Business Torts Department
Levin Papantonio was established in 1955 and is "AV" rated with more than thirty attorneys and 175 support staff. The founding partner was a two-term Florida governor and candidate for president of the United States. In the past twenty-five years, the firm has received more than seventy-five jury verdicts in the amount of one million dollars or more, including twelve jury verdicts in excess of ten million dollars, and two in excess of $450 million. Additionally, the firm's total verdicts exceed more than $2.5 billion dollars. In its July, 2002 edition, the National Law Journal recognized Levin Papantonio as the fourth most successful law firm in America based on total jury verdicts. One of the senior partners, Fred Levin, was named as one of the nation's "Top Ten Litigators". Three of the firm's attorneys were nominated in 2008 as one of the top trial teams in the country by the Public Justice Foundation after they secured a $380 million dollar verdict against a multi-national corporation. The firm's attorneys have been profiled by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Time Magazine, George Magazine, Newsweek, Fox News, ABC News, CNN, The American Lawyer, Lawyer Weekly and the National Law Journal. Fredric Levin is also listed in "Who's Who in Finance and Industry."
Levin Papantonio's Business Tort Department, consisting of a Securities Group, an Antitrust Group and a Commercial Litigation Group, currently represents several state and municipal pension funds that manage more than 30 billion dollars on behalf of their constituents. In addition, it has represented more than 1,000 investment fraud victims across the country in state and federal court and securities industry arbitration. Our Securities Department routinely manages cases with millions of documents and dozens of witnesses and has successfully litigated against some of the largest financial institutions in the world. Firm attorneys are called upon to speak at industry and legal education seminars across the nation.
Known more trying cases than settling them, Levin Papantonio dedicates an extraordinary amount of financial and staff support to Business Tort cases. In one commercial case alone, the firm devoted six attorneys, 15 staff members, a computer specialist, and more than two million dollars in out-of-pocket costs to try a single case. The result was a $40 million dollar jury verdict and the settlement of six similar cases.
Levin, Papantonio attorneys also understand the practicalities of business. One attorney in the firm serves as chairman of a regional television network and is former chairman of Orange State Life Insurance Company, Western Travelers Life Insurance Company, and David Fredric's, Inc., a regional apparel chain comprised of more than fifty stores. Several of the firm's attorney have founded successful companies and remain active in new business ventures.
Some of the firm's verdicts in Business Tort and Insurance Bad Faith claims include
$42 Million Verdict in Fraud/RICO Case
$21 Million Verdict in Discrimination Case
$10 Million Verdict in Breach of Contract Case
$3.6 Million Verdict in Negligent Publication of Toll Free Number
$1 Million Verdict in Discrimination Case
$31.1 Million Verdict In Hospital Negligence Case
$7.0 Million Verdict Against Hartford Ins. Co.
$7.0 Million Verdict Against Auto-Owners Ins. Co.
$3.6 Million Verdict Against Utah Home Fire Ins. Co.
$3.3 Million Verdict Against State Farm Mutual Auto. In. Co.
$2.7 Million Verdict Against Fireman's Fund Ins. Co.
$2.4 Million Verdict Against Florida Farm Bureau Casualty Ins. Co.
$1.5 Million Verdict Against Aetna Casualty and Surety Co.