Mike Papantonio is a senior partner at Levin Papantonio, one of the largest plaintiffs’ law firms in America. He has worked on behalf of victims of corporate corruption for decades, trying cases against corporate giants like British Petroleum (BP), tobacco companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, DuPont, and advocating for plaintiffs on cases involving everything from factory farming, asbestos, and securities fraud.
Over the past 30 years, Papantonio has been a leader in complex case strategy, helping to secure more than $10 billion in total jury verdicts and settlements.
Known as “Pap” to his colleagues and referred to as “America’s Lawyer” on national media, he has won dozens of multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of his clients. Pap graduated from the University of Florida in 1978 and from The Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1981, where he served as the Head of the Trial Advocacy Department.
In 1998, Mike teamed with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the Hudson Riverkeepers, and Water Keeper Alliance to establish a Riverkeepers program in Northwest Florida known as the Emerald Coastkeepers, Inc., a full-time organization that serves the community as a public advocate for all the waterways of Northwest Florida. In 2001, Mike filed two lawsuits against polluters, which lead to $125 million in settlements. In 2007, as lead trial counsel in the environmental class action case of Perrine v. Dupont, Mike and the trial team received a jury verdict award for a West Virginia community with a value in excess of $380 million.
Described as an unapologetic powerhouse political pundit, Pap launched a national media outlet called Ring of Fire along with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder in 2004, to help bring national attention to the rampant corruption of corporations that prey on American consumers. This media outlet has grown into a nationally syndicated radio show, a hugely popular television show, and a news website that all help tell the stories of the victims of corporate crime and greed.
In addition to his own media production, Pap is a regular contributor on legal and political matters to MSNBC, RT America, Free Speech TV, and Fox News.
He is the past president of the National Trial Lawyers Association, a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Pap has received numerous awards for his trial work and advocacy, including the prestigious Perry Nichols Award. In 2008, the Public Justice Foundation placed him as a finalist as Trial Lawyer of the Year for the nation. In 2014 he received the inaugural Award for Social Justice from the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center of Temple University Beasley School of Law. In 2015, The Trial Lawyers inducted Mike Papantonio into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.
He has authored and co-authored six books, including the New York Times best-seller Air America: The Playbook, and his role with Ring of Fire was featured in the 2007 documentary Jesus Camp, which was nominated for an Academy Award.