Ed Eck was born and raised in Lewistown, Montana. In 1969, Ed received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1973, he graduated from the University of Montana School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. He went on to tax school at Georgetown University and received a Master of Laws (in taxation) in 1978.
Ed practiced law focusing on wills, trusts, charitable giving, and estate planning and administration with firms in Bozeman, Missoula, and Billings. At the University of Montana School of Law, Ed taught courses on trusts, charitable tax planning, and estate tax planning. After teaching for fourteen years, Ed served as Dean of the School for another fourteen years.
From 2014 to 2017, Ed served as Chief of the Office of Consumer Protection, which oversees Montana charitable trusts and corporations. He was a Deputy Attorney General to Attorney General Tim Fox.
Since 1989, Ed has served as one of Montanas Uniform Law Commissioners. On a national level, he was one of eight Uniform Law Commissioners who served on the committee that drafted the Uniform Trust Code. In Montana, he chaired a 30-lawyer committee that reviewed the Uniform Trust Code and successfully sought its approval by the Montana Legislature.
Under the sponsorship of former U.S. Senator Max Baucus, President George W. Busch nominated Ed to the I.R.S. Oversight Board. After Senate confirmation in 2008, Ed served on that board for five years.
Ed has served on the boards of some charities, as Trust Director of the Montana Mental Health Trust, and as Interim Trustee of the Montana Healthcare Foundation.