Mike Papantonio


Levin Papantonio

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Mike Papantonio
Pensacola, FL

Mike Papantonio is a senior partner of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Echsner & Proctor, P.A., one of the largest plaintiff’s law firms in America , having handled thousands of cases throughout the nation including Asbestos, Breast Implants, Pharmaceutical Drug Litigation, Factory Farming, Securities Fraud, the Florida Tobacco Litigation, and other mass tort cases. “Pap” has received numerous multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of victims of corporate malfeasance.

Papantonio is listed in the publications, Best Lawyers in America and Leading American Attorney. He is also a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. Both organizations invite only 500 trial lawyers throughout America to participate as members. Papantonio is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates; the American Association for Justice (formerly the ATLA); the Southern Trial Lawyers Association; and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers ; where he served on the Board of Directors for five years. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who has authored and co-authored instructional articles on handling complex litigation for trial lawyers. In 2008, Papantonio was selected by the Public Justice Foundation as a finalist for its Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.

Papantonio also is the founder of the cutting edge continuing legal education seminar organization, Mass Torts Made Perfect, which has and continues to train thousands of lawyers in how to better their legal practice. The organization has hosted speakers such as former President Bill Clinton, James Carville, Johnnie Cochran, Bob Woodward, Elliot Spitzer, Jack Kemp, Arianna Huffington, Dick Morris, and Paul Begala.

An author of four motivational books for lawyers, Papantonio regularly lectures at trial seminars throughout America . He is also the co-author of Air America : The Playbook; listed by The New York Times as a Political Best Seller.

In 1998, Mike Papantonio teamed with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the Hudson Riverkeepers, and Water Keeper Alliance, to 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 reputable for their willingness to take polluters to court. In 2001, Mike filed two lawsuits against polluters, which lead to a $70 million settlement. In 2007, as lead trial counsel in the environmental class action case of Perrine v. Dupont, Mike received a jury verdict award for a West Virginia community with an estimated value in excess of $380 million.

Mike Papantonio and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., also currently host Ring of Fire, a nationally syndicated radio show, which airs on the Air America Radio network, and from which Papantonio is featured in the movie, Jesus Camp, which was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. While hosting Ring of Fire Radio, Papantonio has conducted hundreds of recorded interviews with guests such as Dan Rather, Helen Thomas, Howard Zinn, Arianna Huffington, Mary Chapin Carpenter, David Crosby, Merle Haggard, Morgan Spurlock, John Edwards, Bill Moyers, Rickie Lee Jones, Alanis Morissette, Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne, Chuck D from Public Enemy, Henry Rollins, Ted Sorensen, and Elizabeth Kucinich, to name a few.

Papantonio is also the founder of, an innovative, multi-media Internet television and video-sharing portal which provides an outlet for news, political commentary and special reports on the major issues facing Americans from the Progressive point of view. Papantonio has frequently discussed and debated these issues also on national television programs such as Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News.

Mike Papantonio Mass Tort Case Involvement:

Asbestos Products Liability Litigation, MDL 875 (E.D. Pa.) (Lead and Co-Lead Counsel on more than 5,000 individual cases)

In re Breast Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 926 (Florida Liaison Counsel, Lead and Co-Lead Counsel on thousands of individual cases)

In re Factor VIII or IX Concentrate Blood Products” Products Liability Litigation, MDL 986 (N.D. Illinois ) (Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, Settlement Committee)

State of Florida v. American Tobacco Company, CL-95-1466 (AH) ( Palm Beach County , FL ) (Founding and Participating Member of Legal Team)

In re Diet Drugs (Phentermine/Fenfluramine/Dexfenfluramine) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1203 (E.D. Pennsylvania) (Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, Science Committee, Lead and Co-Lead Counsel on thousands of individual cases)

In re Rezulin Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1348 (S.D. New York ) (Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, Chair Discovery Committee, Lead and Co-Lead Counsel on thousands of individual cases)

Baycol Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1431 (D.C. Minn. ) (Lead and Co-Lead Counsel on hundreds of individual cases)

Serzone Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1477 (S.D. W. Va. ) (Lead and Co-Lead Counsel on approximately 200 individual cases)

In re Accutane Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1626 (M.D. Florida) (Co-Chair Discovery Committee)

In re Amtrak “Sunset Limited” Train Crash in Bayou Canot , Alabama on September 22, 1993, MDL 1003 (S.D. Alabama ) (Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, Electronic Depository Repository, Research Committee)

In re America Online, Inc., Version 6.0 Software Litigation, MDL 1412 (N.D. Illinois ) (Co-Lead Counsel)

In re Bextra and Celebrex Marketing Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1699 (N.D. California ) (Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, Co-Chair Discovery Committee, Science Committee)

In re Cisco Systems, Inc., Securities & Derivative Litigation, MDL 1527 (N.D. California ) (Co-Lead Counsel)

In re Conoco, Inc. Class Action, Case 2001 CA 000631 ( Escambia County , FL ) (Co-Lead Counsel)

In re Guidant Defibrillators Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1708 (District of Minnesota) (Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, Discovery Committee, Trial Team Committee)

In re Life Insurance Company of Georgia Class Action, CV 94-002696 ( Mobile County , AL ) (Co-Lead Counsel)

In re Medtronic, Inc., Implantable Defibrillators Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1726 (District of Minnesota) (Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, Co-Chair Discovery Committee)

In re Ortho Evra Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1742 (N.D. Ohio ) (Plaintiff’s Steering Committee)

In Re Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1407 (W.D. Washington) (Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, Discovery Committee, Lead and Co-Lead on approximately 250 individual cases )

In re Propulsid Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1355 (E.D. Louisiana) (Plaintiff’s Steering Committee)

In re Vioxx Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1657 (E.D. Louisiana) (Plaintiff Steering Committee, Co-Chair Discovery Committee, Science Committee, Lead and Co-Lead Counsel on hundreds of individual cases)

In re Welding Fume Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1535 (N.D. Ohio ) (Plaintiff’s Executive Committee, Co-Chair Discovery Committee)

In re Zyprexa Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1596 (E.D. New York ) (Plaintiff’s Steering Committee)

Areas of Practice:

  • Mass Torts
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death Litigation
  • Certification/Specialties:

    Board Certified Trial Lawyer

    Bar Admissions:

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


    Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
    Honors: Head of the Trial Advocacy Department

    University of Florida

    Published Works:

    Defenses You Can Count on in an Asbestosis Case

    How to Prove a Sick Building Case

    Closing Arguments – The Last Battle (Co-Author)

    Classes/Seminars Taught:

    Lecturer, In Search of Atticus Finch, A Motivational Book for Lawyers

    Lecturer, Clarence Darrow, The Journeyman

    Lecturer, Resurrecting AESOP, Fables Lawyers Should Remember

    Honors and Awards:

    Best Lawyers in America

    Leading American Attorney

    Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Fellow, International Society of Barristers

    Professional Associations and Memberships:
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    American Trial Lawyers Association

    Southern Trial Lawyers Association

    Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
    Member, Board of Directors