Dan Newlin has always wanted to help; it’s just who he is. He began at the age of 18 working as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the city of New Chicago Indiana. The job would only last six months. It seems that delivering a newborn in the back of an ambulance just wasn’t for him.
Instead, Dan Newlin became a police officer in Orange County Florida. As a Deputy Sheriff, he worked in many different departments. Some of them include Patrol Division, Fugitive Division, and the Tourist Policing Division. In his role as a Sheriff, Mr. Newlin won many awards and honors which he still cherishes. However, this wasn’t enough for him. He wanted to do even more.
He enrolled in law school in the year 1997 and graduated in 2000. The type of law he practiced became a passion after speaking to a young woman who had been in a car accident and lost her unborn child due to a careless driver. Mr. Newlin heard from her concerning her treatment by the man’s insurance company. They never offered condolences or an apology. They also refused to give her a monetary award to pay for her medical bills. Mr. Newlin was profoundly affected by her story.
However, as he talked to others, he found her case to not be unusual. Many people were falling victim to indifferent insurance companies through no fault of their own. It was then that Dan Newlin knew the legal profession he was to enter.
Licensed in both Florida and Illinois he now practices mainly in Florida. He has grown his office from one with a single secretary to one with over 70 employees. He has 18 experienced lawyers in his office. Many of them have a past specialty. One is a retired and certified surgeon; others have worked as State prosecutors. Together they make a formidable team. It’s noted that they will take small cases as well as the high profiled one. There is a strong belief among the team members that all persons deserve justice.
In 2012, a young teenage girl was riding in the back of her family’s minivan when she was struck by a stray bullet. It had been fired by Tyrone Mosby, 22 when he and a group of gang members were fleeing from a home invasion. The bullet was meant for the homeowner but struck 15 year old Danielle Sampson in the head.
Ms. Sampson remains in a coma-like state with bullet fragments lodged in her skull and brain. Despite attempts at rehab, she is paralyzed and can only occasionally communicate by blinking her eyes. In 2014, Mr. Newlin took the case to trial and won the largest settlement in American history. A grand $100 million. It includes payment of current and future medical care, punitive damages, pain and suffering for the teen and emotional distress with a loss of companionship for her mother, Alma.