Brian C. Newberry has represented a range of clients, large and small, in state and federal courts as well as in various alternative dispute resolution mediums. Brian concentrates his practice in cases involving shareholder disputes, business and tax litigation, architect and engineer liability, accounting and legal malpractice, insurance defense and class action suits.
Brian’s accomplishments include representing the winning plaintiff in a breach of contract action labeled one of the five most significant verdicts of the year for 2002 by Rhode Island Lawyer’s Weekly. He was also lead counsel for the plaintiff in a business dispute which resulted in the second highest jury verdict of the year in Rhode Island in 2003.
In 2015 he secured a directed verdict on behalf of an architect, a geotechnical engineer and an owner’s representative in a construction property damage claim after a three and a half week jury trial. Additionally, in 2014 he represented a geotechnical engineer and an owner’s representative in a two-week jury trial resulting in a defense verdict. Brian also represented a military contractor in 2013 and obtained a defense verdict in a two-week jury trial in federal court in a tortious interference and business defamation claim brought by a competitor. He has obtained defense verdicts in multiple personal injury actions brought against design professionals in a variety of engineering disciplines. In 2002 he was co-lead counsel in an American Arbitration Association arbitration in which his client, a private business firm, achieved a $5 million award for fraud against a former computer vendor.
Admitted to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as on occasion pro hac vice in New Hampshire and Delaware, he has tried numerous cases in multiple states and a variety of forums. He has argued multiple appeals before the Supreme Courts of Rhode Island and Delaware, the Appeals Court of Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, U.S. District Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, U.S. Tax Court
Business Litigation, Insurance & Tort Litigation, Professional Practices
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