Newsome Melton

Speaker Bio

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.