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Mike Papantonio
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Mike Papantonio is a senior partner of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Echsner & Proctor, P.A., one of the largest claimants’ law firms in America, having handled thousands of cases throughout the nation including Asbestos, Breast Implants, Pharmaceutical Litigation, Factory Farming, Securities Fraud, the Florida Tobacco Litigation, etc., and has received numerous multi-million dollar verdicts.

Mike is listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America and Leading American Attorney. He is also a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. Both organizations invite only 500 trial lawyers throughout America to participate as members. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who has authored and co-authored instructional articles on handling complex litigation for trial lawyers.

An author of four books, Mike regularly lectures at trial seminars throughout America. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, where he served on the Board of Directors for five years.

In 1998, Mike Papantonio teamed with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the Hudson Riverkeepers, and Water Keeper Alliance, to establish a Riverkeepers program in Northwest Florida, known as the Pensacola Gulf Coastkeepers, Inc., a full-time organization that serves the community as a public advocate for the waterways of Northwest Florida. GulfCoastkeepers and Riverkeepers are reputable for their willingness to take polluters to court. In 2001, Mike filed two lawsuits against polluters, which lead to a 70 million dollar settlement.

Mike Papantonio and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., also currently host, Ring of Fire, a nationally syndicated radio show, which airs on the Air America Radio network.

Mike is also a regular guest on both Fox & Friends and Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News. He also writes a weekly column for Gannett’s Pensacola News Journal, and is a senior editor of The American Trial Lawyer magazine.

Blog Entries by Mike Papantonio

Cries from the Gulf (VIDEO)

Posted June 17, 2010 | 14:44:23 (EST)

This was written by Lea Morris from my law firm. The video is incredibly powerful.

Cries From the Gulf
by K. Lea Morris

"Drill Baby Drill" Isn't that what you said? I remember the...

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GOP Calls Unemployed Workers "Lazy"

Posted April 20, 2010 | 10:20:16 (EST)

It is obscene that Tom DeLay is not sitting in a Texas prison for felony charges brought against him four years ago. Instead, he has been dancing with the stars and making regular appearances on Fox News. In those latest talking head appearances, Tiny Tom has been telling us...

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The Judicial Destruction of Democracy

Posted April 15, 2010 | 10:01:57 (EST)

During the Bush years, the Democrats tried desperately to maintain even the slightest degree of relevance while the Bush Republicans:
- Decimated our economy;
- Lied their way into 2 unnecessary wars;
- Spied on us, wiretapped us, read our mail, monitored our computers;...

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The Beck Hate Train Crashes

Posted March 24, 2010 | 14:05:56 (EST)

Glenn Beck had his crazy train running wide open a week ago when he again urged Christians to abandon their churches and follow him. Beck usually dresses up for his audience in costumes ranging from Bavarian Border Guard uniforms to Lederhosen. I expected him to deliver his "leave Christianity" message...

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The "I Hate Everything" Crowd

Posted March 19, 2010 | 11:12:33 (EST)

Last week another one of those "Sovereign Citizen" wing-nut stories unfolded in Florida. Marlon Moore allowed his anti-tax, anti-government, anti-regulation "Sovereign Citizen" friends to work him up into such a cuckoo frenzy that he ended up with a two-year prison sentence. This particular sovereign citizen hated paying taxes to the...

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GOP Mocks Own Donors in Document

Posted March 11, 2010 | 08:59:31 (EST)

Two weeks ago the folks who run Republican fundraising made a sloppy mistake. They left the blueprint for their party fundraising plans at a posh resort where they had hosted a GOP retreat. That document is now in the hands of the media. RNC Chairman Michael Steele is having to...

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Marco Rubio's GOP Spending Spree

Posted March 6, 2010 | 08:40:35 (EST)

In the T.V. show, "I Love Lucy," Ricky Ricardo had a statement he would unleash when he believed that Lucy had been involved in mischief. He would walk into his home after work and yell across the room in a heavy Cuban accent, "Lucy, You gotta some 'splainin' to do!"...

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CPAC: O'Keefe is Our Hero (VIDEO)

Posted February 26, 2010 | 08:32:00 (EST)

Ann Coulter last week told the media there was hope for the conservative movement in America. Coulter said she was inspired by the small but enthusiastic group of "young right-wingers" who showed up at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. But when you do understand a little...

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Teabaggers and Teabaggees (VIDEO)

Posted February 22, 2010 | 09:11:31 (EST)

Hype rarely matches reality, and that was certainly the case with how a Tea Party meeting unfolded in Nashville two weeks ago. Conservative pundits were skewing reality once again by feeding America's gullible mainstream media ideas about how angry Tea Partiers were going to create a political revolution in Nashville....

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The Tree-Hugging Pentagon

Posted February 15, 2010 | 11:32:19 (EST)

Those crazy tree-hugging liberals at the Pentagon have gone too far this time. It's time for neocons to regain better control of the dialogue about global climate change. The Pentagon announced that they recognize that global climate change is not only real but that it is so serious that it...

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Change Terrifies Conservatives

Posted February 10, 2010 | 10:45:14 (EST)

When you drill down to the center of what most motivates a traditional conservative, you will find a fear-of-change boogeyman lurking somewhere in a dark corner. It is a mentality that prevented 13th century Europeans from sailing ships too far in any one direction. They were fearful of sailing off...

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The Supreme Court's Five Circus Midgets (WITH VIDEO)

Posted January 29, 2010 | 15:18:36 (EST)

Fascism is a word that is overused when one political interest group is describing the bad conduct of another opposition political interest group. The politics of fascism is not difficult to understand. But I have heard plenty of college professors complicate the definition of fascism to the point that it...

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The Fearful Fringe

Posted January 25, 2010 | 09:18:16 (EST)

I was disappointed to see the San Francisco Chronicle begin 2010 with a story pandering to that crowd of Americans who love to be afraid. I was hoping our 2009 year of fear was in our rearview mirror. The Chronicle devoted 800 words to the end-of-times babble being delivered by...

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Limbaugh the Hyena (With Video)

Posted January 20, 2010 | 08:16:13 (EST)

A hyena will scavenge graves for food. It is an animal that shows no respect for the dead. Instead, it merely regards the misfortune of once-living carcasses as an opportunity.

In east Nigeria they have a belief that there are people who are capable of turning themselves into hyenas...

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The Banking Industry - America's New Thugs

Posted January 11, 2010 | 08:23:08 (EST)

Thomas Jefferson said, "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies." Sixty-three years later, Abraham Lincoln expanded that warning. Here is what Lincoln said: "I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the financial institution in the rear. Of...

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Erik Prince - Our New Peter Pan

Posted December 18, 2009 | 15:11:25 (EST)

It's easy to read J. M. Barrie's children's story, Peter Pan, and miss the point that it's a tale about more than a man-child's carefree life among pirates and mermaids. The original stage play was titled, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow up. Investigative reporter Adam Ciralsky wrote an expose' about...

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GOP Purity Test Echoes Berlin in 1933

Posted December 13, 2009 | 12:46:22 (EST)

"Providence" is a term we overuse to explain those times when everything works out in spite of impossible odds. But more often than not, Providence is mistaken for undeserved "dumb luck." When Obama gave his Afghanistan war escalation speech last week, it appeared that he was on his way toward...

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Obama Is "Bush Light"

Posted December 1, 2009 | 13:02:24 (EST)

Stanford University produced a study that showed that voters are repulsed by politicians who don't deliver what they promised. According to Stanford, "flip flop," mealy-mouthed candidates always lose their voter base. David Axelrod should force Obama to read that report, titled "Candidate Inconsistency and Voter Choice." Voters dislike inconsistency. They...

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Sarah Palin: The Perfect Voice for the GOP

Posted November 25, 2009 | 10:36:46 (EST)

Dynamic equilibrium was one of those concepts most of us learned to reduce to a formula in chemistry class. The proof formula was far too complicated to explain the simple idea that there is a state of balance somewhere between equal opposing forces. I learned enough about the concept to...

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Teabaggers and Boomers Don't Matter

Posted November 20, 2009 | 09:42:56 (EST)

The next time you see a picture of a tea party protest, look closely and try to identify anyone in that crowd under the age of 30. If you identify as many as five "ralliers" in that age group, you should keep that picture because it will be a collector's...

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