Edward “Ed” Fleming is a founding partner of McDonald Fleming.
He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1986, finishing 4th in a class of 200. He was named Best Oral Advocate in the southeast regional moot court competition in 1984, and was inducted into the Order of Coif in 1987.
Ed's practice is focused on commercial litigation, government law and construction law. He was lead counsel in the case of Bush, et al vs Hillsborough Co., et al, successfully representing President-elect George W. Bush in a federal action challenging the rejection of thousands of votes from overseas and military personnel during the 2000 Presidential Election. He obtained a federal order requiring that all canvassing boards across the state count previously rejected military ballots.
He has served for more than 12 years on Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commission for the First District Court of Appeals, a panel that nominates appellate judges, including two terms as chairman, and two terms as vice chairman. Ed has been an AV® Preeminent ™ rated attorney since 2001 by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible given by his peers. He was named to Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine in 2011, an honor reserved for less than 2 percent of the attorneys in the state. And he has been named as one of Pensacola’s 100 most influential residents by a local newspaper. He has obtained and collected pre-suit settlements and judicial awards totaling more than $30 million in the past five years alone, and has handled several high-profile cases in state and federal courts.
In addition to practicing law, Ed enjoys tennis, boating, kayaking, mountain climbing, and motorcycle riding. He is active in his church, and political campaigns.
· Co-Author of CA-8 Expands Reporting Exemption for Church-Affiliated
· Organizations, The Journal of Taxation, 1985; Construction Liens, The Law in Florida.
· Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association
· The Florida Bar
· Commissioner on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the First District Court of
· Florida Trend’s Legal Elite (2011)
· Fundamentals of Construction Contracts in Florida: Understanding the Issues