Thomas S Edwards Jr.

Jacksonville Attorney

Partner


T homas S. Edwards, Jr. is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, the highest specialty recognition given by The Florida Bar for attorneys who handle litigation of civil litigation. As Jacksonville Attorney his honors include:

  • AV by Martindale Hubbell 1995-2015
  • Best Lawyers in America – 2012 & 2015 Jacksonville Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America 2012, 2013 & 2014
  • National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyer 2013
  • Jacksonville Bar Association – Justice Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Award 2013
  • American Board of Trial Advocates – Trial Lawyer of the Year, Jacksonville Chapter 2009
  • North Florida Trial Lawyers – Spartans at Thermopylae Award 2009
  • Florida’s Super Lawyers 2007-2015
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Gold Eagle Award 2007-2008
    Lawyer to Legacy Award 2009
    Eagle Legend Award 2009
    Horseman Award 2014
    B.J. Masterson Award for Professionalism 2014

  • Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite 2006
  • FL Lawyer’s Action Group Leadership Award 2006
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers:
  • Bronze Eagle Award 2001, 2002, 2006
    Legislative Leadership Award 2002-2003
    Gold Eagle Award 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
    FLAG Award 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
    Saving the Civil Justice System Award 2005
    Tiger in the Bush Award 2005
    Silver Eagle Award

  • Florida Bar Award, Barbara Sanders Top Legal Writing 1993

Tom has held numerous prestigious positions for service to the public, his community and the Bar including:

  • President Florida Justice Association – the state trial lawyer’s association
  • President of the Jacksonville Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) -membership restricted organization of trial attorneys
  • President of The Jacksonville Bar Association– elected by all of the attorneys in The Jacksonville Bar Association
  • President of the Jacksonville Trial Lawyers Association
  • Master of the Bench Inns of Court– highest standing available
  • Numerous Florida Supreme Court Appointments-including serving on the committee that creates the legal instructions that Judges give to Jurors during trials.

Tom was selected by The Florida Bar and the Florida Supreme Court to serve as a member of the North Florida Grievance Committee. The Grievance Committee is responsible for investigating and prosecuting attorneys who are accused of unethical conduct. Ultimately, he served as chairman of this committee and was responsible for overseeing the prosecution of unethical attorneys. In addition, Tom served for two terms on the committee that was responsible for rendering legal opinions to judges throughout the state regarding how to ensure their conduct was ethical. As part of those duties, he assisted in writing the code of ethics that applies to the way in which judges conduct themselves. Tom has testified before the legislature about the legal system on multiple occasions. He has published numerous legal book chapters and legal articles and previously won The Florida Bar Award for top legal writing and has lectured other lawyers in seminars all over the country on a wide variety of subjects, including how to handle the trial of cases and how to present cases effectively to maximize their value and ethics.

Tom attended Sewanee – The University of the South and graduated with a degree in Economics. He then attended Stetson University College of Law, where he was awarded his law degree. A lifelong native of Jacksonville, Florida, Tom is consulted by lawyers from around the country and has won verdicts in Florida and in other states. In 2012 in the case of Chandler v. Memorial Hospital, Tom and his partner, Eric Ragatz won a verdict for the Chandler’s in the amount of $178 million. Due to statutory sanctions against the defendant, the resulting Judgments were approximately $232 million and believed to be one of the largest malpractice awards in the history of the state. Tom is admitted to all Florida Courts, the United States Middle District Courts, United States 11th Circuit Court and the United States Supreme Court.