Commissioner Rich Newsome is a native Floridian and senior partner at the Newsome Melton law firm where he represents individuals and families in complex civil litigation. In 2016, he was selected as the “Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, a peer review publication. In 2015, he received the Steven C. Sharpe Public Service Award from the American Association for Justice, in recognition of his representation of a client. He is also a member of the Summit Council, a national group of America’s finest trial lawyers for plaintiffs.
Commissioner Newsome attended Florida State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics, and then received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law in 1989. While at both FSU and the University of Florida, he worked for the Florida House Minority Office.
After law school, Commissioner Newsome worked as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida where he prosecuted a variety of cases ranging from white collar fraud to narcotic conspiracies. In 2001, he was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Fifth District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission and served as the JNC’s Chairman during his term.
Commissioner Newsome is a Past-President of the Orlando Federal Bar Association, Past-President of the Florida Justice Association, Past-Member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice and Past-President of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association. He currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Florida Guardian Ad Litem Foundation and is a past member of the St. James Cathedral Parish Council. Additionally, he owns a staffing company, 4 Corner Resources, with his brother Pete Newsome. 4 Corner, with offices in Orlando and Tampa, specializes in recruiting and placing employees in the IT and technical sector.
Commissioner Newsome’s family has deep roots in Florida, going back nine generations to St. Augustine. He and his wife Marcy live in Orlando and have three children.