To be the recipient of The Justice Ehrlich Award in Jacksonville is nothing less than a monumental achievement for a practicing member of the bar. Raymond Ehrlich served as the Florida Supreme Court Justice from 1981 to 1990. From 1988 – 1990 he served as Chief Justice.
Ehrlich graduated from the University of Florida with his Bachelor’s degree in 1939 where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity. It should also be noted he received his Law Degree from UF as well in 1942. In addition, Ehrlich was a member of Florida Blue Key, and he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. These are just some of the credentials Ehrlich carried. However, he was most prominently known for his philanthropy and role in his community. His legacy left such an astounding mark on this world that many attorneys strive to leave a legacy behind as great as his.
The Jacksonville Bar Association takes the time to recognize one of its members annually who mimics or represents the spirit of Justice Ehrlich. This year the recipient of The Justice Ehrlich Award was none other than Mr. Thomas S. Edwards,Jr. Edwards graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1983. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who has served as past president of the Jacksonville Chapter of the ABOTA, Jacksonville Bar, Jacksonville Trial Lawyers, and the Florida Justice Association. In 2012, Mr. Edwards was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Management Council and was named the 2012 Jacksonville Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law by Best Lawyers, a peer-review publication. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, inducted in April 2013. As a testament to his relentless work ethic and devotion to clients, many attorneys refer cases to his firm.