Personal Injury Attorney
Melvin B. Wright
MELVIN BOWEN WRIGHT was born in Albany, Georgia on August 1, 1959 and was raised on a family farm still in operation in Warwick located in rural South Georgia. He moved to Central Florida in 1985, is married and has two children.
Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Motor Vehicle And Trucking Liability; Premises Liability; Medical Malpractice; Pharmacy Negligence; Nursing Home Negligence; Insurance Law; Products Liability; Pharmaceutical Liability; Whistleblower/Qui Tam Liability; Class Actions.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Georgia,College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences in 1981, Mr. Wright was admitted to the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He received his juris doctor degree in 1985 and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1985 and the Florida Bar in 1986. Mr. Wright is also licensed to practice law in Tennessee.
EXPERIENCE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Past career experience:
Mr. Wright began the practice of law in 1985 in Orlando with an emphasis in wrongful death and personal injury litigation and represented both the injured and the insurance industry until 1993. He now exclusively handles cases of serious personal injury and death for accident victims. Mr. Wright has substantial experience in all types of personal injury and wrongful death litigation including automobile accidents, on the job injuries, child care negligence, drowning and other premises liability, cases involving negligent security at retail establishments, and medical malpractice. Mr. Wright has extensive experience in nursing home and other institutional abuse and neglect cases, having led a team of nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at the former law firm of Morgan Colling & Gilbert and having lectured nationally at seminars on institutional abuse and neglect cases from 1997 to 2004. Mr. Wright has experience in representing clients in mass tort cases, including pharmaceutical products.
Jurisdictions and Courts Admitted to Practice:
Mr. Wright is admitted to practice in all state courts in Florida and in Georgia and to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He has tried numerous civil jury cases in both state and federal courts. He has also handled numerous appeals to several of Florida’s district courts of appeals, the Supreme Court of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
States of Practice:
Mr. Wright practices primarily in Florida but has also handled cases in Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Massachusetts in association with law firms having principal offices in or near those states or upon admission pro hac vice.
Mr. Wright has been board certified as a civil trial specialist by the Florida Bar, Board of Legal Specialization and Education since 1996. Board certification as a civil trial lawyer is the highest level of recognition by the Florida Bar of the competency and experience of an attorney in the field of civil litigation. Board certification is intended by the Florida Bar to help consumers find an attorney who has demonstrated ability and experience in specialized fields, including civil litigation. Board certification requires a career concentrating in civil trial law, passing a rigorous written examination, passing peer review, and completion of numerous hours of continuing legal education. Board certification also requires an attorney to have demonstrated substantial experience in the specialty of civil trial law and to have that ability and experience favorably evaluated by judges and other attorneys. Only 7% of Florida lawyers are board certified in their field of expertise, and only 1% of all Florida lawyers are board certified in civil trial law.
Since 1999, Mr. Wright has also been board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy of the National Board of Legal Specialization and Certification, organizations accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys in the specialty of civil trial law and civil pretrial practice. Board certification by the NBTA also requires passing an examination, favorable peer review, and substantial experience in a career concentrating in civil trial law. Less than 1% of attorneys nationwide are board certified in civil trial advocacy. He is a Board Certified Civil Pretrial Advocate and a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate. Beginning in 2009-2010 Mr. Wright has also served as a member of the NBTA advisory committee. Consumers who select attorneys who are board certified by the NBTA can be assured that they are retaining a highly experienced and specialized practitioner. As the United States Supreme Court stated in its opinion:
“There is no dispute about the bona fides and the relevance of NBTA certification…. Disclosure of information such as that on petitioner’s letterhead both serves the public interest and encourages the development and utilization of meritorious certification programs for attorneys.”
Peel v. Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of Illinois, 110 S.Ct. 2281 (1990).
Selection as “Super Lawyer”:
Ever since 2006, the first year the State of Florida was surveyed, Mr. Wright has been selected a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine. Law & Politics performs the polling, research and selection of Super Lawyers in a process designed to identify lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers is a comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys, representing a wide range of practice areas, firm sizes and geographic locations. Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc. Each year Law & Politics sends a ballot to the active lawyers in the state or region who have been in practice five years or more. The ballot asks lawyers to nominate the best attorneys they’ve personally observed in action. Only five (5%) percent of the lawyers in each state or region are named Super Lawyers.
Selected as a Florida Legal Elite every year since 2009:
Mr. Wright has been selected by Florida Trend magazine as one of Floridas Legal Elite every year since 2009. After a rigorous selection process that begins with notifying and inviting members of the Bar to nominate Florida attorneys they hold in highest regard, Mr. Wright was named to the prestigious list. Votes are tallied by an independent research firm, and a Blue Ribbon Panel of prominent Florida lawyers reviewed the list of attorneys who garnered the most votes.
American Board of Trial Advocates:
In 2013, Mr. Wright was nominated and selected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. ABOTA was formed in 1957 by a group of top American lawyers in response to attacks upon the jury system. Today, the preservation of trial by jury in civil cases remains the primary purpose of ABOTA which is a nationwide “invitation only” organization comprised of both plaintiff and defense attorneys. ABOTA seeks attorneys who display skill, civility and integrity, to help younger attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy and to educate the public about the vital importance of the Seventh Amendment. Thomas Jefferson was of the opinion that the right to trial by a jury of fellow citizens was a more important safeguard of personal liberty than the right to vote. With a jury, the rights and duties of each of us will be decided by our fellow citizens, not by some bureaucrat or governmental functionary. ABOTA agrees with Jefferson and is a leader in the fight to preserve and protect your right to a jury trial. ABOTA is dedicated to “Justice by the People.”
Top 100 Lawyers – Florida:
Mr. Wright has also been selected by The National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the top 100 lawyers in Florida. Candidates for membership are selected based upon superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile in the trial lawyer community.
Top 100 Litigation Lawyers In Florida by American Society of Legal Advocates:
Since 2012, the American Society of Legal Advocates has selected Mr. Wright each year as a member of the Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in Florida. The ASLA is an invitation only organization comprised of the nation’s most skilled lawyers. ASLA was founded by a team of lawyers with the central purpose of identifying and promoting only the most outstanding legal talent throughout the country. Lawyers are invited only if the ASLA determines they have a career of stellar legal credentials combined with a proven commitment to community engagement, leadership, and the highest professional standards. Membership is intentionally limited to no more than 2% of lawyers overall.
National College of Advocacy:
Mr. Wright is an “Advocate” of the National College of Advocacy which requires a minimum of thirty (30) hours of educational courses conducted by the NCA, the educational arm of the American Association for Justice. The NCA conducts seminars, colleges and convention programs in trial advocacy and in specialized areas of litigation to inspire excellence in advocacy through training and education.
Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory Rating:
Mr. Wright is AV rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory rating system. Martindale-Hubbell has been a respected source of authoritative and dependable information about members of the legal community in the United States, Canada and throughout the world for over 130 years. The AV rating is awarded only after Martindale-Hubbell solicits confidential opinions from members of the bar and the judiciary on the legal ability and ethics of the attorney being reviewed for a rating. The “A” rating means that the attorney scored “very high to preeminent” in the category of “legal ability” while the “V” rating means that the attorney scored “very high” in the category of general ethics. The AV rating is the highest rating awarded by Martindale-Hubbell and reflects an attorney who has reached the height of professional excellence.
AVVO Rating: Avvo is a national website that profiles and ranks attorneys in an effort to assist consumers. Attorneys are ranked using information obtained from state bar associations, courts, former clients, peers, and professional associations. Lawyers are ranked by Avvo into 9 categories with the highest possible score of 10 and the highest possible ranking of superb. The rankings are based upon the websites assessment of the attorneys experience, recognition by the legal profession and professional associations, professional achievements, and endorsements by other attorneys and former clients. Mr. Wright was ranked 10 and superb, the highest possible Avvo ranking during the first year of rankings in Florida.
Mr. Wright has achieved multiple seven and six figure settlements for his clients over the years in cases involving automobile accidents, premises liability, construction accidents, and nursing home neglect. See Verdicts and Settlements.
Mr. Wright has also handled numerous appeals to several Florida district courts of appeals, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a federal case, and to the Supreme Court of Florida. One appeal handled by Mr. Wright against a funeral home operator for negligence in the supervision and direction of a funeral procession crossing a busy state highway, resulting in serious injuries to a family member of the deceased, was ruled upon by the Supreme Court of Florida in favor of Mr. Wright’s client. This Supreme Court ruling prompted the funeral home industry to join together in hiring powerful lobbyists to convince Florida legislators to enact statutes partially immunizing funeral home operators from liability for future automobile accidents occurring during funeral processions. Mr. Wright’s client recovered a significant settlement after winning her appeal to the Supreme Court of Florida.
Based upon one case he handled and which involved the rape and impregnation of a nursing home resident, Mr. Wright co-authored an article in the American Journal of Nursing entitled Born Into A Diaper. The case was successfully prosecuted and settled on behalf of the resident and her minor child. Ann Wolbert Burgess, DSNc, RN and Melvin B. Wright, Esq., Born Into A Diaper, 104 American Journal of Nursing No. 4, April 2004.
- Elderly Care Put To Test
- Jury faults YMCA
- Nursing Homes in Crisis
- Top Court Restores Suit against Funeral Home
In 2012, Mr. Wright was selected to serve as one of only eight attorneys as a member of the Official Creditors’ Committee representing injured victims nationwide in the Massachusetts bankruptcy litigation involving New England Compounding Center which compounded, sold and distributed steroid injectable medication that was contaminated with mold and/or fungus in their laboratory. He was also appointed to the Massachusetts federal district court’s Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee as co-chair of the Florida state sub-committee in the collateral civil litigation against NECC, its insiders and other entities responsible for the production, sale, distribution and injection of the contaminated medication. Over 14,000 patients nationwide received injections from recalled lots of the contaminated medication.
Mr. Wright is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Florida Bar, the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, the Orange County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Professional Negligence Section of AAJ, the Nursing Home Litigation Group of AAJ, EAGLE member of the Florida Justice Association, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and Chairperson of the FJA Nursing Home Committee for 2008-2009. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a national trial attorneys’ association in which membership is limited to trial attorneys who have achieved million and multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements for their clients.
Mr. Wright is active in his community in support of senior citizens, disabled and handicapped children and adults. Mr. Wright is a board member of the Central Florida Regional Board of Directors of Easter Seals Florida, Inc. He and his family are members of Resurrection Catholic Church in Winter Garden, Florida.