Edward L. Dowd Jr. is a litigator who defends corporations, professional service firms and individuals in high-stakes, complex civil, and white collar criminal cases and investigations. Repeatedly recognized by industry publications for his work in white collar criminal defense, commercial litigation and corporate compliance, Ed was named Best Lawyers® Corporate Compliance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in St. Louis in 2016, 2018 and 2020. He represents clients with the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the SEC, DOJ, EPA,, IRS, Health and Human Services and other federal and state agencies. In addition, Ed works with companies to strengthen corporate compliance in order to avoid the initial missteps that result in investigations and trials.
Ed served as Special Counsel in the investigation of events surrounding the Branch Davidians at Waco. Ed knows the intricacies of investigations and litigation from the perspectives of the prosecutor, investigator and the person or company being pursued.
As U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, Ed set policy and supervised the professional and support staff in handling thousands of civil and criminal cases for the U.S. government.
He is also known for being at the forefront of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.