Douglas Beam

Douglas R. Beam P.A.
25 West New Haven Avenue
Suite C
Melbourne, FL 32901

Douglas R. Beam is a trial lawyer and has tried hundreds of cases. He is the past president of the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents and the Brevard County Bar Association. Mr. Beam is the recipient of the First Annual Professionalism Award of the Brevard County Bar Association and the first lifetime member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice and a member of the Florida Justice Association. He has served as chairperson of the 18C Grievance Committee of The Florida Bar and as chairperson of the 18th Judicial Circuit Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee “A.”

He is a member of The National Trial Lawyers, an organization limited to 100 trial lawyers in each state, and is AV- rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He received his law degree from The University of Tennessee College of Law, where he received the Dean's Citation for Extraordinary Contributions to the University of Tennessee College of Law, served as an editor of theTennessee Law Review and as editor-in-chief of The Forum, the law school newspaper.

Mr. Beam served as a prosecutor for over three years in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, where he started the Child Sexual Abuse Prosecution Unit and prosecuted the first DNA case in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit (one of the first six DNA prosecutions in the United States). He received the Teaching Excellent Award at the Brevard Community College Criminal Justice Center.

In 1988, Mr. Beam founded Douglas R. Beam, P.A., Attorneys and Counselors at Law. The law firm represents clients in a wide range of cases, including motor vehicle accidents, traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, trucking accidents, nursing home and assisted living center neglect, premises liability, and aviation accidents. In the law firm's criminal defense practice, the attorneys represent individuals who have been accused of crimes or are being investigated for alleged criminal offenses–from misdemeanors to felonies. The law firm also represents lawyers being investigated or prosecuted by The Florida Bar. Mr. Beam is a certified mediator in circuit, county and family law is an approved arbitrator by The Florida Supreme Court.

Mr. Beam is the chairperson of the Board of Trustees of First United Methodist Church of Melbourne and has served as chair of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee. He has coached and sponsored AAU and Melbourne Police Athletic League (PAL) youth basketball teams. He is happily married to his wife of 29 years and also enjoys spending time with their children.

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating

Practice Areas: Litigation; Personal Injury; Automobile Accidents; Professional Malpractice; Insurance Law; Criminal Defense; Felonies; Misdemeanors; Driving While Intoxicated; Civil Rights; Civil Appeals; Legal Malpractice Defense.
Admitted: Florida (1985); U.S. Supreme Court (1995); U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (1986); U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (1987)

Law School: University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1985
College: Western Carolina University, B.A., 1979

Member: The Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents (President, 1997-1998)
Brevard County Bar Association (President, 1994-1995; Recipient: First Annual Professionalism Award, 1999)
The Florida Bar (Chair, Eighteenth Judicial Grievance Committee C)
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member)
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (First Class of Life Members)
American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America) (Sustaining Member)
Florida Justice Association (formerly Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
American Bar Association
Civil Justice Foundation

Biography: Assistant Editor and Staff Member, Tennessee Law Review, 1984-1985. Editor and Associate Editor, The Forum, 1983-1984. Recipient, Dean's Citation for Extraordinary Contributions to the University of Tennessee College of Law, 1984. Certified Mediator, Florida Supreme Court. Assistant State Attorney (Prosecutor), Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, 1985-1988. Member and Staff, Parrish Relations Committee, First United Methodist Church.