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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.


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  1. Defective Products: 90%
    23 years
  2. Class Action: 10%
    14 years



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  • Jason Dean Lazarus

    Rich is a consummate professional who I strongly recommend when it comes to catastrophic products liability matters. His methodical approach to handling cases and tenacious nature make him an excellent advocate for his clients. The results Rich has achieved for his past clients speaks volumes as to his abilities as a trial lawyer.


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  • Stephen Ashley Barnes

    Rich is truly one of the most skilled and passionate products liability attorneys in this state. He and his firm work tirelessly for their clients and achieve superior results. The recoveries he has obtained for his clients, many catastrophically injured, have provided medical care, living expenses and compensation that allows them to pick up the pieces of their life and provides for a secure future. He is truly a champion for justice and deeply cares for his clients and their families.


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Newsome Melton Law Firm

201 S. Orange Avenue
Suite 1500
Orlando, FL, 328013482


NMAuthorized to practice law200907/29/2015
FLMember in Good Standing198906/20/2016
TXInactive 200908/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Orlando PI Litigation - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year"Best Lawyers in America2016
Steven C. Sharp Public Justice AwardAmerican Association for Justice2015
Best Lawyers in OrlandoOrlando Magazine2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Best Lawyer, Personal InjuyBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyer, Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2011
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2011
Best Lawyer, Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2010
Best Lawer, Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2009
Best Lawyer, Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2008
Rough Rider AwardFlorida Justice Association2005
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2004
Stephen C. Sharp Public Service AwardAmerican Association for Justice2002
Special Achievement AwardU.S. Department of Justice1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNewsome Melton, LLP1995 - Present
AssociateCabaniss, Burke & Wagner1993 - 1995
Assistant United States AttorneyU.S. Department Of Justice1989 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Attorneys Information Exchange GroupBoard Member2002 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember, Executive Committee2009 - 2011
Florida Justice AssociationPresident2005 - 2006
Florida Lawyers Action GroupChairman2001 - 2002
Fifth District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating CommissionChairman2000 - 2002
Central Florida Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident1998 - 1999
The American Assocition for JusticeBoard of Governors1996 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Varone v. North American Arms and Kane's Ace Hardware$2,100,000 verdict for the Plaintiffs.
Chattelle v. Continental Tire and Tampa Auto$13,602,345.35 Verdict for Plaintiffs.
Estate of Robert Monk v. Dill Air Control Products$5,000,000 settlement for Plaintiffs and recall of more than 30 million defective valve stems.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Justice Association JournalPost-Sale Negligence Claims in Florida Motor Vehicle Defect Cases2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Florida State UniversityN/AN/AN/A