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, Ed 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

  • Peer review rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of:
    • Litigation – Construction (2011 - 2022)
    • Construction Law (2006 - 2022)
  • Elected to the Florida Trend’s Legal Elite list and named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame (2019)
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2006 - 2021 Florida Super Lawyers® lists
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in the area of real estate – construction (2016)
  • Selected by the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association as the recipient of the 2011 Judge J C “Jake” Stone Distinguished Service Award
  • Received The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award (2011)
  • Received the Bruce E. Holmes Distinguished Service Award from the Associated General Contractors of Central Florida (2003)
  • Received the Legal Aid Society Award of Excellence in 2000 for his work with abused and neglected children

Affiliations

Ed serves on the Board of Overseers of the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. 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

Ed 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

Ed 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

Ed was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1980. He 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

Ed's outside interests include rowing, snow skiing and the blues.