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Ed grew up in Bangor, Maine, and graduated from Bangor High School.  He later graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, and after working for BRS/Nike at what was then their U.S. Manufacturing Headquarters, in Saco, Maine, he started law school, graduating from the University of Maine School of Law in 1984.

Early Experience
In 1984, Ed began practicing with a small, general practice law firm in Waterville, Maine.  In early 1987, Ed joined the Cumberland County D.A.’s Office as an Assistant D.A.  Within two months, he was invited to move from the Portland District Court to Cumberland County Superior Court, where he was soon racking up jury trials galore- sometimes 5 or 6 a month- handling cases ranging from misdemeanors, to sex offenses, to armed robberies, to attempted murders.

Cumberland County Deputy D.A.
In 1992, Ed was appointed to the position of Deputy Cumberland County District Attorney.  The Deputy D.A. is sort of the “right hand” of the D.A., which is the role he assumed while also handling over 125 felonies and several hundred Superior Court misdemeanors per year.

Maine Criminal Defense Lawyer, OUI Defense
In 1995, Ed went into solo private practice, mostly practicing  as a Maine Criminal Defense Lawyer in state and federal court.  During this period, he defended people against a wide variety of criminal charges, including murder.  The first murder charge he ever defended was dismissed outright by the State, after he tried the case twice without co-counsel, resulting in two hung juries.

From 1999 to 2012, Ed practiced in a prominent criminal defense/OUI defense firm in Saco, Maine,  engaging exclusively in criminal defense with a strong focus on OUI defense.  During this time, Ed represented hundreds of people who faced OUI charges as well as drug, sex and domestic violence charges, charges of vehicular and non-vehicular manslaughter, and attempted murder.

From 1996 to 2002, Ed served on the Board of Directors of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  In 2013 he received  that organization’s President’s Award, “For Exemplifying the Goals and Values of this Association and the Profession.”   In 2011, Ed authored the book Maine OUI Law, a legal reference guide designed to assist other Maine attorneys handling OUI cases, now in its fourth edition.   He also authored the legal reference guide, Maine Driver’s License Suspensions, Revocations and Related Offenses, first published in December of 2012 and now in its second edition.   Ed served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine School of Law, teaching the course Criminal Procedure:  Investigations to second and third year law students in the spring semesters of 2014, 2015 and 2016.  He has frequently lectured at continuing education seminars, training other criminal defense attorneys on the defense of clients charged with criminal and OUI offenses.  In 2017 alone, Ed was invited to present at three training seminars for criminal defense attorneys on the topics of  OUI defense,  evidence issues in domestic violence cases, and state and federal firearms bans resulting from criminal convictions.  If you hire another lawyer to represent you on a criminal charge in southern Maine, chances are Ed had something to do with that lawyer’s training.  As for his own continuing education, Ed completed an 18-hour Intoxilizer 8000 Operator’s Course, in December of 2017, along with a couple dozen other Maine defense attorneys who focus on OUI defense.   The course was graded and the participants were assigned a class rank.  Ed was first in the class!

Since September of 2012, Ed has continued to engage exclusively in criminal and OUI defense from his office, in Biddeford, Maine.  If you are charged with a crime he’s here, with roughly 36 years of criminal defense experience, to help you take it on and get through it.
Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.

I got charges dismissed for a former town selectman who was charged with felony stalking based on political speech during a heated local recall campaign.

How did you build a successful practice?

I built a successful practice by being thorough, making sure I remain well educated in the law, understanding and getting along with the adversary, and putting in the work necessary to succeed.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?

Someone who knows the rules, knows the players and finds the path to the best outcome.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?

Legal knowledge is critical to success in my cases.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?

Inform the person of the elements of the charges the person faces, what's required to prove the charge or charges, the punishment and collateral consequences if convicted, possible scenarios based on the information the person provides, and anything the person might do immediately to improve the person's chances of mitigating damages.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?

Personal information, what offenses the state is alleging and the person's version of what happened.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?

A lot of experience, knowledge and well-informed judgment.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Achieving an outcome that a avoids criminal conviction, or that reduces the magnitude of damage from any conviction to the barest possible, to allow the person to recover from the experience and move on in life.

What are your other interests in addition to law?

Music (including playing bad guitar), political philosophy, family, travel - not necessarily in that order.

Are you involved in your community?

Yes. I have been especially active in the criminal defense community, providing information and assistance to other criminal defense lawyers on matters I know well.

Position Organization Location Duration
AttorneyEdmund R. Folsom, Attorney at LawBiddeford, MEPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
University of Maine School of LawJ.D. Law School1984  
University of MaineBachelors1979
State / Court Date
Maine1984
  • National Trial Lawyers Association | Member | 2013 - Present
    Maine State Bar Association | Member
    York County Bar Association | Member
    University of Maine School of Law | Adjunct Professor, Criminal Procedure | 2014 - 2016
    Maine Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys | Board of Directors | 1996 - 2002
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers | National Trial Lawyers Association | 2014 - 2019
    "Distinguished" peer rating 4.7/5.0 | Martindale-Hubbell | 2017
    Top 10, Maine | National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys | 2015
    President's Award | Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers | 2013
  • Bryson Taylor Publishing | Maine OUI Law, 2018 Edition |2018
    Bryson Taylor Publishing | Maine Driver's License Suspensions Revocations and Related Offenses, 2016 Edition. | 2015
    Bryson Taylor Publishing | Maine OUI Law, 2016 Edition | 2015
    Bryson Taylor Publishing | Maine OUI Law, 2014 Edition | 2013
    Bryson Taylor Publishing (book) | Maine Driver's License Suspensions, Revocations and Related Offenses | 2012
    Book, Bryson Taylor Publishing (book) | Maine OUI Law, 2011 Edition | 2011
    The Maine Defender | Probation, Deferred Disposition and Administrative Release | 2006
    The Maine Defender | Beware of Habitual Offender Status | 2003
    The Maine Defender | Immigration Consequences of Certain Convictions | 2002
    The Maine Defender | State v. Webster Examined | 2001
    The Maine Defender | A View From The Trench | 1999
    The Maine Defender | Motion Practice Pointer | 1995-1997 | 1999
    MACDL Sentencing Manual | Plea Negotiations | 1998
    The Maine Defender | State Dismisses Murder Indictment | 1997
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2016-06-30Firm NameUniversity of Maine School of Law
2016-06-30Address25 Pool Street Biddeford ME 04005 US
Edmund R. Folsom
25 Pool St
P.O. Box 2100
Biddeford, ME 04005
43.4907222,-70.4541281

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