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Barry E. Newman

















Trial Experience

"Only the tough cases get tried and only the tough lawyers try cases."

 Jury Trial 

$3-1/2 million trip-n-fall
3-day Jury Trial in Jacksonville's Circuit Court. It involved a housewife's slip in a department store resulting in a non-surgical sore back.  KMart's best offer before trial was only $5,000. The jury returned a verdict for  $3.6 Million Dollar verdictHarris v. Kmart, Jacksonville Circuit Court.

$9.48 million FAA negligence
Five week bifurcated bench trial in Jacksonville Federal Court. The Court found the government's air traffic controllers 65% at fault in Federal Tort Claim action for failing to provide current weather to pilot. The holding resulted in an $9.48 million dollar recovery for Plaintiffs. Abrisch v. United States, Middle District
of Florida case #: 3:02-cv-1114-J-32MCR.  

Trucking crash  
One week Jury Trial in Ocala Federal Court. Trucking case where semi-tractor collided with my elderly clients on I-75 then driver fled the scene and was never found. A verdict was rendered before a confidential settlement was reached. Burchette v. Celadon, Ocala District Court case #: 5:01-cv-368-Oc-10GRJ.   

Pedestrian struck  
One week Tallahassee Circuit Court Jury Trial. My client was a pedestrian struck by a car after it collided with an SUV in an intersection. The jury found that an SUV driver, who offered nothing before trial, was 75% at fault, resulting in a post-trial settlement of $1,300,000.00. Confidential Leon County Circuit Court case.

Turner v. Donzi Marine
One week Jury Trial in Jacksonville's Circuit Court. This was a maritime product liability action. My client's boat window separated from the boat and struck his face, causing a traumatic Brain injury. The Defendant offered only $30,000 before trial The jury returned a $1.3 million dollar verdict with a net verdict of $725,000.00 because the Plaintiff did not obtain timely care. Case #:16-2011-CA-10243.

Wells v. Club Aqua
A bench trial in Jacksonville's Circuit Court. This was a battery case against a local bar after its bartender struck my client, causing severe surgical injuries. The court awarded $351,319.00. Case # 16-2010-CA-9015.

Davidson v. Mid-Florida
Bench Trial in Jacksonville's Circuit Court involving an accident between a golf cart delivery truck and my client, who did not want a jury trial.  The matter settled for a confidential amount during trial before the verdict was rendered. Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida case #: 04-CA006033.

Gaylord v. Dean
One week Jury Trial in Jacksonville's Circuit Court. This was a contested liability auto collision case tried before a jury in the Florida state court. Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida case #:16-08-CA-007627. The matter was settled for a confidential amount after trial.  

Landry v. United States
Orlando Federal Court claim against the Federal Government involving a difficult Air Traffic Control negligence case arising from a mid-air collision at an uncontrolled airport. Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division case #:6:02-cv-691-ORL-28JGG. Defense Opinion. 

Marcus v. FedEx Ground
Ten-day Jury Trial, in Jacksonville's Circuit Court and one of the first trial to be held post-COVID. It was a difficult Wrongful Death Claim alleging that FedEx negligently parked and caused a crash. Defense Verdict. (2021).

See also other important pre-trial recoveries.

If someone you love has sustained a catastrophic injury, please call me at work to discuss it at (904)309-6500 or on my cell (904)545-7909.



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