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Mike Papantonio - Pensacola, FL

316 South Baylen Street Pensacola, FL 32502

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Updated: 04/30/2022

Pensacola Mass Torts Lawyer

Overview

Mike Papantonio is a senior partner with the law firm of Levin Papantonio Rafferty. He has received numerous multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of victims of corporate malfeasance. His award-winning work handling thousands of mass tort cases throughout the nation has helped make Levin Papantonio Rafferty one of the largest plaintiff law firms in the country.

Mr. Papantonio is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy...

Mike Papantonio is a senior partner with the law firm of Levin Papantonio Rafferty. He has received numerous multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of victims of corporate malfeasance. His award-winning work handling thousands of mass tort cases throughout the nation has helped make Levin Papantonio Rafferty one of the largest plaintiff law firms in the country.

Mr. Papantonio is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. He is a member of The National Trial Lawyers (past president), American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Association for Justice, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, and the Florida Justice Association, where he served on the board of directors for five years.

Mr. Papantonio is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He is listed in the publications Best Lawyers in America and Leading American Attorney.

In 2019, Mr. Papantonio was awarded the Compassionate Gladiator Award from the Florida Justice Association.

In 2017, Mr. Papantonio and the firm's C8 trial team helped secure a $920 million dollar settlement against DuPont, related to the company's West Virginia plant discharging the chemical PFOA (C8) into the air and water around the Ohio River Valley and exposing citizens to this toxic Teflon chemical.

In 2016, Levin Papantonio Rafferty won the Special Litigation (Environmental) category in the National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers recognition program, after Mr. Papantonio led the firm's C8 trial team to one of several successful trials against DuPont.

In 2015, Mr. Papantonio was inducted into the National Trial Lawyers' Hall of Fame. He also was awarded the Defender of Justice Award by the American Association for Justice.

In 2014, the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center of Temple University Beasley School of Law presented Mr. Papantonio with the Inaugural Award for Social Justice, honoring him for his outstanding contributions to social justice.

In 2012, Mr. Papantonio served as President of The National Trial Lawyers.

In 2011, Mr. Papantonio was awarded the Perry Nichols Award, the highest honor given by the Florida Justice Association. The award recognizes individuals who fight valiantly and with distinction for justice throughout their lives.

In 2008, Mr. Papantonio was selected by the Public Justice Foundation as a finalist for its Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.

In 2007, as lead trial counsel in the environmental class action case of Perrine v. Dupont, Mr. Papantonio received a jury verdict for a West Virginia community with an estimated value in excess of $380 million.

In 1998, Mr. Papantonio helped establish a Riverkeepers program in Northwest Florida known as the Emerald Coastkeepers, Inc., a full-time organization that serves the community as a public advocate for the waterways of Northwest Florida. Coastkeepers and Riverkeepers are known for their willingness to take polluters to court.

Mr. Papantonio has authored and co-authored instructional articles on handling complex litigation for trial lawyers. He is the founder of the cutting-edge conference, Mass Torts Made Perfect, which trains thousands of lawyers on how to better their legal practice. The organization has hosted speakers such as former President Bill Clinton, James Carville, Johnnie Cochran, Bob Woodward, Jack Kemp, Al Sharpton, Arianna Huffington, Dick Morris, Paul Begala, Dan Rather, and F. Lee Bailey.

Mr. Papantonio is an author of four motivational books for lawyers, and a series of legal thrillers. He is also co-author of Air America: The Playbook, which was listed by The New York Times as a Political Best Seller.

Mr. Papantonio is the host of the international television show America's Lawyer, where he provides in-depth investigations into major corporate and government corruption. He is also the founder and former host of the nationally syndicated radio program Ring of Fire.

Mr. Papantonio has conducted hundreds of recorded interviews with guests including Erin Brockovich, Dan Rather, Helen Thomas, Howard Zinn, Arianna Huffington, Mary Chapin Carpenter, David Crosby, Merle Haggard, Morgan Spurlock, Bill Moyers, Rickie Lee Jones, Alanis Morissette, Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne, Chuck D from Public Enemy, Henry Rollins, Ted Sorensen, and Elizabeth Kucinich.

Mr. Papantonio's role on Ring of Fire is featured in the movie, Jesus Camp, which was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. He also was featured in the documentary, The Devil We Know, highlighting the dangers of DuPont's manmade chemical C8. As a political commentator, he has frequently appeared on MSNBC, Free Speech TV, and Fox News.

About Mike Papantonio

Practice Areas

  • Mass Torts
  • Drugs and Medical Devices
  • Personal Injury
  • Environmental Law

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1983

Specialties and Certifications

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer , FL Bar and Nat'l. Bar of Trial Advocacy

Other Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Member)
  • American Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (Member, Board of Directors)
  • The American Association For Justice

Education

  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
    J.D.
    Honors: Head of the Trial Advocacy Department
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Classes and Seminars

  • Lecturer, In Search of Atticus Finch, A Motivational Book for Lawyers
  • Lecturer, Clarence Darrow, The Journeyman
  • Lecturer, Resurrecting AESOP, Fables Lawyers Should Remember

Achievements

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Included on the 2024 Florida list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Florida Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Mike Papantonio on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Leading American Attorney
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers

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Office Information

Address

316 South Baylen Street Pensacola, FL 32502

Fax

  • 850-435-7020

Office Hours

24 hour Assistance

Publication

Articles

  • Defenses You Can Count on in an Asbestosis Case
  • How to Prove a Sick Building Case
  • Closing Arguments - The Last Battle (Co-Author)

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