lawyer Tim Newsom

Biography

Tim Newsom began his legal career with a judicial clerkship at the Amarillo Court of Appeals, and is now in his 27th year in the practice of law.  He is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  His practice includes general civil litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury, and construction litigation.

Throughout his career, Mr. Newsom has represented an array of clients including small children, families, businesses and their executives, lawyers, doctors, and a judge. Verdict Search, an affiliate of Texas Lawyer Magazine, recognized Mr. Newsom as having one of the top defense verdicts in 2015 after he successfully defended a small business in a true “bet-the-company” case. Mr. Newsom has also been recognized for fifteen consecutive years as a Super Lawyer in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury by Thomson Reuters. Although some of his cases have garnered media attention, Mr. Newsom has also discreetly resolved a number of matters confidentially outside the courtroom with no publicity and strict confidentiality.

Mr. Newsom is a Past President of the Amarillo Area Bar Association and the Amarillo Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  He is the current National Board Representative of the Amarillo Chapter of ABOTA.  ABOTA is a national invitation-only organization of experienced trial lawyers from both sides of the docket whose primary mission is preservation of the right to trial by jury in a civil case.  The Spring 2016 edition of Voir Dire Magazine, the flagship publication of ABOTA, published an article co-authored by Mr. Newsom entitled “The American Jury” which explains how juries protect the fundamental rights of all Americans.

Mr. Newsom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Austin College in 1989 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1992.  He is licensed to practice law in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

Mr. Newsom and his wife Judy, a registered pharmacist with a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy Economics and a founding faculty member of Texas Tech University Pharmacy School, have been married 22 years and have two children.

Education & Judicial Clerkship

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, Texas Tech University School of Law, 1992
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science & Business, Austin College, Sherman, Texas, 1989
  • Judicial Clerkship, Seventh Court of Appeals, Amarillo, Texas, 1992-1993

Board Certifications

  • Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Civil Trial Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Licensed To Practice

  • States of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma
  • U.S. Fifth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals
  • All Federal Courts in Texas and New Mexico
  • Federal Court, Western District of Oklahoma
  • All State Courts in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma

Professional Memberships

  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates (Past President and Current National Board Representative, Amarillo Chapter)
  • TEX-ABOTA, Regional Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (Secretary and Executive Committee Member, 2020-2021)
  • Amarillo Area Bar Association (Past President, 2014-2015)
  • Long Range Planning Committee, Litigation Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Local Rules Committee, Amarillo Area Bar Association
  • State Bar Associations of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma

Civic Involvement

  • Another Chance House, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Austin College “L” Association, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Member, First Baptist Church

Professional Recognition

  • October 2017, Recognition for a Top Verdict in Contracts by Texas Lawyer Magazine for the jury verdict in BCL Construction, LLC v. Hemink Farms, Ltd.
  • July 2016, Recognition for a Top Defense Verdict in 2015 by Verdict Search, an affiliate of Texas Lawyer Magazine, for the verdict in Arrington v. Aranda Pools, Inc.
  • 2015 Recipient of the Bob Black Bar Leaders Award presented by Texas Tech University School of Law
  • 2005-2019 Texas Super Lawyer, Plaintiff’s Personal Injury, Thomson Reuters

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

  • Frequent speaker on The American Jury, a presentation that explains the history behind the right to trial by jury and how juries preserve the fundamental rights of all Americans.
  • Deposing the Villain, State Bar of Texas 33rd Annual Evidence and Discovery Course (2020); Author and Speaker
  • Deposition of the Villain in a P.I. Case, State Bar of Texas 35th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course (2019); Author and Speaker
  • Texas Citizens Participation Act:  What the Fiduciary Litigator Needs to Know, State Bar of Texas 13th Annual Fiduciary Litigation Seminar (2018); Co-Author.
  • TEX-ABOTA Masters in Trial Presentation (Lubbock 2018); Faculty Member and Participant.
  • In Search of the Smoking Gun:  Interviewing Ex-Employees of Opposing Parties, State Bar of Texas 31st Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course (2018); Author and Speaker.
  • TEX-ABOTA Teachers Law School sponsored by the ABOTA Foundation and Amarillo Chapter of TEX-ABOTA (2017); Speaker
  • Preparing the Cast for Center Stage in the Trial Theater, State Bar of Texas 30th Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course (2017); Author and Speaker.
  • Dicky Grigg, Guy D. Choate, Dan Worthington & Tim Newsom, The American Jury, Voir Dire, Spring 2016.
  • TEX-ABOTA Teachers Law School sponsored by the ABOTA Foundation and East Texas Chapter of TEX-ABOTA (2016); Speaker.
  • TEX-ABOTA Masters in Trial Presentation (Fort Worth 2016); Faculty Member and Participant.
  • The American Jury, TEX-ABOTA Santa Fe CLE Round-Up (2016); Author and Speaker.
  • Cross Examination: Preparing the Plaintiff for the Present and America for the Future, State Bar of Texas 31st Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course (2015); Author and Speaker.
  • Where the Rubber Meets the Road in 18 Wheeler Truck Wrecks – Permian Basin Trial Lawyers Association (2014); Author and Speaker.
  • Proving Damages Through Experts, 6th Annual Damages in Civil Litigation, State Bar of Texas (2014); Author and Speaker.
  • Where the Rubber Meets the Road in 18 Wheeler Truck Wrecks – Road Rules Lubbock: A Crash Course Car Wrecks Seminar, Texas Trial Lawyers Association (2011); Author and Speaker.
  • Perfecting and Foreclosing a Statutory Mechanic’s Lien on Private Commercial and Residential Construction Projects – Texas Trial Lawyers Association Commercial Litigation Seminar (2007); Author and Speaker.
  • Commercial Truck Litigation 2007 – State Bar of Texas 23rd Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course (2007); Author and Speaker.
  • Medical Record Use and Confidentiality in Court – National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education (May 2004); Author.

APPELLATE OPINIONS

BANK FRAUD & CONVERSION

  • First State Bank, N.A. v. Morse, 227 S.W.3d 820 (Tex.App. -Amarillo 2007, no pet.)

CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION

  • Hemink Farms, Ltd. v. BCL Construction, LLC, No. 07-17-00457-CV, 2019 WL1287981 (Tex. App.-Amarillo 2019, pet. denied)
  • Arrington v. Aranda Pools, Inc., No. 11-15-00207-CV, 2017 WL 3923662 (Tex. App.-Eastland 2017, no pet.)

CONTORT REMEDIES

  • Crouch v. Klein, No. 07-95-0263-CV (Tex.App. -Amarillo 1996, pet. denied)

DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES ACT

  • JEM Int’l., Inc. v. Warner Properties, LP, No. 17-07-42-CV, 2018 WL 4571917 (Tex.App.-Amarillo 2018, no pet.)

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT

  • Noble v. Serco, Inc., No. 3:08-76-DCR, 2009 WL 1811550 (E.D.Ky. June 25, 2009)
  • Sanders v. MPRI, Inc., No. Civ-08-345-R, 2008 WL 5572846 (W.D. Okla. Oct. 16, 2008)

MEDICAL PEER REVIEW & REPORTING

  • Gulde v. St. Anthony’s Hosp., No. 07-93-0136-CV (Tex.App. -Amarillo 1994, writ denied)

MINORITY SHAREHOLDER OPPRESSION AND STOCK REDEMPTION

  • Herring Bancorp., Inc. v. Mikkelsen, 529 S.W.3d 216 (Tex.App.-Amarillo 2017, pet. denied) (trial counsel)

PERSONAL INJURY

  • Bryant v. Levy, 196 S.W.3d 166 (Tex.App. -Amarillo 2006, no pet.)
  • McKee v. McNeir, 151 S.W.3d 268 (Tex.App. -Amarillo 2004, no pet.)
  • Nutri-Feeds, Inc. v. Venegas, No. 12-97-00262 (Tex.App. -Tyler 1999, no pet.)
  • Harlow v. Hayes, 991 S.W.2d 24 (Tex.App -Amarillo 1998, pet. denied)
  • Craig v. Mixon, No. 97-07-0350-CV (Tex.App. -Amarillo 1998, pet. denied)
  • Gant v. Dumas Glass & Mirror, Inc., 935 S.W.2d 202 (Tex.App. -Amarillo 1996, no writ)

CIVIL PROCEDURE AND DEFAULT JUDGMENTS

  • Bhakta v. Krisu Hospitality, LLC, No. 07-18-00156-CV, 2019 Tex. App. LEXIS 10096 (Tex. App.-Amarillo 2019, pet. filed) (appellate counsel)
  • Taylor v. Great Western Dir., Inc., No. 07-000213-CV, 2000 WL 1781851 (Tex.App. -Amarillo 2000, no pet.)
  • American Comm. Serv. Inc. v. Indiana Ins., Co., No.07-97-0329-CV, 1999 WL 239912 (Tex.App. -Amarillo 1999, pet. denied)
  • Curry v. Noble, No. 07-98-0315-CV, 1999 WL 713779 (Tex.App. -Amarillo 1999, pet. denied)

PRODUCTS LIABILITY

  • Hiniger v.Case Corp., 23 F.3d 124 (5th Cir. 1994), cert. denied, 513 U.S. 1079 (1995).