Edmund R. Folsom, Attorney at Law
25 Pool Street
P.O. Box 2100 Biddeford, ME 04005
Ed grew up in Bangor, Maine, and graduated from Bangor High School, the University of Maine, Orono, and the University of Maine School of Law.
In 1984, Ed began practicing with a 3-person law firm in Waterville, Maine. Before long, he became interested in returning to southern Maine, so in early 1987 he joined the Cumberland County D.A.’s Office, in Portland, as an Assistant D.A. Within the first 2 months, he was invited to move from the Portland District Court to the Cumberland County Superior Court. Soon, he was 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. In 1992, Ed was appointed to the position of Deputy Cumberland County District Attorney, assuming the role of “right hand” to the D.A. while personally handling over 125 felonies and several hundred Superior Court misdemeanors per year.
In 1995, Ed went into solo private practice, mostly practicing as a 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 after he tried the case twice in three months, by himself, without co-counsel, resulting in two hung juries.
In 1999, Ed joined a criminal defense/OUI defense firm in Saco, Maine. He remained there until mid-2012, practicing criminal defense exclusively 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. Since 2012, Ed has had a solo criminal defense/OUI defense practice in Biddeford, Maine, where he concentrates on representing people in the courts of York and Cumberland Counties.
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. That volume is now in its fifth edition. In 2012, Ed authored the legal reference guide, Maine Driver’s License Suspensions, Revocations and Related Offenses, the second edition of which was released in 2015. Ed also 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. 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.