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Melvin Bowen Wright

Car accident Attorney at Orlando, FL

5.0   8 reviews

About Melvin

Learn Melvin’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    30%
    Emphasis in motor vehicle and trucking negligence, premises liability, nursing home negligence, neglect and abuse, and medical malpractice.

    9 years

  2. Wrongful death
    25%
    Wrongful death caused by the negligence of others or by dangerous or defective products.

    9 years

  3. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    20%

    9 years

  4. Defective and dangerous products
    15%
    Emphasis in Abilify, IVC filters, Bair Huggers, Onglyza, Risperdal, Stockert and Soren, Invokana, Viagra, Talcum Powder, Taxotere, Testosterone

    9 years

  5. Insurance
    5%
    Insurance coverage disputes in personal and commercial lines of coverage.

  6. Medical malpractice
    5%

    9 years

Thank you for visiting my Avvo profile. I invite you to also visit our website at www.TheFloridaFirm.com to find more information on my biography page and in our section on verdicts and settlements. I have practiced law for over 30 years in Orlando, Florida with an emphasis in personal injury and wrongful death litigation. If you or a loved one have been affected by an injury or death, do not hesitate to call (866) FLA-FIRM for a free consultation. 

 

My practice areas include motor vehicle, motorcycle, and trucking negligence, premises liability, product liability, nursing home neglect and abuse, medical malpractice, False Claims Act/Qui Tam/Whistleblower cases, insurance disputes, and general civil litigation.

 

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Licensed for 37 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/19/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1986
Updated 11/23/2022
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1985
Updated 11/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Melvin

Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter
801 N Orange Ave Ste 830
Orlando, FL, 32801

Reviews

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Posted by Derek | November 11, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome Firm
Mel and his team were very effective and efficient every step of the way. Any questions or concerns that arose were responded to promptly and handled appropriately. The firm was very welcoming at a difficult time and I was fortunate to have had the experience of working with them. I have and will continue to in the future recommend this practice.
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Response from Melvin Wright November 16, 2016
Thank you, Derek, for your kinds words. Our entire firm is dedicated to providing excellence in the practice of our profession at every level, and we are so happy when that professionalism is recognized.
Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping my son
I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to Melvin "Mel" Wright and his whole team for all he has done for my son. At a very, very dismal time in our lives, when we literally felt all odds were against us because of very particular immunity laws surrounding our case, Mel fought long and hard and hung in there until he found a vein of hope to help my son in his recovery. Mel never gave up no matter how many dead-ends nor obstacles we faced. Our case was not an easy case at all due to the facts and extreme injuries involved. Mel made himself easily available to offer explanations to my many, many questions or even to just hear me rant or vent about the unfairness of immunity laws. Mel became not only our attorney but a true confidant. He truly goes above and beyond to make his clients feel like family. In a time when attorneys are a dime a dozen, Mel and his team, the whole firm actually, exceeded my expectations. If we ever need an attorney again, without a doubt, we would definitely call Mel. And, we most definitely would refer Mel Wright without any questions.
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Response from Melvin Wright November 14, 2016
Nothing is valued more at our firm than the high praise of a satisfied client under harsh circumstances. Thank you.
Posted by Margaret | October 13, 2014
Outstanding attorney
Thank you to Attorney Melvin B. Wright and Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter for representing me in a suite filed, maintaining the highest legal standards and ethics from beginning to end. The firm’s commitment provided impeccable legal representation that devoted its firm's full attention and resources to my particular situation, and assured achieving the best outcome of having a successful favorable settlement. I highly recommend the winning law firm of Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter. Greatly Appreciative, Margaret
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Response from Melvin Wright May 28, 2015
Margaret, Thank you so much. We are so pleased we were able to help. Sometimes the system isn't fair despite our best efforts. We are ecstatic that it worked in your case.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2011
Very Knowledgeable and Supportive!
Melvin Wright was just the support we needed during a very difficult time. He was very responsive to our family needs, yet extremely knowledgeable during a difficult process. I would highly recommend him and would gladly recommend him to all family and friends.
Response from Melvin Wright June 21, 2017
Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2009
medical malpractice wrongful death
Referred from attorney to attorney re: death of wife due to elective surgery. Wrongful death due to medical malpractice in Florida is very difficult to pursue. Mr Wright and his staff put together a case that not only ended with a favorable settlement but reconciled my family with the local MD. I would hope that no one would need such services in the future, but if you do, I would highly recomend Mr Wright. I prefer to remain annonymous as this is a small town.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2008
Information Technology Manager
My family and I recently employed the services of the Law firm Colling, Gilbert, Wright and Carter located in Orlando Florida. Mr. Melvin Wright was the lead attorney for our case, involving a traffic accident which resulted in the death of our mother. Throughout our ordeal Melvin demonstrated a through knowledge of the law, while patiently explaining each phase in ways we could understand. Most importantly he showed compassion and understanding during a very difficult time for us. While our settlement was not significant we always felt he had our best interests in mind. In the end we were very pleased with his representation and would highly recommend the services of his firm and particularly those of Mr. Melvin Wright. Thank you Mr. Wright for all your kindness. Sincerely William Allen Shader
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Posted by Al | April 28, 2008
I highly recommend Mr. Wright
Melvin Wright's legal acumen and service was exceptional. He was recommended to me through an attorney friend, and was able to obtain a just settlement with an abusive nursing home. He is very experienced in this and other areas of civil law, and his staff could not have been more helpful. He is also a caring, compassionate person, who strives to help his clients navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of these types of cases. I highly recommend his services, as well as his firm, Colling, Gilbert, Wright and Carter.
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Posted by Tynice | April 26, 2008
Stay at home Mom/Disabled
Melvin is a great attorney. He took my case when another law firm wouldn't and WON! He is very responsive. Day or night, he was always there when I needed him. I would definitely recommend his services.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 30%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter
  • 2005 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Morgan Colling & Gilbert
  • 1993 - 2005
  • Attorney
  • Gurney & Handley
  • 1987 - 1992
  • Attorney
  • Walker Miller & Ketcham
  • 1985 - 1987
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Education

  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Georgia
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • Sheffield v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Co.
  • Verdict of $ 6,080,000
  • John Doe . Acme Co.
  • $ 5,270,000
  • Coleman v. Simongeli et al
  • $ 1,300,000
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Associations

  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • International Society of Barristers
  • Fellow
  • 2018 - Present
  • ABOTA Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2015 - Present
  • Trial Masters
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Product Liability Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member - Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • 1986 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Member - Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • N/A
  • Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Nursing Home Committee Chairperson
  • 2009 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Lawyers In America
  • U S News & World Report
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Superlawyers In Florida
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • U S News and World Report
  • 2020
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Standard Jury Instruction Committee - Civil
  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Fellow
  • International Society of Barristers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top 50 Verdicts in Florida
  • Top Verdict
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Product Liability Verdicts in Florida
  • Top Verdicts
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Standard Jury Instruction Committee - Civil
  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Trial Master Life Member
  • Trial Masters
  • 2015
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend
  • 2015
  • Superlawyer
  • Law & Politics
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers In Florida
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2014
  • Advertising Committee - Chair
  • Florida Bar
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers In Florida
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Nominee - Judicial Nominating Commission for the 9th Circuit
  • Florida Bar
  • 2013
  • Advertising Committee - Vice Chair
  • Florida Bar
  • 2013
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Attorneys In Florida
  • Wall Street Journal & Miami Magazine
  • 2013
  • Life Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2013
  • Orlando's Top Lawyers
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers In Florida
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyers In Florida
  • Miami Magazine and Wall Street Journal
  • 2012
  • Board Certified Civil Pretrial Advocate
  • National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyers In Orlando
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine
  • 2011
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyers in Orlando
  • Wall Street Journal
  • 2011
  • Member: Advertising Committee
  • The Florida Bar
  • 2010
  • Florida Legall Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2010
  • Blue Ribbon Panel Member - Superlaywers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Nominee - Judicial Nominating Commission 5th DCA of Florida
  • Florida Bar Board of Governors
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Top Lawyers In Orlando
  • Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2009
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale Hubbell Law Directory
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law and Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Bar Registry Of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Lexis Nexis Martindale Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2009
  • Nominee - Judicial Nominating Commission for 9th Circuit
  • Florida Bar
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 2001
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • Top Lawyers In America
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 1999
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate - Senior Specialist
  • American Bar Association accredited National Board of Legal Specialty Certification,National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 1999
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
  • The Florida Bar
  • 1996
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Publications

  • The Briefs - Orange County Bar Association
  • No Immunity For Car Rental Companies
  • 2007
  • American Journal of Nursing
  • Born Into A Diaper
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Masters of Justice
  • Common Law Collateral Source Rule in Florida
  • 2016
  • Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute
  • Direct Examination of Expert by Plaintiff
  • 2016
  • Annual Convention
  • Nursing Home Legislative and Case Law Update
  • 2015
  • Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute
  • Cross Examination of Expert By Defense
  • 2015
  • Handling Meningitis Claims Teleseminar
  • Building Your Meningitis Case
  • 2013
  • Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues And Answers
  • Insurance Subrogation
  • 2008
  • Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues and Answers
  • Identifying Automotive Defect Cases
  • 2008
  • Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues and Answers
  • Retaining Experts
  • 2008
  • Adult Abuse, Neglect And Exploitation
  • What The Court Considers
  • 2008
  • Jury Selection In Florida
  • The Law of Jury Selection
  • 2007
  • Jury Selection In Florida
  • Voir Dire Examination
  • 2007
  • Long Term Care Litigation
  • Fraud And Abuse Claims
  • 2006
  • Mass Torts Made Perfect
  • Keys To Winning Nursing Home Cases
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (50)
Given (71)
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Personal injury Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mel Wright for over 20 years and he is an excellent attorney in the personal injury arena. Mel is professional, competent and easy to work with. I refer clients to Mel without hesitation and I strongly endorse him for clients seeking an excellent trial lawyer."
Wrongful death Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mel Wright is a watermark upon which all attorneys I know measure themselves. A professional. An advocate. A cornucopia of legal procedure. If I send a referral to Mel I always know that it will reflect well on me. He is a lion in the guise of a southern gentleman."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mel deserves every point of his perfect rating. Smart, creative, dedicated, and with a wealth of experience. I recommend him highly."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I have had the privilege of knowing Attorney Wright for nearly 25 years. On many occasions I have referred my clients to Attorney Wright for his assistance to help them with a personal injury or malpractice matter. He and his colleagues at Colling, Gilbert, Wright and Carter are no doubt pillars within the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr Wright is a super lawyer in every sense and in many areas of Florida law."
Car accident Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Wright is an excellent attorney with a great reputation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have had the privilege of working Melvin for the past six years. He is an aggressive, passionate attorney who always has his clients best interests at heart. His meticulous nature allows him to litigate and resolve the most complex of cases in a professional manner and to the extreme satisfaction of his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Wrongful death Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mel's knowledge of a wide variety of areas including malpractice and wrongful death are unsurpassed. He always places his client's needs first and foremost."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Defective and dangerous products Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Provides quality answers to Avvo community and very knowledgable"
Medical malpractice Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mel is knowledgeable and experienced in all of his practice areas. I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tops in the PI field!!"
Car accident Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mel Wright for 13 years and have worked with him on several cases. Mel possesses extensive knowledge and experience in all facets of personal injury, wrongful death and nursing home negligence cases. Mel is a prime example of the highest level of zealous advocacy, integrity, and excellence in the legal field. I recommend Mel Wright without reservation."
Car accident Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mel Wright is a man of integrity, has a sterling reputation, and is a fearless trial lawyer. As a passionate advocate, his clients are truly lucky to have him. I endorse and recommend him without reservation!"
Medical malpractice Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is highly intelligent and aggressively advocates for the rights of the consumer."
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