Thomas C. Newlin
Thomas C. Newlin was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. He graduated from Schulte High School in 1967 and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana State University in 1971. He obtained his M.B.A. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 1973, and then joined family-owned Newlin-Johnson Company, Inc. In 1986, he graduated with honors from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis.
Since 1986, Tom has devoted his professional career to personal injury, Social Security Disability, real estate, and probate law. His motto is, “Provide client-first service with integrity and always treat everyone with respect and dignity.” He is one of the managing partners at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin and is a member of several professional organizations, including the Terre Haute Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. Tom is licensed to practice in all courts in the State of Indiana, all Federal Courts in the State of Indiana, and the United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit. He is rated an AV Preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.
Tom has always been active in his community. He is a co-founder of a local philanthropic group, Guys Who Give, and a member of its steering committee. Tom also volunteers as a Teen Court Judge for CHANCES for Indiana Youth and has twice been awarded the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Terre Haute. Tom was also a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout. He has volunteered in several local organizations, including the following: Goodwill drive volunteer; Special Olympics Indiana; Rosedale Elementary School Christmas hall decorating contest Judge; Past Member of Woodrow Wilson Middle School Advisory Board; Schulte High School Memorial Monument Committee, 1967 senior class President, and Reunion Committee Member; ATO Fraternity (ISU) President and House Building Committee; Past Director of ISU Foundation Board of Directors; Terre Haute Bar Association Pro Bono services, “Talk to a Lawyer” project; Usher at St. Joseph Church (18 years); Terre Vista Entrance Rehabilitation Committee; Light House Mission – Volunteer; Wabash Valley United Way, Chairman of Board of Directors – 1993, Campaign Chairman – 1991, 2012-2013, 2014 – Co-Chairperson of Leadership Giving (Vanguard Society), recipient of Newport Award – 2012; Indiana University School of Law, past director of Alumni Association; Terre Haute Rotary Club, Director, Past President, Paul Harris Fellow (two times), 40-year member, By-Law Committee, volunteer reader at Ben Franklin Elementary; Vigo County Youth Football League Coach; Boys Club Basketball Coach; Little League Coach; Youth Soccer Coach; Freshman Football Coach, Terre Haute North Vigo High School; Past President of Terre Haute North Quarterback Club; President, Wabash Valley Family Sports Center; Wabash Valley Chapter American Red Cross, Past Director and Chairman of Board of Directors; Salvation Army, bell ringer, Past Director; Past President of Terre Haute Board of Realtors, Past President of Indiana Chapter of American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, Past Realtor of the Year; Shareholder, Officer and Director of Progress Building Corporation; Shareholder and Director of Newlin-Johnson Company, Inc.; One of Best Lawyers in Indiana (Indiana Monthly magazine); Past President of Rose-Hulman Board of Associates; Past President of the Wabash Officials Association; Terre Haute Tribune Star 2011 Readers’ Choice Best Boss of the Year. Tom has also been personally involved in the leadership for Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin for all of its philanthropic endeavors, including the following: Catholic Charities, 14th and Chestnut Community Center, Race for the Cure, Relay for Life, March of Dimes, House of Hope, The Will Center, Covenant Cooperative Ministries, March Against Hunger, Families by Choice, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Terre Haute Humane Society, St. Ann’s Free Clinic, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Indiana Blood Center, Hoosier Prairie Elementary School Bicycle Safety Week, Terre Haute Children’s Museum, Corporate Olympics of Terre Haute, and FSTN’s “Safe and Sober” Free Cab Ride Program.
Tom enjoys skiing and he is an avid cyclist who often ventures across the country on ambitious rides. Over the past several years, he has passed his love of sports on to the youth of our community by coaching numerous youth and high school sports teams, including soccer, baseball, basketball, little league, and football. Tom also served as a high school and small college official for 23 years.