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Tonald Edmund Spinks

Tonald Edmund Spinks

also known as T. Edmund Spinks

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About Me

Currently Tonald Edmund Spinks practices in the area of litigation, representing individuals and families injured as a result of others negligence.


Before practicing law, T. Edmund Spinks joined the Army as a smoke operations specialist and served in the Gulf War as a nuclear, biological, and chemical sergeant.  Following his service in the Army, Ed Spinks was trained and certified as a firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) in Florida.  He was employed by the Polk County fire department, where became one of the founding members of local Fire Fighter Union, IAFF 3531.

                  While working for the fire department, Ed Spinks attended the University of South Florida at Tampa studying politics and international relations.  He received a Bachelor degree in political science and was also awarded a minor in international studies.  Following graduation from USF, Ed Spinks was accepted to the Marine Corps Officer Candidate Program at Quantico, Virginia.  Successfully completing this rigorous program, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

                  Once commissioned, 2ndLt Spinks was assigned to the independent ready reserves in Tallahassee, Florida while attending law school at the Florida State University College of Law.  Graduating from FSU, Ed Spinks became an attorney admitted to practice in the State of Florida.  Ed Spinks resumed active duty with the Marine Corps and graduated from the Naval Justice School becoming admitted to practice in the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and all military jurisdictional courts.

                  Ed Spinks was assigned duty at Marine Corps Base Hawaii where he began representing the United States in courts martial and the District of Hawaii Federal Court.  He was also admitted to practice by the Hawaii Bar in all State of Hawaii courts. 

                  Gaining valuable litigation experience, he returned to Florida and became admitted to practice in the Middle District of Florida, Federal Court.  Capitalizing on his litigation experience, he began representing business owners and individuals in vehicle accident and personal injury litigation cases.  He continues to be active with the United States Marine Corps Reserve and has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


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Practice Areas


  1. Car Accidents: 65%
    14 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Motorcycle Accident: 20%
    14 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Brain Injury: 15%
    14 years, 500 cases



Contingent (25-40%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Jack M. Rosenkranz

    I endorse this lawyer. Over the years I have worked with Mr. Spinks on Legal Education projects with great success. Thoughtful and clear information.


    Jack Rosenkranz Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Powell & Espat

T. Edmund Spinks, Esq.
304 S. Plant Ave.
Tampa, FL, 33606-2326


FLMember in Good Standing200009/08/2015
HIInactive - Voluntary200309/03/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certificate of Meritorious Service to the Legal ProfessionFlorida Bar2014
Outstanding ServiceThe Fund / Old Republic Nat'l Title Ins Co2013
Pro Bono Service AwardHillsborough County Bar Association2011
Pro Bono Service AwardHillsborough County Bar Association2010
Outstanding Pro Bono Service AwardHillsborough County Bar Association2009
Alternative Dispute Resolution AwardFlorida State University College of Law1997
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyPowell & Espat2014 - Present
AttorneyMartinez Odom Law Group2011 - 2011
AttorneySpinks Law Firm2007 - 2014
AssociateScarborough and Rugh Law Offices2004 - 2007
N/AUnited States Marine Corps2000 - 2004
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Florida Bar, Military Affairs CommitteeVice Chair2013 - 2014
Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionMember2011 - Present
Florida Bar, Elder Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
Florida Bar, Military Affairs CommitteeMember2008 - Present
Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)Member2007 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2007 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Hawaii State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Case results are prohibited by the Fla BarN/A
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education AdvocacyN/AN/A2013
The Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of South FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Florida BarMilitary Law Symposium2013
Veterans Law Accreditation Training 2011VA - DIC2011
Veterans' Law Accreditation Traning 2009Dependency and Indemnity Compensation2009
VaVaVa Voom VA - Mastering VA Benefits PlanningDependency and Indemnity Compensation2009
Veteran Benefits WorkshopVeteran Benefit Appeals Procedure2008
Home Health Care SeminarLegal Aspects of Health Care Documentation2007