Edward L. Birk


1200 Riverplace Boulevard Suite 800, Jacksonville FL 32207

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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 is a News Media & First Amendment attorney. In addition, he represents clients in municipal liability, E.R.I.S.A. Benefits; Employment; Fair Labor Standards Act; and Products Liability.

Previously, he served as a 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.

Admitted to Practice

  • Florida


Professional Affiliations/Organizations

  • Defense Research Institute, Board Member
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • American Bar Association Forum on Communications
  • American Bar Association Foundation
  • Florida First Amendment Foundation
    • Litigation advisory panel

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Peer Rated
  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, 2022, Insurance Law 
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013 – Present
    • Employment Law
    • First Amendment Law 
    • Insurance Law 
    • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Florida Super Lawyers list, 2013-2021