Melvin B. Wright

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Orlando, Florida

Colling Gilbert Wright
Melvin B. Wright
Colling Gilbert Wright

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Insurance Coverage, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 1986

Education: Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Colling Gilbert Wright

801 N. Orange Avenue
Suite 830
Orlando, FL 32801 Visit website


Attorney Melvin B. Wright is a partner at Colling Gilbert Wright in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Wright devotes his practice exclusively to wrongful death and personal injury law, serving injury victims and their families throughout the entire state of Florida. He has experience with matters involving motor vehicle accidents, nursing home and assisted living negligence, premises liability, products liability, trucking accidents, pharmacy negligence and more.

Mr. Wright has more than 35 years of experience litigating all types of personal injury matters. He began his career representing injury victims and the insurance industry before shifting his focus over to exclusively representing plaintiffs who have been seriously injured or lost a loved one due to an accident.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Wright has effectively tried cases at the state, federal and appellate levels. He is board certified as a civil trial specialist by the Florida Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization & Education and is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Senior Specialist in Civil Trial Law.

In honor of his accomplishments, Mr. Wright is the recipient of recognition from groups including the American Board of Trial Advocates, the International Society of Barristers, Best Lawyers in America, the National Trial Lawyers Association, and Florida Trend magazine Legal Elite. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, American Association for Justice, Southern Trial Lawyers Association and Florida Justice Association.

Mr. Wright earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1981. He received his law degree from Walter F. George School of Law and became a licensed attorney in 1985. He holds active law licenses in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, and he is admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and all state courts in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Dram Shop Laws, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 80% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Insurance Coverage
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1985, Georgia

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association - An invitation only non-political association of trial lawyers in the thirteen southern states fostering continuing legal education and comeraderie.
  • International Society of Barristers - North American Fellow, 2018
  • Admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • State Bar of Georgia, 1985
  • American Association for Justice
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2013
  • Tennessee, 2004
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Florida Bar Standing Committee on Advertising
  • Appointed by Chief Judge Belvin Perry as member of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Panel created by mandate of the Supreme Court of Florida., 2014
  • Florida Bar, 1986
  • Florida Justice Association (EAGLE Member)
  • Chairperson, Florida Justice Association Nursing Home Committee, 2009
  • Appointed by Supreme Court of Florida to serve on the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases., 2015
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Mr. Wright has lectured extensively to his colleagues on issues pertaining to personal injury and wrongful death litigation, including jury selection, motor vehicle negligence, nursing home abuse and neglect, assisted living facility abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, insurance law, and civil trial practice issues.
  • Based upon one case he handled and which involved the statutory rape and impregnation of a nursing home resident, this article in the American Journal of Nursing discusses discovery and prosecution of a sexual assault case in the nursing home setting., Co-Author, Born Into A Diaper, American Journal of Nursing, No. 4, April 2004, Nurses, 2004
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • See Resume/CV
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Easter Seals Florida, Inc. , Member of Board of Directors
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified in Civil Pre-Trial Advocacy by National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2012
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by American Bar Association accredited National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1999
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar, 1996
  • Verdict of 6.8 Million Dollars against RJ Reynolds in Engle progeny product liability case., 2017
  • Settlement of almost $ 200 Million Dollars in the form of a Bankruptcy plan for all nationwide claimants who were victims of a contaminated steroid injectable solution distributed across the country by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. Mr. Wright was appointed by the Massachusetts bankrucptcy court as a key member of the creditors committee that worked with the federal district court steering committee to achieve this nationwide settlement.  , 2015
  • See Resume/CV
  • Selected by secret ballot by his peers as Lawyer of the Year - Plaintiffs Personal Injury - Orlando by U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers., Lawyer of the Year Plaintiffs Persona Injury - Orlando , Best Lawyers, 2023
  • In 2020, Mr. Wright was selected among the Top 100 attorneys in the State of Florida by peer recognition in SuperLawyers magazine., Top 100 Superlawyer In Florida, SuperLawyers, 2020
  • Selected in 2019 by peer review., Best Lawyers in Florida, Best Lawyers
  • Invitation only society formed to recognized an era's best advocates joined together to support the right to trial by jury and promoting the ethical and superior practice of legal advocacy, as well as civily among advocates., Fellow, International Society of Barristers, 2018
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 6.8 Million Dollar verdict against RJ Reynolds in Engle progeny product liability case., Top 10 Product Liability Verdicts in Florida 2017, Top Verdict, 2017
  • 6.8 Million Dollar Verdict against R.J. Reynolds in Engle progeny product liability case, Top 50 Verdicts In Florida for 2017, Top Verdict, 2017
  • Invitation only member of America's Top 100 Attorneys for North Florida., America's Top 100 Attorneys Member, 2017
  • AV Rated, Martindale Hubbell Law Directory
  • Voted by peers among the best in the state according to Florida Trend Magazine polling., Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine
  • The ASLA is an invitation only organization comprised of the nation’s most skilled lawyers.  ASLA was founded by a team of lawyers with the central purpose of identifying and promoting only the most outstanding legal talent throughout the country. Lawyers are invited only if the ASLA determines they have a career of stellar legal credentials combined with a proven commitment to community engagement, leadership, and the highest professional standards. Membership is intentionally limited to no more than 2% of lawyers overall., Top 100 Litigation Lawyers In Florida, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2012
  • Superb Rating, AVVO
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Invitation only national attorney organization dedicated to the preservation of the civil jury trial and to educating the public about the vital importance the right to jury trial in civil cases and the 7th Amendment., Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2013
Educational Background:
  • Juris Doctor, Mercer University School of Law, 1985

Office location for Melvin B. Wright

801 N. Orange Avenue
Suite 830
Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: 877-827-8979

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