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Edward M. Wenger

Ed focuses primarily on appellate litigation, critical motions practice, and trial practice.
He has argued before multiple federal and state appellate and trial courts; drafted and submitted scores of briefs for filing in state and federal appellate and trial courts around the country (including the Supreme Court of the United States); and handled every stage of federal and state trial litigation, from conducting depositions to presenting closing argument at trial. Before joining Hopping Green & Sams, Ed served as Florida’s Chief Deputy Solicitor General, where he helped oversee the Florida Attorney General’s civil appellate docket and coordinate the State’s practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition to his litigation responsibilities, Ed also managed a team of Deputy Solicitors General, provided legal advice to both the Solicitor General and the Attorney General, and helped coordinate Florida’s approach with regard to multi-state litigation. Prior to his service to the State of Florida, Ed was the General Counsel to the West Virginia Attorney General, where, among other things, he litigated cases arising from the opioid crisis and served as a liaison between the Attorney General’s Office and members of both the West Virginia Legislature and a variety of West Virginia State Agencies. Early in his career, Ed was a litigator at a law firm in Washington, DC, where he was twice named an appellate law “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. He also had the privilege of serving as a law clerk to two federal judges—the Honorable Karen LeCraft Henderson of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Honorable Edward C. Prado of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Born in Pittsburgh but raised in South Florida, Ed is an avid fan of the Florida International University Panthers (in a past life, he was a two-year captain for FIU football), the Saint Thomas Aquinas Raiders, and the Florida Gators (where his younger brother played). He enjoys travel, boxing, lifting, and visiting his nieces.
Education
  • Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville, TN, J.D., (Order of the Coif)
  • Florida International University, College of Health and Urban Affairs, Miami, FL, M.S., (Criminal Justice, GPA: 4.0)
  • Florida International University, College of Health and Urban Affairs, Miami, FL, B.S., summa cum laude, (Criminal Justice, GPA: 3.94)
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • New York
  • West Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (4th Circuit, 5th Circuit, 6th Circuit, 9th Circuit, 11th Circuit, D.C. Circuit)
  • U.S. District Court (District of Columbia, Southern District of West Virginia, Northern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Southern District of Florida)
Practice Areas
Legal Experience
Supreme Court of the United States: Florida v. Georgia, No. 142 O (U.S.). Anderson v. Florida, No. 18-1306 (U.S.). Beckman v. Florida, No. 18-6185 (U.S.). Kelley v. Florida, No. 17-830 (U.S.). Hoever v. Belleis, No. 17-1035 (U.S.). Fernandez-Rundle v. McDonough, No. 17-1034 (U.S.). Ganson v. City of Marathon, Florida, No. 17-393 (U.S.). Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, No. 16–476 (U.S.). Rodgers v. Florida, No. 18-113 (U.S.). Prison Legal News v. Jones, No. 18-355 (U.S.). Peede v. Florida, No. 18-6378 (U.S.). Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., No. 09-1159 (U.S.).
Federal Courts of Appeals: Taylor v. Polhill, No. 18-14934 (11th Cir.). Hoffer v. Inch, No. 19-11921 (11th Cir.). McGroarty v. Swearingen, No. 19-10537 (11th Cir.). National Association of the Deaf v. Florida, No. 18-12081 (11th Cir.). National Rifle Association v. Attorney General, No. 18-12081 (11th Cir.). Seminole Tribe of Florida v. Biegalski, No. 18-12094 (11th Cir.). Hand v. Scott, No. 18-11388 (11th Cir.). Block v. Pohling, No. 16-15637 (11th Cir.). Sears v. Rivero, No. 15-15080 (11th Cir.). United States of America v. Charles E. Green, No. 11-5564 (6th Cir.).
State Supreme Courts: Advisory Opinion to Attorney General re: Right to Competitive Energy Market for Customers of Investor-Owned Utilities; Allowing Energy Choice, No. SC19-328 (Fla.). Florida Highway Patrol v. Jackson, No. SC18-468 (Fla.). City of Miami Beach v. Florida Retail Federation, No. SC17-2284 (Fla.). Love v. State, No. SC18-747 (Fla.). Martin v. State, No. SC18-789 (Fla.). Department of State v. Florida Greyhound Association, Inc., No. SC18-1287 (Fla.). County of Volusia v. Department of State, No. SC18-1339 (Fla.). Anstead v. Detzner, Nos. SC18-1344, SC18-1513 (Fla.). Detzner v. League of Women Voters, No. SC18-1368 (Fla.). International Association of Firefighters Local S-20, Florida State Fire Service Association, et al. v. State of Florida, No. SC17-1434 (Fla.). Steel of West Virginia, Inc. v. Morrisey, Nos. Pre-Petition 16-033 & 16-1104 (W. Va.). State v. Hernandez, No. 15-0538 (W. Va.).
State Intermediate Apellate Courts: DeSantis v. Geffin, No. 1D19-928 (Fla. 1st DCA). County of Volusia v. Lee, No. 1D19-1089 (Fla. 1st DCA). Northwood Associates, LLC v. Detzner, No. 1D18-10 (Fla. 1st DCA). Gainesville Woman Care v. Florida, No. 18-0623 (Fla. 1st DCA). Forman v. Florida Department of Revenue & Florida Department of Financial Services, No. 1D18-1891 (Fla. 1st DCA). Boston v. State, No. 1D17-5190 (Fla. 1st DCA). Aviles-Manfredy v. State, No. 1D17-3005 (Fla. 1st DCA). Jacksonville Kennel Club v. Department of Business & Professional Regulation, No. 1D18-1997 (Fla. 1st DCA). People United for Med. Marijuana v. Florida, No. 1D18-2206 (Fla. 1st DCA). Toiran v. State, No. 3D17-2389 (Fla. 3d DCA). Florida Department of Revenue v. Bugliaro, No. 3D17-1476 (Fla. 3d DCA). Arceri v. State, No. 3D17-2712 (Fla. 3d DCA). Investment Corp. v. Department of Business & Professional Regulation, No. 4D15-0460 (Fla. 4th DCA). Hight v. State, No. 4D16-4261 (Fla. 4th DCA). Florida Office of the Attorney General v. Bilotti, Jr., No. 4D18-1645 (Fla. 4th DCA). R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Evers, No. 2D13-2553 (Fla. 2d DCA). R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Crawford, No. 3D13-2909 (Fla. 3d DCA). R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Ciccone, No. 4D11-3807 (Fla. 4th DCA). R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Hargroves, No. 2D11-3792 (Fla. 2d DCA).
Federal District Courts: Sims v. Jones, No. 4:16-cv-49 (N.D. Fla.). Democratic Executive Committee of Florida v. Lee, No. 4:18-cv-520 (N.D. Fla.). VoteVets Action Fund v. Detzner, No. 4:18-cv-524 (N.D. Fla.). Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee v. Detzner, No. 4:18-cv-528 (N.D. Fla.). City of South Miami v. Moody, No. 1:19-cv-22927 (S.D. Fla.). Vigue v. Shoar, No. 3:19-cv-186 (M.D. Fla.). Knight v. Sheriff, No. 4:17-cv-464 (N.D. Fla.). Roberts v. Bondi, No. 8:18-cv-1062 (M.D. Fla.). Frontier West Virginia Inc. v. Justice, No. 2:17-cv-03560 (S.D. W. Va.). West Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association v. Justice, No. 2:17-cv-03609 (S.D. W. Va.). Eilola v. Terry, No. 2:16-cv-11572 (S.D. W. Va.). James v. Experian, No. 3:12-cv-902 (E.D. Va.). Dreher v. Experian, No. 3:11-cv-624 (E.D. Va.).
State Trial Courts: Hunt v. Bondi, No. 2018 CA 564 (Leon Cty.). Weston v. Scott, No. 2018 CA 699 (Leon Cty.). Florida v. Purdue Pharma, No. 2018 CA 001438 (Pasco Cty.). Reynolds v. Florida, No. 18-CA-819 (Leon Cty.). Broward County v. Scott, No. 2018 CA 882 (Leon Cty.). State ex rel. Morrisey v. CRH, PLC, et al., No. 17-C-41 (Kanawah Cnty. Cir. Ct.). State ex rel. Morrisey v. Mylan, N.V., Misc. Action No. 16-P-435 (Kanawah Cty. Cir. Ct.). State ex rel. Morrisey v. Larry’s Drive-In Pharmacy, No. 16-C-202 (Boone Cty. Cir. Ct.). State ex rel. Morrisey v. Crab Orchard Pharmacy, No. 17-C-12 (Raleigh Cty. Cir. Ct.). State ex rel. Morrisey v. Judy’s Pharmacy, No. 16-C-54 (Hardy Cty. Cir. Ct.).