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Law Office of Annette Newman, LLC
Litigation Attorney in Stuart, FL.  
Serves clients throughout the State of Florida
Selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars: 2017 and 2018
Listed as a Top 100 Attorney by National Black Lawyers Top 100:  2016 and 2017
Selected by Florida Trend Magazine as 2018 Florida Legal Elite honoree
Quoted In Ebony Magazine’s July 2018 Sexual Harassment Article
Licensed Since: 2010
Education: Stetson University College of Law

Attorney Annette Newman is a Sole Practitioner practicing primarily in the areas of employment/labor law and civil rights law. The Law Office of Annette Newman, LLC is a full service law firm and represents clients in various other types of civil claims as well, including Family Law, contract disputes, and small claims.  Offering legal services to clients throughout the State of Florida. Available by appointment only in Broward, Miami Dade, WPB, Martin, St. Lucie, Hillsborough, Lee, Lake, and surroundng counties.

The firm represents both employers and employees throughout the State of Florida in employment law claims as well as plaintiff's who are victims of civil rights violations, including excessive force, assault, false arrest, and other civil rights violations such as public accommodations discrimination, housing discrimination and prisoner abuse.

For employees: The firm will represent you if you have need legal representation for claims against your employer for illegal discrimination because of your race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, harassment, hostile work environment, whistleblower claims and/or retaliation as well as violations of your FMLA rights and/or for unpaid wages or overtime pay. 

For employers, Attorney Newman will prepare your position statements for friviolous EEOC claims; advise you on the latest Federal and State Employment laws; represent you at unemployment hearings; provide training for your managers on employment law regulations or defend you in court against frivilous lawsuits. If you need independent contract agreements, non-compete agreements or severance agreements prepared, contact the Law Office of Annette Newman, LLC for assistance.

Admitted: Florida Bar 2010

Educational Background: JD Degree, Stetson University College of Law; MBA specializing in Human Resource Management, Wayland Baptist University, Bachelor of Science Degree, Business Administration, Wayland Baptist University, AS in Accounting and AS in General Business, Monterey Peninsula College; AAS Applied Management, Central Texas College.  

Honors and Awards:
Recognized in the 2018 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite
Recognized as a Top 100 Attorney in the 2016 and 2017 National Black Lawyers Top 100 directory., 
Listed as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Awarded three Army Accommodation Medals during active duty service from 1987 through 1994., U.S. Army
Recognized in the National Deans List for academic merit., National Deans List
Listed in Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities for academic merit.
Awarded three Army Achievement Medals during active duty service in the U.S. Army from 1987 throgh 1994., U.S. Army

Special Licenses/Certifications:
Attorney Newman was certified as a Licensed Federal EEO Investiator in 2009
Attorney Newman was certified as a Florida Supreme Court Circuit Civil Mediator in 2019

Bar/Professional Activity:
Member of Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association
2016 - 2017 Member of Florida National Employment Lawyers Association (FL NELA), 2017
2016 Member - National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), 2016
Member - American Bar Association, 2016
Member - National Bar Association, 2016, 2017
Member - Florida Bar Association

Representative Clients:
Donna Dugo vs. The Home Depot. Attorney Newman was co-counsel in this employment law discrimination civil complaint against the Home Depot, representing the 
Plaintiff. The issues were disability discrimination, harassment and retaliation., 2017.  Settled.  The terms of the settlement agreement are confidential.

Manfred, Michael vs. Deborah Rainey Case No.: COCE14009240 Attorney Newman represented the plaintiff in this unpaid wages and breach of contract claim, 
resulting in a judgment against the defendant., 2014.  

Alejandro Mainetto vs MSH Intl Inc, Case No.: CACE13017758 Attorney Newman represented the plaintiff in this FLSA unpaid wages civil lawsuit., 2013.
Settled.  The terms of the settlement agreement are confidential.

Victory Petroleum, Inc. Victory Petroleum, Inc. hired the Law Office of Annette Newman, LLC to draft their employee policies and employee handbook when they 
acquired 38 Exxon Mobil stores in 2010., 2010

Chapman v. Florida Department of Corrections et al, Case #: 1:14-cv-24140. Attorney Newman was co-counsel in this civil rights case,representing the family 
members.  This case involved the wrongful death of Darren Rainey, a former inmate at a FDOC prison.  Settled.  The terms of the settlement agreement are

CMCO Mortgage LLC Plaintiff vs. Thecia Maurone-Toth, et al Defendant. Attorney Newman represented the Defendant in this breach of contract case resulting
 in a dismissal.


Annette Newman, Esq. Recognized as Florida Legal Elite 

Stuart, FL. (June 25, 2018) – Annette Newman, Esq., founder of the Law Office of Annette Newman, LLC, was recently recognized in the 2018 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. The list of 1,012 honorees includes attorneys in private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys.

To compile the list, Florida Trend invited all actively practicing Florida lawyers to name the attorneys that they hold in highest regard – lawyers with whom they have personally worked and would recommend to others. The winner list represents just over 1% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.

Florida Bar President Michelle R. Suskauer notes, “Florida Bar members are at the forefront of our profession and we are the third largest Bar in the country. Lawyers have opportunities every day to positively change people’s lives and to increase access to justice. We also live in a time of innovation, giving us exciting new ways to use technology with our knowledge and skills to better serve clients. Year after year, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite provides a credible resource of attorneys evaluated by their peers and representing many types and sizes of practices.”

"Florida Trend’s 250,000 readers are executives who rely on the legal community for many crucial corporate assignments,” says Publisher Andrew Corty. “When we first published Florida Legal Elite in 2004, our goal was to provide a resource for our readers. Over the past 15 years, I’ve heard many accolades about the program. Florida Legal Elite is a guide to selecting a trusted legal partner to handle delicate business concerns. Our website,, offers another pathway for the dissemination of this key information.”

The entire Legal Elite report can be viewed at

Contacts: Andrew P. Corty, Florida Trend Publisher
(727) 892-2638;

Janice Sharp, Florida Trend Associate Publisher
(727) 892-2621;


January 22, 2019 – Announcing the selection of Annette Newman, Esq., among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2019. Selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters.  

To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake. These minimum qualifications are required for initial consideration. Thereafter, candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.  

Only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®. With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor — truly the most exclusive and elite level of attorneys in the community.

If you would like more information about America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® or the selection process, please visit our website at or contact Kevin Wieser – Membership Director at

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