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Jacksonville, FL 32202

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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



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Claims against the Government


While there is some truth to the adage "You can't Sue the King," the government can be sued in narrow circumstances and there are complex procedural requirements that must be complied with.

A claim against the government typically requires that public employee act "negligently" to cause injury or death. It may also be possible to sue under federal law if one's Constitutional rights have been violated. This is rare in injury situations.

Governments are not liable for the negligence of  contractors. Claims against Florida state and local governments  may be capped and the law may provide special immunities. For example, there may be no liability for a city's negligent refusal to install a traffic signal at a dangerous intersection, even if that decision causes multiple accidents.

Claims against the Federal government have their  own unique requirements. Federal Torts Claims for injuries arising outside the United States are barred. However, a claim may be brought under the Military Claims Act or, if it involves Maritime Law, under the Public Vessels Act. 

Suing the government is not for amateurs and requires significant experience.  You should trust your claim to an attorney with experience. I have personally tried cases involving government negligence and have litigated them in the state and federal courts.


After a law school professor and three passengers perished in a plane crash, my investigation found that air traffic controllers had provided the pilot inaccurate weather information. Though the government insisted it was blameless, we recovered more than $9 Million after a federal trial Judge found the FAA to be 65% at fault.



If you have been injured in an accident involving the government, please contact me to discuss your options.




















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