In 1955, David Levin and Reubin Askew started our law firm in Pensacola, Florida. 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 40 lawyers; has represented more than 100,000 clients throughout America; 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 office in Pensacola. Most important, 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 $35 million to charity, and tens of thousands of hours of their time.
Below is a sample of some of our recent community service.
Our Recent Community Service
|AHERO Fishing – Attorney Tim O’Brien took several veterans deep sea fishing as part of an event organized by the AHERO Foundation. He was one of several volunteer boaters who offered to give some wounded warriors a chance to catch some monster fish and they had a great time doing it. AHERO is a non-profit organization that helps wounded veterans recover by connecting them with outdoor activities.|
|The Arc Gateway – Levin Papantonio was proud to support The Arc Gateway’s 2019 Wreaths of Joy event, the primary fundraiser for the organization that provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The firm not only sponsored Wreaths of Joy but also volunteered to produce a promotional video showcasing the variety of Arc’s services. The video was presented at the event and helped the organization raise much-needed donations to fund their programs. The Arc Gateway’s purpose is to provide the best possible life experiences for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing life-enhancing programs that help people with developmental disabilities reach their full potential and realize their dreams.|
|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 in the amount of $2 million.|
|Ciclovia -- Levin Papantonio sponsored Pensacola’s first Ciclovia Open Streets. 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.|
|Communities Caring at Christmas -- Levin Papantonio is one of the main sponsors of WEAR ABC 3’s Communities Caring at Christmas. The annual charitable effort provides new toys, clothing, and daily living needs for abused, neglected, and abandoned children living in foster care, as well as children living in poverty and adults with developmental disabilities across Northwest Florida. In 2019, the firm donated $15,000 to help the charity meet the growing need of gifts for infants and young children in foster care because their families were broken by the opioid addiction crisis.|
|Council on Aging of West Florida -- Levin Papantonio sponsored the 2019 Rat Pack Reunion, an annual fundraiser for the Council on Aging of West Florida. The firm has regularly supported the event since it started nine years ago. The Rat Pack Reunion fundraiser is hosted to increase awareness and support for senior citizens in the area. The ninth annual event and black tie gala raised over $200,000, putting it among the most successful in its history. The contributions allow the organization to serve more seniors in the Northwest Florida community through a variety of programs and services.|
|Dana Farber Cancer Institute -- Attorney Fred Levin was honored at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, in Boston, for the establishment of the Fredric G. Levin Endowment in Translational Cancer Research, in recognition of his gift in the amount of $2 million.|
|Disability Awareness Summit -- Attorney Virginia Buchanan is recognized at the 13th annual National Disability Awareness Month Luncheon 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.|
|First Responders & Families Picnic – Dozens of first responders and their families enjoyed an event held just for them in September at Ashton-Brosnaham Park in Pensacola. Police, sheriff’s deputies, paramedics, and firefighters were among the many people who enjoyed the First Responders and Families Picnic held by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and sponsored by Levin Papantonio. The families, and especially their children, had a great time eating hotdogs, running obstacle courses, and seeing first-hand the equipment, vehicles, and training our first responders use to keep our community safer.|
|FLREA High School Mock Trial Team – Every year, the Florida Law Related Education Association hosts a hands-on High School Mock Trial Competition for students across the state. A team of attorneys from Levin Papantonio volunteered their time and expertise for several months coaching the local student team from Gulf Breeze High School. For the first time in the school’s history, the students on the legal team made it to the 2018 Florida High School Mock Trial State Finals competition in Orlando, where they returned with several student and group awards.|
|Give Kids a Smile Day – Levin Papantonio sponsored this event which provides free dental care to children who otherwise could not afford it. The dental clinic was hosted by Pensacola Kids Dentistry and Pensacola State College. Levin Papantonio attorneys and staff visited with the young patients during the two-day event and the firm was proud to provide hundreds of free dental hygiene kits for the children.|
|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 Coast Kid's House -- Attorney Fred Levin has donated more than $700,000 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.|
|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.|
|IHMC/Brigham and Women’s Medical Conference - Pensacola's top thoracic physicians and local hospital executives shared the latest ideas, technology, and research for lung cancer treatment at a one-day medical conference made possible by Fred Levin. This inaugural medical conference held April 3, 2018, at the Levin Center for IHMC Research in April, was organized by shareholder and attorney Virginia Buchanan.|
|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.|
|Living the Dream -- Levin Papantonio and firm partner Troy Rafferty are longtime supporters of the annual “Living the Dream and Tribute to Motown” celebration, an event to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “dream” and to honor Pensacola natives and residents who exemplify his legacy. Over the years attorneys Fred Levin and Troy Rafferty have contributed generously to a variety of causes that support impoverished and economically disadvantaged youth, including the Southern Youth Sports Association. The nonprofit organization is supported by the “Living the Dream” celebration and fundraiser and aims to benefit community youth by responding to their academic, social, and physical needs through sports and tutoring programs. Mr. Levin and Mr. Rafferty have both been honored for their continued support of these educational and charitable programs.|
|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.|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade – Each January, dozens of staff and attorneys with Levin Papantonio participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade to honor the slain civil rights leader. The Levin Papantonio float is among the many festive floats that rolls through the streets of Downtown Pensacola while employees throw out beads, MoonPies, and other souvenirs to the crowds lining the parade route.|
|Military Night at the Wahoos Stadium – In May, Levin Papantonio sponsored Military Appreciation Night at the Blue Wahoos Stadium, where Pensacola’s local baseball team plays.|
|"Out of the Darkness” Walk -- Levin Papantonio sponsored the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, “Out of the Darkness” Walk. 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 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. Fred Levin has also donated $50,000 to the organization.|
|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 Sports Association -- Attorney Troy Rafferty donates $50,000 annually to the Southern Youth Sports Association to present area students with college scholarship checks. Mr. Rafferty made the first donation in 2018 at the Southern Youth Service Association Benefit Luncheon, where he was honored for his support. 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. Mr. Rafferty credits youth sports for helping him follow a path to success and he donates annually to the SYSA scholarship to inspire educational success in others.|
|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 Florida College of Law -- Attorney Fred Levin made donations exceeding $6 million to the law school in memory of his wife Marilyn. The gift is designated for scholarships.|
|University of West Florida -- Attorney Fred Levin made donations exceeding $8 million to UWF in support of its Department of Government, 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 $500,000 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 participates 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.|