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Gainesville Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas Edwards Supports Alma Mater

It’s been nearly three decades since Thomas L. Edwards, Esq. earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. But he continues to support his alma mater by sponsoring the annual Book Award in Criminal Law, which recognizes the most exemplary student studying at the college each year.

Gainesville Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas Edwards Supports Alma MaterEdwards’ sponsorship of the award is just one example of his and fellow attorneys’ dedication to community and civic endeavors. A partner in Gainesville’s Law Offices of Edwards & Jones Criminal Defense, he also is an active member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association Criminal Law Section, the Federal Bar Association, and of the James C. Adkins Jr. American Inn of Court, of which he is an Emeritus member – the organization’s highest degree.

A lifelong Floridian, Edwards moved from South Florida to Gainesville, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors from UF in 1983. Upon graduation, he was selected to become the first student participant in UF’s combined Criminology and Law program. In 1986, he became its first honors graduate. Today, his sponsorship of the Book Awards program helps provide unrestricted funds to support students and student organizations, faculty teaching, research and development, and student/alumni programs and services.

Edwards has been practicing law in North Florida for 25 years, focusing solely on criminal defense law. He helps to protect the rights of citizens accused of crimes in Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, Palatka and surrounding areas.

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"I first hired Thomas Edwards to defend me and my daughter in the early 1990s. He put his heart into that case.Of all the attorneys in the state of Florida he would be the one I would call, if need for an attorney ever arose again."
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"We are from Lake City, Florida. As parents, we sought the help of Mr. Edwards in my daughter's behalf. As a young lady, she had acquired multiple felonies with the prospect of 10-15 years in prison facing her. Mr. Edwards heard our case, took it on with confidence, and got her sentence reduced to 10 years probation, and restitution. That was 8 years ago, and my daughter is married, has a son, and is doing great. She hasn't even had a traffic violation. Because Mr. Edwards believed in us and took a chance, we will be forever be in his debt. He is a great lawyer, with a very big heart." Colin
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"I hired Christopher for situation I got myself in. He worked hard to get my case dropped. I definitely would recommend this attorney to anyone needing one. He puts his heart in his work." Roy M.
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