Edward Eshoo, Esq.


Following his two-year judicial clerkship for Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Howard C. Ryan, Edward Eshoo, Jr. began his legal career in 1987 representing insurance companies in life, health, and disability insurance claims and litigation.

Since 1990, Ed has dedicated his practice to assisting policyholders with their insurance claims. He has successfully coordinated the investigations of over 1,000 claims regarding insurance recovery and related litigation. He has negotiated, adjusted, prosecuted, and/or tried first party and third party insurance claims ranging from fire, explosion, tornado, hurricane, hail, theft, vandalism, frozen plumbing/water damage, and mold to defective construction and construction products. By virtue of his background and experience, he is sensitive to the myriad of issues that arise during the insurance claims process; issues which potentially bog down and stall the claims process. His vast experience includes national and international policyholder representation in risk management/disaster recovery and property insurance coverage matters. Ed also has served as a member of Plaintiff Steering Committees in MDL class action lawsuits regarding defective windows.

Ed currently serves as Co-Chair of the Bad Faith Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America). He previously served as the Chair of  its Insurance Law Section. Ed also is a Certified Mediator.

As a former college basketball player, Ed coaches AAU Girls Basketball. Ed’s son, Eddie, was a walk-on for the University of Dayton Men’s basketball team. His daughter, Emily, played for the University of Tampa Women’s basketball team. Ed resides in Naperville, Illinois with this wife of 28 years, Libby.

To learn more about insurance claim disputes from Ed, read his valuable contributions to the Merlin Law Group Blog here.


  • 2010, Certified as a Mediator, DePaul University College of Law Center for Dispute Resolution


  • Co-Chair, Bad Faith Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice


University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
Chicago, Illinois
Juris Doctor
Honors with distinction
Member, Law Review

Knox College
Galesburg, Illinois
Bachelor of Arts