In 1955, David Levin and Reubin Askew founded our law firm in Pensacola. Much has changed for us over the past six decades.
Reubin went on to become a two-term governor for the State of Florida and candidate for President of the United States. The firm now has 35 lawyers; has represented more than 100,000 clients throughout the country; and has received jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $4 billion.
One or more of our attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers in America; National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame; America's Elite Trial Lawyers; U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms; Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Woman Attorney; and SuperLawyers.
The one thing that has not changed with our law firm, however, is we have never forgotten our roots, and have kept our sole office in Pensacola. And we still support and encourage our 175 employees to engage in extensive community outreach in order to give back to those who have given so much to us.
To date, our employees have donated more than $25 million to charity, and tens of thousands of hours of their time.
Below is a sample of our community service during the year 2017.
Our 2017 Community Service
|Bill Bond League of Pensacola -- Attorney Rachael Gilmer and others volunteer each year to coach the Levin Papantonio Flyers, a youth baseball team in the Bill Bond League of Pensacola. The team competes against youth players in the league and encourages educational success through athletics, teamwork, and sportsmanship.|
|Brigham and Women's Hospital -- Attorney Fred Levin was honored at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, for the establishment of the Fredric G. Levin Distinguished Chair in Thoracic Surgery and Lung Cancer Research, in recognition of his gift this year in the amount of $2 million. The Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center is one of the world’s leading comprehensive cancer treatment and research centers.|
|Ciclovia -- Levin Papantonio sponsored Pensacola’s first Ciclovia Open Streets, in March, 2017. The health and wellness event included closing off part of Downtown Pensacola to vehicle traffic, allowing people and families to move around freely and exercise. Attorneys and staff supported and joined the fun, offering free massages and information about the firm, which is located in the heart of downtown.|
|Dondre Lewis Aquatic Scholarship program -- Student swimmers in the Dondre Lewis Aquatic Scholarship program enjoy their 2017 swim party celebration, at the University of West Florida. The children received a full summer of lessons, sponsored by attorney Mike Papantonio, to help with local drowning prevention efforts. Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury worldwide.|
|Disability Awareness Summit -- Attorney Virginia Buchanan, along with state representative Clay Ingram, is recognized at the 13th annual National Disability Awareness Month Luncheon, held October, 2017 at the Pensacola Yacht Club. Virginia has worked diligently for years to bring employers and people with disabilities together and identify work opportunities for them.|
|Gospel & Gumbo -- Gospel and Gumbo is a fundraiser featuring local food, fare, and music, that benefits the Michael E. Green Prescription Fund for St. Joseph Medical Clinic, a non-profit organization that provides medical care to the indigent. Levin Papantonio sponsored the October, 2017 event and provided staff to help host it.|
|Gulf Breeze High Debate Team -- Levin Papantonio sponsors the Gulf Breeze High School debate team. Each year this team travels to tournaments in Gainesville and New Orleans, as well as other local tournaments. The team has an impressive record, and generally has one or two students that are selected to compete nationally. In addition, this past year the the team hosted the State Championships.|
|Gulf Coast Kid's House -- Attorney Fred Levin donated $200,000 to this Escambia County children's advocacy center that combines under one child-friendly facility all of the professionals and resources needed for the intervention, investigation, and prosecution of child abuse cases.|
|Habitat for Humanity – Playground -- Camshire Meadows is a Habitat for Humanity neighborhood in West Pensacola, where the children do not have a playground. Levin Papantonio donated several thousand dollars to the Homeowner's Association's fundraising efforts to build one, so children would not have to play in the street.|
|Habitat for Humanity – Women’s Build -- Attorneys and employees with Levin Papantonio raised $8,500 and donated their time to build two homes for local homeowners, as part of the Pensacola Habitat for Humanity Women Build project. Two teams, made up almost entirely of women, including attorneys Rachael Gilmer and Kim Adams, were excited to be a part of the effort.One of the homes was for a single mother, Adele McCormick and her son, who had been living in a one bedroom apartment before moving into their new Habitat home.|
|High School Mock Trial Competition -- Levin Papantonio attorneys and volunteer coaches Brandon Bogle, Michael Bixby, Steve Luongo, and Troy Bouk work with students at Gulf Breeze High School. The team is part of the 2017-2018 Florida Law Related Education Association High School Mock Trial Competition, which teaches students about the law and what it takes to present a case in court.|
|IHMC -- Attorney Fred Levin donated $1 million for a state-of-the-art expansion of the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola, FL. The Levin Center for IHMC Research provides ground-breaking and innovative research in variety of fields including robotics and economics and enables partnerships that connect Pensacola and Northwest Florida to the world.|
|Law Week – Free Legal Clinic -- Legal Services of North Florida provides free, annual legal clinics to those who can't afford it, with the help of local litigators. Levin Papantonio attorneys Virginia Buchanan and Justin Lusko often take part in the clinic, volunteering their time and expertise to help people with a variety of legal problems.|
|Making Strides -- Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a walk that unites cancer survivors and their supporters. The Penascola event, held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, brings thousands of people together. Levin Papantonio sponsored the event and provided water to participants, as part of the firm's overall effort in the fight against breast cancer.|
|March of Dimes – Mission Healthy Baby -- Military families sacrifice so much to serve our country. Levin Papantonio sponsored and provided gifts for the March of Dimes, Military Baby Shower, July 2017, in Navarre. More than two dozen families received a variety of care packages and other items to help with their growing families.|
|"Out of the Darkness” Walk -- Levin Papantonio sponsored the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, “Out of the Darkness” Walk, for the past two years. The event raises awareness and funds that allows the AFSP to conduct new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.|
|RAM Event -- Nearly one thousand people received free medical, dental, and vision care at the Pensacola Remote Area Medical Clinic held at Pensacola High School in December, 2017. Levin Papantonio donated generously to the event with time, money, and volunteers to help get much needed medical care to those who could not normally afford it.|
|Real Men Wear Pink -- Attorney Peter Mougey and his wife Katrina helped raise awareness thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society's Real Men Pink campaign, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Katrina Mougey is a breast cancer survivor and each year the Mougey family volunteers to promote early detection, prevention, research, and patient support.|
|Ronald McDonald House -- Levin Papantonio attorney Kim Adams and her staff volunteer to cook a meal for families at the Ronald McDonald House in Pensacola. The charity is a home away from home for children and families suffering a medical crisis and the homecooked meals help provide a source of respite and comfort.|
|Soul Bowl -- Levin Papantonio is proud to sponsor Pensacola’s annual premier, youth football show, the Soul Bowl. The community youth football event is held at the Blue Wahoos Stadium in Downtown Pensacola, and includes players from the Southern Youth Services Association and other teams from across the area that are predominantly minority athletes from struggling communities. The Soul Bowl is an opportunity to showcase their talents and bring the community together to support youth sports and education.|
|Southern Youth Service Association Benefit Luncheon -- Attorney Troy Rafferty was proud to present area students with college scholarship checks at the 2017 Southern Youth Service Association Benefit Luncheon. The SYSA is a Pensacola non-profit organization dedicated to developing the full potential of disadvantaged children by meeting their academic, social, and physical needs through sports, education, and personal encouragement. Rafferty is donating $50,000 annually to the SYSA for the scholarship, to inspire educational success.|
|Symphony, Sparks & Stars -- On the Fourth of July, Levin Papantonio attorney Peter Mougey sponsors Symphony, Sparks, and Stars - a free, patriotic concert for the public, featuring a performance by the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra on beautiful Pensacola Bay. The family friendly event, celebrating our country, community and military, also includes a presentation of colors and a military jet flyover, which draws thousands to the Hunter Amphitheatre in Downtown Pensacola, each year.|
|The People’s Law School -- Each October, Levin Papantonio hosts The People’s Law School, a series of free nightly classes, open to anyone who wants to learn more about the law and how it affects us every day. The firm provides an experienced faculty of local attorneys, judges, and law enforcement personnel to answer a variety of legal questions covering a wide range of topics, including Insurance, Probate, Workman’s Compensation, Social Security Disability, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, and areas of the General Civil and Criminal Court System. The People’s Law School is popular with the community and has a full registration, each year.|
|University of West Florida -- Attorney Fred Levin made donations exceeding $600,000 to UWF this year in support of its Institute for Multidisciplinary Studies, and the school's football program. The donations were made in memory and honor of Reubin O’D. Askew, Florida’s 37th governor and Levin’s former law partner.|
|WKRG Magical Christmas Toy Drive -- Levin Papantonio sponsors WKRG's Magical Christmas Toy Drive, a partnership with Pensacola Salvation Army and Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama. The firm served as a drop off location for new and unused toys for local, needy children. Attorney Kim Adams and other firm staff went on a shopping spree with their own little ones to buy toys for the drive, helping to give more children a Magical Christmas. All presents donated in Northwest Florida benefit Pensacola area children.|
|YMCA -- Attorney Fred Levin donated $1 million through the Levin Family Foundation to build a new YMCA in Downtown Pensacola. The state-of-the-art facility is a center for health, wellness, and economic growth in the community.|
|YMCA Corporate Cup -- Each year, a team from Levin Papantonio particpates in the YMCA's annual Corporate Cup competition, held at the University of West Florida. Local businesses compete in a variety of events like egg toss, tug-of-war, and three legged race to compete for the title of Corporate Cup Champion. The event celebrates health and wellness in the workplace.|