Ed Edelstein

(February 24, 1931 – December 27, 2010)


Edward L. Edelstein, Esq. received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1952 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1955.  He was a founding member of the Temple American Inn of Court, and served as its second President.  He also served as a member of the National Inn Development Committee of the American Inns of Court Foundation.  Ed was a great source of colorful stories regarding his many years in practice, his fondness (some would say obsession) for Mickey Mouse, and his gentle demeanor. 

Ed was a founding partner of Margolis Edelstein, a prominent Philadelphia firm.  Ed had extensive experience in the handling of major defense litigation involving multiple plaintiffs.  In the field of Environmental Law and Toxic Tort Litigation, he directed and participated in litigation arising out of pollution from toxic waste sites and landfills, Vinyl Chloride/Polyvinylchloride cancer litigation, and claims arising out of the use of Urea Foam Formaldehyde Insulation in the construction of homes.  He was also involved nationally as lead counsel in litigation arising out of the use of pesticides.

In addition to his many contributions to the Temple American Inn of Court, Ed was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and held membership in the American, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia Bar Associations, the Defense Research Institute, the Pennsylvania Research Institute, and the Philadelphia Workers' Compensation Claims Association.  He lectured extensively on Environmental Litigation and Workers' Compensation and authored various papers on medical/legal subjects.  He sat as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia and was very active as an independent mediator.