E. T. Fernandez, III, Esq.

Florida and Georgia Offices

The Florida Bar, Board Certified

Ellis T. Fernandez, III is board-certified by The Florida Bar as a Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and has been awarded an AV Preeminent rating (highest) by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review.


***E.T. has been named a member of the "Elite Eight" in the United States as a preeminent trial lawyer to address the most difficult, complex and catastrophic of claims facing the defense during these challenging times. When cases seem to overwhelm current risk strategies or defense counsel, they call him. Out of all trial lawyers reviewed by First Court, only eight... in the entire U.S.... were selected as having all of the necessary skills to be able to handle these claims.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtYuki0SykA or https://firstcourt.com/excess

***E.T., by personal invitation of the Pennsylvania Academy of Trial Lawyers, has been asked to address the Academy at their annual Conference at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania this October, 2015. After reviewing hundreds and hundreds of trials over the last few years, the Academy has selected but one and asked he provide his insight from his experience as to the "how and why" different juries can reach completely different results over the same set of facts. Few know the importance of presentation and the impact it can have on the potential juror as his experience and proven results can produce.

Areas of Practice:
Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Products Liability
Medical Malpractice
Insurance Defense
Commercial Litigation
Construction Defense

Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:
Florida, 1983
Georgia, 2012
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, 1982, J.D.

Troy State University, Troy, Alabama, 1978, B.S.

Representative Cases:
Galvez v. Merelo, 849 So.2d 1158, (Fla.App. 1 Dist. 2003)

Ray v. International Transit Inc., 788 So.2d 343 (Fla.App. 1 Dist. 2001)

Graham v. John Deere Transportation Services Inc., 672 So.2d 545, (Fla.App 1 Dist. 1996)

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. v. Gazelle, 523 So.2d 648 (Fla.App. 1 Dist. 1988)

Smith v. Bilgin, 534 So.2d 852 (Fla.App. 1 Dist. 1988)

Gazelle v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., 476 So.2d 710 (Fla.App. 1 Dist. 1985)

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Professor of Litigation, American Institute of Paralegals, 1991

Delta Theta Phi

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Trucking Industry Defense Association

Jacksonville Bar Association

The Florida Bar

The Georgia Bar

Orange County Bar Association

Federal and American Bar Association

The Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Florida Defense Lawyers Association

The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers

Jacksonville Defense Lawyers Association

American Trucking Association

Transportation Lawyers Association

DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar

Civil Justice Foundation
Founding Member

Professor of Litigation, American Institute of Paralegals, 1991 - 1992

University Club, 1991 - 1993
Board of Governors

University Club, 1991 - 1993
Chairman Young Executive Board