Edward L. Birk attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he received his B.A. in Journalism in 1983. He earned his J.D. with honors in 1995 from Florida State University College of Law. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Florida State University Law Review.
Mr. Birk is an attorney for news media. In addition, he represents clients in municipal liability, E.R.I.S.A. Benefits; Employment; Fair Labor Standards Act; and Products Liability.
Mr. Birk has practiced with Marks Gray, P.A. since June 1999 and as a partner in the law firm since January 2003. Mr. Birk has been selected for Best Lawyers in America consecutively since 2013. He has also been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2013 by Florida Super Lawyer® magazine. Mr. Birk was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for his work in Employment Law – Individuals.
Previously, he served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Lacy A. Collier. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Birk worked as a reporter and editor for The Associated Press in Boston, Miami and Tallahassee from 1983 to 1989. He also worked for the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, as Public Information Administrator from 1989 to 1992. He is a member of the Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel, Jacksonville and Florida Bar Associations, the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys; Treasurer 2013 and Rotary International-Ponte Vedra Florida Sunrise Club.