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James B. Newman

Member of the Firm

Martindale-Hubbell Rating:
AV Preeminent

James B. Newman - Helmsing Law

Professional Experience

Jim has been representing businesses and individuals in disputes, litigation, trials and appeals in state and federal courts for over forty years. He handles a wide variety of civil cases ranging from matters involving claims for personal injury to those involving claims made under the False Claims Act. His expertise includes business litigation, statutory and regulatory litigation brought by individuals and the United States, extra-contractual claims brought against insurance companies and defense of claims for personal injury and wrongful death.


  • Vanderbilt University
  • Cumberland School of Law (J.D. 1976) Magna cum laude

Bar & Court Admissions

  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama
  • All courts of the State of Alabama, including the Alabama Supreme Court.

Judicial Clerkship

Law clerk to Judge William Brevard Hand, United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.

  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation – Banking Finance
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Super Lawyers
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • Alabama Law Foundation, Fellow
  • Past president of the Litigation Section of the Alabama State Bar
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Paul W. Brock Chapter of the American Inns of Court
  • Past Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast
    Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Mobile Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Past President of the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Mobile Bar Association
  • Managing Editor, Cumberland Law Review
  • Curia Honoris
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Chairman, Mobile Bar Association Grievance Committee
  • Legal Counsel and Board of Directors, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wilmer Hall, a home for children
  • Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mobile Mental Health Center
  • Chairman of the Cawthon Foundation, a charitable foundation.
  • Rochester-Mobile, LLC v. C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., 239 So. 3d 1139 (Ala. 2017)
  • Brady v. State Pilotage Comm’n, 2015 Ala. Civ. App. LEXIS 263 (Ala. Civ. App., Nov. 15, 2015)
  • Ex parte BASF Construction Chemicals, LLC, 2013 Ala. LEXIS 191 (Ala. Dec. 13, 2013)
  • Colony Ins. Co. v. Alabama Heat Exchangers, Inc., 23 So. 2d 677 (Ala. Civ. App. 2009)
  • Clanton v. Inter.Net Global, LLC, 435 F.3d 1319 (11th Cir. 2006)
  • American Commercial Barge Line Company, et al., v. Roush, 2000 WL 1563001 (Ala. 2001)
  • Ex Parte American National Property and Casualty Company, 742 So. 2d 1212 (Ala. 1999)
  • Grantham v. First Union Home Equity Bank, 685 So. 2d 748 (Ala. Civ. App. 1996)
  • Daughtery v. Mutual Life Ins. Co. of New York, 649 So. 2d 857 (Ala. 1996)