Mr. Edwards practices in the fields of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, with a focus on representing crime victims and their families. He has represented crime victims in state and federal courts, in nearly every type of case imaginable, including Negligent Security /Premises Liability civil actions arising out of shootings, stabbings and rapes; Sexual Abuse cases; transmission of STDs; and complicated schemes to defraud.
Mr. Edwards has passionately upheld the rights of crime victims throughout this legal career. Before entering private practice, Mr. Edwards was lead trial attorney at the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, prosecuting many violent criminals. Since leaving the State Attorney’s Office, Mr. Edwards has continued to devote his practice and his life to fighting for the rights of crime victims, oftentimes in complicated and hotly contested complex civil jury trials.
Mr. Edwards has built a reputation for successfully handling the “civil” litigation aspect of these types of cases and handing over his findings to state and federal prosecutors, who then can pursue the criminal case on behalf of the victims.
Mr. Edwards is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney, the highest designation of competence by the Florida Bar, and he has tried more than 75 jury trials. Despite his busy trial schedule, he provides hundreds of hours of pro bono services each year to Victims Advocate Services and victims’ rights groups in Broward and Palm Beach County and throughout the country.
Mr. Edwards is currently pursuing a precedent setting case in Federal Court, on a pro bono basis, on behalf of young girls who were sexually molested by a well-connected billionaire, wherein he is litigating to uphold the rights of crime victims under Crime Victims’ Rights Act.
He has been profiled in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013, recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association’s “Top 40 Under 40” and by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorney’s Top 10 Under 40. In 2015 the National Association of Distinguished Counsel selected Mr. Edwards as on of the Nation’s Top One Percent.
He was also recognized in the Daily Business Review Top Florida Verdicts & Settlements in 2011 and 2012 for separate large jury verdicts. Mr. Edwards is rated AV by his professional peers through the Martindale-Hubbell © Peer Review Rating system. According to Martindale-Hubbell, the “AV” rating of “Very High to Preeminent” legal ability is a testament from peer legal professionals of the highest level of professional excellence and of unquestionable ethics. He has also been selected as a Top Rated Lawyer by ALM & Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Edwards has also been certified as a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
His competitive edge is evident in the way he tirelessly prepares his cases. Prior to pursuing a career in law, Mr. Edwards was a standout high school quarterback as well as a nationally ranked tennis player. He played collegiate tennis at the University of Florida and graduated with honors.
Mr. Edwards currently serves on the board of the Broward County Justice Association; and is a member of the following organizations: the National Crime Victims Bar Association; American Association for Justice Leadership Forum; Florida Justice Association; the Broward County Justice Association; The Endowment for Academy Giving to Law and Education (EAGLE); and the American Bar Association.
Mr. Edwards is a member of The Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.