As the founding partner of Newsome Melton Law Firm, C. Richard Newsome has an established history of representing families and individuals who have experienced catastrophic injuries and losses caused by defective products. With dozens of awards and honors, Rich is undoubtedly passionate about seeking justice for his clients and protecting all consumers from dangerous products.
Prior to his consumer practice, Rich worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern and Middle districts of Florida. He continued his career at the Cabaniss Firm and represented manufacturers including DuPont and Ford Motor Company—the same types of large corporations that he helps fight against today. Although Rich spent years learning the methods of the best defense lawyers, he decided to use his talents to help the people on the other side of the courtroom: the consumers.
Rich Newsome doesn’t just limit his passion to his practice, however. Over the past 15 years, he has spent substantial time helping to protect the civil justice system. As a Past President of the Florida Justice Association, a previous member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice, and a current member of the Executive Committee of the National Trial Lawyers, Rich has consistently been an advocate for the rights of families and for access to our courts.
Among an extensive list of awards and accomplishments, Rich has most notably been honored with Best Lawyers in America, Florida’s Legal Elite, and Best Plaintiff’s Lawyers in America.
As a husband and father of three young children, Rich is passionate about his practice and is committed to protecting families and children. Although Rich spent the beginning of his career defending allegedly defective products for Fortune 100 manufacturers, he switched to protecting the consumers almost 15 years ago—and he’s never looked back.
State of Florida, 1989
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1992
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1992
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1992
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1990
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1998
State of Texas, 2009
State of New Mexico, 2009
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1989
Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Moot Court, 1987-1989,
American Jurisprudence Book Award in Evidence,
Member - Board of Masters,
Chancellor - Student Honor Court.
Winner - National Prince Evidence Appellate Moot
Court Competition, 1988
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1986
Bachelor of Science
Major: Economics | Major: Political Science
The Best Lawyers in America, 2003 - 2008
AV Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, 2004 - 2008
Florida's Legal Elite by Florida Trends Magazine, 2005 – 2008
Best Lawyers in Orlando; Orlando Magazine, 2004 – 2008
ATLA Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2007
FL Lawyer's Action Group, Chairman's Outstanding Electoral Achievement Award, 1999
United States Department of Justice Special Achievement Award, 1991
Million Dollar Advocates, 2004
Law Dragon 500, US News “Best Law Firms”, 2011
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2013
Florida Justice Association ( FJA ), President, 2010-2011
Florida Justice Association ( FJA ), Secretary, 2007 - 2008
Florida Justice Association ( FJA ), Executive Committee, 2005 - 2007
5th District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission, Member,1999 - Present; Chairman, 2001 - 2002
Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association (CFTLA), President, 2004
Florida Lawyers Action Group, Trustee, 2001
American Association for Justice (AAJ), Board of Governors, 2000 - 2004
American Association for Justice (AAJ), Committee on Scientific and Medical Integrity, Member, 1999
Florida Justice Association (FJA), Board of Directors, 1998 - Present
Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association (CFTLA), Member, 1997 - Present
American Association for Justice (AAJ), Products Liability Section, Member and Contributing Editor, 2001
Orange County Republican Executive Committee's Leadership, Member, 2000
American Association for Justice (AAJ), Section on Toxic and Environmental Torts, Member, 1998 - 1999
New Majority Political Action Committee, Chairman, 1997 - 1998