Fred Levin is one of the most successful trial attorneys in the country. He has received more than twenty-five jury verdicts in excess of $1,000,000 (six in excess of $10,000,000). At various points in his career, he has held the national record for jury verdicts involving the wrongful death of a child, the wrongful death of a housewife, the wrongful death of a wage earner, and the largest personal injury verdict in the state of Florida. He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an organization limited to 100 members throughout the country, and has been listed in every edition of the publication “Best Lawyers in America.”
Mr. Levin received the “Perry Nichols Award” in 1994, which is the highest honor bestowed by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and is given in recognition for a person’s lifetime achievements in the pursuit of justice. The late Chief Judge in Escambia County, Florida, stated the following to The Florida Bar about Mr. Levin: “He is the best we have in the First Judicial Circuit and probably in the State of Florida. . . . . He has, and deserves, a reputation for being one of the best trial attorneys in the nation.”
Mr. Levin has managed the careers of many champion boxers. In 1995, he was selected as National Boxing Manager of the year.
For the year 1999, the National Law Journal named Mr. Levin as the top civil litigator in Florida. This honor encompassed plaintiff and defense counsel. Mr. Levin was also named in the October 4, 1999, edition of the National Law Journal as one of the “Top Ten Litigators for 1999”, which again included both plaintiff and defense counsel. Also, in 1999, Mr. Levin was honored at the United Nations by being made a Chief in the Republic of Ghana, one of only two non-Ghanians ever so honored. This honor was bestowed on Mr. Levin because of his lifetime of dedication to equal justice for people of all races. At the same time, Mr. Levin received a citation honoring him by the United States Congressional Black Caucus.
Over twenty years ago, Mr. Levin gifted the first professorship at the University of West Florida, which gift was in honor of his father. Since that time, Mr. Levin, along with his brother David, and law partner, the late Lefferts L. Mabie, Jr., have gifted a number of professorships and a Chair at the University of Florida law school. Additionally, in 1998, Mr. Levin gave the University of Florida law school the largest cash donation ever given to a public law school. In 1999, the law school name was officially changed to the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law.
When asked about his greatest accomplishment, however, Mr. Levin states he is most proud of his idea in 1993 of rewriting the Florida Medicaid Third Party Recovery Act to permit the State of Florida to sue the Tobacco Industry to recover expenditures for treating illnesses caused by cigarette smoking. Mr. Levin wrote the legislation, and was instrumental in its passage. Immediately after its passage, the legislation was described as “the single biggest blow against the tobacco industry in United States history.” The legislation eventually resulted in a $13 billion dollar settlement for the State of Florida.
Mr. Levin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 1958, and graduated number three in his law school class from the University of Florida in 1961.
In 2007, Mr. Levin was voted the #1 most influential and powerful man in Northwest Florida by the Independent News.
Mr. Levin has authored the following books and articles:
Areas of Practice:
Civil Trial Advocate, Florida & American Board of Trial Advocacy, 1982
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1962
University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1961
Honors: Graduated Number Three in Class, Order of the Coif, Phi Kappa Phi
University of Florida, 1958
Opening Statement, Florida Civil Trial Practice Ch. 8 5th ed., 1998
Opening Statement, Fla. Civil Trial Prac.4th ed., 1990
A Plaintiff’s Guide to Effective Opening Statements, 9 Verdicts, Settlements & Tactics, September, 1989
The Winning Attitude, 2 Trial Practice News Letter 4, 1988
Plaintiff’s Trial Strategy, Periodic Payment Judgment, 1987
The Art of Cross-Examination: A Case Study, 9 Trial Diplomacy J. 1, 1986
The Trial Masters, Strategy for Opening Statement: A Case Study pp. 158-196, 1984
Effective Opening Statements: The Attorney’s Master Key to Courtroom Victory, 1983
Structured Settlements in Review: A Case Study, The Am. J. of Trial Advocacy Vol. 4, No. 3, pg. 579, Spring, 1981
Attorney’s Fees, Florida Civil Practice 2d ed., 1980
Visiting Florida’s No-Fault Experience: Is it Now Constitutional?, 54 Fla. Bar. J. 2, 1980
Personal Injury Protection Coverage, Florida No-Fault Ins. Prac. 2d ed., 1979
A Trial Lawyers look at No-Fault, 1 Miss. College L. Rev. 271, 1979
Wrongful Death and Florida’s ’10-20′ Liability Policy — The Twilight Zone, (1960-1961), 13 Fla. L. Rev. 377
Operations and the Rule Against Perpetuities, (1960-1961), 13 Fla. L. Rev. 214
Closing Arguments, The Last Battle, 2003
Honors and Awards:
Best Lawyers in America
Perry Nichols Award, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1994
Top Civil Litigator, National Law Journal, 1999
Top Ten Litigators for 1999, National Law Journal, 1999
Chief, Republic of Ghana, United Nations, 1999
Who’s Who In America
Who’s Who In The World
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Inner Circle of Advocates
Past Employment Positions:
Levin, Middlebrooks, et al., President, 1990 – 1996
Levin, Middlebrooks, et al., Chairman of the Board, 1996 ñ Present