Former Governor Reubin Askew and David Levin founded the law firm Levin & Askew in 1955.
Much has changed for the firm in the half century since it was formed. Reubin Askew went on to become a two-term governor for the State of Florida and candidate for President of the United States. David Levin brought his brother Fred Levin into the firm in 1961, and Fred quickly became recognized as one of America’s premier trial attorneys.
In it''s July, 2002, edition, the National Law Journal recognized Levin, Papantonio as the fourth most successful law firm in America for jury verdicts. Last year alone, Levin, Papantonio received verdicts in excess of $500 million.
The National Law Journal also recently recognized Fred Levin as Florida’s top civil litigator, and named him one of the “Top Ten Trial Lawyers in America”.
The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers bestowed its highest honor on Mr. Levin “in recognition for lifetime achievements in the pursuit of justice’
In 1999, the University of Florida’s law school was renamed the Fredric G. Levin School of Law.
Mike Papantonio joined the firm twenty years ago, and soon developed one of the most respected mass torts and complex litigation departments in America. His work in asbestos, breast implant litigation, Fen Phen, Rezulin and other cases firmly placed Mr. Papantonio at the center of all major mass torts litigation.
Last year, Papantonio helped launch a nationwide organization called “Mass Torts Made Perfect.” The organization has attracted the top lawyers across America, and has helped law firms develop successful litigation strategies for confronting wrong doing by multi-national corporations.
Along with firm president Mark Proctor, Papantonio has helped turn Levin Papantonio into one of the most successful law firms in America.
Joe Scarborough joined Levin, Papantonio after retiring from the United States Congress, where he held a seat on the Judiciary Committee. As someone who played a role in the Securities Reform Act of 1995, Congressman Scarborough’s unique insights and contacts in Washington and across America bring much to the firm.
Levin, Papantonio has represented 100,000 clients since 1955, and litigates cases throughout the United States. The firm successfully represents plaintiffs against some of the larger corporations in the world.
In the fall of 2001, Levin, Papantonio received a $465 million verdict against an aircraft manufacturer and a $43 million judgment against a drug company. In all, the firm has received more than seventy-five verdicts in excess of $1 million and countless others in excess of $10 million.
The firm’s employees have been profiled by the New York Times, Forbes, Time Magazine, George Magazine, Newsweek, ABC News, CNN, The American Lawyer, Lawyer Weekly and the National Law Journal. Three attorneys are listed in the publication “Best Lawyers in America,” and fifteen are board certified trial attorneys.
Levin, Papantonio has also been recognized as one of Northwest Florida’s philanthropic leaders and remains active in its community.
The firm is dedicated to the belief that America’s legal system should remain open “for the people,” and that the values of personal responsibility and civility should extend to the world’s largest corporations.