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     Thomas S. Edwards, Jr. is the senior partner in Edwards & Ragatz, P.A.  He is AV rated and has been Board Certified in Civil Trial since 1991.  Tom has successfully tried many extraordinary cases in all different types of litigation in the State of Florida and other states.

     In 2012, Tom and his partner, Eric Ragatz, won one of the largest PI verdicts in the history of the State of Florida.  They won a trial against Memorial Hospital/HCA with a verdict of approximately $178,000,000.00 resulting in approximately $228,000,000.00 in Judgments.  In recent years, Tom also won over $8,000,000.00 against First Union (now Wells Fargo) for fraudulent trust practices, over $5,000,000.00 against a trucking company for injuries caused after a diabetic driver crashed the truck, and numerous other substantial verdicts in the nursing home field.  In addition, Tom handles select appeals.  This past year he won the case of Franks v. North Florida Surgeons in the Florida Supreme Court resulting in limitations on healthcare providers’ use of arbitration agreements.  The case went to the U.S. Supreme Court and certiorari was denied. 

     Tom has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America, Florida Trend and Florida Super Lawyers and is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.  Tom was the recipient of the 2013 Justice Raymond Ehrlich Award for Trial Advocacy, Best Lawyers in America 2012 Malpractice Lawyer of the Year for NE Florida and the Jacksonville ABOTA 2009 Trial Lawyer of the Year.  He is a Past President of the The Florida Justice Association, The Jacksonville Bar Association, Jacksonville ABOTA.  He also served on the Supreme Court’s Committee on the Conduct of Judges, the Florida Supreme Court’s Florida Jury Instructions Committee (Civil Committee and founding member of Business Committee) and as a past Chair of the Circuit Grievance Committee.  Tom serves both the community and the Bar in numerous other ways.

     Tom currently serves as a member of the Executive Council for The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Board of Directors and the ABOTA National Board.  In 2012 he was appointed by the Chief Justice of The Florida Supreme Court to the Judicial Management Council of Florida – a committee that assists and advises the Court in ensuring that our system of justice is efficient and effective throughout the state.  The council also assists during times of crisis.

     Tom has published numerous articles and chapters in legal books. He won the 1993 Barbara Sanders Award from The Florida Bar for outstanding legal writing for an article explaining trilogy of cases including the Fabre case.  Tom is a 1981 graduate of the University of the South – Sewanee and he received his Juris Doctorate in 1983 from Stetson University College of Law.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 30%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 25%
  3. Nursing Home Abuse: 20%
  4. Birth Injury: 15%
  5. Trucking Accident: 10%



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Edwards & Ragatz, P.A.

501 Riverside Ave, Ste 601
Jacksonville, FL, 32202


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Law Firm "Medical Malpractice Lit. Plaintiffs-Jacksonville"Best Lawyers in America2015
Best Lawyer Since 2012Best Lawyers in America2015
Super Lawyer Since 2007Super Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Since 1995Martindale-Hubbell2015
Jacksonville Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2015
Best Law Firm "Personal Injury Lit. Plaintiffs-Jacksonville"Best Lawyers in America2015
B.J. Masterson Award for ProfessionalismFlorida Justice Association2014
Best Law Firm "Personal Injury Lit. Plaintiffs-Jacksonville"Best Lawyers in America2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Top 100 VerdictsNational Law Journal2012
Jacksonville Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2012
Gold Eagle Award "Lawyer to Legacy"Florida Justice Association2009
Trial Lawyer of the Year Award - JacksonvilleAmerican Board of Trial Advocates2009
Eagle Legend AwardFlorida Justice Association2009
Spartans at Thermopylae AwardNorth Florida Trial Lawyers2009
Gold Eagle AwardFlorida Justice Association2007
Leadership AwardFlorida Lawyers Action Group2006
Silver Eagle AwardFlorida Justice Association2006
Bronze Eagle AwardFlorida Justice Association2006
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2006
Saving the Civil Justice System AwardFlorida Justice Association2005
FLAG Award Through 2007Florida Justice Association2003
Gold Eagle Award Through 2006Florida Justice Association2003
Legislative Leadership AwardFlorida Justice Association2002
Bronze Eagle AwardFlorida Justice Association2001
Barbara Sanders Top Legal WritingFlorida Bar Award1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner/AttorneyEdwards & Ragatz, P.A.2009 - Present
Partner/AttorneyPeek Cobb Edwards & Ashton, Pa1991 - 2009
Partner/AttorneyDavid, Morrow & Edwards, P.A.1988 - 1990
AttorneyFoley and Lardner, P.A1986 - 1988
AttorneyMarks, Gray, Conroy & Gibbs, P.A.1984 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial Advocates, Jacksonville ChapterPast PresidentN/A
Jacksonville Bar AssociationPast PresidentN/A
Jacksonville Trial LawyersPast PresidentN/A
Inns of CourtMaster of the BenchN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Chandler v. Memorial Hospital (HCA)$178 Million
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of the SouthEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1981