Theodore B. Randles

Randles Theodore

Ted Randles is a litigator with extensive experience in affirmative and defensive litigation across a variety of subject matters, including contract disputes, tort claims, oil and gas litigation, antitrust, and complex bankruptcies. Ted joined Venable from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division's Commercial Litigation Branch.

At the DOJ, Ted handled all levels of litigation, successfully defending the United States federal court system and winning total dismissal of a purported class action against the courts. Ted litigated numerous multi-million-dollar oil and gas decommissioning cases on behalf of the Department of the Interior, ensuring that the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific were free of idle infrastructure. He also prevailed on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in preventing an attempted sale of artifacts from the R.M.S. Titanic.

Prior to his legal career, Ted graduated from the Air Force Academy and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, with deployments to Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. He was awarded both U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Commendation Medals for excellence in support of army combat operations in Iraq and air force operations in the United States.


Related Practices


Government Experience

  • Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Honors Program, Civil Division (Attorney General's Honors Program)
  • Intelligence officer, United States Air Force




  • J.D. magna cum laude University of Florida Levin College of Law 2014
    • Order of the Coif
    • Managing editor, Florida Law Review
  • M.A. Philosophy University of Florida 2007
  • B.S. History U.S. Air Force Academy 2006

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Clerk Experience

  • Honorable Robert L. Hinkle U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida


  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Washington, DC, 2020 – 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2021


Pro Bono

  • Maintains an active pro bono practice, representing local nonprofit housing organizations and artists facing foreclosure