As chief legal officer and general counsel of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Paul Edmondson oversees all legal services for the organization.
Edmondson directs an active program of legal advocacy and litigation in support of historic preservation, organized as the National Trust Legal Defense Fund. He also oversees the organization's in-house corporate legal services in support of its broad range of programs and activities, its field offices, and its historic sites. In addition, Edmondson supervises the National Trust's preservation easement program, as well the organization's legal education and outreach activities.
Over a 30-year career at the National Trust, Edmondson has worked on a wide variety of legal issues pertaining to the protection of historic resources in the United States, including constitutional issues, federal preservation law matters, issues relating to local landmarks laws, tax incentives for preservation, and preservation easements.