Melvin Wright was born in Albany, Georgia on August 1, 1959 and was raised on a family farm still in operation in Warwick located in rural South Georgia. He moved to Central Florida in 1985, is married and has two children.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences in 1981, Mr. Wright was admitted to the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
The University of Georgia was founded in 1785 and was the first state supported university in the United States. Mercer University’s law school was founded in 1873, is one of the oldest law schools in the United States, and was the first law school in Georgia to be accredited by the American Bar Association. It is named after 1901 graduate Walter F. George who became a justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia before becoming a U.S. Senator from Georgia.
He received his juris doctor degree in 1985 and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1985 and the Florida Bar in 1986. Mr. Wright is also licensed to practice law in Tennessee.
Mr. Wright began the practice of law in 1985 in Orlando with an emphasis in wrongful death and personal injury litigation and represented both the injured and the insurance industry until 1993. He now exclusively handles cases of serious personal injury and death for accident victims.
Mr. Wright has substantial experience in all types of personal injury and wrongful death litigation including automobile accidents, on the job injuries, child care negligence, drowning and other premises liability, cases involving negligent security at retail establishments, product liability and medical malpractice.
Mr. Wright has extensive experience in nursing home and other institutional abuse and neglect cases, having led a team of nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at another Florida law firm and having lectured nationally at seminars on institutional abuse and neglect cases from 1997 to 2004. Mr. Wright has experience in representing clients in mass tort cases, including pharmaceutical products and compounded drugs.
Mr. Wright is admitted to practice in all state courts in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee and to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the Northern District of Florida. He has tried numerous civil jury cases in both state and federal courts. He has also handled numerous appeals to several of Florida’s district courts of appeals, the Supreme Court of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Mr. Wright is an EAGLE Member of the Florida Justice Association. He has also served as the chairperson of the Florida Justice Association Nursing Home Committee in 2008-2009 representing the interests of nursing home residents and their families in regulatory and legal reform in the Florida Legislature.
In 2015 Mr. Wright was appointed by the Supreme Court of Florida as a member of the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases. The Committee members selected him from among numerous applicants, and the Supreme Court approved his appointment. The Committee assists the Court in drafting standard jury instructions in civil cases that are then approved for publication by the Florida Supreme Court.
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