Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Thomas S. Edwards, Jr. as the œJacksonville Best Lawyers Medical Malpractice Law Lawyer of the Year for 2012. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the œLawyer of the Year.
Edwards was the ABOTA- œJacksonville Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2009. ABOTA is a selective peer organization of both plaintiff and defense trial lawyers. Edwards has served as President of the Jacksonville Bar Association, President of the Florida Justice Association, President of ABOTA Jacksonville and numerous other organizations- including the area grievance committee which is responsible for prosecuting attorneys accused of ethics violations. He also served on numerous committees appointed by our Supreme Court, including the committee that drafted the Judge’s code of ethics and the committee that writes the jury instructions for trial.
Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.
The lawyers being honored as œLawyers of the Year have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.
Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, œWe continue to believe “ as we have believed for more than 25 years “ that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate Thomas S. Edwards, Jr. on being selected as the ˜Jacksonville Best Lawyers Medical Malpractice Law Lawyer of the Year’ for 2012.
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 death cases, as well as complex commercial litigation. The firm’s attorneys are recognized nationally as trial experts. 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.