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C. Richard Newsome | Orlando Accident & Injury Lawyer

C. Newsome Lawyer

C. Richard Newsome

Accident & Injury, Federal, Insurance, Property Damage, Defect and Lemon Law

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Rich Newsome is the senior partner of the Newsome Melton law firm and represents families and individuals who have experienced catastrophic injuries caused by defective products. Rich is passionate about helping his clients and ultimately making products safer as the result of product liability litigation.

After graduating from the University of Florida College Of Law, Rich worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern and Middle districts of Florida. After leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office Rich worked briefly at a big products defense firm before leaving and becoming a plaintiffs’ attorney.

For more than 20 years, Rich has represented injured people against manufacturers who make defective products. During the past two decades, Rich has won numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, has written countless articles and about product liability, is a regular speaker at trial lawyer conferences and events across the country, and is recognized by members of the Bar as a leading expert in product liability litigation.

Rich has not only advocated for safer products through the civil justice system, he has also spent substantial time helping to protect the justice system in Tallahassee and in Washington D.C. As a Past-President of the Florida Justice Association, a previous member of the Board of Governors of the American Association of Justice and a current member of the Executive Committee of the National Trial Lawyers, Rich has advocated to protect the rights of families and has fought efforts by manufacturers to limit access to courts and juries.

In addition to a long list of awards and accomplishments, Rich was recently honored by being invited to be a member of The Summit Council. He is also recognized in Best Lawyers of America, Florida’s Legal Elite, Best Plaintiff’s Lawyers in America, and Orlando’s Top Lawyers.

Rich is a husband and father of three children, lives in Orlando, and enjoys offshore fishing and diving.

Position Organization Location Duration
Partner Newsome Melton Orlando, FL 1995 – Present
School Degree Major Graduation
University of Florida Levin College of Law JD Law School 1989
Florida State University Bachelor of Science Economics/Political Science 1986
State / Court Date
New Mexico 2009
U.S. Court of Federal Claims 1998

U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida 1992
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida 1992
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida 1992
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit 1990
Texas 2009
Florida 1989
  • Florida Justice Association (FJA), President, 2010-2011
    Florida Justice Association (FJA), Executive Committee, 2005-2012
    5th District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission, Member and Chairman, 1999-2002
    Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association (CFTLA), President, 2004
    Orlando Federal Bar Association, President,1990-1996
  • Best Lawyers' 2016 Orlando Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year"
    AAJ Steven J. Sharp Public Service Award, 2015
    The Summit Council, 2012-Present
    The Best Lawyers in America, 2003-Present
    Best Lawyers in Orlando, Orlando Magazine, 2004-Present
    AV Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, 2004-Present
    Florida's Legal Elite by Florida Trends Magazine, 2005-Present
    ATLA Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    FL Lawyer’s Action Group, Chairman’s Outstanding Electoral Achievement Award, 1999
    United States Department of Justice Special Achievement Award, 1991
    Million Dollar Advocates
    US News “Best Law Firms”, 2011-Present
    The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2013-Present
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(1989) Licensed as Attorney in Florida. Verified with State Bar of Florida. March 24, 2016
(2009) Licensed as Attorney in Texas. Verified with Texas State Bar . March 24, 2016
(2009) Licensed as Attorney in New Mexico. Verified with State Bar of New Mexico. March 24, 2016

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Update Date:2015-10-15


201 South Orange Avenue
Suite 1500
Orlando, FL 32801

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