Edward J. Longosz, II
Member-in-Charge, Washington, D.C.
Board of Directors
Chair, Commercial Litigation
Ed Longosz has a local and nationwide practice with a broad range of experience in complex civil litigation. He is practice includes business torts, class actions, the defense of toxic torts, product liability, professional malpractice D&O matters. In addition, he represents airlines on passenger and cargo claims, commercial and regulatory matters, government compliance and investigations, antitrust, class actions, insurance coverage, contract disputes, agency disputes, and bad faith cases. Ed is the chair of the Commercial Litigation Group (East) for the firm’s offices in Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Virginia; Wilmington, Delaware; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Princeton, New Jersey; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Represents clients in various state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the country in foreign jurisdictions and in arbitrations and mediations.
- Served as lead counsel in numerous trials and appeals in state and federal courts.
- Served as lead counsel in multiple litigation matters, including international airlines in trial courts, agency proceedings and investigations, and appeals.
- Served as lead counsel in negotiating complex commercial contract disputes involving wet lease agreements, intellectual property issues, trade secrets, and financial matters.
- Served as lead counsel in medical device stent class action litigation in successfully defeating certifications of certain classes and obtained favorable settlement of remaining reduced class members.
- Defended national trade association in HIV blood transfusion cases; represents the second largest elevator company in the world in product liability matters; represents insurance companies in connection with coverage opinions, contractual claims, class actions, bad faith and fraud claims, defending asbestos exposure cases, and providing litigation avoidance advice.
- Served as lead counsel in various insurance contract and coverage matters, e.g., leading the way to the acceptance of the defense of constructive fraud for insurance companies as a defense to consent judgment actions by insureds.
- Served as lead trial counsel in the successful defense and dismissal of plaintiff’s claims in a breach of contract and trade secret case that involved complex business and financial issues. On behalf of the same client, he was successful in prosecuting a counter-claim in that case which resulted in a substantial multimillion-dollar award.
- Served as lead trial counsel for international insurer in connection with the WR Grace bankruptcy confirmation hearings and trial.
- Served as lead counsel in obtaining dismissals on behalf of international insurer in all cases filed in Ohio and Texas seeking to hold insurers liable for independent tort direct action claims.
- Served as lead counsel in obtaining dismissal on behalf of international insurer in obtaining dismissal of multi-party catastrophic personal injury loss seeking to hold insurers liable for independent tort direct action claims.
- Served as lead counsel for international insurer in complex commercial litigation subprime matters.
- District of Columbia Defense Lawyers Association, Past President
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Past Bar Leadership Member
- Virginia Association of Defense Lawyers
- American Bar Association Torts & Insurance Practice Section, Committees on Liability & Manufacturers & Self-Insureds
- The Defense Research Institute, Past National Committee Legislative Member; Attended/Participant Class Action, Product Liability and Asbestos Conference
- National Institute for Trial Advocacy
- Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Former Mediator and Arbitrator
- Office of the Circuit Executive, United States District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit, Former Neutral Evaluator and Mediator
- Member, CLM (Claims and Litigation Management Alliance)
Awards and Recognition:
- America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigator, 2018
- AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell
- Board of Directors, Council for Court Excellence (CCE)
- National Registry of Who’s Who Published in the 2000 Edition
District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
J.D., Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, 1981; Editor, Law Review
London School of Economics, 1979
B.A., St. Francis College, 1977