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Attorney Edward H. Maginnis

Edward H. Maginnis



Ed is the owner of Maginnis Howard and Britton Law.


Edward (Ed) Maginnis earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing in Washington D.C. at two large global law firms, in 2010, Ed started Maginnis Law, PLLC which became Maginnis Howard in 2020. Later that year, Maginnis Howard initiated its strategic partnership with Britton Law

Ed primarily practices in the areas of consumer protection class actions and business litigation. In class actions, he has obtained tens of millions of dollars of relief for impacted North Carolinians including the largest class action reported by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly in its Top Verdicts and Settlements for 2020. His focus in consumer class actions relates to unfair debt collection, illegal assessment of fees, improper mortgage servicing, and credit reporting. In early 2021 with co-counsel from Whitfield Bryson LLP, he and Maginnis Howard attorneys Asa Edwards and Karl Gwaltney recovered more than $7M in a nationwide-class against a mortgage servicer for unfair debt collection practices. He has recovered more than $1M for North Carolina residents in seven different class actions in just the last three years.

In business litigation, Ed has represented business clients in B2B services, SAAS matters, M&A and shareholder disputes, Telecommunications, Media, Advertising and Web Development, Corporate Intelligence, Strategy and Security, Manufacturing and Supply Chain/Materials, Restaurants and Retail Establishments, Construction, and many others.

He has taken numerous cases to trial including a $2M jury verdict in 2019 in a case involving theft of company assets. However, his focus is always on the most practical result for his client, whether that be through settlement or trial.

Ed has previously served as the state-wide Section Chair for Consumer Areas of Practice at the North Carolina Advocates of Justice and is active in various local and national legal organizations.

He and his wife Diane have two children, Emma and Luke.

Ed is the owner of Maginnis Howard and Britton Law.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. - 2004
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Psychology
    • Major: Government

Bar Admission

  • North Carolina, 2009
  • Virginia, 2004 (inactive)
  • District of Columbia, 2006 (inactive)
  • All North Carolina federal courts
  • Numerous federal courts around the country

Practice Areas

  • Consumer Protection Class Actions 60%
  • Business Litigation 40%

Professional Associations

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • North Carolina Bar Association

Past Positions

  • Consumer Areas of Practice at the North Carolina Advocates of Justice, Section Chair

Representative Clients

  • B2B Services
  • SAAS Matters
  • M&A Shareholder Disputes
  • Telecommunications
  • Media, Advertisement & Web Development