Edward Hitchcock is the owner of the firm and has been the firm’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since 1990. Ed is rated AV (highest competency) by his peers, as published in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He has over 33 years of experience representing clients primarily in the areas of estate planning, business law and sports law.

Ed’s estate planning practice is centered on providing complex estate planning services to individuals and families. His practice includes preparation of wills, revocable trusts, marital and support trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives. He has counseled and advised thousands of clients in the areas of general estate planning and estate tax planning.

In his business and contract law practice, Ed has extensive experience advising and representing small- and medium-sized businesses. He serves as corporate counsel for several business clients. His business law work also includes conducting contract negotiations for complex business transactions and assisting with the purchase and sale of business assets, succession planning, and estate and tax matters.

Ed’s sports law practice includes over 33 years of experience representing professional sports team executives, coaches, sportscasters, and professional athletes in contract negotiations. He has represented Olympic athletes, NASCAR drivers, mixed martial arts fighters, professional wrestlers, and football and baseball players, and successfully negotiated numerous NFL, NHL, and other league contracts. For example: In 2001, Ed negotiated the largest NASCAR contract for a NASCAR driver in Minnesota history on behalf of Christian Elder and the Great Clips Race Team; in 2004, Ed spearheaded a national NFL marketing campaign on behalf of collegiate wrestling and WWE champion Brock Lesnar, which resulted in an NFL contract for Mr. Lesnar to play with the Minnesota Vikings; and in 2018 and 2010, Ed represented a client in negotiations for the purchase of an ownership interest of an NHL franchise.

In the last two decades, Ed has represented hundreds of professional athletes and team executives. His legal representation often extends into contract, copyright, and tort matters and requires negotiation and drafting of sophisticated and complex legal documents.

In addition to his extensive practice experience, Ed is an accomplished lecturer and author on complex estate planning topics and sports law.

Ed has two children and resides in Dellwood, Minnesota, with his wife.

  • Northwestern University School of Law and Cannon Financial Institute, Inc.
    Intermediate Estate Planning Course, 1999
    Advanced Estate Planning Course, 1999
  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, J.D., 1990
  • Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota, B.A. cum laude in Business Administration, 1986
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
Professional Associations
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 1990 – present
  • Ramsey County (Minnesota) Bar Association, 1990 – present
  • Canadian Football League Players Association
    Contract Advisor
Honors and Awards
  • AV Rated in Martindale-Hubbell, 2008 to present
  • Hamline University Hall of Fame, inducted in 1986
  • Mancini’s Sports Hall of Fame, Football, inducted in 2013
  • Readers’ Choice Award for Best Place for Legal Advice, by Lillie Suburban Newspapers, 2013
Community Involvement
  • Twin Cities Lyme Foundation, 2018 – present
    Member, Board of Directors
  • Friends of St. Paul College, 2021 – present
    Member, Board of Directors
  • The Nuts and Bolts of College Coaching Contracts, 2009 Midwest Entertainment and Sports Law Institute, Minnesota CLE
  • Athletic Eligibility Under the Minnesota State High School League Rules, 2008 Student Athletic Programs and the Law, Lorman Education Services
  • Representing the Professional Football Player, 2008 Minnesota CLE, Art, Entertainment and Sports Law Institute
  • Sports: Bigger, Faster & Stronger in All Ways, 2008 High School Sports: The Magazine
  • The NCAA Eligibility Center: Are You Registered?,2008 High School Sports: The Magazine
  • The New High School Transfer Rule: How It Works and Will It Stay?,2008 High School Sports: The Magazine
  • Representing NASCAR Drivers and Teams, 2001 MILE Sports Law Seminar
  • Representing the Professional Football Player, 2001 MILE Sports Law Seminar