Attorney Mike Papantonio Named the Best Lawyers® 2023 Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year” | Levin Papantonio Rafferty - Personal Injury Law Firm

Attorney Mike Papantonio Named the Best Lawyers® 2023 Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year”

Mike Papantonio, of the Levin Papantonio Rafferty (LPR) law firm, received the 2023 Best Lawyers® Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year” award. He was one of only three lawyers in Florida to receive this honor. “Lawyer of the Year” honors are awarded annually to only one lawyer per practice area in each region with extremely high overall feedback from their peers, making it an exceptional distinction.

“Mike has long been a leader in mass tort litigation/class actions practice, both in our firm, in the community, and across the country. He has won numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts on behalf of victims of corporate malfeasance, and it is gratifying to see his peers recognize these accomplishments with such a prestigious award,” said Mark Proctor, President, Levin Papantonio Rafferty.

In addition to receiving the 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” award, Papantonio was also listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 in acknowledgment of his excellence in the following practice areas:

  1. Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs
  2. Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs; Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

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A Repeated Recipient of Best Lawyers Recognition

Best Lawyers first recognized Papantonio in 1999. Since then, he has been named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® for:

  1. Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Tallahassee (2023)
  2. Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Tallahassee (2018)
  3. Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Tallahassee (2016)
  4. Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Pensacola (2013)

The year 2011 marked Papantonio’s first recognition by Best Lawyers in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs, as well as in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. The year 2013 marked Papantonio’s first year recognized in Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs.

The Latest in a Long List of Accolades and Achievements

The Best Lawyers awards continue a trend that has followed Papantonio throughout his career. Consider this modest sample of his history of professional recognition:

  1. In 2019, Papantonio was awarded the Compassionate Gladiator Award from the Florida Justice Association.
  2. He is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame (2015).
  3. In 2016, he won the Special Litigation (Environmental) category in the National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers recognition program after leading the firm’s C8 trial team to one of several successful trials against DuPont.
  4. In 2015, he was also awarded the Defender of Justice Award by the American Association for Justice.
  5. In 2014, the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center of Temple University Beasley School of Law presented Papantonio with the Inaugural Award for Social Justice, honoring him for his outstanding contributions to social justice.
  6. In 2011, he was awarded the Perry Nichols Award, the highest honor given by the Florida Justice Association.

Throughout his career, Papantonio has fought tirelessly for justice, most notably on behalf of individuals who have suffered harm at the hands of greed-driven corporations.

Among Papantonio’s many legal victories, in 2017, he and LPR’s C8 trial team helped secure a $920 million-dollar settlement against DuPont, related to the company’s West Virginia plant discharging the chemical PFOA (C8) into the air and water around the Ohio River Valley and exposing citizens to this toxic Teflon chemical.

Methodology for Best Lawyers Lists

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. More than 116,000 industry-leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world).

“Our founding principle for identifying top legal talent remains unchanged since our foundation in 1981 and forms the basis of our transparent methodology: the best lawyers know who the best lawyers are,” said Best Lawyers® CEO Phillip S. Greer. “This year’s results were determined using more than 12.2 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys. It is exclusively these attorneys who selected this year’s honorees, which makes recognition in Best Lawyers a true reflection of talent in the industry.”

For the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, more than 12.2 million votes were analyzed.

About Mike Papantonio

Mr. Papantonio is a senior partner with the law firm of Levin Papantonio Rafferty. His award-winning work handling thousands of mass tort cases throughout the nation has helped make LPR one of the largest plaintiff law firms in the country.

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. He is a member of The National Trial Lawyers (past president); the American Board of Trial Advocates; the American Association for Justice; the Southern Trial Lawyers Association; and the Florida Justice Association, where he served on the board of directors for five years.