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Tim Newsom

Tim Newsom

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Fax: 214.521.5485

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“You have to practice with integrity. Your clients have to know they’re working with someone they can trust.”

Tim Newsom has built a reputation on careful study and the preparation required to win on behalf of his clients. He brings a broad range of trial experience to the Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, having tried personal injury and business litigation cases for nearly 30 years. Tim’s clients know that when they entrust their legal matters to him, their interests are the utmost priority. 

Tim began his legal career with a judicial clerkship at the Amarillo Court of Appeals. From there he entered private practice, concentrating in personal injury and commercial litigation. He has represented individuals, businesses, executives, and small children. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Tim is a trusted figure not only among his clients, but in the legal community as well. He is a past President of the Amarillo Area Bar Association and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national invitation-only organization of experienced trial lawyers from both sides of the docket. He also serves on the Executive Committee for TEX-ABOTA, the group’s regional organization. Tim has been recognized every year since 2005 as a Texas Super Lawyer in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury by Thomson Reuters.

“You have to practice with integrity,” Tim says. “Your clients have to know they’re working with someone they can trust. The opposing lawyers have to know they’re working with someone who will conduct themselves professionally. And the courts must know the lawyers appearing before them are prepared.”

A native Texan, Tim grew up in the Houston suburbs, attended college in North Texas, and lived in West Texas. He has practiced all over the state, and through those experiences gained a special understanding of the people who live here, the legal landscape, and the often unique challenges it brings about. Tim’s wife, Judy, is a licensed pharmacist who holds a doctorate in Pharmacy Administration and is a retired founding faculty member of the Texas Tech University School of Pharmacy. They have been married since 1997 and have two children.

Education

Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D. 1992

Austin College, B.A. 1989

Board Certifications

Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Court Admissions

State Bar of Texas

State Bar of Oklahoma

State Bar of New Mexico

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Designations and Professional Memberships

Amarillo Area Bar Association (President 2014—2015)

American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate (Past President and National Board Representative, Amarillo Chapter)

TEX-ABOTA, Vice-President and Executive Committee Member (2021—2022) (rotate to President in 2023)

State Bar of Texas Litigation Section Long Term Planning Committee (2018—2020)

Local Rules Committee, Amarillo Area Bar Association (2019—2020)

Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Publications and Presentations

Publication

Dicky Grigg, Guy D. Choate, Dan Worthington & Tim Newsom, The American Jury, Voir Dire (Spring 2016)

Presentations

The Importance of the Jury Trial, Dr. Kenneth Street Law Symposium at Austin College (Co-Presenter with Judge Alfonso Charles, 124th District Court, Gregg County, Texas) (2021)

Deposing the Villain, State Bar of Texas 33rd Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course (2020)

Deposing the Villain, State Bar of Texas 35th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course (2019)

Texas Citizens Participation Act:  What the Fiduciary Litigator Needs to Know, State Bar of Texas 14th Annual Fiduciary Litigation Seminar (2018) (author only)

TEX-ABOTA Masters in Trial Presentations, Lubbock (2018) and Fort Worth (2016)

Interviewing Ex-Employees of Opposing Parties, State Bar of Texas 31st Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course (2018)

Preparing the Cast for Center Stage in the Trial Theater, State Bar of Texas 30th Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course (2017)

TEX-ABOTA Teachers Law School Presentations, Amarillo (2016) and East Texas (2016)

The American Jury, TEX-ABOTA Santa Fe CLE Round-Up (2016)

Cross Examination: Preparing the Client for the Present and America for the Future, State Bar of Texas 31st Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course (2015)

Proving Damages Through Experts, 6th Annual Damages in Civil Litigation, State Bar of Texas (2014)

Where the Rubber Meets the Road in 18 Wheeler Truck Wrecks, Permian Basin Trial Lawyers Association (2014)

Where the Rubber Meets the Road in 18 Wheeler Truck Wrecks, Road Rules Lubbock:  A Crash Course Car Wrecks, Texas Trial Lawyers Association (2011)

Perfecting and Foreclosing a Statutory Mechanic’s Lien on Private Commercial and Residential Construction Projects, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Commercial Litigation Seminar (2007)

Commercial Truck Litigation, State Bar of Texas 23rd Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course (2007)

Medical Record Use and Confidentiality in Court, National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education (2004) (author only)

Recognitions and Honors

Top Verdict in a Contract case by Texas Lawyer Magazine, BCL Construction, LLC v. Hemink Farms, Ltd., 64th District Court, Castro County, Texas (2017)

Top Defense Verdict in a Construction Litigation case by Verdict Search, an affiliate of Texas Lawyer Magazine, Arrington v. Aranda Pools, Inc., 441st District Court, Midland County, Texas (2015)

Bob Black Bar Leaders Award, Texas Tech University School of Law (2015)

Texas Super Lawyer, Plaintiff’s Personal Injury, Thomson Reuters (2005—2021)

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