Thomas Edwards, Jr.

Edwards & Ragatz, P.A.
4401 Salisbury Rd Ste 200
Jacksonville, FL 32216
(904) 399-1609
www.edwardsragatz.com


Thomas S. Edwards, Jr. is the Senior Partner of Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. Tom has been a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer since 1991. He has a Tier 1 Best Law Firms rating in both Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury. He is also rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, was awarded the Spartans at Thermopylae award for extraordinary work in protecting the court system, is included in Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, and is recognized by Florida’s Super Lawyers. His achievements as a trial lawyer are extraordinary. Tom and his team have won million and multi-million-dollar verdicts in multiple states. He has been practicing personal injury law since 1984. Tom is a 1981 graduate of the University of the South: Sewanee and received his Juris Doctorate (law degree) in 1983 from Stetson University College of Law the oldest law school in the State of Florida. His activism on behalf of justice traces decades back in his family history, including his grandmother’s work during the women’s suffrage movement: she led the women of Randolph-Macon on a march in Washington, D.C., in support of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (you can read more about Lucy Edwards on the Florida Bar’s website here.) Tom has been a leader in not only the Bar but the Jacksonville community for many years. Additional work includes past leadership in the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville, Downtown Ecumenical Services Council, the United Way, and the South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church. As the senior partner of Edwards & Ragatz, Tom and the team are committed to the aggressive and compassionate representation of clients and their families. His goal is to achieve justice for each client. Edwards & Ragatz has repeatedly achieved extraordinary results including landmark verdicts against multi-billion-dollar corporations and insurance companies. Tom is married, raised three children in Jacksonville, and works every day to help clients through difficult times and to improve the legal system and our community. Proudest Career Achievements: Awarded the prestigious Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Justice Association for the calendar year 2020. Achieved the largest medical malpractice verdict in the United States in 2012. Achieved the second-largest personal injury verdict in 2012. Numerous years in Best Lawyers in America. Selected in multiple years as the top medical malpractice lawyer in his area by Best Lawyers in America. Selected as the top personal injury lawyer in the area by Best Lawyers in America. Helped to re-write the law more favorably to consumers and victims with appeals that have gone to both the Florida Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Published numerous articles and chapters in legal books and awarded the 1993 Barbara Sanders Award for The Florida Bar for the top legal writing in the State. All Honors: Best Lawyers in America 2012-present Lawyer of the Year Medical Malpractice Law Plaintiffs, Jacksonville 2012, 2015, 2019 Lawyer of the Year Personal Injury Litigation Plaintiffs, Jacksonville 2017 Best Law Firms Tier 1 Medical Malpractice Law Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Plaintiffs Top 100 Trial Lawyers awarded by The National Trial Lawyers 2013-2019 Martindale-Hubbell 35 Year Anniversary Award 2019 B.J. Masterson Award for Professionalism awarded by the Florida Justice Association 2014 Justice Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Award awarded by The Jacksonville Bar Association 2013 Trial Lawyer of the Year awarded by ABOTA Jacksonville Chapter -2009 Spartans at Thermopylae Award North Florida Trial Lawyers for great personal sacrifice in protecting the Justice system 2009 Barbra Sanders Legal Writing Award awarded by The Florida Bar 1993 Top Legal Article FJA President’s Horsemen Award Legislative work for consumers and victims 2014 FJS President’s Rough Rider Award Legislative work for consumers and victims 2005 “AV” Rated in Martindale Hubbell 1995-present Additional Recognitions: Florida Trend Magazine “Legal Elite” Florida “Super Lawyer” AFTL Gold Eagle 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 (Name changed to Florida Justice Association in 2007) AFTL Silver Eagle 2006 AFTL Bronze Eagle 2002 AFTL FLAG Award 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 AFTL Legislative Leadership Award 2002 & 2003 AFTL Staff Appreciation Award 2003 Bar & Public Service: ADMISSIONS Florida, 1984 Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by The Florida Bar, 1991 Re-Certified 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016 LEADERSHIP Supreme Court Appointments Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice 2014-present Florida Supreme Court Judicial Management Council 2013-present Chair Access to Court Workgroup Trial Court Security Workgroup Florida Standard Jury Instruction Committee Civil 2006-2012 Florida Standard Jury Instruction Committee- Business Founding Member 2007-2011 Supreme Court Committee on the Standards of Conduct for Judges (responsible for ethics opinions for Judges) 1993 and 1994 The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section Executive Council 2009-2017 The Florida Bar Special Committee on Lawyer Referral Services 2011-2012 Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Board of Directors 2011 2017 Florida Justice Association/Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers President 2008-2009 Board of Directors 2001-2010 Executive Committee 2003-2010 Florida Justice PAC Chair 2009 American Board of Trial Advocates Jacksonville Chapter President 2006 National Board of Directors Master of the Bench, Chester Bedell, American Inns of Court Counselor 2003-2004 Jacksonville Bar Association President 1998-1999 Board of Governors 1990 to 1991 and 1992 to 2000 Young Lawyers Section President 1990-1991 Board of Governors 1987-1991 Law Week Committee Chairman 1988 Long Range Planning Committee Chairman 1999 Jacksonville Justice Association/Jacksonville Trial Lawyers Association President 2000 Board of Governors 1994-2000 Fourth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee 1997-2000; Chairman 1999 Fee Arbitration Committee 1995-1997 Professionalism Committee 1998-2001 International Academy of Trial Lawyers Fellow January 2013 present Board of Directors Admissions Committee American Association for Justice/Association of Trial Lawyers of America American Bar Association COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES Rotary Club of South Jacksonville 1987-2013 Board of Directors 1997-1999; 2002-2003 Programs Chair 1998 Editor of The Gear 1989, 1990 Multiple Paul Harris Fellowships Downtown Ecumenical Services Council Board Member 1997-1998 United Way Professional Division Chair 2000 South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church Deacon 1997-1999 Chair Board of Deacons 1998 and 1999 Elder 2000-2003 PUBLICATIONS Thrasher and Edwards, Hospital Liability, Journal of the Florida Medical Association, July 1983, at 581 Thrasher and Edwards, The Physician Patient Relationship, Journal of the Florida Medical Association, September 1983, at 842. Edwards, Termination of Life Support Systems in Florida, Trial Advocate Quarterly, January 1985, at 13. Edwards, Bad Faith in Florida; Changing Responsibilities Under Liability and Uninsured Motorist Policies, The Florida Bar Journal, February 1993, at 37. Edwards and Sharp, Fabre/Allied Signal/Dosdourian Trilogy; Questions Answered, More Created*, The Florida Bar Journal, April 1994, at 22. *First Place Winner The Florida Bar Journal Barbara Sanders Memorial Writing Award Competition 1993-1994 for excellence in legal writing. Edwards, Florida Automobile Insurance Law, Chapter 5, Liability Coverage, 3rd Edition, 1995 and 1998 supplements Edwards, Florida Civil Practice Before Trial, Chapter 5, Choice of Remedy, 5th Edition, 1996, 1998 and 2002 Supplements Edwards, American Inns of Court Florida Civil Procedure, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, The Complaint, Ch. 10, and Responsive Pleadings and Motions, Ch. 11 PRESENTATIONS Donation of Bodily Organs and Termination of Life Support Systems in Florida, Amelia Island, Jacksonville Association of Defense Lawyers, Continuing Legal Education, August 3, 1985. Premises Liability Inadequate Security, Ponte Vedra, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Continuing Legal Education, September 27, 1986. State of the Law Tortious Interference with Business Relationships, Commercial Litigation Section, Jacksonville Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, Jacksonville, Florida, December 9, 1988. Update Ethics and the Florida Lawyer, Jacksonville Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, Jacksonville, Florida, December 9, 1988. Nursing Home Litigation, Jacksonville Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, Jacksonville, Florida, May 5, 1992 Business Litigation Update on the Law, Commercial Litigation Section, Jacksonville Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, Jacksonville, Florida, May 4, 1994. Medical Malpractice Update, Jacksonville Legal Assistants, Continuing Legal Education, Jacksonville, Florida, May 19, 1994 Initial Client Interview, Florida Bar Association, Bridge the Gap Seminar, Continuing Legal Education, Jacksonville, Florida, March 1994, 1995 Anti-Disparagement Rule Ethics for Florida Lawyers and Judges, Florida Bar Association Annual Meeting, Public Interest Law Section, Continuing Legal Education, Orlando, Florida, June 21, 1995 Medical Malpractice Jacksonville Legal Assistants, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, May 2, 1996 Comparative Fault Legal Update First Coast Trial Lawyers Association, Jacksonville, Florida, February 1996 Florida Rules of Civil Procedure Annual Update First Coast Trial Lawyers Association, Jacksonville, Florida, February 1997 UNF PreLaw Guest Lecturer  Insurance Litigation Lorman Business Institute Jacksonville, Florida, September 22, 1998 Bad Faith Litigation in Florida National Business Institute Jacksonville, Florida, 1998, 1999 and 2000 Nursing Home Litigation in Florida Lorman Business Institute, Jacksonville, Florida, 1999 and 2000 Medical Malpractice Seminar The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section, Tampa, Florida, March 14, 2014 Legal Lessons: Dependency Court and You, Topic: Professionalism & Ethics Family Support Services of North Florida Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, October 22, 2014 Lecturer and Instructor The Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy Seminar Gainesville, Florida, numerous years Lecturer and Instruction FJA Al Cone Trial Advocacy Seminar numerous years Education: STETSON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW  St. Petersburg, Florida Juris Doctorate, December 1983 Honors and Activities:  Stetson Moot Court Board Chairman 1983 National Moot Court Team Craven Competition Stetson Intramural Moot Court Champion Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity Justice Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH  Sewanee, Tennessee 37375 B.A. in Economics, May 1981 Algernon, Sydney Sullivan Award for Outstanding Character and Leadership Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities Register of Outstanding College Seniors in the United States Order of the Gownsmen Employment: EDWARDS and RAGATZ, P.A. F/K/A PEEK, COBB, EDWARDS & RAGATZ, P.A. Jacksonville, Florida Shareholder — May 1990 to Present DAVID, MORROW & EDWARDS, P.A. 2501 Gulf Life Tower, Jacksonville, Florida 32207 Shareholder — November 1988 to May 1990 COMMANDER LEGLER WERBER DAWES SADLER & HOWELL, P.A. (now known as Foley and Lardner, P.A.)  200 Laura Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202 Attorney — January 1986 to November 1988 MARKS GRAY CONROY & GIBBS, P.A.  Post Office Box 447, Jacksonville, Florida 32201 Attorney — January 1984 to December 1985