The Trial Lawyer Fall 2017 - Page 13

TOP100TRIALLAWYERS The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation- only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. It is our mission to promote a unique and professional networking op- portunity for trial lawyers, while developing progressive ideas to pursue justice for those injured by the negligence of others, to educate the public about the importance of access to courts that are free of bias and undue influence, and to protect the American right of trial by jury. Douglas Beam Douglas R. Beam, P.A. • Melbourne, Florida First job ever: Janitor. I swept, mopped and refinished floors, cleaned toilets, mowed grass, and shoveled coal for heat at an elementary school in Gastonia, North Carolina. Proudest moment as a trial lawyer: Having the privilege of being the first lawyer in my family and having the opportunity to represent disenfranchised people against corporations and the government. Attribute my success: God, my parents and sisters, and my wife and children. Notable Verdict or Settlement: $28.5 million verdict representing a victim of a traumatic brain injury and his family. This involved a headbutting incident at a major car dealership. The jury compensated the victim for $15 million; his wife was compensated $10 million for loss of consortium; and $3.5 million for compensation to the children for loss of parental guidance. Fantasy job: Being a trial lawyer is my fantasy job, but if that career was abolished, I would be a minister or a professor. Guilty pleasure? Southern barbecue. What I like to do in my time off: Traveling with my wife and photography. What keeps you awake at night? Thinking I am one credit short of getting my law degree. What paper do you generally read daily? New York Times and Wall Street Journal. What is your advice for a young attorney? Be patient. Devote the time to learn the profession. Never lose compassion. Be enthusiastic. How do you relax? Time with family. — NTL MEMBERSHIP NEWS & NOTES — What was your most embarrassing moment in life? When I went to be sworn in as a lawyer in the Middle District of Florida, I was running close on time and entered what appeared to be a courtroom. There were balloons and large numbers of families with children. We stood up to say the Pledge of Allegiance. I then realized it was a naturalization ceremony. Douglas R. Beam is a trial lawyer and has tried hundreds of cases. The law firm represents clients in a wide range of cases, including traumatic brain injury, civil rights, police misconduct, wrongful death, trucking accidents, nursing home and assisted living center neglect, premises liability, aviation accidents, and motor vehicle accidents.