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Valerie Edwards


Boca Raton
Office Phone: 561.893.9088
Office Fax: 954.761.9940
Email: vedwards@InsuranceDefense.net
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Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Auto / Fleet
  • Construction Liability
  • Coverage
  • Employer Liability
  • Environmental / Toxic Tort
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property
Valerie Edwards, Senior Partner has over 23 years of litigation experience. She concentrates her practice in complex civil litigation matters, construction defect and contract matters, professional liability, and real estate law. She is a Certified Litigation Management Professional and Certified Claims Professional for Construction. Valerie brings extensive experience in the representation of developers, builders, and subcontractors in construction defect, construction accidents, and contract disputes. She also has extensive experience in real estate matters, handling adverse possession claims, ownership and easement claims, recording act claims, contract negotiation, breach of contract/warranty claims and landlord-tenant disputes.

Valerie also handles professional liability matters involving attorneys, real estate brokers and salespersons, insurance professionals, and financial representatives. She also defends healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses, and medical facility providers. She also handles matters involving employment practices liability claims (including violations of the Florida Civil Rights Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), directors and officers claims, defamation, and malicious prosecution claims, and general insurance defense matters. Her experience in all practice areas includes first-chair trial, arbitration, mediation, and appellate briefing and argument. Valerie also has experience in class action litigation at the state and federal levels (including multi-district litigation). This experience includes extensive discovery and motion practice on class certification, decertification of issues, and dismissal of putative class action matters. Ms. Edwards also serves as an expert witness on attorneys' fee claims.

Education

  • Arizona State University, B.S., Finance, 1991
  • Arizona State University, Masters in Business Administration, 1996
  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, J.D., 1996
  • Pedrick Scholar

Bar Admissions

  • 1996, Arizona
  • 1996, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • 2003, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • 2013, Florida
  • 2013, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • 2016, U.S. Supreme Court
  • 2019, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Personal/Civil Memberships

  • National Association of Women in Construction, Fort Lauderdale Chapter (Board Member, Treasurer)
  • Construction Association of South Florida (Women’s Council Chair)
  • Greater Orlando Builders Association
  • Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Commercial Real Estate Women, Orlando
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (Executive Board Member)
  • Sandra Day O’Connor Inn of Court
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
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