The Law Firm’s Name Change Reflects Recent Retirements and Honors Shareholders Who Have Made Extraordinary Contributions
The nationally recognized leader in personal injury and mass tort litigation has a new name: Levin, Papantonio, Rafferty, Proctor, Buchanan, O’Brien, Barr, Mougey, P.A and will now be known as the Levin Papantonio Rafferty law firm. Formerly titled Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty, and Proctor, P.A., the name change comes after the recent retirements of shareholders Leo Thomas and Clay Mitchell, and also shareholder and firm vice president, Robert Blanchard. As we say good-bye to three great contributors who helped make our Pensacola, Florida, based law firm the success it is today, the firm is proud to honor other attorneys who have also made significant contributions: Troy Rafferty, Virginia Buchanan, Tim O’Brien, Brian Barr and Peter Mougey.
“Troy, Virginia, Tim, Brian, and Peter have distinguished themselves both in terms of legal expertise as well as character and commitment to our firm,” said Levin Papantonio Rafferty president, Mark Proctor. “They deserve our honor and recognition for dedicating their careers to advancing the rights of others in our civil justice system and who have performed in an exemplary manner.”
Mr. Troy Rafferty has achieved state and national recognition for his work and success as a trial lawyer and has been appointed to handle some of the nation's largest pharmaceutical and mass tort cases. In addition to being appointed to lead several other national litigations, Mr. Rafferty currently serves as Liaison Counsel in the national prescription opiate litigation.
Mr. Rafferty has obtained numerous multi-million dollar jury verdicts and in 2017 alone Troy obtained verdicts in two major pharmaceutical trials of $150 million and $140 million which were the 13th and 15th largest jury verdicts in the United States that year.
Mr. Rafferty is board certified in civil trial law by The Florida Bar. He is active in the Florida Justice Association, where he served as President from 2014 – 2015. In 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Perry Nichols Award from the Florida Justice Association, the highest award given by the Association and is awarded to a trial lawyer in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding and distinguished service in the pursuit of justice.
He is a fellow in the International Society of Barristers and, one of only 500 U.S. attorneys inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He 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. Troy was also recognized as one of Florida's top lawyers by Florida Super Lawyers and was 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 is also an active philanthropist. Along with donating to a number of local charities, he also funds two local scholarships under his name (The Rafferty Scholarship/Award), which are awarded annually to two area high school prep athletes and each of the area high schools also compete for the Rafferty Cup for excellence in athletic achievement. He funds two annual scholarships for underprivileged youth through Pensacola’s Southern Youth Sports Association and he has been awarded the Living the Dream HK Matthews Legacy Award in recognition of his commitment, vision, leadership, service, and contribution to keeping Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream alive.
“This firm has an incredible legacy of success. The firm is a leader in personal injury and mass tort litigation nationwide and has always been committed to giving back to the community,” said Mr. Rafferty of the recent changes. “I’m proud to be a part of that history and am looking forward to continuing this legacy.”
Virginia Buchanan is a shareholder at Levin, Papantonio, Rafferty and is a talented and award-winning advocate both for personal injury victims and other vulnerable members of our community. She is also the first woman to be included in the firm’s name.
Virginia is a co-chair of the firm’s class action department, chair of the firm’s medical malpractice department, and is Co-Lead counsel of the national Allergan Breast Implant Multi-District Litigation. She is a member of Florida Super Lawyers, including recognition as Top 50 Women lawyers in Florida, Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine, Law Dragon, and Top 500 consumer lawyers in the US, Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation, a member of the Ethics Committee of the Florida Bar, Treasurer of the NW Florida American Board of Trial Advocates chapter, and is a Distinguished Fellow and Member of the Women’s Caucus of the Florida Justice Association. She is also a member of the International Society of Barristers.
She has received the Florida Bar President’s Award for Pro Bono Service, 1st Judicial Circuit, and was appointed by the Chief Justice of Florida Supreme Court to serve on the Pro Bono Advisory Committee. Ms. Buchanan remains involved with Legal Services of North Florida. She has contributed to numerous legal and medical publications, including a text on Complications in Anesthesiology, which was favorably reviewed by the Journal of the American Medical Association. She has made presentations at universities and medical schools and presented for continuing education on the prevention of medical errors. She has co-chaired and presented at Masters of Justice programs and Ms. Buchanan organizes the annual Fredric G. Levin Lung Cancer Symposium in conjunction with Harvard Medical School, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“Being a lawyer fills my life with many challenges and opportunities to help others,” said Virginia Buchanan. “Being with this outstanding firm, filled with its leaders, record-breakers, and trailblazers, starting with Fred Levin, is more than most lawyers can even hope for. Having my name in the title, along with my illustrious colleagues, is a dream come true.”
Levin Papantonio Rafferty shareholder Timothy O'Brien joined the firm in 2000. He is a board-certified civil trial attorney who concentrates his practice in the areas of mass tort litigation, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, and transactional liability. Mr. O'Brien is rated "A-V Preeminent" by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell lawyer peer-rating service.
In recognition of his accomplishments representing the injured, Mr. O'Brien has been frequently chosen as one of the Super Lawyers by the annual publication of the same name. Further, in 2011, he was named by Florida Trend as one of the 2011 Florida Legal Elite, an honor bestowed upon fewer than 100 civil trial attorneys in the State of Florida. Mr. O’Brien is also active in the community as he is a board member of the Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club and volunteers by taking veterans deep sea fishing as part of AHERO, a foundation that supports wounded warriors. He is also a board member of the Arc Gateway Foundation, an organization that provides programs and services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“I started in the Firm’s mailroom twenty-eight years ago and always have looked to this firm as my home,” said Tim O’Brien. “I am honored to be included in the firm name with so many legal giants upon whose shoulders many in our profession have stood for generations; so here’s to continuing that for the generations to come.”
Attorney and partner Brian Barr is also excited to be on the new title. Originally from Pensacola, Mr. Barr has been with the Levin Papantonio Rafferty law firm since 2001. He is Co-Lead of the Xarelto MDL and on the Executive Committee of the 3M MDL. Mr. Barr was also one of the leaders on the massive litigation against BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which resulted in two multi-billion dollar class action settlement agreements and a proposed class settlement with Halliburton. Mr. Barr also litigates pharmaceutical, environmental, mass torts and personal injury cases throughout the country.
“It is the honor of my career to be recognized by my partners and have my name included with a group of trial lawyers who have accomplished so much to bring justice to people harmed by the actions of others,” said Brian Barr. “The Levin Papantonio Rafferty firm has an amazing legacy, and it has been an amazing experience to play whatever small role I have had in it.”
Mr. Barr was appointed by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida to serve on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the national Trasylol litigation. He was also heavily involved in the national litigation surrounding the drugs Rezulin and Diet Drugs. In 2008, Mr. Barr, along with a trial team led by his partner Mike Papantonio, obtained a verdict of $390 million on behalf of the residents around a Dupont smelter in the town of Spelter, West Virginia. For their efforts, Mr. Barr and the other members of the trial team were named finalists for the 2008 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year.
Partner Peter Mougey is chair of the firm's securities and business litigation department and started with the Levin Papantonio Rafferty in 2008. He concentrates his practice in the areas of complex litigation, financial services, securities litigation, and whistleblower or qui tam litigation. Mr. Mougey was the past president of the national securities bar and served on its board of directors for over a decade. In recognition of his long-term and sustained dedication to promote the interests of investors, he received the Lifetime Distinguished Service Award from his peers amongst numerous other national awards and distinctions. He is currently serving as Co-Lead in the Distributor case of the national opioid litigation in what the Washington Post has called the largest and most complex case in the history of jurisprudence.
He is also active in the community as a parent and supporter of many charitable events. Mr. Mougey spearheaded the Levin Papantonio Rafferty’s firm annual Fourth of July tradition: Symphony, Sparks and Stars, featuring a public concert in Downtown Pensacola performed by the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.
“The firm has consistently produced a number of attorneys recognized as the best in the United States according to Mougey. “We use our talents to represent those without a voice. To be included amongst these attorneys is a tremendous honor.”
About Levin Papantonio Rafferty
The Levin Papantonio Rafferty firm was started in 1955 by Fred Levin’s brother, David Levin, and Reubin Askew, a former Florida governor. Since that time, we have grown to 40 attorneys, and have earned a reputation as one of the most successful personal injury law firms in America. We specialize in cases involving prescription drugs; medical devices; defective products; consumer protection; and all other types of claims involving personal injury and represent clients in all 50 states, winning more than $4 billion in jury verdicts and settlements.
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