WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Driving down Florida's highways, surfing
the Internet or flipping through the Yellow Pages, one will not see
a billboard or picture of Ted Babbitt in a suit, smiling and asking
Babbitt & Johnson P.A, which is celebrating 50 years in
business according to a news
release, has built its personal injury and
accident law practice on reputation, Babbitt told the Florida
“We have been fortunate that the vast majority of our cases come
from our reputation. Victims and their families really need to
understand that the best lawyers are not always the ones doing the
biggest advertising campaigns,” he said.
Babbitt said the firm’s partners handle every case themselves —
they never farm out work to a less-experienced lawyer. And they take
on cases only after careful consideration and investigation.
“That lets us devote the resources each case needs — and each
victory demands,” he said. “Other lawyers are quick to settle,
because that’s the easiest way for them to move on. We’ll go all
the way to trial, if necessary. Because that’s the only way our
client can move on. And that’s what makes us a different sort of
law firm. Your best interests get our best efforts.”
Looking back on cases over the years, some have made a lasting
mark on Babbitt.
In Keller v. Keller, rendered in 2008, Babbitt represented
13-year-old Fredchen Keller, whose father had shot and killed his
mother just days after their divorce had been finalized. Fred Keller
was a Palm Beach millionaire who killed his wife, Rosemarie, after
she was awarded half of his real-estate fortune.
A $40 million wrongful-death verdict was reached in one hour on
behalf of Fredchen.
Babbitt also settled a case for $27.2 million against the city of
New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn Inc., representing severely
abused foster children.
“These children suffered unspeakable trauma — the most
egregious injuries I’d seen in my half-century of practicing law,”
Babbitt said. “The damages will not return the innocence of youth.
I fought for them to help the victims avoid a nightmarish adulthood.”
In 1975, Babbitt was invited to join a group of lawyers call the
Inner Circle of Advocates. Membership is by invitation only and
limited to 100 plaintiff lawyers in the United States.
“The attorneys invited to this group are highly respected by
their peers and judicious in handling courtroom litigation,” he
said. “I have been a member for 42 years, one of the members — if
not the member — with the longest membership. It’s one of the
most helpful and awarding memberships to be a part of.”
Changes could be on the horizon as Babbitt starts his sixth decade
in practice. With the Donald Trump presidency, he expects tort reform
will limit or inhibit personal-injury cases. Driver negligence also
could be impacted by driverless vehicles.
“Technology could really reduce the number of auto accidents.
Newer cars with self-braking features can help reduce accidents, and
self-driving cars could eliminate or limit driver negligence,”