Alabama State Bar, 1954
J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 1954; B.S., University of Alabama, 1952; Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, The University of Mobile, 1980
Civic and Professional Affiliations
Jack Edwards is a Member in the firm's Mobile office. After twenty years in the U.S. House of Representatives he voluntarily retired in 1985 to return to the practice of law. His practice is now limited to consulting on matters concerning federal, state, and local issues and corporate governance questions.
Mr. Edwards had a unique and distinguished career in public life. He served under five Presidents from Lyndon Johnson through Ronald Reagan's first term; and as a Republican leader in the House of Representatives, he met with Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan on a weekly basis.
While in the Congress he was on the Appropriations Committee where he served for many years on the Transportation Subcommittee. He was best known, however, as an expert on National Defense having been the senior Republican for ten years on the Defense Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee. He also served on the House Banking Committee.
In the years since returning to Mobile Jack Edwards has continued his public service as Chairman of the Board of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the boards of the Mobile Opera, Mobile Economic Development Council and many other civic boards and committees. He has served on the Mayor's Waterfront Advisory Committee. He was named Alabama's Volunteer Industrial Developer of the Year in 1987. In 1985, he was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor and he was honored as Mobilian of the Year for 1987.
He served on the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama System from 1988 to 1999 and was President Pro Tem of the Board when he retired. He served on the Board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority from 1987 to 1996 and, in 1988, served as Co-Chairman of the Defense Secretary's Commission on Base Realignment and Closure, known as BRAC I because it was the first such commission.
In addition to his law practice and his public service work, Edwards has also served on the corporate boards of The Southern Company, Holcim Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, QMS, Inc., Dravo Corporation and The Aerospace Corporation.