This site is the web home of Ed Cottrell, a conservative attorney in Houston, Texas. I am a man of eclectic tastes, having dual-majored in Mathematics and Religious Studies at Rice University, spent some time as an entrepreneur, then gotten my law degree at the University of Chicago Law School. In the meantime, I have managed to live for varying amounts of time on four continents, which I hope has given me a broader perspective on the world than I might have otherwise had.
Theologically, I am a protestant Christian, what you might call a reformed baptist. That is, I believe in a traditional, creedal faith, but think there are things the baptist churches get right, as well. You can read more on these things in the faith section of the site.
Politically, I am conservative, in the sense that Russell Kirk, William F. Buckley, Jr., and Edmund Burke were conservatives. You can read more on these things in the politics section of the site.
Legally, I am admitted to the bar of the State of Texas and that of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. I am employed as a staff attorney at the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas. Before that, I worked at two of the largest law firms in the nation. I occasionally write about the law on this site, as well.
My other interests are many and varied, though technology is predominant; I worked as a web-based entrepreneur for several years prior to law school. One business I helped found is still operational: Safe At Hand is a web-based retailer of various safety products, especially hand safety products by Glove Guard. I no longer own any stake in or work at Safe At Hand, or an earlier venture, Topsail Consulting, which specialized in custom web development and marketing; these days, my tech interests are mostly focused on blogging, spam filtering, and finance.
There is an unwieldy and large collection of other material on this site, which resulted in a recent redesign. A complete list of the site’s contents may be found on my site map.