Edward was born in Patterson, New Jersey, on July 29, 1932. He was the youngest of four children. His family moved to Southern California in 1940.
He graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1950 and began attending Valley Junior College. While at Valley, he was elected Letterman's Club President, Newman Club President, Associated Men's Club President and Student Body President. In 1952, during the Korean Conflict, Ed waived his college deferment and joined the U.S. Army. In 1954 he was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal.
Upon returning to California, he attended the University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Los Angeles, and University of Southern California. Although he never received a Bachelor's Degree, Loyola Law School accepted him on an exemption due to high placement scores. While at Loyola, he was elected Justice of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. He was subsequently elected as Los Angeles Alumni Justice of Phi Alpha Delta. He graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 1960. Thereafter, he was admitted to the California State Bar, U.S. District Courts in California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Edward started his legal career as a sole practitioner in 1961 in downtown Los Angeles. His experience and expertise over his 40-year career has been in criminal defense, business litigation, entertainment law, 1st Amendment causes, and toxic torts (cases involving toxic environmental contamination).
In 1964, he married Jacqueline Wilson and they had three children: Louanne, Louis and Nicole. When his children were small he coached many children's leagues, including girl's softball, boy's basketball, baseball and football. In 1974, he separated from Jacqueline, but remained very active in his children's lives.
In 1975, he relocated his offices to the San Fernando Valley. The Valley was home to him, but it was a much different Valley from his memories of childhood. Ed recalls living in a tent and riding his horse to school while living in the San Fernando Valley as a boy.
In 1982, the firm name changed to Masry & Vititoe when his associate, James W. Vititoe, became his partner. Ed took an interest in environmental contamination in the early 1990's, particularly when he and Erin Brockovich worked on the water contamination case in Hinkley, California - now made famous by the movie, Erin Brockovich. He was even certified by the State of California Hazardous Materials Unit and was qualified to handle and sample chemicals and chemical products.
In 1992, he married Joette Levinson and added two more children to his family, Chris and Tim. He eventually relocated both his home and offices to Westlake Village in the Conejo Valley in 1997. Ed became heavily involved in his community and received many awards for his actions to preserve the environment and open space. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area, California Department of Parks & Recreation Angeles District, Mountains Restoration Trust, Residents to Preserve Newbury Park, The Wilderness Institute, Save Open Space, Thousand Oaks Citizen Action Network, Residents for a Safe Borchard Road and Neighborhood Preservation Group have all recognized Edward for his commitment to the environment.
In November of 2000, Ed was elected to the Thousand Oaks City Council on a slow-growth platform. He served for a year as Mayor Pro Tem. In addition to his political duties, he was President and CEO of Save the World Air, Inc and was also on the advisory board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo & Las Virgenes.
Ed was a member of the American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Ventura County Bar Association.
Edward Masry received numerous awards recognizing his achievements over his long and distinguished career. He received a U.S. Congressional Award for Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year, 1982, 1988, and 1990. In 1989, the Honorable Judge Richard G. Kolostian and the Honorable Judge Marvin D. Rowen gave Ed a Certificate of Appreciation in Recognition of Able and Outstanding Service to the Court as a Member of the Panel of Referees for the Northwest (Van Nuys) District's 1989 Voluntary Settlement Conference Program. In 1996, Los Angeles Valley College honored Ed with an Award in Appreciation for Support. Consumer Attorneys of California awarded him Trench Soldier of the Year, 1996, Presidential Recognition for Exceptional Contribution, 1996, and Consumer Advocate of the Year, 1997. In July of 2001, Ed received the Academy of Justice Award from the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. Ed was actively involved in the 4,000 member Consumer Attorneys of California, where he served as co-chair to the Judicial Committee, Chairman of the Ethics Committee, and was a member of the Executive Board and Board of Governors.
On January 6, 2002, Ed received a Certificate of Appreciation for being "Principal for a Day" from the Las Virgenes Unified School District.
On January 17, 2002, Ed received from Congressman Brad Sherman for being an Environmental Defense Center Honoree, a United States Flag that had been flown over the United States Capitol. Also during January 2002, Ed received a Certificate of Recognition from Member of the Assembly, Tony Strickland.
On February 2, 2002 he received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and the Environmental Hero Award from the Environmental Defense Center for Commitment to Environmental Justice.
Ed also received much recognition for his commitment and dedication to helping others. Themis Corporation presented him with an award for Outstanding Lawyer in the Nation (2000). The County of Los Angeles - Board of Supervisors recognized him for his courageous and unflagging efforts to secure a measure of justice for the people of Hinkley (2000). The Muscular Dystrophy Association honored him as their Humanitarian of the Year 2000. The Valley Community Legal Foundation (San Fernando Valley Bar Association) in 2000 awarded him with the prestigious Justice Armand Arabian Law & Media Award acknowledging Ed's respect for law in our society. Consumer Attorneys of California presented him with their Presidential Award of Merit. The California Legislature - Assembly, under Members Resolution No. 1622, recognized Edward for his exceptional contributions to the law and his commitment to keep the environment free from toxic pollution. He also received the Southern California Motion Picture Council's "Golden Star Halo Award" for his contribution to the entertainment industry. The Lymphoma Research Foundation of America honored Ed with the Lifesaver Award and he was also honored with "Champions of Children" Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
In March of 2002, the National Jewish Fund honored Ed for his work in preserving the environment. Ed was doubly honored because Israel's Minister of the Environment, Tzachi Hanegbi, presented the award. Edward and Joette were invited to visit Israel as guests of the State of Israel.
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