Barry E. Newman




photojournalist & Portfolio




          I am a Jacksonville native and have lived in here most of my life.  I've been a police officer, gemologist, pawnbroker, jeweler, gemologist and pilot, but now I'm just a lawyer.


My dad is a semi-retired Jeweler who has operated retail jewelry stores since the 1950s. My mom is a retired Travel Consultant.








This is my grand dog, Rocky. He came home after a party with these shades on asking for Cool Ranch Doritos. I'm not sure what he may have been smokin.




My son, Nick is 22-years-old and works in the restaurant industry. He also professionally trades musical instruments on the net.















I am engaged to a former Ukrainian Department of Justice attorney. Zoryana works as a paralegal and we met in the trenches, litigating a case against each other. She was mean. If she sees this I'll be in trouble. 



My little bother, Todd, lives in Asheville and owns a multi-national syndicate of mobile car detailing centers. Ladies, he is currently single and available.  








I am a commercially rated pilot with single/multi engine, instrument and helicopter ratings with more than 2000 hours.  I've owned 5 Pipers so I am flat broke. I was an Angel Flight transplant pilot and was a member of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit.  I have been an Airborne Law Enforcement Association since 1994 and AOPA for 35 years.



After graduating college, I was a photojournalist for 2 daily newspapers, (Florida Times Union in Jacksonville and The State Newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina).  I also shot for the AP, UPI and I shot concerts for a picture agency called Picture Group. Some of my favorites are here.













In 1985, I returned to Jacksonville to work with my father in his small chain of family jewelry businesses.  Prior to that, in 1982, I attended the Gemological Institute of America, (GIA) in Santa Monica, California where I earned a Graduate degree in Gemology. I worked as a Gemologist in my father's retail Jewelry business and Diamond Centers until graduating from law school in 1999. 





When Pigs Fly




















I joined the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office (JSO) where I served as a certified Reserve Police Officer for nearly 20 years. I flew in its Aviation Unit and worked in many areas, including patrol, crowd control, traffic/special operations, beach patrol, Vice and Narcotics. 





Don't Need No Education 


Wolfson High School Jacksonville, Florida (1979). Graduated near the bottom of my class but I had a good time.

University of South Carolina Columbia, SC (1984); Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a specialty in Photojournalism.  USC marching band drum line; Carolina Alive show band; ZBT fraternity; Gamecock Newspaper.

Gemological Institute of America, Santa Monica, California,Graduate Gemologist Degree (1982).

Florida Junior College at Jacksonville, Law Enforcement Certificate. (1989). Where I learned to drive.

Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida, Juris Doctorate with Honors (1999). 1st graduating class; 1st Board Certified Alum; Juris Doctorate with Honors;  1st State Attorney Intern; Law Review.  




From 2006 through 2016 I taught civil procedure at Florida Coastal School of Law. I also taught one semester of Aviation Law at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. I have lectured for the American Bar Association; The American Association for Justice; The Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association; the Airborne Law Enforcement Association; and, the Aviation Law and Insurance Symposium.






After graduating in Florida Coastal's first class, I interned at the State Attorney's Office. After passing the Bar in 2000, I began practicing with a Jacksonville civil litigation firm and earned board certification in Aviation & Space law.  I have handled actions arising out of incidents in Florida, Arizona, Colorado, California, Kansas, Connecticut, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Mali West Africa and Afghanistan.  At right, I am trying a case in the High Court of Kenya at Nairobi, after being specially admitted.
























Accidents involving:

Automobiles & Trucks
DUI crashes & Claims against Taverns

Airplane and Airline Accidents
Boating & Cruise ships

Motorcycles, Bicycles & ATVs

Workplace Injuries

Construction sites

Dangerous premises
Defective Products

Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices 
Medical Negligence
Slip & Falls
Negligent Security

Unsecured Vicious Animals 


International Claims:

Airline Injuries
Maritime Injuries