Michael T. Newman



Mike Newman’s civil law practice includes civil litigation, insurance coverage disputes, estate and probate law, and timeshare foreclosures. Mr. Newman’s extensive litigation experience includes numerous civil trials involving personal injury claims, property damage claims, insurance-related contract disputes, and debtor-creditor claims, as well as appeals.

Mr. Newman has given numerous presentations on Arkansas civil procedure, litigation, and insurance law.

Born and raised in Arkansas, Mr. Newman earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism (1987) and a master’s degree in philosophy (1990) from the University of Arkansas. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Newman completed 67 hours toward a philosophy Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mr. Newman earned his J.D. degree from the University of Missouri School of Law (1998). While there, he served as a member of the Journal of Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Newman is the author of the Arkansas Civ Pro law blog. In his spare time, he edits and contributes to the Arklahoma Hiker trail guide blog.

Mr. Newman is licensed in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.


  • University of Arkansas (B.A. 1987; M.A. 1990)
  • University of Missouri (J.D. 1998)


  • Illinois, 1998 (retired)
  • Missouri, 1999
  • Arkansas, 2001
  • Oklahoma, 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma

Professional Activities and Recognitions

  • Arkansas Bar Association (Member, Uniform Laws Committee).
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Member, Insurance Section).
  • The Missouri Bar.
  • Sebastian County Bar Association (Arkansas)
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • DRI
  • Lecturer, “Arkansas Civil Procedure Update,” Sebastian County Bar Association in 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017.
  • Lecturer, “Uninsured and Under-insured Motorist Litigation – Recent Developments and Ethics,” Fayetteville, April 2015.
  • Lecturer, “How to Effectively Use Pleadings and Motions” and “How to Apply the Law of Damages,” National Business Institute, Fayetteville, February 2015.
  • Lecturer, “Recent Developments in Arkansas Civil Procedure,” Arkansas Bar Association (Best of CLE program), Little Rock, June 2014.
  • Lecturer, “Pre-Appeal Considerations” and “A Step-by-Step Walk Through the Appellate Procedure: Federal v. State,” National Business Institute, Fayetteville, March 2014.
  • Lecturer, “Closing Arguments and Final Jury Instructions” and “Ethics in Trial,” National Business Institute, Little Rock and Fayetteville, June 2013.
  • Lecturer, “Insurance Subrogation Basics,” National Business Institute, July 2011.
  • Author, “Evidence, Ethics, and Experts,” National Business Institute, March 2010.

Reported Cases

  • Moore v. Shelter Mut. Ins. Co., No. CIV. 13-2092, 2014 WL 3547020, (W.D. Ark. July 17, 2014).
  • Willsey v. Shelter Mut. Ins. Co., No. CIV. 12-2320, 2013 WL 4510557, (W.D. Ark. Aug. 26, 2013).
  • C. Bean Transp., Inc. Creditors Trust v. Kennedy, 2014 Ark. App. 38, 431 S.W.3d 388 (2014).
  • Global Economic Resources, Inc. v. Swaminathan, 2011 Ark. App. 349, — S.W.3d —-.
  • BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP v. Benefit Bank, 2011 Ark. App. 193.
  • Hall v. Bias, 2011 Ark. App. 93, — S.W.3d —-.
  • Global Econ. Res., Inc. v. Sabare SCM Solution, Inc., 2010 Ark. App. 139 (2010).
  • Jackson v. Smith, 2010 Ark. App. 681, — S.W.3d —-.
  • Dever v Hentzen Coatings, Inc., 380 F.3d 1070 (8th Cir. 2004).