Pensacola lawyer named Trial Lawyer of the Year
A Pensacola lawyer has been named the Trial Lawyer of the Year by the National Trial Lawyers; a non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing exceptional trial lawyers as crusaders for American justice.
Fredric Levin, 79, was presented the award at the 2016 Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Las Vegas.
More than 800 attorneys, colleagues, and attendees were at the semi-annual Mass Torts Made Perfect conference Thursday, April 21.
Levin recognized his family, legal partners, and friends who he says contributed to his success.
"I don't know if they're giving it to me because I was diagnosed with cancer or because I've been practicing 55 years, longer than a lot of attorneys in this room have been alive, but I am grateful for this tremendous honor," Levin said in his acceptance speech.
Levin was diagnosed with brain cancer and stage IV lung cancer earlier this year. After surgery, he is now "cancer free."
He continues to work at the firm his brother, David Levin, established in 1955 along with Reubin Askew, former governor of the State of Florida.
Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. is one of the most successful personal injury law firms in the country, handling local and national litigation involving prescription drugs, medical devices, and business litigation against the world's largest corporations and winning more than 3 billion dollars in total jury verdicts and settlements.
Levin was inducted into The Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame in 2009. His partner at the firm, Mike Papantonio, is also a member.