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Edgar Gentle III

Gentle Turner Benson, LLC

Edgar Gentle III

A dedicated attorney with more than three decades of experience, Ed Gentle is the founder and managing partner of Gentle, Turner, Sexton & Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama. Largely focusing his practice on complex commercial litigation and mass tort/class action litigation, he often works for the courts as a neutral special master and settlement administrator.

In addition to his legal practice, Ed Gentle regularly gives talks and writes papers about topics related to mass torts. Some of the topics he has addressed include the challenges of administering local settlements and the selection of lead counsel by the courts.

Ed has comprehensive experience in serving as Special Master and Claims Administrator in Mass Tort Litigation, and providing claims administration and financial and business advice to Courts, Settling Parties, and Mass Tort Settlements. He has helped create and administer over $6 Billion in settlements during the past 20 years.

Ed Gentle is a member of the Birmingham and American Bar Associations, as well as the Alabama State Bar. In March 2017, Ed was elected President of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters, founded by Francis McGovern and Ken Feinberg.

After graduating summa cum laude from Auburn University with a bachelor of science in biology, Edgar went on to earn a master of science in natural resource management and economics from the University of Miami and again graduated summa cum laude. He subsequently studied law, attending Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, to secure his bachelor of arts and master of arts in jurisprudence. Edgar ultimately obtained his juris doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1981.


  • The University Of Alabama, J.D., 1981
  • University of Oxford, B.A. & M.A., 1979
  • University of Miami, M.S., 1977
  • Auburn University, B.S., 1975