Core Values in Action

"Our Firm value of ‘Commitment’ means that with every client, my goal is to understand their business needs and ensure that their disputes are resolved in a satisfactory and cost-effective manner."

As a Partner in the Firm’s Insurance/Reinsurance Industry Group, Ed concentrates his practice in insurance and reinsurance arbitration and litigation. His goal with every client is to understand their business needs and ensure that their disputes are resolved in a satisfactory and cost-effective manner.

He primarily represents cedents and reinsurers in proceedings involving life, accident and health and property/casualty contracts. These cases have involved disputes over a wide array of issues including breach of contract, breach of the duty of utmost good faith, breach of warranty, broker duties, fraud, misrepresentation and follow-the-fortunes.  He is experienced in all aspects of the dispute resolution process.

Before joining Freeborn, Ed was a member of the Insurance and Reinsurance Practice at Foley & Lardner LLP.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a German reinsurer in an arbitration against a U.S. insurer where the client raised breach of contract claims as well as breaches of the duty of utmost good faith. In a unanimous decision, the panel found for our client, awarding it over $15 million in compensatory damages plus 6.5% compound interest and $1 million in punitive damages. The award was confirmed by a federal court. AXA Versicherung AG v. New Hampshire Insurance Co. et al, (S.D.N.Y).
Professional Activities: 
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS - US)
07 Jan News

Freeborn Elects Five Attorneys as New Partners

Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce the elevation of five of its attorneys to partner. Edward W. Diffin III, Devon J. Eggert, John C. Hammerle, Emily R. Schey and Gladys C. Zolna were elected at the Firm’s December 2013 Equity Partner meeting.
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Education

J.D., University of Chicago Law School
B.A., Taylor University, magna cum laude

State Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Federal Bar Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Community Service

Board of Directors, AIDS Foundation of Chicago