Theodore Babbitt


Babbitt, Johnson, Osborne & LeClainche

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West Palm Beach




Ted Babbitt has won more than lawsuits over the past four decades. He’s won accolades and esteem. Since 1973, Mr. Babbitt has been a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group limited to just 100 of the top plaintiffs’ lawyers in the country. He’s written more than 100 articles that have appeared in national and local publications, given lectures for other attorneys, chaired nearly a dozen professional committees, and been listed ñ for more than 20 years — in The Best Lawyers in America. All the while, he has successfully tackled some of the toughest personal injury cases in the state of Florida ñ and obtained numerous high-profile, multimillion-dollar recoveries for his clients.
Most lawyers with credentials like these tend to oversee cases, letting junior lawyers do the legwork. That’s not Mr. Babbitt’s style. Because he is selective about the cases he accepts, Mr. Babbitt is able to give each client the attention ñ and the resources ñ they deserve. It’s a formula that’s enabled him to win cases against long odds ñ and win the respect of his clients.
For Mr. Babbitt, no detail is too small, and no opponent is too big. While other lawyers can spend years getting to the heart of their case, Mr. Babbitt sees it from the very start: helping his client seek redress ñ and accountability ñ for the harm they’ve suffered. That’s always the goal, and through the skill, preparation, and dedication that have made his name with his peers, Mr. Babbitt has made a better future for his clients.

Palm Beach Junior College, 1960-1961
University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1963
University of Florida, Juris Doctor, 1965
Admissions and Certifications:
The Florida Bar
Supreme Court of the United States
National Board of Trial Advocacy – certified as a Civil Trial Advocate
The Florida Bar – Board Certified Trial Lawyer
American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
Certified Emergency Medical Technician
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida – Trial Bar
Professional Associations:
The Inner Circle of Advocates
American College of Trial Lawyers
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
American Board of Trial Advocates
The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward White
American Mensa Society, Life Member
American Inns of Court, Charter Member and Member of Board of Directors
Palm Beach County Bar Association
Florida Bar Association
National Conference of Bar President
American Bar Association
The Florida Justice Association
American Association For Justice
The American Society of Law & Medicine
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society
Offices and Committee Chairmanships:
Governor’s Task Force on Medical Malpractice (Appointed by Governor Bob Graham) served 10/31/84 – 4/1/85
The Blue Ribbon Panel for WXEL, TV 42 – FM 90.7 – Served as Chairman 1992-93
John Marshall Bar Association (Student Bar Association) President, 1964, Secretary, 1963
Supreme Court of Florida
Member, Commission on Complex Litigation, 2006-present
Palm Beach County Bar Association

President, 1976
President – Elect, 1975
Secretary, 1974
Treasurer, 1973
Member of Board of Directors, 1970 – 1978
Chairman – Law Week Committee, 1967
Chairman – Medical Legal Committee, 1970 – 1972
Chairman – Circuit Court Civil Practices Committee, 1973 – 1974
Chairman – Judicial Poll Subcommittee, 1986 – 1988

Florida Bar Association

Chairman – Civil Procedure Rules Committee, 1976 – 1977 (Member 1973 – Present)
Vice-Chairman – Civil Procedures Rules Committee, 1991
Chairman – Medical Mediation Rules Subcommittee, 1980 ñ 1982
Chairman – Grievance Committee, Palm Beach County, 1981 (Member 1979-1981)
Chairman – Medical Malpractice Rules Subcommittee, 1986 ñ 1988
Chairman – Form Interrogatories Subcommittee, 1986 –
Chairman – Civil Trial Certification Law Committee, 1988 ñ 1989
Vice-Chairman – Civil Trial Certification Committee, 1986 ñ 1988
Chairman – Civil Trial Certification Examination Committee, 1987; Vice-Chairman 1986
Member, Committee on Standards for Jury Pool Sizes, 2004-2005
Member, Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, 2003-2004

The Florida Justice Association
Member of Board of Directors, 1982 – 1984 (Member 1965 – present)
Diplomate, 1982 – present
Medical Malpractice Task Force – 1993
American Association For Justice
Co-Dean of Medical Malpractice Specialized Courses, 1987 (Member 1965 – present)
Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society
Vice President, 1977-1978 (Member 1965 to Present)
Additional Committee Memberships
Federal Practice Committee – Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1974 – 1975
Trial Lawyer/Judiciary Liaison Committee – Florida Bar Association, 1980
Abuse of Discovery Subcommittee – Florida Bar Association, 1983 – 1984
Speakers Bureau – Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1984 – 1987
Medical Malpractice Arbitration Advisory Committee – Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1985 –
Judicial Relations Committee – Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1986 – 1988
Section of Tort and Insurance Practice – American Bar Association, 1986 ñ 1987