Valerie R. Edwards


  • location icon Fort Lauderdale, FL
    110 SE 6th Street
    Suite 2600
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
  • location icon Tampa, FL
    401 E. Jackson Street
    Suite 3400
    Tampa, FL 33602
  • location icon Miami, FL
    2 Alhambra Plaza
    Suite 1110
    Coral Gables, FL 33134

Valerie Edwards is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Construction Practice. Ms. Edwards practices complex civil litigation with an emphasis on construction and real estate law. She represents developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in litigation in a variety of matters, including construction defect litigation, contract disputes, and litigation related to construction accidents and job site safety. Ms. Edwards represents real estate brokers and salespersons, financial services providers, attorneys, and insurance professionals in professional liability matters. Ms. Edwards is also experienced in a wide range of general insurance defense matters, including product liability claims, insurance bad faith litigation and bodily injury/wrongful death claims.

Ms. Edwards has extensive experience in risk transfer, mediation, and arbitration. She has tried a variety of cases to verdict, ranging from premises liability cases to complex construction defect cases.

Ms. Edwards is active in the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance and serves as a certified instructor for the organization. She is also a volunteer faculty member in the Construction and Property schools for the CLM Claims College, which is held annually in September.





Certified Litigation Management Professional (2013)




U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida


  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (2012-Present)
  • Greater Orlando Builders Association (2013-Present)
  • Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers (2013-Present)
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Executive Board Member (2009-2013)
  • Sandra Day O’Connor Inn of Court (1995-2013)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Chair, Construction Law Section (2006-2010); Secretary/Treasurer, Construction Law Section (2010- 2011); Member at Large, Construction Law Section (2012-2013)


Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Juris Doctor, 1996

  • Pedrick Scholar
  • Staff Writer, Arizona State Law Journal

Arizona State University

Master of Business Administration, 1996

Arizona State University

Bachelor of Science in Finance, 1991

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