Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz is a boutique litigation and trial law firm that handles almost exclusively high-stakes litigation matters. Though its flagship office is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz handles complex commercial litigation, class actions, consumer protection litigation, personal injury, and wrongful death matters across the United States and the world.

Ed Zebersky Class Action Lawyer Miami
Ed Zebersky Class Action Lawyer Miami

Edward H. Zebersky

Founding Partner

Fort Lauderdale

Edward H. Zebersky

Founding Partner

Fort Lauderdale

Edward H. Zebersky, a Founding Partner of Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP, has a trial practice ranging from traditional personal injury cases, to more complex litigation involving defective products, Cigarettes, bad drugs, medical malpractice, insurance issues, hurricane damages, corporate disputes, fraud, RICO, malicious prosecution and constitutional law challenges.

Ed has litigated and prevailed against some of the world’s largest corporations in some of the nation’s largest lawsuits, handling over 70 class actions, resulting in settlements and verdicts totaling over $400 million. Ed has actively lobbied on issues involving insurance legislation and consumer protection and was appointed by the President of the Senate to serve on the Florida Auto Insurance Fraud Task Force. He also served as President of the Florida Justice Association and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and was recently awarded the Legacy Award for his dedication and service to Florida’s children and families. On the American Association of Justice Board of Governors, Ed serves on numerous committees, including the Organizational Review Committee, the National Finance Committee, the Public Affairs Committee, the Judicial Nomination Committee, and the AAJ PAC. Ed is also recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in America, Lawyer of the Year, is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Society of Barristers. A community man at heart, Ed has received several pro bono service awards for the time and work he has donated to those who could afford to hire a lawyer. He is also a past Chairman of Coast to Coast Legal Aid, that is a LSC funded corporation that provides pro bono legal services to persons living in Broward and Collier Counties. 

He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he graduated with a dual degree in Finance and Marketing and then earned his JD at the University of Miami School of Law, graduating in the top 8% of his class with an appointment to the Order of the Coif. Ed is also Debbie’s husband and David, Myles and Micah’s father. In addition to his work as a trial lawyer, Ed’s greatest endeavor now is to teach his boys how to work, each day, to make the world a better place than it was the day before.


Chair’s Choice Pro Bono Service Award, Florida Bar (2004)
Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend (2008)
Legislative Leadership “Shoe Leather Award”, AFTL (1999, 2001 and 2003)
Top Attorneys in Florida, The Wall Street Journal (June, 2011)
Top Florida Attorneys, Florida Trend (July, 2008)
Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide (2004)
Who’s Who in American Law
Super Lawyers 2008 – 2023
Lawyer to Legacy 2013 EAGLE Legend Award (FJA)
Wiedemann & Wysocki Award 2013 (AAJ)
Honorable Thomas Lynch Excellence in Justice Award (2022)
Golden Eagle Award, AFTL
Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year


District of Columbia Bar
United States Supreme Court
United States District Courts for the Northern Districts of Florida
United States District Courts for the Southern Districts of Florida
United States District Courts for the Middle Districts of Florida
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
District of Columbia Court of Appeals


University of Miami, J.D., Cum Laude

  • Order of the Coif
  • Moot Court Board
  • Inter-American Law Review (managing editor, 1991)
  • Student Bar Association, Senator

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.B.A.


Broward County Bar Association
The Florida Bar
Code and Rules of Evidence Committee
Florida Justice Association f/k/a Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
President, 2006-2007
Chairman, Insurance Committee, 1998-2004
American Association for Justice
Board of Governors (2009-present)
Broward County Justice Association
National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Florida Lawyers Action Group (2006-2007)
Florida Justice Association
American Association for Justice
Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association
POUND Civil Justice Institute
Public Justice Foundation
American Board of Trial Advocates


Super Lawyers Honors

All four ZPSL named partners earn Super Lawyers Honors! Congratulations to Ed Zebersky, Todd S. Payne, Jordan Shaw, and Michael Lewenz for earning the designation “Super

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