A museum with a message

The mission of the nationally acclaimed American Museum of Tort Law is to educate, inform and inspire Americans about two things: Trial by jury; and the benefits of tort law. Tort law is the law of wrongful injuries, including motor vehicle crashes, defective products, medical malpractice, and environmental disasters, among many others.

And trial by jury is a bedrock American right, guaranteed in our Bill of Rights.

Visitors to the Museum will enjoy learning about tort law and trial by jury, and see how both have improved the lives, not only of those injured, but all of us. The Museum has one gallery of important precedent-setting cases; another gallery exhibiting dangerous toys; and a third with interactive panels, which let visitors learn about seven cases in detail. In addition, our theater runs a brief (11 minute) movie which traces the evolution (and importance) of trial by jury and tort law.  The main gallery features cases which made a difference not only to the injured victims, but to everyone:  Cases like the Ford Pinto, Liebeck v. McDonalds, and the tobacco and asbestos litigation, among others.

On November 1, 2017 Congressman Larson recognized the museum. Read his statement in the Congressional Record here.


Richard L. Newman Esq.

Executive Director

Richard L. Newman

Executive Director
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Richard L. Newman is the Executive Director of the American Museum of Tort Law. He is a consumer attorney who practiced trial law with the firm of Adelman Hirsch and Newman, LLP, in Connecticut. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Law and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is co-author of the treatise Tort Remedies in Connecticut and served as President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of Bridgeport Hospital’s Ethics Committee.


Our Founders

James F. Humphreys
J. Robert Hunter
Tommy Jacks
Joseph D. Jamail Jr.
Gloria Jarecki & Henry Jarecki
Greg Kafoury
Robert G. Kerrigan
J.D. Lee
Fredric G. Levin
Pamela Liapakis
Sal Liccardo
Thomas W. Malone
Mark McDougal & Natalie McDougal
Richard Warren Mithoff
Robert M. Montgomery Jr. (1930-2008)
Claire Nader
James H. Nance
Tom Girardi
Brian Panish

Ralph Nader, President
Richard L. Newman, Executive Director
Michael Alder
Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011)
Peter Angelos
F. Scott Baldwin (1928-2011)
Frederick Baron (1947-2008)
Joseph W. Belluck
Michael J. Bidart
David William Boone
James E. Butler Jr.
Joan B. Claybrook
Robert Clifford
Phil Donahue
Ricardo Echeverria
Thomas Fortune Fay
Robert L. Habush
Richard P. Hogan Jr.
Wayne Hogan

Joseph A. Page
Joseph A. Power Jr.
Edward M. Ricci
John Richard
Victor E. Schwartz
William M. Shernoff
Edward M. Swartz (1934-2010)
Lanny S. Vines
Mona Lisa Wallace
Matt Wuerker
C. Steven Yerrid
Center for Study of Responsive Law
Consumer Reports
Cummings Foundation, Inc.
Nader’s Raiders
Public Safety Research Institute
Safety Systems Foundation
The Shafeek Nader Trust for Community Interest
Carl J. Mayer