ted-babbittIn addition to winning personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits over the past five decades in Florida, Ted Babbitt has won accolades and esteem. Since 1975, Mr. Babbitt has been a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group limited to just 100 of the top plaintiffs’ lawyers in the country. He’s written more than 100 articles that have appeared in national and local publications, given lectures for other attorneys, chaired nearly a dozen professional committees, and been listed – for more than 20 years — in The Best Lawyers in America. All the while, he has successfully tackled some of the toughest personal injury cases in the state of Florida – and obtained numerous high-profile, multimillion-dollar recoveries for his clients.

Most lawyers with credentials like these tend to oversee cases, letting junior lawyers do the legwork. That’s not Ted Babbitt’s style. Because he is selective about the cases he accepts, he is able to give each client the attention – and the resources – they deserve. It’s a formula that’s enabled him to win cases against long odds – and win the respect of his clients.

For Ted Babbitt, no detail is too small, and no opponent is too big. While other lawyers can spend years getting to the heart of their case, Ted sees it from the very start: helping his client seek redress – and accountability – for the harm they’ve suffered. That’s always the goal, and through the skill, preparation, and dedication that have made his name with his peers, Ted Babbitt has made a better future for his clients.

Ted Babbitt is a commercial pilot and flight instructor with ratings in single and multi-engine as well as glider. He has been flying since 1969 and has logged more than 4,500 hours. His most recent plane was a twin engine jet prop seating 8. He is credited with being instrument rated with certification from Flight Safety and has flown volunteer flights as an “Angel” to allow sick people to get needed treatment. He is also signed up for “Pilots and Paws” to do the same thing for injured animals.


Member of Eminent Invitation-Only Trial Bar Associations

Theodore Babbitt is a member of prominent, invitation-only trial bar associations.

Ted is one of a few attorneys in the world to be a member in the Inner Circle of Advocates, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Inner Circle of Advocates

inner_circle_logoThis is an invitation-only group, limited to 100 of the best plaintiff lawyers in the United States. Prospective members must be nominated by the current members, pass a background and experience investigation, including reviews by leading lawyers and judges, and meet the rigorous requirements for membership.

According to Inner Circle of Advocates, “The Inner Circle is an invitation-only group, limited to 100 lawyers of excellent character and integrity, representing people throughout the United States. To qualify, members must have tried at least 50 personal injury jury trials and at least 3 verdicts in excess of one million-dollars or 1 verdict in excess of ten million-dollars. Most of our members have won many multimillion dollar verdicts for their clients.”

International Academy of Trial Lawyers

international_academy_trial_lawyers_logoThe International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) is also an invitation-only group, limited to 500 trial lawyers worldwide.

“The Academy is a group of truly elite trial lawyers representing both sides of the Bar: prosecutors and defense lawyers in criminal cases, and plaintiffs’ and defense counsel in civil litigation (including business and personal injury cases). While the majority of the Fellows come from the U.S., the Academy includes lawyers from more than 30 countries. Fellowship is by invitation only, and trial lawyers are invited to become Fellows only after an extremely careful vetting process,” states the IATL site.

Ted has been a member of this elite membership since 1988.

American Board of Trial Advocates

american_board_of_trial_advocatesTed is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation-only group of experienced trial lawyers and judges, dedicated to the preservation of the civil jury trial.
He is a Life Fellow of the Palm Beach chapter.

American College of Trial Lawyers

american_college_of_trial_lawyersThe American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) is an invitation only fellowship of preeminent trial lawyers from the United States and Canada. It is recognized as one of the top trial lawyers’ organizations in both the United States and Canada.

According to the ACTL site, “Fellowship is extended only by invitation, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Although there are currently more than 5,700 Fellows across the U.S. and Canada, membership can never be more than 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are selected from among advocates who represent plaintiffs or defendants in civil proceedings of all types, as well as prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the administration of justice.”

Ted was invited to be a member of this organization in 1987.


Recognition

Ted Babbitt was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 for the following categories:

  • Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs
Year Joined Firm
  • 1967
Areas of Practice
  • 100% Civil Trial Law
Litigation Percentage
  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Certified Legal Specialties
  • Civil Trial Law, State Bar of Florida, 1993
  • Civil Trial Law, National Board of Trial Attorneys
  • Certified Emergency Medical Technician
Bar Admissions
  • Florida, 1965
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida Trial Bar
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1969
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2004
Education
  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1965
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) – 1963
  • Palm Beach Junior College, Lake Worth, Florida
Published Works
  • Staying Out of Malpractice Suits South Florida Medical Review, September, 1985
  • Hospital Records Trial, March, 1988
Representative Cases
References
  • Flagler National Bank, West Palm Beach, Florida
Featured Article
Honors and Awards
  • Florida Super Lawyer, 2006 – 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 1983 – 2018
  • Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™, 2016
  • Governor’s Task Force on Medical Malpractice
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2010 – Present
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Inner Circle of Advocates, 1975 – Present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, 1987 – Present
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1988 – Present
  • American Inns of Court, Palm Beach County, 1988 – Present
  • Florida’s Children First, Board Member
  • Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, 2016 – Present
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1982 – 1984
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1970 – 1978
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Mensa Society, Life Member
  • The Florida Justice Association
  • American Association For Justice
  • The American Society of Law & Medicine
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society
  • Governor’s Task Force on Medical Malpractice (Appointed by Governor Bob Graham)
  • The Blue Ribbon Panel for WXEL, TV 42 – FM 90.7, Chairman, 1992 – 1993
  • John Marshall Bar Association (Student Bar Association), President, 1964 – Present
  • John Marshall Bar Association (Student Bar Association), Secretary, 1963 – Present
  • Supreme Court of Florida, Member, Commission on Complex Litigation, 2006 – Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, President, 1976 – Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, President – Elect, 1975 – Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Secretary, 1974 – Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Treasurer, 1973 – Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member of Board of Directors, 1970 – 1978
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Chairman, Law Week Committee, 1967 – Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Chairman, Medical Legal Committee, 1970 – 1972
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Chairman, Circuit Court Civil Practices Committee, 1973 – 1974
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Chairman, Judicial Poll Subcommittee, 1986 – 1988
  • Florida Bar Association, Chairman, Civil Procedure Rules Committee, 1976 – 1977
  • Florida Bar Association, Member, 1973 – Present
  • Florida Bar Association, Vice-Chairman, Civil Procedures Rules Committee, 1991 – Present
  • Florida Bar Association, Chairman, Medical Mediation Rules Subcommittee, 1980 – 1982
  • Florida Bar Association, Chairman – Grievance Committee, Palm Beach County, 1981 – Present
  • Florida Bar Association, Member, 1973 – Present
  • Florida Bar Association, Chairman, Medical Malpractice Rules Subcommittee, 1986 – 1998
  • Florida Bar Association, Chairman, Form Interrogatories Subcommittee, 1986 – Present
  • Florida Bar Association, Chairman, Civil Trial Certification Law Committee, 1988 – 1989
  • Florida Bar Association, Vice-Chairman, Civil Trial Certification Committee, 1986 – 1988
  • Florida Bar Association, Chairman, Civil Trial Certification Examination Committee, 1987 – Present
  • Florida Bar Association, Vice-Chairman , 1986 – Present
  • Florida Bar Association, Member, Committee on Standards for Jury Pool Sizes, 2004 – 2005
  • Florida Bar Association, Member, Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, 2003 – 2004
  • The Florida Justice Association, Member, Board of Directors, 1982 – 1984
  • The Florida Justice Association, Member, 1965 – Present
  • The Florida Justice Association, Diplomate, 1982 – Present
  • The Florida Justice Association, Medical Malpractice Task Force, 1993 – Present
  • American Association for Justice, Diplomate
  • American Association for Justice, Co-Dean of Medical Malpractice Specialized Courses, 1987 – Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1965 – Present
  • Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society, Vice President, 1977 – 1978
  • Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society, Member, 1965 – Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Federal Practice Committee , 1974 – 1975
  • Florida Bar Association, Trial Lawyer/Judiciary Liaison Committee, 1980 – Present
  • Florida Bar Association, Abuse of Discovery Subcommittee , 1983 – 1984
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Speakers Bureau, 1984 – 1987
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Medical Malpractice Arbitration Advisory Committee, 1985 – Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Judicial Relations Committee, 1986 – 1988
  • American Bar Association, Section of Tort and Insurance Practice, 1986 – 1987
Fraternities/Sororities
  • Phi Alpha Delta
Contributions
  • Writer, Palm Beach County Bar Association, Early 1990’s – Present