Barry Newman is a partner in the firm and has been a member for more than 14 years. His primary focus is on aviation law, transportation accidents, premises liability and products liability claims. He has represented aviation Plaintiffs and Defendants in aviation-related claims arising in Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Kansas, West Africa, Afghanistan, Kenya and Saudi Arabia and has trial experience in the State and Federal court system, including a number claims involving the United States Government.
- One of only 33 attorneys to earn Board Certification in the field of Aviation Law out of Florida’s more than 95,000 licensed attorneys – Only attorneys with Board Certification may claim expertise in Aviation Law;
- Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Civil Mediator;
- Martindale Hubbell AV®peer-review rating. (The highest peer rating an attorney can achieve);
- COMMERCIALLY RATED PILOT: FAA-certified Commercial Pilot with multi-engine airplane, single-engine airplane, and instrument airplane and helicopter ratings. Newman has flown nearly 2000 accident, incident and violation free hours in various types of airplanes and helicopters over the past 30 years and previously volunteered as a transplant pilot for Angel Flight. He has owned five aircraft and currently flies a twin-engine Piper Seneca II.
- FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT: In 2007, Newman retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office after serving 19 years as a certified Reserve Police Officer. Of those, he spent six years in the Sheriff’s Aviation Unit flying hundreds of hours performing search and rescue, drug interdiction, aerial surveillance and prisoner extradition missions in the department’s six airplanes and helicopters. He also worked in other areas of the police department, including patrol, vice and narcotics.
- LECTURER: Newman is an established lecturer on aviation and legal issues:
- Florida Coastal School of Law, Adjunct law professor teaching courses in Florida Civil & Criminal Procedure, Counseling, Personal Injury Litigation and Aviation Law; (Jacksonville, FL., 2006-Present);
- Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; Aviation Law (Daytona Beach, FL. 2006);
- American Bar Association, Ethics and Aviation topics (New York, 2013) ;
- Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, Litigating Claims Against the United States Government, (Whistler, B.C. 2013);
- Airborne Law Enforcement Association, Police Aviation Liability and FAA Enforcement Actions, (Florida 2013) (Phoenix, 2014);
- Aviation Law & Insurance Symposium, ATC weather litigation (Jacksonville, 2013);
- Florida Justice Association, Florida Civil Procedure Updates. (Aventura, 2009) (Palm Beach, 2010).
Newman received his undergraduate degree in Photojournalism from the University of South Carolina in 1984 and Juris Doctorate with honors from the Florida Coastal School of Law in 1999 where he was a member of Law Review. He also earned a Florida law enforcement certificate and a graduate degree in the field of Gemology from the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California.
Admissions & Affiliations:
Newman is admitted to practice before:
- The Florida State courts;
- Northern District of Florida federal court;
- Southern District of Florida federal court;
- Middle District of Florida federal court;
- The Western District of Michigan federal court; and
- The United States Supreme Court.
He has also been specially admitted to litigate claims in the following courts on a limited basis:
- District of Minnesota federal court;
- District of Kansas federal court;
- District of Oklahoma federal court;
- District of New Mexico federal court;
- The Southern District of New York federal court;
- The Southern District of California federal court;
- District of Connecticut federal court; and,
- Kentucky State Court.
- The Florida Bar;
- The American Bar Association;
- The American Association for Justice;
- Florida Justice Association;
- The Jacksonville Bar Association;
- Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association;
- NTSB Bar Association; and,
- Aircraft Owners & Pilot’s Association.