Newsome Melton Obtains $25.9 Million Verdict against Ford and The Baptist Church of New Port Richey for Single Wrongful Death

Nicholas S. Gurney, Esq.


Nicholas graduated Cum Laude with Dean’s List Honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, in Gainesville, Florida. There, he donated more free legal service hours than any other graduate and was honored to receive the Helen Gibel Blechman Pro Bono Award as a result. At the same time, Nicholas earned the highest grade in five UF Law classes while also achieving degree certificates in Criminal Justice, Community Service, and Pro Bono Service. Nicholas is one of the only attorneys to have been inducted into both the Florida Blue Key National Honor Society and the National Order of Barristers. As a member of the experiential Trial Team, Nicholas was named Best Speaker nationally at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

Since graduating from UF Law, Nicholas has secured favorable results for injured clients including a $1,345,000.00 jury verdict in Collier County, Florida. Currently, Nicholas focuses his practice on unsafe products and tobacco litigation. In 2016, Nicholas became one of the youngest graduates of Gerry Spence’s famed Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming. Nicholas now continues a long tradition of representing clients with a focus on jury trials.

Nicholas is involved with World Vision Charity, HOPE South Florida serving the homeless population of Broward County, and actively coaches the UCF Trial Team, of which he is a distinguished alumnus.

Bar Admissions

The Florida Bar
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional Associations

Trial Lawyer’s College, September 2016 Graduate
Florida Blue Key Honor Society, Member
Order of Barristers, National Inductee
Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, Member
American Association for Justice
Florida Justice Association

Awards and Involvement

University of Central Florida Alumni’s Class of 30 Under 30, 2017
Helen Gibel Blechman Endowed Pro Bono Award, 2016
UCF Mock Trial Team, Team Coach, 2017-2018

OVER $500,000,000 recovered
Newsome Melton has recovered over half a billion dollars for their clients.