Attorney Profile

  • troy-rafferty
  • Troy Rafferty

  • Shareholder, since 1999
  • Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor, P.A.
  • Pensacola
  • Florida
  • (850) 435-7000
  • (888) 435-7001
  • (850) 435-7020
  • trafferty@levinlaw.com
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Troy Rafferty is a shareholder at Levin, Papantonio. He litigates mass tort, pharmaceutical and major personal injury cases throughout the country. Mr. Rafferty has been recognized as one of the country's top lawyers through inclusion in the publication, The Best Lawyers in America, as well as The Legal 500. He has also been recognized as one of Florida's top lawyers by Florida Super Lawyers. Mr. Rafferty has been awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell legal directory, the highest rating for competence and ethics issued by that publication, and reserved for attorneys designated as outstanding in their field. Mr. Rafferty has been selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association. He is a fellow in the International Society of Barristers. He has also received numerous jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million, including recent jury verdicts for $9.2 million and $12.6 million in Escambia County, Florida and a verdict of $18 million in New Jersey, which was one of the top 100 jury verdicts in the country in 2012.

Mr. Rafferty has been appointed to handle some of the nation's largest pharmaceutical and mass tort cases. He currently serves as co-lead counsel in the In re: Gadolinium Based Contrast Agent litigation which is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He has also been appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky to serve on the Executive Committee for the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee regarding the Yamaha Rhino defective product litigation. He was appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to serve on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the national Vioxx Litigation, which resulted in a $4.7 billion national settlement. He was also appointed to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the national Zyprexa Litigation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. This litigation resulted in a $700 million settlement on behalf of clients throughout the country. Mr. Rafferty was also one of the leading attorneys in the national Rezulin litigation, which was filed in the Southern District of New York. In 2001 he and his partner obtained a $40 million jury verdict in Corpus Christi, Texas, for a woman who took the diabetes drug Rezulin. He has tried numerous complex pharmaceutical cases throughout the country.

Mr. Rafferty is board certified in civil trial law by The Florida Bar. He is active in the Florida Justice Association where he is an officer and in the past served on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. In 2009 and 2010, he was awarded the Gold Eagle Award for "exhibiting a steadfast duty to protect and defend civil justice."

Mr. Rafferty is a frequent lecturer throughout the country to trial lawyers on mass tort litigation and general trial practice. He is currently licensed to practice law before all Florida state courts, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Mr. Rafferty is an active philanthropist, and along with donating to local charities, he also funds two local scholarships under his name (The Rafferty Scholarship/Award), which is awarded annually to two area high school prep athletes. Each of the area high schools also compete each year to be awarded the Rafferty Cup for excellence in athletic achievement.
 

Certification/Specialties:

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Education:

  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
    Honors: Magna Cum Laude
    Law Review: Valparaiso University Law Review, Note Editor
  • Michigan State University
    Major:  International Relations
  • James Madison College
    Major:  International Relations

Published Works:

Classes, Seminars and Presentations:

  • “Have You Considered Mass Torts? A Practical Summary and Update on Select Mass Torts” – Florida Justice Association Advanced Trial Skills Seminar (June 2014)
  • "Winning the Plaintiff's Daubert Motions" - Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar (February 2014)
  • Six Key Steps to Successful Challenges for Cause in Federal Court “Judicial” Voir Dire, National Trial Lawyers Summit (2014)
  • ​Mass Tort Update:  A Summary Discussion on “What’s Hot and What’s Not”  National Trial Lawyers Summit (2014)
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy - Faculty and Steering Committee (2013)
  • Building the Trial Package for a Pharmaceutical Case
  • A Trial Package Presentation - Rezulin Cases
  • The Scary Stuff: Legal Malpractice and Ethics
  • Rezulin Cases - The Opening Statement
  • The Use of Technology in Jury Selection
  • Transvaginal Mesh: A Decade of Defective Devices - Workhorse Seminar (2013)
  • Zyprexa Litigation Update
  • Vioxx Trial Package Presentation
  • Vioxx Litigation Update
  • Effective Use of Demonstratives and Technology
  • Trying Tough Cases Against Tough Defendants - What Has Been Learned

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
    Member
  • American Association for Justice
    Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
    Member
  • Florida Justice Association
    President - 2014
    Board of Directors 2008 - 2010
    Executive Committee 2009 - 2010, 2010 - 2011
    Secretary - 2011
    Treasurer - 2012
  • International Society of Barristers (ISOB)
    Fellow
  • Summit Council
    Member
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
    Executive Committee Member

Rafferty Scholarship/Award:

Awards/Accreditations

  • Florida Justice Association
  • Eagle Legend Award (2013)
  • Silver Eagle Award (2011, 2012)
  • Rough Rider Award (2011)
  • Gold Eagle Award (2009, 2010)
  • Florida's Legal Elite (2013)
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - National Trial Lawyers Association

MDLS/PSC

  • In re GranuFlo Product Liability Litigation, MDL 2428 (D. Md.)
  • In re Fosamax Product Liability Litigation, MDL 2243 (D. N.J.)
  • In re Actos Product Liability Litigation, MDL 2299 (W.D. La.)
  • In re Gadilonium Product Liability Litigation, MDL 1909 (N.D. Ohio)
  • In re Vioxx Poduct Liability Litigation, MDL 1657 (E.D. La.)
  • In re Yamaha Rhino Product Liability Litigation, MDL 2016 (W.D. Ky.)
  • In re Zyprexa Product Liability Litigation, MDL 1596 (e.D. N.Y.)

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