J. Blair Newman

As a member of McDowell Knight, Blair Newman focuses on business litigation, commercial disputes, and general counsel advice to businesses. Over the course of more than 17 years as an attorney, his practice has grown to include disputes among company shareholders, members, partners, and investors, breach of contract cases, fraud, employment law, landlord/tenant issues, fiduciary duty, defamation, insurance coverage and bad faith, indemnity, white collar defense and government enforcement matters, banking and real estate litigation, fraudulent transfers, and collection cases.


Outside the context of litigation and other active disputes, Mr. Newman regularly provides legal advice to standing clients on an as-needed basis regarding transactions, employment matters, and risk management.

Mr. Newman recognizes the benefits of mediation, early settlement, and creative resolutions for his clients. However, he is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried cases in state court and federal court, to judges and juries, obtaining favorable verdicts and pretrial results. He has appeared in state court proceedings in circuit, district, and probate court, federal district court proceedings, bankruptcy court proceedings, arbitrations, and appeals.

After law school, Mr. Newman began his legal career as a federal law clerk to U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn (Northern District of Alabama). His work for Judge Blackburn encompassed a variety of federal cases, with a particular emphasis on employment matters. He then worked in the New York office of international firm Skadden Arps, where he focused on government enforcement matters and internal investigations of alleged fraud, embezzlement, antitrust violations, economic and trade sanctions violations, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mr. Newman joined McDowell Knight in 2011.

Mr. Newman is originally from Mobile. He and his wife Diana have two children.


  • Negotiated settlements and accompanying business sales in connection with disputes among co-owners of businesses.
  • Obtained summary judgment for physicians practice group in employment arbitration.
  • Obtained favorable results in corporate shareholder dispute and defended results on appeal.
  • Obtained bench verdicts for lender in fraudulent transfer cases in federal court.
  • Obtained and defended against temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in non-compete and trade secrets cases.
  • Prepared insurance coverage opinions for insurance companies.
  • Successfully represented insurers and insureds in insurance coverage cases and bad faith disputes.
  • Successfully represented landlords in numerous nonpayment, eviction, and other disputes with tenants.
  • Obtained plaintiff’s verdict in fraud case in federal court.
  • Obtained summary judgment for materials supplier in state court case against surety and contractor.
  • Obtained dismissal of maritime breach of contract case.
  • Advised clients in connection with mergers, asset purchases, and other transactions.
  • Obtained summary judgment for bank on its breach of contract claims as well as on defendants’ counterclaims.
  • Negotiated favorable settlements of insurance coverage disputes between insureds and insurance companies.
  • Obtained jury verdict for landowner in premises liability case in state court.
  • Obtained favorable settlements for creditors in fraudulent transfer litigation.
  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of beneficiary in estate dispute.
  • Negotiated pre-suit settlement of contractual disputes.
  • Obtained dismissal of patent infringement case.
  • Obtained summary judgement for stevedoring company in wrongful death case.
  • Negotiated leases and other contracts for businesses.
  • University of Alabama School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2006, summa cum laude
  • Alabama Law Review
  • Hugo L. Black Scholar
  • Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award
  • The Order of the Coif
  • Washington & Lee University, Bachelor of Arts, 2002
Professional awards, honors, and distinctions
  • The Best Lawyers in America © - Commercial Litigation, Litigation: Construction, Litigation: Insurance (2020-2024)

Professional civic and charitable organizations

ALFA International


Mobile Bar Association


Alabama Bar Association


Defense Research Institute


South Alabama Foundation for the Intellectually Disabled

Member of Board of Directors, 2015 to present

Washington and Lee Alumni Association

Former Chapter President

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