Thomas S. Edwards, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Jacksonville, FL

Edwards & Ragatz, P.A.
 | 501 Riverside Avenue, Suite 601
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: 904-399-1609
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer (10%)
Attorney Profile

Thomas S. Edwards Jr. is a co-founder of Edwards & Ragatz, P.A., located in Jacksonville, Florida. Focusing his practice exclusively on civil litigation, he represents clients throughout the state who have been harmed by the negligent or willful acts or omissions of others in cases involving nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, defective products, premises liability and construction accidents. Certified in civil trial law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, Mr. Edwards has helped his clients obtain numerous substantial awards and settlements, including a $178 million jury verdict in a 2012 medical malpractice action.

After graduating in 1981 from Sewanee: The University of the South with a bachelor's degree, Mr. Edwards attended Stetson University College of Law, earning his Juris Doctor in 1983. While in law school, he served as president of its Moot Court Board. Admitted to practice law in the state of Florida, Mr. Edwards is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Highly regarded by his peers, he has received an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is included in Best Lawyers in America**.

Mr. Edwards is an active participant in several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice, and he is the past president of the Jacksonville Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association and the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. A fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, he was also a member and former chairman of the Grievance Committee of The Florida Bar, where he was responsible for investigating possible lawyer misconduct and assisted in the drafting of a judicial code of ethics.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

** The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (50%): Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Personal Injury - General (30%): Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Medical Devices, Products Liability

Construction Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Personal Injury - General: Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products: Medical Devices, Products Liability

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2017

Florida Bar Board Certified

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About Thomas Edwards, Jr.

Admitted 1984, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.edwardsragatz.com/attorneys/thomas-s-edwards-jr

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Law Firm "Medical Malpractice Litigation Plaintiffs" in Jacksonville, Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year Jacksonville, Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • & 2015, Best Law Firm "Personal Injury Litigation Plaintiffs" in Jacksonville, Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • B.J. Masterson Award for Professionalism, FL Justice Association, 2014
  • Horseman Award, FL Justice Association, 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Justice Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Award, Jacksonville Bar Association, 2013
  • Medical Malpractice case against Memorial/HCA with a Verdict of $228 Million!, Top 100 Verdicts, National Law Journal, 2012
  • Through 2014, Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year Jacksonville, Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • "For Great Personal Sacrifice in Protecting the Justice System", Spartans at Thermopylae Award, North Florida Trial Lawyers, 2009
  • Eagle to Legend Award, FL Justice Association, 2009
  • Lawyer to Legacy, FL Justice Association, 2009
  • Jacksonville Chapter, Trial Lawyer of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2009
  • Gold Eagle Award, FL Justice Association, 2007
  • Leadership Award, FL Lawyer's Action Group, 2006
  • Silver Eagle Award, Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2006
  • Legal Elite, Florida Trend, 2006
  • Saving the Civil Just System, Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2005
  • 2003-2006, Gold Eagle Award, Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2003
  • Legislative Leadership Award, Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2002
  • 2002, 2006, Academy of FL Trial Lawyers, Bronze Eagle Award, 2001
  • Highest Rating Available, through 2015, A/V Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbard, 1995
  • Barbara Sanders Legal Writing Award, The Florida Bar, 1993
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, National Moot Court Team, Stetson University College of Law, 1983
  • President, Stetson Moot Court Board, Stetson University College of Law, 1983

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • On November, 15, 2012 Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston appointed Thomas S. Edwards, Jr., senior partner at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. to the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Management Council.  The Council is composed of fifteen (15) voting members, including the Chief Justice and one other Justice.   The Florida Supreme Court recreated the Judicial Management Council this year to serve in an advisory function relating to the effective and efficient administration of justice by the Florida Court System.  The goal of the Judicial Management Council is to enable the judicial branch to better fulfill its mission to protect rights and liberties, uphold and interpret the law, provide peaceful resolution of disputes and achieve its vision of accessible, fair, effective, responsive and accountable courts.  , 2012
  • President, American Board of Trial Advocates, Jacksonville Chapter
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1986
  • Florida, 1984
  • Executive Council, Florida Bar Trial Lawyer’s Section
  • Master, Bench Inns of Court (Highest Standing Available)
  • President, Jacksonville Justice Association President
  • President, Jacksonville Bar Association
  • President, Florida Justice Association-State Trial Lawyers

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • In early 2012, Tom Edwards and Eric Ragatz secured a $178 million verdict in a medical malpractice case. Under Florida Medical Malpractice law 766.207, because the plaintiff attempted to arbitrate before suit, pre-suit interest was added to the verdict bringing the total judgment to $232 million.  It is one of the largest verdicts in Florida history. See Chandler v. Memorial, 2012

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Thomas S. Edwards, Jr., senior partner at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. has been extended an invitation to become a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.  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., 2013

Educational Background:

  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1983 J.D. Honors: President, Stetson Moot Court Board Honors: Member, National Moot Court Team, 1983
  • University of the South, B.A. in Economics, 1981
Office Location for Thomas S. Edwards, Jr.

501 Riverside Avenue
Suite 601
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Phone: 904-399-1609

 

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Last Updated: 2/22/2017

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