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Doug  Beam

Firm Name: Douglas R. Beam Attorneys & Counselors at Law
Location: MelbourneFL
Speaking Session: Ethics

Bio

Doug Beam is no stranger to the underdog. A trial lawyer since 1985, Doug has a reputation as the “lawyer’s lawyer;” trying and winning the unwinnable. With a passion for the courtroom, Doug has handled thousands of cases, taken hundreds to trial and scored some of the largest verdicts in Florida’s history.

In 1988, Doug founded Douglas R. Beam, P.A., Attorneys and Counselors at Law. His law firm represents clients in a wide range of cases, including traumatic brain injury, civil rights, victims of crime, criminal justice, wrongful death, trucking crashes, nursing home and assisted living facility abuse and neglect, premises liability, aviation crashes, and motor vehicle crashes.

Before opening Douglas R. Beam, P.A. in 1988, Doug served as a prosecutor for over three years at the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, trying many jury trials, and started the Child Sexual Abuse Prosecution Unit. His innovative approach as a prosecutor led to him trying one of the first-ever cases in the country which relied on DNA evidence. Doug routinely takes his cases to trial and earns large verdicts for his personal injury clients and acquittals for his criminal law clients.

Doug actively speaks at various events, teaching others in the legal community about trial practice, civil rights, police misconduct, personal injury, criminal defense, and working with clients suffering from severe brain injuries. Recent speaking engagements include:

  • 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 The National Trial Lawyers Summit (Miami)
  • 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 Connectionology Seminars and Webinars (USA)
  • 2021, 2020 TBI MedLegal of California Traumatic Brain Injury Webinars (San Diego)
  • 2020 Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Convention Webinar (Sacramento)
  • 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 Fla. Justice Association Workhorse Seminar (Orlando)
  • 2020 Brevard County Bar Association Webinar and Seminar (Melbourne)
  • 2020 Trial Lawyers University Webinar (Detroit)
  • 2016 Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit Seminar (Phoenix)
  • 2015 Catastrophic Care Society (Las Vegas)

Outside of his law firm and speaking engagements, Doug is a Diplomat and member of the Executive Committee of The National Trial Lawyers; AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell; a President’s Club Member of the American Association for Justice; the first lifetime member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL); a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL); an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association and is recognized as a Super Lawyer. Doug is a past president of the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents and the Brevard County Bar Association.

Doug received his law degree from The University of Tennessee College of Law, where he received the Dean’s Citation for Extraordinary Contributions to the University of Tennessee College of Law, served as an assistant editor of the Tennessee Law Review and as editor-in-chief of The Forum, the law school newspaper. Doug is happily married to his wife of 38 years, Cathy. They have two sons, one of whom, Riley Beam, is a member of the law firm and Nathan Beam, who is the Director of Business Development for the law firm. Doug is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Melbourne, FL, where he served as Chair of the Board of Trustees and as Chair of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee.

Key Experiences

Douglas R. Beam, P.A. is an award-winning trial attorney who has been trying cases since 1985. Before entering private practice, Doug served as a prosecutor for over three years at the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, trying many jury trials, and started the Child Sexual Abuse Prosecution Unit. His innovative approach as a prosecutor led to him trying one of the first-ever cases in the country which relied on DNA evidence.

After finishing his service in the public sector, Doug moved into private practice. Since then, his record-breaking work has led to him being awarded Attorney of the Year and frequently placed on the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He routinely takes his cases to trial and earns large verdicts for his clients.

Practice

In 1988, Doug founded Douglas R. Beam, P.A., Attorneys and Counselors at Law. His law firm represents clients in a wide range of cases, including traumatic brain injury, civil rights, victims of crime, criminal justice, wrongful death, trucking crashes, nursing home and assisted living facility abuse and neglect, premises liability, aviation crashes, and motor vehicle crashes.

Representative Work

  • $100,000,000+ in settlements and verdicts for clients
  • $28,500,000 verdict in a single catastrophic injury case
  • $4,356,000 verdict in a single brain injury case

Speeches and Conferences

  • 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 The National Trial Lawyers Summit (Miami)
  • 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 Connectionology Seminars and Webinars (USA)
  • 2021, 2020 TBI MedLegal of California Traumatic Brain Injury Webinars (San Diego)
  • 2020 Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Convention Webinar (Sacramento)
  • 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 Fla. Justice Association Workhorse Seminar (Orlando)
  • 2020 Brevard County Bar Association Webinar and Seminar (Melbourne)
  • 2020 Trial Lawyers University Webinar (Detroit)
  • 2016 Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit Seminar (Phoenix)
  • 2015 Catastrophic Care Society (Las Vegas)

Public Service Affiliations

  • Diplomat and member of the Executive Committee of The National Trial Lawyers
  • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • A President’s Club Member of the American Association for Justice
  • The first lifetime member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL)
  • A lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • An Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association
  • Awarded as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Attorney of the Year for Florida by Round Table Magazine
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer.
  • Past President of the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents
  • Past President of the Brevard County Bar Association.
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