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Charles F. Newman

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130 North Court Ave
Memphis TN 38103
Tel: 901.524.5103
Fax: 901.524.5024

Admitted to Practice

Tennessee, 1964

United States Supreme Court, 1981

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American Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

Memphis Bar Association

Charles F. Newman

Member

Charles Newman joined the firm in 1965 and has been a member since 1966. He has practiced in virtually every area of commercial litigation, handling a wide variety of corporate, insurance, products liability, environmental, technological, intellectual property, trademark, copyright, college and university, hospital, municipal, employment, and other matters. Following law school, Mr. Newman served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Bailey Brown, former judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, and later on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is a former President of the Memphis Bar Association. Mr. Newman has been listed for 25 years in Best Lawyers® in America in the areas of Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, First Amendment Law, Litigation- Environmental and Litigation- First Amendment. He is a frequent speaker on numerous subjects, including his involvement as one of the attorneys representing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. just before his death in 1968 and representing the plaintiffs in the landmark case blocking the construction of Interstate 40 through Overton Park in the 1970's and 1980's. 

Education
  • Yale University (LL.B. / J.D., 1963)
  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universitat, Bonn, Germany (1960)
  • Yale University (B.A., 1959), magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Recipient, Pillar of Excellence Award, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter (2014)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers® in America for 25 years in the areas of Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, First Amendment Law, Litigation- Environmental and Litigation- First Amendment (1991-2015)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in Tennessee, Business Tennessee Magazine
  • Named Best Lawyers® in America "Lawyer of the Year" in Appellate Practice in the Memphis area (2011, 2012 and 2013)
  • Named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list in the area of Business Litigation (2006-2014)
  • President, Memphis Bar Association (1996)
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation and Memphis Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Associate Examiner, Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (1983-1984)
  • Master of the Bench, American Inns of Court (1997)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Memphis School of Law (1976)
  • Judicial Clerk to U.S. District Judge Bailey Brown (1963-1964)
  • Former Member: Executive Committee, Yale Law School Association and Class Council, Class of 1959
  • Member, Memphis Bar Association (Board of Directors, 1990-1996; Executive Committee, 1989-1992; Secretary, 1992; Treasurer, 1993; Vice President, 1994-1995; President, 1996)
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Environmental Law Institute

Publications and Presentations of Note

Frequent speaker on numerous subjects, including his involvement as one of the attorneys representing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. just before his death in 1968 and representing the plaintiffs in the landmark case blocking the construction of Interstate 40 through Overton Park in the 1970's and 1980's.

Community Involvement

  • Chair, Rhodes College President’s Council (1994- 1995)
  • Recipient, Distinguished Service Medal, Rhodes College (1990)
  • Commissioner, Memphis Landmarks Commission (1983- 1987)
  • Former Member, Board of Directors/Trustees, Environmental Action Fund; LeMoyne-Owen College; Memphis College of Art; Memphis Metropolitan Interfaith Association (MIFA); Memphis Public Library Foundation; Memphis Rotary Club; National Civil Rights Museum Foundation; Tennessee Nature Conservancy; Tennessee Conservation League; and Wolf River Conservancy
  • Former President, Yale Club of Memphis