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Russell A. Newman

 

Attorney at Law

info@thenewmanlawfirm.com

Telephone: (615) 554-1510
Facsimile:  (615) 283-3529


6688 Nolensville Road
Suite 108-22
Brentwood, TN 37027

 

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., University of Montana (2014)

  • M.B.A., University of Montana (2014)

  • M.A. Theology, Liberty University (2011)

  • B.B.A., Kennesaw State University (2008)

Court Admissions

  • All Tennessee Courts (2014)

  • United States District Courts:

    • Eastern District of Tennessee​

    • Middle District of Tennessee

    • Western District of Tennessee

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

 

Memberships

Law Related Memberships

  • American Association for Justice

  • American Bar Association

  • Nashville Bar Association

  • Tennessee Bar Association 

  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association

Other Memberships

  • Brentwood Baptist Church, Deacon

  • Former United States Marine

  • National Rifle Association

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lifetime Member

 

Legal Victories

Legal Victories for Plaintiffs

 

  • Drafted Plaintiff's Motion for Sanctions for Spoliation of Evidence, which requests the Court to strike the Defendant's Answer and Defenses arguing that the Defendant should not be permitted to defend itself after destroying all of the material evidence in this premises liability case. 

  • Plaintiffs' Verdict for all damages sought and awarded attorneys' fees, prejudgment interest and post-judgment interest in Breach of Contract Case.

  • Drafted and won Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment on the Issue of Liability in a car wreck case.

  • Drafted Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment on the Issue of Liability in a car wreck case, refused to let the defendant amend his answer to admit fault and the case settled the day before oral arguments for the Motion for Summary Judgment.

  • Helped car accident victim recover the full limits of liability from the at-fault driver and then recovered the full $300,000 Underinsured Motorist policy limits prior to filing suit.

  • Assisted in obtaining summary judgment on the issue of liability in a wrongful death case for the estate of the driver killed in this trucking accident. Case settled prior to trial for over $3,000,000.

  • Victorious in obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order (very difficult to obtain as it necessarily involves denying due process rights, such as notice and an opportunity to be heard prior to the deprivation of a legal right, and is only awarded in extraordinary circumstances) against a nationwide insurance company for mistreating its insureds.

Legal Victories for Defendants

 

  • Drafted a winning Motion for Summary Judgment for a multi-billion dollar defendant in a $900,000 premises liability slip-and-fall case.

  • Drafted a winning Motion to Dismiss in a medical malpractice case alleging negligent installation of an IUD (birth control device).

  • Drafted a strong Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings in a tortious interference of business expectations case and the Plaintiff non-suited (dismissed her case) prior to oral arguments on the motion.

  • Plaintiff alleged $250,000 in damages, but after I took depositions and exposed devastating facts, we strong-armed a $15,000 settlement for a nuisance value.

  • Drafted, argued and won Motion for Summary Judgment in a premises liability dog bite case filed against a HOA management company involving a Pit Bull named King.

  • Drafted, argued and won a hotly contested case for a hotel defendant involving a co-defendant's cross-claim for implied indemnity.

  • Drafted, argued and won a corporate defendant's Motion to Dismiss with Prejudice against a Plaintiff who was rear-ended by the corporate defendant's employee.

  • Drafted, argued and won an employee-driver's Motion to Dismiss for Prejudice against a Plaintiff whom he rear-ended (same case as above but on completely different grounds).

  • Drafted, argued and won a Motion to Dismiss for a University Athletic Trainer whom was personally sued for alleged malpractice committed treating a collegiate athlete.

  • Drafted, argued and won a Tennessee Court of Appeals case involving a co-defendant's claim for implied indemnity.

  • Drafted, argued and won a Motion for Summary Judgment for Restaurant Owner #1 in a premises liability case where the Plaintiff unsuccessfully tried to pierce the corporate veil by suing Restaurant Owner #1 personally for the acts of his business.

  • Drafted, argued and won a Motion for Summary Judgment for Restaurant Owner #2 in a premises liability case where the Plaintiff unsuccessfully tried to pierce the corporate veil by suing Restaurant Owner #2 personally for the acts of his business.

  • On remand from the Court of Appeals in the hotel implied indemnity case, I filed a Motion for Summary Judgment (which prevents the Plaintiff from dismissing his case) and then put the co-defendant on notice of intent to file a Motion for Sanctions for a frivolous claim and for attorneys' fees if the co-defendant's claim for implied indemnity was not dismissed immediately. The case was dismissed (10/2018).

  • Drafted a Motion to Dismiss the Plaintiff's premises liability case, which ultimately forced the Plaintiff to file a second nonsuit before oral arguments. By operation of law on the second nonsuit, the case was dismissed with prejudice.

  • Drafted a Motion for Summary Judgment for Spoliation of Evidence for franchise owner of a multi-billion dollar national food chain after the Plaintiff alleged breaking a tooth after biting a bone in a ground beef chalupa. Case settled for nuisance value (i.e., barely over four figures) after the opposing party "lost" the material evidence.

  • Drafted a Motion to Dismiss in a premises liability case and forced the Plaintiff to non-suit after realizing he did not have a legally cognizable claim against my defendant.

 

Meet Russell A. Newman

     Mr. Newman is a unique trial lawyer in that he has substantial experience as both a plaintiff's lawyer and a defense lawyer. Prior to starting his own law firm, Mr. Newman worked at three law law firms: (1) a firm that represented both plaintiffs and defendants; (2) a large insurance defense firm that exclusively represents defendants; and (3) a law firm that exclusively represents plaintiffs who were injured or damaged by the acts and/or omissions of defendants.

     While working at this large defense firm, Mr. Newman defended international corporations, domestic corporations, insurance companies, doctors and other licensed healthcare professionals and he also learned the tactics that insurance companies and its insureds use to prevent Plaintiffs from obtaining monetary damages.  Mr. Newman now fights against these massive insurance companies and self-insured corporations to help his clients obtain the justice that they deserve.

     Mr. Newman is a proud lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). At age 17, Mr. Newman was emancipated so he could join the United States Marine Corps. He worked as a hydraulics and air frame structural mechanic on F/A-18 Hornets with VMFA-142 and later joined  HMLA-773 and worked on AH-1 SuperCobras and UH-1 Hueys.

     In 2005, right after completing combat training at Camp Geiger and aviation schools in Pensacola, FL and Oceana, VA and within two weeks of joining his new fighter jet squadron, Mr. Newman deployed to Al Asad Airbase, Al Anbar, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While deployed he worked 12-15 hours per day, 7 days per week for over 6 months in very intense and chaotic conditions. His military training and experience has enabled Mr. Newman to perform exceptionally well in extremely stressful and highly intense situations.

     Mr. Newman is married, has two sons and lives in Nolensville. He enjoys traveling, snowboarding, fishing and hunting. Since he met his wife in law school, they always enjoy a lively debate.

     While Mr. Newman no longer fights on the physical battlefield, he now fights for his clients on the battlefields of ideas by crafting lawsuits, in conference rooms by deposing key witnesses and extracting key information to use as evidence against his opponents and in the courtroom as he fights for his clients' to secure the justice that they deserve. Even today as he crusades for justice on behalf of his clients, Mr. Newman retains the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment. We believe that our values and vision for your case will help you secure the justice that you deserve. We would love to fight alongside you in your quest for justice. We encourage you to contact us today to see if we can help.

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