Levin Papantonio Rafferty

Speaker Bio

Martin is a shareholder at Levin, Papantonio Rafferty. He has served as the managing shareholder, chief executive officer, chief financial officer, director of information systems, and co-director for the firm's extensive mass torts department.

Martin resigned his leadership positions in 2001 in order to prepare for his transition to Harvard Divinity School, where he received his Master of Theology degree in 2004, and served on the Board of Advisors.

As a practicing trial attorney, Martin received more than 18 verdicts in excess of $1 million, including four verdicts in excess of $20 million. Twenty of his writings (including a book on closing arguments) have been published in legal journals. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell; earned his board certification with the National Board of Trial Advocacy and The Florida Bar; and was the designer and developer of SmartJURYâ„¢, a comprehensive jury selection program. Additionally, Martin served as an adjunct professor of trial law at Boston University School of Law and New England School of Law.

In 1998, Martin established, and currently serves as president of, the Levin & Papantonio Family Foundation. This non-profit foundation promotes individuals and organizations that care for and assist children with the basic needs of life ““ food, shelter, clothing, a safe home environment, and education. In 2001, the West Florida Association of Fundraising Professionals honored the Levin & Papantonio Family Foundation as West Florida's “œOutstanding Philanthropic Organization.” To date, the Foundation has contributed more than $18 million dollars.

Martin received his economics degree (with top honors) from Stanford University in 1985, and graduated number one in his law school class at the University of Florida in 1988. While at law school, he served as a senior editor on the Florida Law Review, as a member of Phi Delta Phi honorary fraternity, and as a member of The Order of the Coif. After law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Edward B. Davis, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. In 2004, he earned his Master of Theology degree from Harvard University, and in 2010 he earned his Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University.