C. Richard Newsome | Orlando Accident & Injury 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.
|Partner||Newsome Melton||Orlando, FL||1995 – Present|
|University of Florida Levin College of Law||JD||Law School||1989|
|Florida State University||Bachelor of Science||Economics/Political Science||1986|
|State / Court||Date|
|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|
- 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
Honors & Awards
- 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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|Verified Credentials||Date Verified|
|(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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