Edward L. Foote

  • Born: November 6, 1928
  • Died: May 18, 2019
  • Location: Aurora, Illinois

Healy Chapel

370 Division Dr
Sugar Grove, IL 60554

Tel. (630) 466-1330

Tribute & Message From The Family

Edward Lane Foote, 90, of Aurora, Illinois, peacefully passed away on May 18, 2019 surrounded by his family. Edward was born to Raymond and Arvilla (Atherton) Foote on November 6, 1928 in Ottawa, Illinois. He was a graduate of West Aurora High School, Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Edward was devoted to his family. He married Helen (McDonald) in 1952. He leaves behind his wife Helen, his three children Robert Foote, Cathleen Potter and Elizabeth Eastwood, and five grandchildren Jessica Foote, Andrew Potter, Grace Potter, Edward Eastwood and John Eastwood. He also leaves his brother and sister-in-law, William and Marilyn Foote, and his sister Marge Medgyesi as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Arvilla Foote, his brother Raymond Foote, Jr. his great nephew Aaron Foote and his son-in-law Peter Eastwood.

Edward was devoted to his law firm, Winston & Strawn, where he practiced law for over 60 years. He joined Winston & Strawn in 1955 as its 12th lawyer and fathered the firm to the international powerhouse it is today.

Edward was a true artist in the courtroom. "The best lawyer in America" as stated by noted author Scott Turow. David Boies, Layn Phillips, Dan Webb, and Terry Grim all viewed him as a mentor.

Edward argued three cases before the United States Supreme Court and was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He was a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial advocacy, the Advanced Institute for Trial Advocacy, and the Illinois Institute for continuing Legal Education. In 2016 Edward taught a course at Loyola School of Law on trial advocacy, cross-examination and closing arguments.
Besides practicing law, Edward's life included time as a factory worker, a farmer, a professional baseball player, a teacher, and a Marine. Edward will live on in the memory of anyone lucky enough to be graced with his tremendous presence.

Visitation will be held on Thursday May 23 from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr, Sugar Grove, IL A private family graveside service will take place at Sugar Grove Cemetery.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Loved him dearly as I tracked his career as a Trib reporter. A great friend, a true gentleman, and a skilled lawyer with the eternal pipe notwithstanding. Many stories. One, he appears before Judge Marshall in a headline case and before jury selection, Judge Marshall says "a long trial Mr. Ed, you better get your suit cleaned and pressed." As u may know, Ed was bound to that suit--a lucky omen I can only believe. A lucky omen he did not need.

The Best

Bill Crawford

Posted by william Crawford - Naperville, IL - Friend   August 10, 2019

To the Family: Life is like a mist. Its here today and gone tomorrow. The joyful memories left behind are yours to cherish. Continue to stay close and pray for each other to give comfort, along with heartfelt prayers and loving support from friends to give your hearts enough room to cope with your loss. (Psalms 119:32)

Posted by A P - Memphis, TN   June 15, 2019

Ed was instrumental in training me for a successful career as an "expert witness". His training was intense, to say the least, but much appreciated. I am forever grateful for having the opportunity to work with him on several occasions and will miss him.

Posted by Phillip Klein - EVANSTON, IL   May 24, 2019

We were lucky enough to have met Ed and spend some time with him, Ed was truly a gentleman and a fun person. I know god will embrace him. We offer our very best to the family and our sympathies to all the family. We will always have a warm place in our hearts for Ed and will keep him in our prayers.
Glenn / Shirley Litz
Syracuse New York

Posted by Glenn/ Shirley Litz - Syracuse, NY - Acquaintance   May 23, 2019

Ed was a true gentleman from the first time I met him in the 70's. I was a court reporter in the U.S. District Court in Chicago and worked with his longtime close friend, Judge Prentice Marshall. I had the pleasure of working with him over the next several decades, met his wife Helen and Elizabeth along the way, and he always had a nice engaging way about him whenever and wherever we met. It was always interesting to see him at work in a courtroom working with juries and always respectful to everyone. He's at the top of my list of special people that I became acquainted with over the many years I spent in the courthouse.
My deepest sympathies to the entire Foote family. Richard H. Dagdigian

Posted by Richard Dagdigian dagdigian@me.com - Chicago, IL - Coworker   May 23, 2019

Remembering his kindness and loved his stories. He and Helen always welcomed their childrens friends in their home. I thank you for all the great memories! My sympathies to Helen, Bob, Cathy, and Liz.

Posted by Janice Skiba-Westrom - Batavia, IL   May 23, 2019

I was honor to have you as a client such amazing guy always smiling i enjoyed watching baseseeing haply when cubs would win. May you rest in peace ed your Caregiver Hector my respect for Helen and Foote family

Posted by Hector Ramirez - Oswego, IL   May 22, 2019

Our deepest sympathies for you all in the passing of a great man.
With our prayers, Gary & Dianne Hansberger

Posted by Gary & Dianne Hansberger - Elburn, IL - Family Friend   May 22, 2019

Could sit and listen to his stories anytime! Great mentor! His life partner was always by his side! They raised wonderful children and grandchildren! My sincere condolences! ❤

Posted by A friend   May 22, 2019

It is impossible for me to think of my childhood without remembering this wonderful man. He profoundly affected my life with his kindness, generosity, humor and sense of justice (sometimes called upon in our childhood squabbles ). I was a childhood friend of his daughter Liz and had the great fortune of spending many hours in his warm company. Having lost my own father at an early age, Mr. Foote provided me with a model of a husband and father that I would later look for and find.

I send my love to all the Foote family, especially Liz("pet" as I remember he often called her).

Terri (Smith) Drahn

Posted by A friend   May 21, 2019

My deepest sympathy for the Foote family. I have had the pleasure of helping Mr. Foote for many years at Old Second Bank. He will be missed.

Posted by Teri Lawn - Aurora, IL - Acquaintance   May 21, 2019

To his family and friends, my condolence, may our our God of love bring great comfort to all, Mathews 5:4

Posted by A friend   May 21, 2019

My heart goes out to the family.I remember waiting on Ed & his lovely wife Helen at patricks they were the most kind & happy couple i knew ! They always put a smile on my face .

Posted by Brenda Booth - AURORA, IL   May 21, 2019

Truly one of the best people I knew when I was principal at Holy Angels! Smart yet a humble man. Prayers for him and his family!

Posted by Norb Rozanski - Aurora, IL - Friend   May 21, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family and friends. Draw close to God in prayer during this difficult time and he will draw close to you.

Posted by Cheryl Lynn    May 21, 2019

I learned more in one federal trial against Ed Foote than I could ever learn at any law school in America. May God bless this great trial lawyer and his family at this time of loss and sorrow but may they also celebrate his love, sense of humor and teachings.

Posted by Bob Tarun - San Francisco, CA - Friend   May 20, 2019

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