Virginia M. Buchanan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Pensacola, FL

Levin Papantonio
 | 316 South Baylen Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
Phone: 850-435-7000
Fax: 850-436-6023
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2011, 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    As a shareholder with the Levin Papantonio law firm in Pensacola, Florida, attorney Virginia M. Buchanan focuses her practice primarily on representing plaintiff clients with their medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death claims. She holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating and top-rated lawyer recognitions in personal injury law and labor and employment law from Martindale-Hubbell.

    After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Florida in 1985, Ms. Buchanan attended University of Florida Levin College of Law, obtaining her Juris Doctor, with honors, in 1989. While in law school, Ms. Buchanan was a Bickel Scholar and Scripps-Howard Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif, and she received many other awards as well.

    In 1989, The Florida Bar admitted her to practice, and she is also licensed to practice in Alabama as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.

    Widely regarded as one of the top personal injury attorneys in the country, Ms. Buchanan has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and awards on behalf of her clients. A consummate professional, she is active in many professional legal organizations, including the American Bar Association, where she has served on several subcommittees. She is also a member of the American Association for Justice and the Florida Justice Association Women's Caucus Section, and she served on The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directions.

    Possessing an extensive amount of legal knowledge and experience, Ms. Buchanan has published numerous books and articles and conducted many classes and seminars on a wide range of legal topics. Committed to her community as well as her practice, she volunteers with many local and regional organizations, and in 2014, she received The Florida Bar President's Award for Pro Bono Service for the 1st Judicial Circuit.

    *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
    • 80%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability


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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2011, 2014 - 2020

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    About Virginia Buchanan

    Admitted: 1989, Florida

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    • Florida Super Lawyers, 2014
    • Top Rated Lawyer in ‘Personal Injury Law,’ Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
    • National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame
    • Best Lawyers in America
    • Florida Bar President’s Award for Pro Bono Service for 1st Judicial Circuit, 2014
    • ALM and Martindale-Hubbell recognition as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law
    • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell by peer reviews 5.0 out of 5
    • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2017
    • Florida Trend Magazine, Florida "Legal Elite" 2013, 2015 & 2017 Award
    • Nominee for the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Public Justice Foundation, 2008
    • First Runner Up, Florida Bar Annual Moot Court Competition, University of Florida College of Law
    • "Final Four" Finalist, Alumnus of University of Florida Moot Court, University of Florida College of Law
    • Top Score - Florida Bar Examination
    • Scripps-Howard Scholarship, University of Florida College of Law
    • Bickel Scholarship, University of Florida College of Law
    • Jurisprudence Awards, Criminal Law, Legal Writing & Legal Ethics, University of Florida College of Law
    • With Honors, University of Florida College of Law
    • Phi Delta Phi, University of Florida College of Law
    • Finalist, Benton National Moot Court Competition, Chicago, IL, University of Florida College of Law
    • Member, Moot Court Team, University of Florida College of Law
    • Order of the Coif, University of Florida College of Law

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Florida Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section, Member, 2017
    • United States District Court of Claims, Member, 2000
    • ABOTA, Civil Process Server Grievance Committee, Chairperson
    • ABOTA, Treasurer
    • Florida Justice Association (formerly Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), Member
    • American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Member
    • Science/Expert Committee of MDL for VIOXX, Member, 2005
    • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama, Member
    • The Florida Bar - Civil Procedure Rules Committee, Member, July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2011
    • Northwest Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Member, July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009
    • Grievance Committee to Investigate Process Servers, Chairman
    • Florida Bar Association, Member
    • First Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee, Member
    • Escambia-Santa Rosa County Bar Association, Grievance Committee, Member
    • Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association, Judicial Liaison Committee, Member
    • Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association, Committee on Professionalism, Member
    • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors, Sustaining Member
    • American Board of Trial Advocates, Treasurer, Member, 1999 – present
    • American Bar Association, Subcommittee on Legislation Affecting Litigation, Member
    • American Bar Association, Subcommittee on Health Care, Member
    • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Member
    • AFTL Medical Malpractice Task Force, Member
    • Academy of Trial Advocacy, Member
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
    • Alabama
    • Florida

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Foundation, Member, 2000
    • Shands Home Care Project, Board of Directors
    • Florida Bar Foundation, Board of Directions
    • Women's Caucus Steering Committee, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (AFTL), Member
    • West Florida Regional Medical Center, Women's Life Center, Advisory Board
    • Shands Hospital, Shands Homecare Advisory Committee, Member
    • Sacred Heart Cathedral, Member
    • Chief Judge's Council for Children, Member

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Publication in Downs Syndrome Archives: Bipolar Drug May Benefit Down Syndrome Patients., 2013
    • Panelist for Symposium sponsored by the Florida State University College of Medicine and College of Law: “Medical, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Pain Management in Florida.", January 2016
    • Panelist/Presenter, Florida Justice Association Webinar Series, Best Practices in Medical Malpractice, Expert Requirements, May 2015
    • Co-Chair, Florida Justice Association Medical Malpractice , Best Practice Series – 10 part webinar series on cutting edge medical malpractice topics 2015
    • Northwest Florida Paralegal Association - The Anatomy of a Case Seminar, “Discovery Strategies within Medical Malpractice.” September 2014
    • Speaker, 360 Advocacy Series, “Trial Skills from the Woman’s Perspective,” Topic: Maximizing Damages, presented September 2014
    • Co-chair of Florida Justice Association, Masters of Justice program on Medical Malpractice, with Mark Avera, held September 2014
    • Presentation, Mass Torts Made Perfect, Las Vegas, NV: "BCBS MDL: History, Status, Future, Discovery Planning & Cost Management" (with Ed Gentle, Esq., Megan Jones, Esq., Chris Hellums, Esq.). October 2013
    • Symposium on Medical Malpractice topics include "History of Medical Malpractice," "Ways to Avoid Litigation," and "How a Plaintiff's Attorney Approaches a Medical Malpractice Case." University of Florida College of Medicine Department of Anesthesia, June 7, 2008
    • Ethical Considerations for the Paralegal, Florida Justice Association seminar at The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL, June 14, 2007
    • Preparing and Presenting Your Expert Witness in a Contested Liability Case, AFTL, Tampa, Florida, 2005
    • The Essential Role of the Legal Investigator In The Development of Damages for Mediation and Trial, Inner Circle of Investigators, 2004
    • Professionalism and Ethics, Northwest Florida Paralegal Association, 2004
    • Tort Reform Overview: How It Was; How It Is, Joe J. Harrell Trial Seminar, 2004
    • Be All You Can Be, Lincoln Park Elementary School, 1993 - 1996
    • Nursing Malpractice, Association of Operating Room Nurses, 1998
    • Legal Ethics & Confidentiality, 1998 - 2000
    • Medical Negligence, Estate Planning, Seminar for Physicians, 1997
    • Sexual Harassment & Legal Accountability, Monsanto Corporation, 1996
    • Psychology and the Law, Pensacola Junior College, 1992
    • National Trial Lawyers Article, January 17, 2013: American Cancer Society Issues Controversial Guideline to Try to Reduce Lung Cancer Deaths
    • Primary Care Doctors Miss Excess Drinking By Not Asking Right Questions, article published on the website of Ring of Fire Radio on 1/23/13
    • Pediatricians Welcome President’s Proposed Gun Reforms and Increased Mental Health Care, article published on the website of Ring of Fire Radio on 1/20/13
    • American Cancer Society Issues Controversial Guideline to Try to Reduce Lung Cancer Deaths, article published on the website of Ring of Fire Radio on 1/14/13
    • Surgical Malpractice Associated With Surgeons Inexperience, article published on the website of Ring of Fire Radio on 1/7/13
    • Better Watch Out, Better Not Pout. Holiday Heart and Energy Drinks, article published on the website of Ring of Fire Radio on 12/21/12
    • Smoking Deadlier Than HIV According to New Study, article published on the website of Ring of Fire Radio on 12/20/12
    • Pediatric Organization Reverses Its Anti-Thimerosal Position, Citing Lack of Evidence, Need for Vaccines in 3rd World, article published on the website of Ring of Fire Radio on 12/17/12
    • Severe Injuries From Patients Falling Out of Bed Due in Part to Inadequate Prevention Methods Used by Hospitals, article published on the website of Ring of Fire Radio on 12/6/12
    • Judge Finds Dirty Medical Equipment Caused Vet’s Illness, article published on the website of Ring of Fire Radio on 11/29/12
    • Recent Study Shows Malpractice Claims Decreasing, article published on the website of Ring of Fire Radio on 11/25/12
    • Jury Verdicts: Please Don't Take My Sunshine Away, Women's Caucus of the Florida Justice Association, May 2007. Misdiagnosis Occurs In More Than 1 in 4 ICU Deaths, article published on website of Ring of Fire Radio on 11/21/12
    • The Florida Bar's Legal Fee Arbitration Program: Is it Right for You?, AFTL Journal (Submitted on behalf of the Women's Caucus). February 2006
    • I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me, AFTL Journal (Submitted on behalf of the Women's Caucus). September 2006
    • Judicial Misconduct - Is the Judge Misbehaving?, AFTL Journal. June 2006
    • Welcome to Our First Resident Federal Judge in Panama City, Northern District of Florida The Honorable John Richard Smoak, AFTL Journal (Submitted on behalf of the Women's Caucus). April 2006
    • Kids Will Be Kids...Legal Liability for the Misdeeds of Minors: Who Pays for Junior's Torts?, AFTL Journal. April 2006
    • When Defendant's Seek to Recover Private Information From Plaintiff's Non-Party Family Members; What We Should Do To Fight It, AFTL Women's Caucus Article. September 2005
    • A Fresh Look at Anti-Dumping Claims: Why It Is Worth Your While, AFTL Journal. January 2005
    • Vioxx: Once Again We Learn That Neither Manufacturers Nor the FDA Look Out For The American People, AFTL Journal. November/December 2004
    • Discovering Personnel Records: Who Can Object?, AFTL Journal. August 2004
    • Summary of the 2003 Medical Malpractice Legislation; Major Impacts from the Plaintiff Perspective and From the Defense Perspective, The Summation. March 2004
    • Introducing the Hon. Margaret C. 'Casey' Rodgers U.S. District Court of Florida, Northern District, AFTL Journal. January 2004
    • When the Hospital Has to Pay for a Doctor's Mistakes, AFTL Journal (Submitted on behalf of the Women's Caucus). September 2003
    • When Defendants Don't Pay on Time, AFTL Journal. January 2003
    • Jury Selection in 2002: Perils and Pitfalls; Moving into the 21st Century Computer Software and other Jury Selection Aids, AFTL Journal. November/December. 2002
    • Errata Sheets Aren't Just to Correct Misspellings, Summation. December,1995
    • False Claims, Trial Diplomacy Journal. April 1993
    • Co-author, book chapter, Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit, 4th Ed. John Romano, Editor, 2015

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Selection to Florida Justice Association, Ad-hoc Committee on Claims Bill Reform, September 2015
    • The National Trial Lawyers (The NTL) (Top 100 Trial Lawyers), Member, 2011, 2012, 2013
    • International Society of Barristers, Fellow, Elected to Membership, August 2016
    • Appointment by Florida Bar President Higer to Committee on Student Education/Admission to the Bar, 2017-2018
    • Appointment to University of West Florida Legal Studies Advisory Board, 2015

    Educational Background:

    • University of Florida, Journalism College, B.S., Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Honors: Graduated First in Class, Honors: High Honors, Academics, (Special Project Committee vote), 1985

    Industry Groups

    • FJA)
    • Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
    • Trial Lawyers (AAJ
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    Office Location for Virginia M. Buchanan

    316 South Baylen Street
    Pensacola, FL 32502

    Phone: 850-435-7000

    Fax: 850-436-6023

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