Jerry Weedon’s practice is focused on litigation and business law including all aspects of insurance, automobile and trucking liability, business torts, premises liability, real estate, foreclosure and banking law, products liability, contracts, corporation and estates and trusts. He is board certified by the Florida Bar in both civil and business litigation.
While attending Washington & Lee University, Mr. Weedon was the President of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and was a member of Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities. He attended the University of Florida where he received his J.D., with honors in 1976. Mr. Weedon is a Distinguished Naval Graduate from the Naval O.C.S. He served as a U.S. Navy Aviation Intelligence Officer from 1971 to 1974 and as an active reservist in the U.S. Navy Reserve until 1996.
Mr. Weedon has practiced law with Marks Gray since 1976. He is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, The Florida Bar, American Bar Association, American Bar Foundation (Fellow), Jacksonville Claims Association, Defense Research Institute (a member of its Board of Directors from 2002-2005), American Board of Trial Advocates and was named by that group as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2002. Mr. Weedon has also earned a Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating and is listed in Who’s Who Among American Business Executives. Mr. Weedon is a member of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, where he served as a member of its Board of Directors from 1995-2002 and as President of the organization from 2000-2001. He is also a member of the Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel where he was President in 1993. He served as Florida State Chair for the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, a national organization, serving on its Executive Council from 1997-2005 and as President of the organization from 2003-2004. He served as President of the Catholic Lawyer’s Guild in 1995.
Mr. Weedon has been named a Best Lawyer by U.S. News & World Report and selected to the Florida Super Lawyers® list consecutively since 2006. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for his work in Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Construction, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.
Mr. Weedon is certified by the Florida Bar in Business Litigation. He was originally board certified in 1997, and re-certified in 2008. Mr. Weedon was appointed to the Board of Legal Specialization and Education grade review panel for a one-year term (2008). This panel is in charge of reviewing petitions to the Bar for certification of individuals for Business Litigation.
Mr. Weedon appeared in numerous speaking engagements. In September 1999, he gave the “Opening Statement” for the FDLA Young Lawyer’s Seminar. In April 1997, he spoke at the Urban Resource Center, Florida Community College, Jacksonville on “Premises Liability – How to Avoid Lawsuits”. In September 1996, Mr. Weedon spoke on “Voir Dire” at the FDLA Annual Meeting. In May 1996, he spoke at the Diocese of St. Augustine Law Day on “Premises Liability”. He gave the “Opening Statement” in May 1996 at the FDLA Rookie Seminar. In April 1996, Mr. Weedon spoke on “Ethics” at the CPCU Association of Jacksonville. In October 1994, he spoke in Houston, Texas, for the Ranger Insurance Company on “Coverage in Trucking Policies”. He is the author of the chapter on “Winning at Mediation” in the Florida Defense Lawyer’s Publication The Defense Speak.
Mr. Weedon is active in the Jacksonville community. He was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Board of Trustees of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in 2007 and reappointed by Governor Charlie Crist in 2009. He served on the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House, where he served as Secretary from 1998 to 1999, as Vice-President from 1999 to 2000 and as President from 2000 to 2001. He served on the Board of Governors for the University Club from 1998-2001. He was also a member of Community Relations Commission – City of Jacksonville where he served as Commissioner from 1995 to 1999 and Vice Chairman in 1998 and 1999. He was a member of the Human Rights Commission – City of Jacksonville where he has served as Commissioner from 1999-2004 and as Chair – Business and Industry Liaison Committee. He served as a member of the Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., a member of its Board from 2000-2005 and served as its President from 2004-2005. He served as President of the Washington & Lee Alumni of Jacksonville, Inc. He is a Leadership Jacksonville Alumnus and a member of St. Vincent’s Hospital Foundation Ambassador Board. He was the Chairman of the Board of the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of St. Augustine for 2007-2008. He is a Legal Aid volunteer attorney.