Attorney Profile

  • Mike Papantonio Personal Injury Accident Attorney
  • Mike Papantonio

  • Shareholder
  • Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor, P.A.
  • Pensacola
  • Florida
  • (850) 435-7000
  • (888) 435-7001
  • (850) 435-7020
  • mpapantonio [at]
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Mike Papantonio is a senior partner of Levin Papantonio, one of the largest plaintiffs’ law firms in America, having handled thousands of cases throughout the nation including Pharmaceutical Drug Litigation, Asbestos, Breast Implants, 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.

Mr. Papantonio is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  He is a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. Mr. Papantonio is a member of the The National Trial Lawyers Association (past president), American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Association for Justice (formerly the ATLA), the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, and the Florida Justice Association (formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), where he served on the board of directors for five years.

Mr. Papantonio is one of the very few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He is listed in the publications Best Lawyers in America and Leading American Attorney.

In 1998, Mr. 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, Mr. Papantonio 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, Mr. Papantonio received a jury verdict award for a West Virginia community with an estimated value in excess of $380 million.

In 2008, Mr. Papantonio was selected by the Public Justice Foundation as a finalist for its Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.

In 2011, Mr. Papantonio was awarded the Perry Nichols Award, the highest honor given by the Florida Justice Association. The award recognizes individuals who fight valiantly and with distinction for justice throughout their lives.

In 2012, Mr. Papantonio became President of the National Trial Lawyers Association.

In 2014, the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center of Temple University Beasley School of Law presented Mr. Papantonio with the Inaugural Award for Social Justice, honoring him for his outstanding contributions to social justice.

Mr. Papantonio has authored and co-authored instructional articles on handling complex litigation for trial lawyers.  He is the founder of the cutting edge continuing legal education seminar organization, Mass Torts Made Perfect, which trains thousands of lawyers on 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, Al Sharpton, Arianna Huffington, Dick Morris, Paul Begala, and Dan Rather. 

Mr. Papantonio is an author of four motivational books for lawyers. He is also co-author of Air America:  The Playbook; listed by The New York Times as a Political Best Seller.

Mr. Papantonio is currently the host of Ring of Fire, along with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder, a nationally syndicated radio show. In addition to the radio program, Mr. Papantonio also hosts Ring of Fire, which airs on the Free Speech TV network. Mr. Papantonio has conducted hundreds of recorded interviews with guests including 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. 

Mr. Papantonio’s role on Ring of Fire is featured in the movie, Jesus Camp, which was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.

Mr. Papantonio is a political commentator frequently appearing on MSNBC, Free Speech TV, RT America Network, and Fox News.

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)
  • Liability Litigation, MDL-2100 (S.D. Illinois) (Co-Lead Counsel Bellwether trial)
  • 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)
  • In re Oil Spill By the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” In the Gulf of Mexico On April 20, 2010,
  • MDL-2179 (E.D. Louisiana) (Co-Lead Counsel)
  • In re YASMIN and YAZ (Drospirenone) Marketing, Slaes Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL-2100 (S.D. Illinois) (Co-Lead Counsel Bellwether trial)


  • 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
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, fellow
  • International Society of Barristers, fellow

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, member
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, member
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association, member
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, member of board of directors

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