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Spohrer & Dodd, P.L.
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Board Certified

The U.S. Supreme Court
The Florida Courts
Middle District of Florida
 Northern District of Florida
Southern District of Florida
Western District of Michigan 
 District of Colorado 
High Court of Kenya at Nairobi
Special Admissions: 

Western District of Oklahoma
Arizona Federal Court
Delaware Federal Court
 Connecticut Federal Court  
New Mexico Federal Court
 Kansas Federal Court
Southern District of New York
Southern District of California 
District of Minnesota


Commercial Pilot:
Single & Multi-Engine
Airplane & Helicopter Rated
Instrument Rated
Former Member:
Jacksonville Sheriffs Aviation Unit
& Angel Flight




:Airborne Law Enforcement 
Lectured police pilots on Safety and Legal topics in Orlando (2013) and Phoenix (2014) National Conventions.


American Bar Association
Litigation Seminar
New York City (2013)

American Bar Association
TIPS Aviation
Demonstrative Evidence
Washington, D.C. (2016)

Lawyer Pilots Bar Assn.  
Litigating Federal Tort Claims

(2013) Whistler B.C.  

Aviation Seminar

(2017) Boston

Adjunct Law Professor:


Aviation Law


2018 by
Barry E. Newman




Barry E. Newman                                                           
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Claims Involving Drunk, Stoned or Distracted Driving



The CDC reports that 1 in 3 traffic fatalities are caused by drunk drivers. To avoid a crash, a driver must perceive a hazard, react to it and allow time to stop. Attentive drivers typically take 2 seconds to perceive a hazard. At 60 mph, it then takes about 359 feet to stop.  For tired drivers, or those under the effects of alcohol, medications or fatigue, perception and reaction times are greatly slowed. Distracted drivers may not react to a hazard at all.


Distracted Drivers


Florida has been named the second worst state (after Louisiana) for distracted driving.  For victims of phoning, texting, Tweeting or Facebooking drivers, Florida law may provide a recovery of punitive damages.


Intoxicated Drivers


A driver of a motor vehicle, including a  lawnmower or golf cart (but not a horse),  who is intoxicated, or stoned with drugs (prescribed or illicit) and who injure someone else by their recklessness, may be obligated to pay their victims elevated penalties in a civil lawsuit.


Bars & Taverns


While the law protects bars, taverns and package stores in most circumstances, their decision to serve someone under the legal drinking age or to continue serving an obviously intoxicated patron may allow a victim to bring a claim.


Social Hosts


With few exceptions, social hosts furnishing their guests of legal age are typically immunized by Florida law.




I was able to recover Wrongful Death proceeds for a family after my investigation revealed that a local tavern continued to knowingly serve an intoxicated guest with a history of 3 DUI convictions even though she illegally parked in its drive-thru and tripped over a table on her way into the tavern.






If you have been injured in an accident involving an intoxicated or distracted driver, please contact me to discuss your options.

















Accidents involving:

Automobiles & Trucks
DUI crashes & Claims against Taverns

Airplane and Airline Accidents
Boating & Cruise ships

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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