and business experience.

Heading into 2011 I sensed that I was ready for a change. While visiting Nashville in 2011, I discovered the potential of the city and its friendly people. I left San Diego the following month and relocated to Nashville where I started my criminal defense practice.  In 2017 I began working part-time as one of Nashville’s Judicial Commissioner’s (Night Court Judge).


Illinois (License 6326056)
Tennessee (License 030672)


  • Clients Choice Award – Avvo (2017-2022)
  • Most Dedicated Criminal Defense Attorney – US Business News (2020)
  • 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys – American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys (2017, 2018)
  • Top 10 Under 40 – National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (2017)
  • Top 40 Under 40 – The National Trial Lawyers (2017)


  • The Woman’s Club of Nashville Advisory Board (2017-Current)
  • La Jolla Pop Warner Coach and Board Member (2009−11)
  • Del Mar Little League Coach (2009−11)
  • SAY San Diego Youth Mentor (2008−10)
  • Environment California (2009−11)
  • Surfrider Foundation (2009−11)


Running (15 Marathons, 1 Ultramarathon), Surfing, Skydiving (8 jumps), Triathlons (5-Time Ironman), Football, Tennis, Traveling (32 Countries)

Click HERE to visit my law practice website