Levin Papantonio Rafferty
316 South Baylen St.
Pensacola, FL 32502
Brian Barr is a shareholder at Levin Papantonio. He litigates pharmaceutical, environmental, mass torts and personal injury cases throughout the country. Most recently, Mr. Barr has focused his practice on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Appointed by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana as one of the four members of the Plaintiffs Executive Committee, one of the nineteen members of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee, as well as class counsel for both the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Class and the Medical Class, Mr. Barr has been one of the leaders of the massive BP litigation. The litigation has resulted in two multi-billion dollar class action settlement agreements and a proposed class settlement with Halliburton. Mr. Barr was honored to serve as trial counsel for Phase 2 of the Limitation and Liability Trial against BP.
Prior to his work in the oil spill litigation, 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. Mr. Barr 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.
Mr. Barr received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in 1996 and graduated magna cum laude from The Florida State University College of Law in 2001. He has been recognized as one of Florida’s top young lawyers by Florida Super Lawyers and as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyer’s Association.
Mr. Barr is a frequent lecturer throughout the country on mass tort litigation. He is currently licensed to practice law before all Florida state courts and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts.
Year Joined Law Firm
Areas of Practice
- Class Actions
- Mass Torts
- Personal Injury
- Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 2001
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Honors: Seventh in Class
Honors: Member, Phi Delta Phi
Honors: Member, Order of the Coif
Honors: Dean's List
Honors: Book Awards, Highest Grade in Six Classes
Honors: Law Review: The Florida State University Law Review, Member
- Baylor University, B.A., 1996
- Engle v. R.J. Reynolds: The Improper Assessment of Punitive Damages for an Entire Class of Injured Smokers, 28 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 787, 2001
Honors and Awards
- Rising Stars Florida Super Lawyers
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers – National Trial Lawyers Association
- 2008 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist