Member, Memphis Office
Newton Anderson is the Managing Member of Spicer Rudstrom’s Memphis office. He also serves as the Chair of the firm’s Employment Law practice area. His practice handling various types of civil cases has taken him to all state and federal courts in West Tennessee and occasionally beyond. He advises corporate clients on business matters and has represented clients in landlord-tenant and other commercial real estate matters for more than 30 years. He has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance.
Newton has always enjoyed learning as much as he can about the practice of law. Though his “sweet spots” are in insurance defense and employment/workers’ compensation, he has handled a number of premises liability, drowning cases and commercial landlord tenant work in his career. What brings him the most satisfaction, day in and day out, is making his clients happy.
Newton received his higher education degrees from the University of Memphis. While an undergraduate, he served on the university’s Student Senate and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in journalism in 1975. He was awarded a J.D. degree in 1981 from the university’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where he was a member of Law Review and participated in Moot Court. Prior to entering private practice in 1982, he served as a Law Clerk for two judges of the Circuit Court of Shelby County. A firm believer in the benefits of mediation and other methods of alternate dispute resolution in appropriate cases, Newton took the required course of study and became a Tennessee Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator in 2005.
Working as an attorney is something that runs in his family. His aunt, Emily Anderson Kindel, was the only woman in the graduating class of 1939 from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He had an uncle who was also a successful corporate attorney. The encouragement of both his aunt and his uncle, from both sides of his family, was helpful in his decision to become a lawyer.
Newton is a longtime volunteer for Youth Leadership of Memphis, working with young men to help instill the principles of strength, honor and truth. When not representing clients or involved in firm management, Newton enjoys spending time with his wife and two adult children, exercising, riding his bicycle, baking artisan bread, playing drums or picking a banjo. He was in a “Top 40” cover band in college and reunites with longtime friends every week to play their favorite rock ‘n’ roll tunes.