FJA EAGLE Member Raymond Reid–Working to Preserve Heritage and Justice

At the Florida Justice Association, our attorney members show a sincere dedication to upholding justice and a commitment to community. Raymond P. Reid, Jr. shares these values while going a step further. Ray, a legal veteran in his eleventh year with Pajcic & Pajcic in Jacksonville, he is considered top litigator among his peers in the areas of medical malpractice and auto negligence. And as a citizen of Haitian descent who has firsthand lived the American dream, Ray is very active in the preservation of his heritage for future generations.

Ray’s commitment to justice began in Gainesville. Already receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, Ray excelled at the Levin College of Law where he made Dean’s List, was a member of the Order of the Barristers, and served two years in a row as member of the Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Team. In the fall of 1993, Ray argued before the Florida Supreme Court as a final four competitor in the state moot court competition. The following spring during the Tulane Invitational National Sports Law Competition, Ray was the top competitor out of nearly 100 oralists and earned the highest score ever awarded at the Tulane competition.

Following his graduation from law school, Ray served two years as an Assistant State Attorney for the 4th Judicial Circuit, where he handled felony prosecutions. This was followed by four years as an Assistant General Counsel with the City of Jacksonville, working in the Tort Litigation and Governmental Operations Departments. In 2002, Ray was called to service by protecting the injured and joined the prestigious Pajcic & Pajcic firm.

Ray’s dedication to service has continued beyond the courtroom. Currently serving as Vice-President of the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police Foundation, Ray gives back to the community through this non-profit organization by helping worthy organizations. Ray’s group provides education, training and community outreach to a prestigious list of organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes, American Heart Association, Boy Scouts of America, Catholic Charities, Easter Seals, First Coast Crime Stoppers, Special Olympics, and many more.

But Ray’s true passion lies with his dedication to his Haitian roots. Recognizing the importance of family history, Ray joined fellow professionals in his community and founded the Haitian-American Professional Association of Northeast Florida (HAPANEF). The purpose of the organization is to unite professionals in the community in mentoring young people of Haitian descent. By teaching pride in their history, HAPANEF prepares another generation dedicated to the advancement of Haitians at home and abroad. Fluent in three languages, Ray uses his knowledge of Creole to assist other Haitian Americans who need assistance.

As an attorney, Ray enjoys an impeccable reputation.  With Pajcic & Pajcic, Ray has handled over 120 cases, including one verdict in excess of $11 million. Recognizing the importance of changing technology, Ray lectures to attorneys nationwide, teaching them how to incorporate the latest technological advances into their law practices. And when not fighting for the injured in the courtroom, Ray maintains his personal discipline through martial arts. A two-time Black Belt Division Champion with the North Florida Martial Arts Association, Ray enjoys teaching karate, including his work as a Black Belt instructor.

The Florida Justice Association is proud to have Ray as an EAGLE member. We salute his dedication to the legal profession, to the preservation of justice and to his commitment to the Haitian community in Northeast Florida.