Edward McKinley Bartholomew II is excited to join the Coolidge Law Firm. As a member of the firm, his primary responsibilities will be to handle the misdemeanor criminal charges that our clients face. Ed attended Woodberry Forest School in Virginia for high school where he became enamored with theatrical productions. After high school, he graduated from Hampden-Sydney College, also in Virginia where he double majored in English and Fine Arts. Following a two year hiatus from school where Ed held several different jobs from selling Crocs to being a sous chef for a catering company, he decided to attend law school at the Charlotte School of Law. During his first year, Ed won a CALI Award for having the highest score in his Torts section for the year.
Law school is also where Ed figured out that he wanted to do something to help people on a more personal level. To further this goal, Ed joined the Criminal Law club and the Military Advocacy Law Society. Both of these groups offered pro-bono opportunities where Ed had the opportunity to attend continuing legal education courses in both criminal law and in military law. Upon graduating early from law school in 2013, Ed took the bar exam and received his license in 2014. He then proceeded to intern at the Law Office of Joseph Olivieri in Louisburg, North Carolina, his home town, where he learned how to advocate for clients facing a variety of issues. He is an active participant in the 9th Judicial District Bar Association where he served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the 2014-2015 year. He looks forward to assisting clients by allaying fears and finding the best solution to the issues they face.
In his spare time, Ed enjoys reading pretty much anything he can get his hands on, listening to and performing music, watching or participating in theatrical performances, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. He is also an active participant in the Young Lawyer’s Division of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Wills for Heroes programs which allows first responders and military members to receive a basic will, healthcare power of attorney, and other types of powers of attorney for free in multiple different cities and towns around our great state.