Attorney Mike Bixby | Levin Papantonio

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Attorney Michael Bixby

Michael Bixby

Levin Papantonio

316 South Baylen St.

Pensacola, FL 32502


Michael Bixby focuses his practice on representing customers and investors in securities and investment fraud litigation. He has successfully represented hundreds of investment fraud victims around the country in a variety of forums including arbitrations, and state and federal courts.

Mr. Bixby also has experience handling class actions, products liability claims, complex commercial, business, and breach of contract disputes, whistleblower and qui tam litigation, interpleader matters, and personal injury claims.

Mr. Bixby’s experience in securities and investment fraud cases includes representing clients in claims involving suitability, overconcentration, failure to supervise, breach of fiduciary duty, lack of due diligence, fraud, selling away, sale of unregistered securities, ERISA 401(k) and retirement plan. He has also represented clients in claims involving bonds, bond funds, stocks, private placements, non-traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), direct participation programs, Limited Partnerships (LPs) and Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) and inverse and leveraged ETFs, and insurance products.

Mr. Bixby graduated from Bob Jones University obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. At Bob Jones, Michael competed on the intercollegiate debate team, winning a National Championship.

Mr. Bixby received his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law. While at Wake Forest he was an editor for the Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy and an active Moot Court Board Member, competing in moot court competitions around the country.

In addition, he represented indigent clients in criminal court, successfully appealed a decision to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked on a team representing clients in front of the United States Supreme Court in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger, 134 S.Ct. 2175.


Representative Cases

  • $19+ Million Arbitration Verdict against UBS Financial Services, Inc. in Moyett, et al. v. UBS Financial (FINRA No. 15-01833) (Unanimous Arbitration Award for over $19 million resulting in a Recovery of Full Well-Managed Portfolio Damages, Attorney’s Fees, and Costs)
  • $3.5+ Million Judgment Against Financial Advisor and Related Company in Kessler v. Ball, Case No. 2015-CA-000813, Escambia County Circuit Court (Judgment in excess of $3.5 million in Securities Fraud and Civil Theft claims) Per Curium Affirmed by the First District Court of Appeal in No. 1D18-1653.
  • $1.16+ Million Judgment on Securities Fraud Claims in Pennington v. Four Kings Club, et al. (Civ. Action No. 2014-CA-004440 – Okaloosa County Circuit Court)
  • $959,000 Judgment against Financial Advisor in Scheet, et al. v. James Young (Civ. Action No. 2016-CA-000001 – Escambia County Circuit Court)
  • $363,000 Arbitration Verdict Against UBS Financial Services, Inc. in De Jesus, et al. v. UBS Financial, et al. (FINRA No. 14-02995) (Unanimous Arbitration Award for a Recovery of Full-Well Managed Portfolio Damages, Attorney’s Fees, and Costs)
  • $470,000 Arbitration Verdict against UBS Financial Services, Inc. in Ramos, et al. v. UBS Financial, et al. (FINRA No. 14-03016) (Unanimous Arbitration Award including the recovery of compensatory damages, attorney’s fees, and costs)
  • ERISA 401(k) Retirement Plan Class Action in McLain, et al. v. Emerald Coast Eye Institute, et al. (N.D. Fla. Civ. Action No. 3:16-CV-502) (Achieved class certification and a favorable class settlement on behalf of a small retirement plan).
  • Interpleader Matter Involving American General Life Insurance Co. (M.D. N.C. Civ. Action No. 1:17-CV-00713) (Achieved recovery of the entirety of interpleaded funds, representing over $500,000, for his client).
  • Interpleader matter involving Jackson National Life Insurance Co. (N.D. Fla. Civ. Action No. 3:16-CV-00622) (Recovery of the entirety of interpleaded funds for his client).

Bar Admissions:

  •  Florida


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D.
    Honors: 41st Annual George K. Walker Moot Court Competition Champion
    Honors: Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team Captain
    Honors: Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy, Senior Editor
    Honors: Wake Forest University Trial Bar, President
    Honors: Wake Forest University Moot Court Board Member
    Honors: National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Regional Finalist
  • Bob Jones University, B.A. Political Science
    Honors: Cum Laude
    : National Debate Champion, National Educational Debate Association
    Honors: President, Phi Kappa Pi
    Honors: Vice-President, Inter-Society Debate Association

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • Florida Bar
  • Florida Justice Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association