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Ed Gentle was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 17, 1953. He has a BS from Auburn, an MS from Miami, a BA and an MA from Oxford, and a JD from Alabama, completing his formal education in 1981. He received Danforth, Maytag, Hugo Black, and Rhodes scholarships. He has practiced law for over thirty years and is the founding partner of his law firm, which specializes in the settlement of mass torts involving medical devices, chemicals, smelters, contaminants, taxes, ERISA claims, antitrust, and other claims. He began fishing at age two and is a tournament bass angler, qualifying for the Bassing America and BAIT Classics. He was married twice, is divorced, has three sons, and lives alternatively in two lake houses with his lab, Charlie.