Edward Tugade Named President of the Association of Defense Counsel

Edward Tugade Named President of the Association of Defense Counsel

Demler, Armstrong & Rowland takes great pride in announcing that on December 7, 2023, Partner Ed Tugade will take office as the 65th president of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (ADC). As the ADC’s President, Ed will work with the Officers and Directors of the ADC Board and the ADC membership at large, which includes more than 700 members throughout Northern California and Nevada, to further the ADC’s mission to provide for the exchange of information, to promote the administration of justice, and to enhance the standards of civil defense practice.

Ed has been actively involved with the ADC since joining the firm in 2015 and has served with distinction on the Board of Directors and as a chair of the ADC’s Toxic Torts Committee, Annual Meeting Committee, and Bench Bar Committee. Ed is also a regular contributor of articles to the ADC’s magazine, Defense Comment.

A San Francisco native, Ed did not take the conventional road, entering the legal profession as a highly decorated combat veteran. Ed earned an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps in 2002 after serving over a decade of active-duty service in infantry and joint special operations units. His military career includes experience as a combat platoon leader of Marines during the Gulf War, a team leader in operations off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon, a Drill Instructor focused on the training and making of Marines, and a staff supervisor in the office of the Judge Advocate General.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from The College of William & Mary in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, and his law degree from the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings College of the Law).

Ed is also a member of the California Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Primerus, the Marine Corps Association, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Our congratulations to Ed and to the ADC on its outstanding and well-deserved choice.

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