703 North Main Street Suite A
Gainesville, Florida 32601
Telephone: (352) 373-8000
Firm: Meldon Law
At Meldon Law, we are dedicated to use our experience, resources, and time to fight for Justice for victims of accidents and the rights of individuals charged with DUI and other criminal offenses.
We are experienced personal injury attorneys, trial lawyers, negotiators, litigators, paralegals, and staff that have been proudly working to get accident victims the justice they deserve for over 40 years in Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, Inverness, and the rest of North Central Florida and North Florida. Accidents involving a car crash, truck wreck, and motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and criminal defense are all included in our practice.
Our dedicated attorneys fight for justice for the victims of accidents, who through no fault of their own were injured or killed from: car, motorcycle, pick-up truck, tractor trailer (semi trucks), bicycle, or pedestrian accidents, and from medical malpractice, or wrongful death, also from negligence in slip and falls and dog bites and serious injuries. We also fight to protect the rights of individuals charged with DUI and other criminal charges.
Our office accepts cases on a contingency fee bases: “no recovery, no fee”. Initial consultations and case evaluations are free. Not only do we only get paid an attorney fee if we win the case, we also, advance all the costs in preparing, investigating, and prosecuting a case. Sometimes these costs can amount to $50,000 to $100,000 or more. We accept clients from all over Florida. Remember: If you can’t come to us, we will come to you.
I have been a Florida Trial Lawyer since 1971 when I had my first jury trial in Gainesville, and I have been in and out of the courtroom ever since. As a Trial Lawyer I enjoy helping people get their lives back together after a serious accident or an arrest. I consider myself an expert in negotiating settlements as well as trying cases in the courtroom. I have the determination and experience to go head to head with the big and powerful insurance companies that try to take advantage of people who were injured through no fault of their own. I always fight hard to get every one of my clients the justice they deserve.
I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, came to Gainesville in 1970 after graduating law school at Case-Western Reserve University, passed the Florida Bar, and opened my practice in downtown Gainesville in 1971. After 37 years, every work day I still enjoy going to work, getting to know and help my clients that come to my office from all over North Florida, working with my amazing staff, and fighting for the rights of individuals and for the justice they are entitled to.
Throughout my years in Gainesville I have enjoyed giving back to the community through numerous community service activities. My recent public service contributions are my three Consumer Guide Books. I am very proud of these books which are a culmination of my 42 years of legal experience and insights. It is my intention that these books help the people of Florida from making mistakes that can negatively affect their lives for many years.
As an attorney, I concentrate in personal injury accident and wrongful death cases as well as DUI/ Criminal Defense. I regularly attend seminars to stay up to date on emerging trends and technology in these fields of law. In addition, over the past 20 years I have lectured and been chairman of many legal seminars in Florida. I get deep satisfaction in teaching and raising the level of professionalism for both young and experienced attorneys.
Affiliations & Memberships:
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
American Association for Justice
American Bar Association
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL)
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter of FACDL
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Assocation
Fifth Judicial Cirduit Bar Association
Florida Bar Criminal Law Section
Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section
NORML, Legal Committee
Florida Justice Association
Florida Bar Association
Florida Bar Activities
Florida Bar Traffic Court Rules Committee (Rules Committee for DUI, Driving While License Suspended, and other traffic related offenses.) Member 1992 – 2002, Chairman 1999 – 2000
Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee (Rules Committee for all Felony, Misdemeanor and Civil Court Rules.) 1999 – 2000 Member
Florida Bar DUI Seminars Chairman 1997, 1999 to 2008
Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee 2002 – 2007 (Rules Committee for Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Cases)
Gainesville Personal Injury Attorneys,
Gainesville Car and Motorcycle Accidents,
Gainesville Big Truck Accidents,
Gainesville Medical Malpractice,
Gainesville Premises Liability Accidents,
Gainesville Criminal Defense Attorneys
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Richard S. Lawson