- Martin Levin
- Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor, P.A.
- (850) 435-7000
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Martin Levin serves as Special Counsel for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and as Senior Counsel for the law firm of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A.
Prior to his current positions, Martin served as the managing shareholder for the law firm of Levin, Papantonio, a position he held and/or shared from 1993 through 2001. In addition to serving as managing shareholder, Martin served as chief executive officer, chief financial officer, director of information systems, and co-director for the firm’s extensive mass torts department. Martin resigned his co-leadership position in the year 2001 in order to prepare for his transition to Harvard Divinity School, where he received his Master of Theology degree in 2004, and where he presently serves on the Board of Advisors.
As a practicing trial attorney, Martin received more than 15 jury verdicts in excess of $1 million, including four jury verdicts in excess of $20 million. Twenty of his writings (including a book on closing arguments) have been published in legal journals. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell; earned his board certification with the National Board of Trial Advocacy and The Florida Bar; and is the designer and developer of SmartJURY™, the most comprehensive jury selection software ever developed. Additionally, Martin has served as an adjunct professor of trial law at Boston University School of Law and New England School of Law.
In 1998, Martin established, and currently serves as president of, the Levin & Papantonio Family Foundation. This non-profit foundation promotes individuals and organizations that care for and assist children with the basic needs of life – food, shelter, clothing, a safe home environment, and education. In 2001, the West Florida Association of Fundraising Professionals honored the Levin & Papantonio Family Foundation as West Florida’s “Outstanding Philanthropic Organization.” To date, the Foundation has contributed more than $3 million dollars to organizations such as: Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen; Habitat for Humanity; Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital; Escambia Westgate Center, providing special education to disabled children; and Escambia County Kids Home, a safe haven for abused children.
Martin received his economics degree (with top honors) from Stanford University in 1985, and graduated number one in his law school class at the University of Florida in 1988. While at law school, he served as a senior editor on the Florida Law Review, as a member of Phi Delta Phi honorary fraternity, and as a member of The Order of the Coif. After law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Edward B. Davis, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. In 2004, he earned his Master of Theology degree from Harvard University, and in 2010 he earned his Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University.
Martin limits his practice to civil trial litigation.
Year Joined Organization:
Areas of Practice:
- 100% Civil Trial Litigation
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama
Harvard University School of Public Health, 2010
- Master of Public Health
Harvard University Divinity School, 2004
- Master of Theological Studies
University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1988
- Honors: Graduated Number One in Class
- Honors: Phi Delta Phi Honorary Fraternity
- Honors: Member, Order of the Coif
- Law Review: Florida Law Review, Senior Editor, 1987 - 1988
Stanford University, 1985
- Honors: With Top Honors
- Major: Economics
- Opening Statement, Florida Civil Trial Practice ch. 8 (LexisNexis, 4th ed. 1997, 5th ed. 1998, 6th ed. 2001, 7th ed. 2005).
- Closing Arguments: The Last Battle (Seville Publishing Company, 2003).
- Closing Argument in an Adult Brain Injury Case (in Jacob Stein, Closing Argument Forum Selection: The Art and The Law § 463 pp. 256-268 (West Group Oct. 2001 Supplement)).
- Predicting Jury Results: An Art or a Game of Chance? 13 Trial Excellence 5, 8-12 (May 2001).
- I Thought My Closing Argument Was Proper, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyer Journal pp 15-17 (Aug. 1996).
- Sample Jury Questionnaire in Personal Injury Case, Handling Accident Cases Vol. 2 Ch 22 Subsec 221A, Supplement, 1995
- Sample Voir Dire Questionaire in Personal Injury Case, Handling Accident Cases Vol. 2 Ch. 22 Subsec 221B, Supplement, 1995
- Form Deposition Questions to Independent Medical Examiner, Handling Handling Accident Cases Vol. 4 Ch. 54 Subsec. 47A, Supplement, 1995
- Source List for Non-Party Production, Handling Accident Cases Vol. 1 Ch. 17 Subsec. 162A, Supplement, 1995
- Interrogatories and Request for Production of Documents in Trucking Accident Cases, Handling Accident Cases Vol. 4 Ch. 54 Subsecs. 48 & 49, Supplement, 1994
- Formal Settlement Demand in Trucking Accident Case, Handling Accident Cases Vol. 5 Ch. 66 Subsec. 192, Supplement, 1994
- Wrongful Death Complaint in Motor Vehicle Accident Case, Handling Accident Cases Vol. 5 Ch 66 Subsec. 192, Supplement, 1994
- Sample Complaint Against a Truck Driver and His Employer, Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases: Forms Subsec. 4:18.50, Supplement, 1994
- Deposing the Drivers, Passengers, Witnesses and Investigators in an Automobile Collision, Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases: Forms Subsecs. 4:41, 3:81.50; 3:81.75, Supplement, 1994
- Settlement Demands in an Automobile Case, Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases: Forms Subsec. 5:08.50 Supplement 1993-1994
- Discovery Techniques in Trucking Accident Cases, Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases; Forms Subsecs. 3:73.50 & 3:82.50, Supplement 1992-1994
- A Plaintiff's Guide to Effective Opening Statements, 9 Verdicts, Settlements & Tactics 280-87 (Co-Author with Levin), September, 1989
- Reclaiming Marital Gifts Upon Dissolution, Family Law Commentator, 7-10, May, 1989
- The Jury in a Criminal Case: Obstacles to Impartiality, Crim. L. Bull. 492-520, Nov./Dec., 1988
- The American Judicial System: Should it, Does it, and Can It Provide an Impartial Jury to Criminal Defendants? Crim. Just. J., 89-124, Fall/Wtr., 1988
- I Thought My Closing Argument Was Proper, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Journal, August, 1996
Honors and Awards:
- Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association President's Award for Dedication to Quality and Professionalism in the Legal Community, 2001
- Received The Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award for Escambia-Santa Rosa Counties, 1993
- Selected as 1 of 20 Attorneys in the Country to Make a Difference in the Legal Profession, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 1992
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Dean’s Council, Harvard Divinity School, 2005-present.
- President, Levin & Papantonio Family Foundation, 1993 - president
Past Employment Positions:
- Adjunct Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA: 2007-2008
- Adjunct Professor of Law, New England School of Law, Boston, MA: 2006-2008
- United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Hon. Edward B. Davis, Law Clerk, 1988 - 1989