ECE Alumni Spotlight Archive
Engineering Creative Solutions in the Courtroom
Edmund Walsh (EE ’83)
There’s an old saying that architects who help the construction effort of their buildings are more devoted to their art than those who just design the blueprints. In other words, the true visionaries are the people who value their work so much that they must be a part of the birthing process. If this is indeed the case, then Edmund Walsh (EE ’83) falls in that category.
Walsh is an intellectual property lawyer working at Wolf Greenfield, an intellectual property law firm in Boston, and his focus is on electrical and computer engineering-related clients. Walsh graduated from Boston University with both a bachelor’s and master’s in electrical engineering, degrees that afforded him a level of insight into electrical and computer engineering-related law that only someone with extensive knowledge in the field can offer.
“Because I have an understanding of their technology, I can better explain how legal issues affect my clients and offer more creative solutions,” Walsh said.
Creative solutions have always been Walsh’s strong suit. His MS thesis advisor, Professor Mark Horenstein, recalls Walsh being particularly good at solving problems.
“Ed was one of the most articulate and hard working grad students I’ve had,” he said. “His organized mind and ability to see the big picture in any engineering problem is an asset to him as an attorney.”
But still – Walsh didn’t always want to be on an engineering career path.
“I was always interested in business,” he said, “but I wasn’t interested in a traditional engineering management career path. I thought that when I went to law school, I would eventually transition into a business role.”
Instead, Walsh found something much more suited to his interests – something that combined his extensive knowledge of engineering, love for business, and hard-earned law degree. And that’s when he discovered intellectual property.
“I found that intellectual property law combined technology, business and the law in a way that is really exciting,” he said. “I have focused on that ever since.”
His prior experience in electrical and computer engineering set the stage for a remarkably successful career, and he’s even been asked to give presentations on engineering to UMass Amherst, Boston University, and more.
Ultimately, Walsh’s comprehensive knowledge of engineering and his keen ability to solve problems creatively within the realm of electrical and computer-related law is what qualifies him to work at one of the best intellectual law firms in Boston.
-Nate Goldman (COM ’11)