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LAWCROSSING          THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF LEGAL JOBS ON EARTH   LAW STAR                                             ...
LAWCROSSING          THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF LEGAL JOBS ON EARTH   LAW STAR                                             ...
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Thomas Cole Edwards: A Career Journey from the Courtroom to the Caribbean

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Thomas Cole Edwards: A Career Journey from the Courtroom to the Caribbean

  1. 1. LAWCROSSING THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF LEGAL JOBS ON EARTH LAW STAR www.lawcrossing.com 1. 800.973.1177 Thomas Cole Edwards: A Career Journey from the Courtroom to the Caribbean [By Mary Waldron] Having a law degree does not mean you are doomed to a career trapped behind the doors of a treacherous courtroom— though some may fantasize about that. Just ask Thomas Cole Edwards. He is an attorney turned mayor turned fiction author, and he is not looking to slow down anytime soon. Owning and running his own law firm in Orange County, CA, since 1977, Edwards has expanded his career by exploring and building onto some of his favorite pastimes: politics, travel, and writing. Volunteering in his community for years, leading the City of Newport Beach, CA, as Mayor in 1997, and authoring a Caribbean adventure novel last year, Edwards has had the type of career that most people aspire to. He has both diversified his career and increased his flexibility as a professional and an individual.Following his graduation from the University Once he had conquered this chapter in his it demonstrated and strengthened Edwards’of California, Los Angeles, in 1968, Edwards life, Edwards decided to venture further and drive and dedication to improve and keepprepared to attend law school. He craved open his own firm, Thomas Cole Edwards, up the conditions of his city. “It’s quitean education immersed in the rich political Inc., which he still practices at today. Now time-consuming; it just kills you. When Isoil of Washington, DC, and he found one specializing in real estate and business was mayor, I was spending 40 hours a weekat The George Washington University Law law exclusively, Edwards used to do a lot working and at the same time spendingSchool. The osmosis, as Edwards called of litigating, as well, which he discontinued another 40 hours doing city business, andit, of attending law school in the middle because “[l]itigation is a young person’s game, unless you’re independently wealthy, it takesof the nation’s center for government and and it just wears on you and wears on you a toll,” he advised.law introduced him to and engaged him in and wears on you. And I’ve slowly but surelymany active political issues and interests. weaned my clients, [telling them] that I’m not Edwards has continually outdone himselfHe developed friendships with those who going to do litigation for them anymore, other over the years fighting for the good of hisworked and lobbied on Capitol Hill, as well than very particularized things.” community, as well as individuals’ rights.as with those who worked for the Nixon One of his most ambitious and beneficialadministration, specifically Henry Kissinger. During his years at his firm, Edwards has contributions was creating, drafting,“You just got all types of exposure, and you made it a paramount priority to remain active and negotiating the John Wayne Airportfelt like you could change the world, and in his community and its affairs. Serving settlement agreement that arose in 1985.that’s the kind of feeling I like,” Edwards in various leadership positions, including This agreement remained in place for somesaid. City Councilman, Mayor Pro-Tem, and, time, putting specific restrictions on the finally, Mayor of Newport Beach in 1997, airport, which is centrally located nearAfter serving a clerkship and basking in the Edwards has never questioned whether or many homes in Orange County. Edwards’vivacity of Washington, DC, Edwards passed not he would make the time to give back contract negotiation experience also includesthe DC bar exam and traveled the world to his community. “I don’t care who you his work on a labor contract against theuntil he settled into the beautiful Newport are; everybody has an obligation to the Teamsters Union. While serving as MayorBeach community in Southern California. community that they live in. We live in a great Pro-Tem, he helped protect the multibillion-After practicing law there for several years, country, state, and city, and I think you owe dollar tourism industry of California whenEdwards ended up becoming an expert in something back. People before you have he teamed up with the cities of Huntingtonreal estate and corporate law, something fought in one way or another to preserve Beach and Laguna Beach to prevent oilthat had seemed inconceivable and foreign all these things. I just think that everybody drilling at nearby offshore locations. Takingto him at one time. “I remember the days of owes it to themselves and their children the issue to Congress, Edwards eventuallysitting in law school and opening this thick to continue to fight that good fight,” he testified before a House committee on thebook on real property and trying to figure out explained. issue. Edwards was also very involved inwhat the heck a contingent remainderman Measure A, drafting legislation and testifyingwas, but the practice of real estate is very Running his own firm and the City of Newport before a joint House/Senate committee.different from that,” he said. Beach simultaneously was a challenge, but Measure A dealt with the conversion of anPAGE continued on back
  2. 2. LAWCROSSING THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF LEGAL JOBS ON EARTH LAW STAR www.lawcrossing.com 1. 800.973.1177El Toro Marine base. Its closure and zoning setting is impeccable in this novel, as he never been, pleased with their jobs, whichneeded to make it compatible as an aviation integrates his personal experience in the is a very disappointing reality for some infacility. Additionally, Edwards’ law career Caribbean throughout his story. Vivid and the field of law—and many others, for thathas carried him through to the San Francisco colorful verbal illustrations of the location matter. Edwards elaborated, saying, “Look,Superior Court, where he successfully and weather create an escape for readers of folks, this isn’t a dress rehearsal; you mightresolved a class action litigation case on the book. One reader commented, “I felt like as well enjoy life. As you get older like me,behalf of one of his clients. I was actually sitting on the porch in the hot, life’s too short, so I just think you’ve got to humid night, sipping a beer, and sitting on find something enjoyable. You’ve got theAs the current President of the Newport the porch rocking in the chair.” education, and people are going to hireBeach Public Library Foundation, Edwards people who are educated—you can startsees community libraries as invaluable Edwards’ passions for exploring and a business, or you can get involved in aassets to cities. Drafting state legislation traveling come across loud and clear number of things.”for library funding and constantly fighting throughout his novel, but he is also an avidfor the advancement of the organization, sportsman. He can be found participating From Washington, DC, to Orange County,Edwards has helped to shape and maintain in various rigorous sports, from basketball CA, Edwards has pursued his path to careerthe country’s number-two-ranked public in his local community to kayaking and diversity and personal satisfaction by pullinglibrary. With the aid of the organization’s two white water rafting in the wild. Having just out all of the stops. His ever-changing andmillion-dollar endowment, he and his team returned from another journey through the growing impulses and ambitions have drivenare continually working to raise even more Caribbean, Edwards also enjoys trekking all him in so many positive directions over themoney to ensure that this organization stays over Central America, as well as Europe. years, making him a respected role model inas strong as it can be. He has done quite a bit of biking throughout the legal community, as well as in his home European regions, as well. Always looking community of Newport Beach.Last year, Edwards had another career for new opportunities and experiences toidea: to write an exciting novel. And that learn from, Edwards loves embracing the ON THE NETis just what he did. Gin Clear Water, which languages of all of the countries he visitswas published by BookLocker.com, is an and exposing himself to all elements of BookLockerexotic adventure that takes place in the international cultures and customs. www.booklocker.com/books/2271.htmlCaribbean, one of Edwards’ favorite vacationdestinations. The story follows marine Realizing that the most important component Newport Beach Public Library Foundationbiologist Philip Grady, who is originally sent of his professional life has been to www.nbplfoundation.orgto the Caribbean islands to investigate a continually follow his interests and passions,mysterious decline in the dolphin population. Edwards has pieced together a very diverse John Wayne Airport Settlement AgreementAs his case unfolds, Grady learns that there and personally satisfying career. His advice www.ocair.com/aboutJWA/settlement_is something much more fishy going on—no is simple: the key to having a happy and agreement.htmpun intended. The vibrant and action-filled long-lived career is finding and embracing anovel handles controversial issues such as career that makes one happy. “Find an areainternational politics, political corruption, in law that you’re going to be happy to go toand the preservation of dolphins and every morning,” he said. In Edwards’ moreother marine species. Edwards’ talent for than 30 years of experience, he has seencapturing the essence of the Caribbean a variety of people who are not, and havePAGE

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