Speaker

Levin Papantonio Rafferty

Speaker Bio

Martin Levin serves as General Counsel for Levin, Papantonio; Special Counsel for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights; and General Counsel for CTS America.

Prior to his current positions, Martin served as the managing shareholder for Levin, Papantonio, a position he held from 1993 through 2001. In addition to serving as managing shareholder, Martin served as chief executive officer, chief financial officer, director of information systems, and co-director for the firm’s extensive mass torts department. Martin resigned his co-leadership position in the year 2001 in order to prepare for his transition to Harvard Divinity School, where he received his Master of Theology degree in 2004, and where he served on the Board of Advisors.

As a practicing trial attorney, Martin has 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 is the designer and developer of SmartJURY™, the most comprehensive jury selection software ever developed. Additionally, Martin has 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 “Outstanding Philanthropic Organization.” To date, the Foundation has contributed more than $3 million dollars to organizations such as: Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen; Habitat for Humanity; Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital; Escambia Westgate Center, providing special education to disabled children; and Escambia County Kids Home, a safe haven for abused children.

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.