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Douglas R. Beam is a trial lawyer and has tried hundreds of cases. He is the past president of the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents and the Brevard County Bar Association. Mr. Beam is the recipient of the First Annual Professionalism Award of the Brevard County Bar Association and the first lifetime member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,  a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice and a member of the Florida Justice Association. He has served as chairperson of the 18C Grievance Committee of The Florida Bar and as chairperson of the 18th Judicial Circuit Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee “A.”


He is a member of The National Trial Lawyers, an organization limited to 100 trial lawyers in each state, and is AV- rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He received his law degree from The University of Tennessee College of Law, where he received the Dean’s Citation for Extraordinary Contributions to the University of Tennessee College of Law, served as an editor of theTennessee Law Review and as editor-in-chief of The Forum, the law school newspaper.


Mr. Beam served as a prosecutor for over three years in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, where he started the Child Sexual Abuse Prosecution Unit and prosecuted the first DNA case in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit (one of the first six DNA prosecutions in the United States). He received the Teaching Excellent Award at the Brevard Community College Criminal Justice Center.


In 1988, Mr. Beam founded Douglas R. Beam, P.A., Attorneys and Counselors at Law. The law firm represents clients in a wide range of cases, including motor vehicle accidents, traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, trucking accidents, nursing home and assisted living center neglect, premises liability, and aviation accidents. In the law firm’s criminal defense practice, the attorneys represent individuals who have been accused of crimes or are being investigated for alleged criminal offenses–from misdemeanors to felonies. The law firm also represents lawyers being investigated or prosecuted by The Florida Bar. Mr. Beam is a certified mediator in circuit, county and family law is an approved arbitrator by The Florida Supreme Court.


Mr. Beam is the chairperson of the Board of Trustees of First United Methodist Church of Melbourne and has served as chair of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee. He has coached and sponsored AAU and Melbourne Police Athletic League (PAL) youth basketball teams. He is happily married to his wife of 29 years and also enjoys spending time with their children.


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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 25%
  2. Brain Injury: 25%
  3. Civil Rights: 25%
  4. Personal Injury: 25%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kimberli L. Trader

    Doug is a highly-experienced and well-respected attorney in the community. He not only works hard for his clients, but he also helps new and experienced attorneys in the community. I recommend and endorse him!


    Kimberli Trader Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Thomas Warren Deans

    Doug is an excellent lawyer and a great human being. His reputation in the community is that of a highly ethical and knowledgeable lawyer but even more important a person of high moral character. Doug will tell it to you straight. I highly endorse Doug Beam.


    Thomas Deans Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Douglas R. Beam, P.A.

25 West New Haven Avenue
Suite C, P.O. Box 640
Melbourne, FL, 32901-4463


FLMember in Good Standing198506/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Association for Justice2015
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Association for Justice2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Association for Justice2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Association for Justice2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Association for Justice2009
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Association for Justice2007
First Annual Professionalism AwardBrevard County Bar Association1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner and Trial LawyerDouglas R. Beam, P.A.1988 - Present
Assistant State AttorneyBrevard County State Attorney's Office1985 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Brevard County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)MemberN/A
Central Florida Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Florida Council of Bar Association PresidentsPresident1997 - 1998
Brevard County Bar AssociationPresident1994 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Delmario Untrale HillOne of the first DNA cases in the nation
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Trial Lawyer MagazineThe Traveling Trial Lawyer2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Western Carolina UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Workhorse SeminarMy First Trial2016
National Trial Lawyers SummitHot Topics: Jury Persuasion and Voir Dire2014