Ed is a Nashville criminal defense lawyer who is recognized as US Business News “Most Dedicated Criminal Defense Attorney” in Nashville for 2020, one of the “10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys” for client satisfaction, for being in the “Top 10 Under 40” in Tennessee, and as a 3-time recipient of Avvo’s “Client’s Choice Award”.   Ed practices in State and Federal Court in Nashville where he has handled nearly 2,000 criminal cases (nearly every type of misdemeanor and felony case) and has had many successful trials.  The focus of Ed’s practice has always been on getting every client a great result.

Ed 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, he acquired his first job, working as a paper boy for The Daily Herald. He attended Lincoln-Way Central High School where he played football, water polo, and ran track. Go Knights!

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

Following graduation, he sought out Southern California. He relocated to San Diego in the summer of 2006 to attend Thomas Jefferson School of Law. While a full-time law student, he 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 the spring of 2009, he had completed 3 Ironman Triathlon’s, 12 marathons, a 50 mile run around Catalina Island, and many other triathlons – one in which he swam from Alcatraz Island.

After earning his Juris Doctor, he continued coaching, mentoring and cultivating his legal and business skills through diverse work experience. As a lawyer with Robin Nottingham’s family law practice, a licensed California Real Estate Broker, and co-founder of investment company Big Wave Capital, LLC, Ed acquired invaluable hands-on courtroom, sales, and business experience; skills that are necessary for the effective practice of law.

Heading into 2011 he sensed that he was ready for a change. While visiting Nashville in 2011, he discovered the potential of the city and it’s genuine people. He left San Diego the following month and relocated to Nashville where he established his criminal defense practice.

After five years of criminal law practice, Ed launched Courtroom Coach, LLC in 2017 – a first of its kind resource to help criminal defense lawyers improve their craft.  Later in 2017, Ed became a Nashville Judicial Commissioner (i.e. Night Court Judge), working at Night Court in a part-time capacity.


Illinois (Lic. No. 6326056)
Tennessee (Lic. No. 030672)


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)
Clients Choice Award – Avvo (2017 – 2019)


The Woman’s Club of Nashville Advisory Board (2017 – Current), La Jolla Pop Warner Coach and Board Member (2009 − 2011), Del Mar Little League Coach (2009 − 2011), SAY San Diego Youth Mentor (2008 − 2010), Environment California Member (2009 − 2011), Surfrider Foundation Member (2009 − 2011)


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