Membership in the Academy is limited to 500 Trial Attorney fellows under the age of 70 in the United States. The organization is composed of the top trial attorneys in the nation “ both plaintiff (representing the injured) and the defense (representing corporations, governments and insurance carriers). Each nominee is thoroughly vetted by colleagues and judges before whom they have appeared. Mr. Edwards plans to be inducted into the Academy at their Annual Meeting at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, California, starting April 3, 2013.
The International Academy of Trial Lawyers was chartered in 1954 and is recognized as the most prestigious organization of trial lawyers in the world. Membership is by invitation only and is strictly limited to 500 active trial lawyers in the U.S., as well as over 100 Fellows from more than 30 countries throughout the world. The Academy’s purposes are to promote reforms in the law, facilitate the Administration of Justice, promote the Rule of Law internationally and elevate standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.
Thomas S. Edwards, Jr. has a long history of leadership and service to the legal profession and our community, including, past President of the Jacksonville Bar Association, past President of The Florida Justice Association, a current member of Best Lawyers in America & Super Lawyers, a Board member for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and a current member of the Florida Bar Trial Lawyer’s Executive Council and the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Management Council.
Edwards & Ragatz, P.A., is a law firm located in Jacksonville, Florida, that represents the injured, victims and consumers in all courts. The firm’s attorneys are experienced in handling all types of personal injury and medical malpractice, as well as complex commercial litigation. The attorneys serve in prominent positions in local and state trial lawyers’ associations and have testified before the legislature on issues of importance to the justice system.