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About Brad Edwards
Brad Edwards is the founding partner of Edwards Henderson Lehrman. He is a nationally recognized Board Certified Civil Trial attorney who specializes in providing civil representation for children, survivors of sexual abuse, and victims of violent crimes. He is best known for representing more than 70 sex trafficking survivors of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
Prior to pursuing a career in law, Brad 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. His competitive edge is evident in the way he tirelessly prepares his cases.
Brad founded Edwards Henderson Lehrman in 2017.
Before entering private practice, Brad was a lead trial attorney at the Broward County State Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted violent criminals. Brad has devoted his practice and his life to fighting for children and survivors of crime in state and federal courts across the country.
In addition to his work on behalf of survivors of crime and sexual abuse, Edwards was also lead counsel in a federal class action (Hirsch et al v. Jupiter Golf Club LLC et al) against The Trump Organization that resulted in a $5.7 million verdict.
Litigation Against Jeffrey Epstein
In 2008, Brad represented Courtney Wild, a woman who was sexually abused when she was 14 years old by Wall Street financier Jeffrey Epstein. That case launched a legal crusade against one of the most powerful and wealthy sex offenders in modern history. From 2008 until long after Epstein’s death in 2019, Edwards represented more than 70 women against Epstein, his associates, his enablers, and his estate, as well as against the U.S. government for its 2008 sweetheart deal with the sex offender (Jane Doe v. United States of America). Among his clients was Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Brad represented her in a defamation lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell which settled in 2017.
In 2018, Brad Edwards obtained a $71 million jury verdict on behalf of a client who was sexually abused on board a private yacht. This was the largest jury verdict in the United States obtained on behalf of a single survivor of sexual abuse. Other notable achievements include obtaining one of the Top 50 verdicts in the United States in 2015, 2016, and 2018 and two of the top Florida verdicts in 2011 and 2012. Throughout his career, he has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients.
Pro Bono Service
Despite his busy trial schedule, Brad provides hundreds of hours of pro bono services and educational presentations each year to Victims Advocate Services and victims’ rights groups throughout the country.
For more than a decade, Brad pursued a precedent-setting case in Federal Court, on a pro bono basis, on behalf of sex abuse survivors of well-connected billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. The lawsuit alleged that under the direction of Alexander Acosta, the federal government violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act when it made a secret plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein. In February 2019, the Judge on the case ruled in the favor of Epstein’s survivors, holding clearly that the government had violated their rights under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act.
The Daily Business Review and the Florida Justice Association named Brad Edwards the Lawyer of the Year in 2020 and 2021 for his precedent-setting work on behalf of the survivors of Epstein.
Brad’s professional peers have recognized him as a Top Rated Lawyer 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 to the highest level of professional excellence and unquestionable ethics. Brad has also been certified as a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Brad has been profiled in The Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers and SuperLawyers as being one of the best lawyers in the country. Since 2015, the National Association of Distinguished Counsel has recognized Brad as one of the Nation’s Top One Percent.
Brad currently serves on the board of the Broward County Justice Association; and is a member of the following organizations: American Board of Trial Advocates; National Crime Victims Bar Association; National Trial Lawyers Association; the Broward County Trial Lawyers; and the American Bar Association.
Brad is a member of the Florida Bar, the New York Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida and is admitted to practice in Florida, New York, and the District of Columbia.
Publications and Media
In March 2020, Brad authored the book Relentless Pursuit: My Fight for the Victims of Jeffrey Epstein, which was published by Simon and Schuster. The book details his decade-long fight against the sex offender on behalf of Epstein’s survivors.
Brad has appeared in a number of documentaries about Epstein, including Netflix’s Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (2020) and Ghislaine Maxwell: Filthy Rich (2022), as well as Lifetime’s Surviving Jeffrey Epstein (2020).
Honors & Recognitions
The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Woodward/White, Inc. compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by state, conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.(Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC)
Brad Edwards – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
The firm and these attorneys are rated AV by their 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 ethic.
Super Lawyers® is a listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Polling, research and selection are performed by Super Lawyers® Magazine, a publication of Thomson-Reuters. Many of our attorneys are listed year after year and in the current edition.
National Association of Distinguished Counsel
The National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC) is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the BAR and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.
Brad Edwards – Top One Percent
The National Trial Lawyers – Top 40 Under 40
The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 is a professional organization comprised of America’s top young trial attorneys. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only, and is extended exclusively to those individuals who meet stringent qualifications and specialize in the legal practice of criminal defense or civil plaintiff.
Million Dollar Advocate Forum
Million Dollar Advocates Forum® is one of the most prestigious groups of Trial Lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. There are over 4000 members located throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases.
Multi-Million Dollar Advocate®
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® was founded in 2007. Members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum must be Life Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case which has resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict, award or settlement.
American Lawyer Magazine (ALM) – Top Rated Lawyer
In an effort to assist companies in the selection of qualified outside counsel and referrals, The American Lawyer Magazine (ALM) and Martindale-Hubbell, the company that has long set the standard for lawyer ratings present Top Rated Lawyers®, a series featuring lawyers who have achieved AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating.
Brad Edwards – Top Rated Lawyers – Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Law
The Largest Sexual Abuse Verdicts in U.S. History