Mike Papantonio

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Pensacola, FL

Levin Papantonio
 | 316 South Baylen Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
Phone: 850-435-7000
Fax: 850-436-6165
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Host of the television show "American Lawyer" and The National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame inductee, attorney Mike Papantonio is a highly rated, award-winning attorney who serves as a senior partner with the Levin Papantonio law firm in Pensacola, Florida. Certified as a civil trial lawyer by both The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Mr. Papantonio represents plaintiff clients with their personal injury and wrongful death claims, and he maintains a particular focus on handling cases involving mass torts.

As an attorney, Mr. Papantonio has helped recover millions of dollars in settlements and awards on behalf of his clients. Of note, he and the firm's C8 trial team obtained a $920 million settlement against DuPont and secured a verdict of over $380 million against the company, leading to Mr. Papantonio receiving the Special Litigation award from The National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers recognition program for the environmental category.

After graduating from the University of Florida in 1978, Mr. Papantonio attended Samford University Cumberland School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1981. The Florida Bar admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Highly sought after for his in-depth legal knowledge and extensive experience, Mr. Papantonio is a regular legal commentator for various news outlets, and he has published several books and numerous articles on a variety of legal topics. He also holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Active in many professional legal organizations, Mr. Papantonio once served as president for The National Trial Lawyers, and he is a fellow with both the International Society of Barristers and The International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is also active with the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
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Class Action/Mass Torts (100%)


Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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About Mike Papantonio

Admitted: 1981, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.levinlaw.com/attorney-profiles/mike-papantonio


  • Special Litigation (Environmental) category in the National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers recognition program, 2016
  • Inducted into the National Trial Lawyers’ Hall of Fame, 2015
  • Defender of Justice Award by the American Association for Justice, 2015
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law Inaugural Award for Social Justice, 2014
  • Perry Nichols Award by the Florida Justice Association, 2011
  • Public Justice Foundation, Trial Lawyer of the Year finalist, 2008
  • Leading American Attorney
  • Head of the Trial Advocacy Department, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
  • Best Lawyers in America

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Trial Lawyer, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certified Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2012
  • Florida Justice Association, Past Board of Directors 
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Member
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Justice Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • International Society of Barristers
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit  
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Florida

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Author, Air America: The Playbook
  • Author, How to Prove a Sick Building Case
  • Author, Defenses You Can Count on in an Asbestosis Case
  • Author, Resurrecting AESOP - Fables Lawyers Should Remember
  • Co-Author, Closing Arguments - The Last Battle
  • Author, Law and Disorder
  • Author, In Search of Atticus Finch - A Motivational Book for Lawyers
  • Author, Clarence Darrow, The Journeyman - Lessons for the Modern Lawyer

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Host, Ring of Fire 

Educational Background:

  • University of Florida
Office Location for Mike Papantonio

316 South Baylen Street
Pensacola, FL 32502

Phone: 850-435-7000

Fax: 850-436-6165

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Last Updated: 1/4/2019

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