Edmund T. Baxa Jr

Partner

Overview

Ed Baxa is a partner and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP where he maintains a complex commercial litigation practice focusing on construction law. This includes representation of owners, general contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, and suppliers in contract drafting and negotiation, bid protests, workouts, claims litigation, and arbitration proceedings. He has tried cases involving a myriad of construction projects, including resort hotels, wastewater treatment plants, shopping centers, and residential developments.

In addition to his work in the construction industry, Mr. Baxa also represents various corporate clients in connection with government and internal investigations. He has considerable experience representing health care clients on fraud and abuse issues and in qui tam actions.

Recognition

Mr. Baxa has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system and is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business LawyersThe Best Lawyers in America© and was named one of Florida’s Legal Elite in a Bar survey published by Florida Trend. In addition, Mr. Baxa has been selected for inclusion in the 2006 - 2017 Florida Super Lawyers® lists. The Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association selected him as the recipient of the 2011 Judge J C “Jake” Stone Distinguished Service Award. He also received the Legal Aid Society Award of Excellence for his work with abused and neglected children, and in 2011, he received The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award. Mr. Baxa was recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in the area of real estate – construction in 2016.

Affiliations

Mr. Baxa serves on the Board of Overseers of the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, is on the Board of the Mennello Museum of American Art, and is a charter member of the Chair-iot Society at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. He served on the Orange County Commission on the Arts and was formerly a member of the boards of the American Cancer Society and the Associated General Contractors of America.

Firm Leadership

Mr. Baxa is chair of Foley’s National Pro Bono Committee. He is a former member of the firm’s Management Committee and also is the former managing partner of the Orlando office.

Education

Mr. Baxa is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A., with high distinction, 1975) and its School of Law (J.D., 1978). Following his two-year tenure as senior law fellow at the University of Virginia's Center for Law and Medicine, he was awarded an LL.M in 1980.

Admissions

He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1980. Mr. Baxa is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Western District of Virginia and the Middle District of Florida.

Aside from the Law

His outside interests include rowing, snow skiing and the blues.

Representative Matters

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We have been engaged by a South American insurance company to represent it in a fraud action against a Miami-based construction and engineering company. Our client issued several multi-million dollar performance bonds to the owner of a large dam construction project in South America. The project was to be performed by a construction consortium, which was to be led an Italian construction company. It turned out that Italian construction company did not have the leading role, as represented. The project failed, and our client paid significant sums under the bonds. Foley was chosen because of our expertise in reinsurance, international litigation, performance bond and construction litigation, and fluency in Spanish.
Successfully defended Southland Construction against a bid protest involving a $38 million contract with the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority. The award to Southland was challenged by the next lowest bidder, Lane Construction, who argued that Southland’s bid was late and “nonresponsive” on certain grounds. After a two-day trial, the Hearing Officer denied the protest and the Authority Board approved his Recommended Order.

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