Florida Trend just published its annual “Legal Elite Up & Comers” list, a list of 112 attorneys under the age of 40 who demonstrate leadership in the legal field and in the community. Our firm is proud to announce that Attorney Michael Levine has been included in this year’s list, putting him alongside other highly accomplished young attorneys in the state.
Michael continues to serve and lead in the Florida legal community. Last week, he was reappointed to The Florida Bar Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, and was also sworn in as an elected member of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Earlier this year, Mr. Levine was also elected to the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors.
In addition to his service in the community, the award also serves a recognition of his work on behalf of plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases. His commitment to his clients goes beyond the courtroom. Working alongside Attorney David Bianchi, Michael helped craft and pass Andrew’s Law, an anti-hazing statute with innovative measures designed to encourage students to call for medical assistance as soon as someone is injured by hazing. The law has been called “groundbreaking” by anti-hazing experts nationwide. Andrew’s Law is named for the son of our clients, a Florida student who was killed by hazing. Fraternity members who found him delayed calling for help due to fear of getting in trouble. The law is designed specifically to ensure what happened to Andrew never happens again.
In addition to his work on behalf of victims of hazing, Michael also represents plaintiffs in products liability, medical malpractice, and premises liability cases across Florida.
About Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™
Once a year, Florida Trend releases a list of the top-rated attorneys in each practice area statewide. Less than 1.4% of practicing attorneys are selected to the list, which ensures that it only includes the most elite lawyers by category. Lawyers are put into categories by practice area or government or non-profit work, and lawyers under 40 are put in a special category called “Up & Comers.”
Attorneys are chosen in a voting process open only to in-state members of the Florida bar. Currently practicing lawyers are asked to name colleagues or peers they would recommend to others or hold in high esteem. Votes are then counted by an independent agency. The attorneys who scored the highest number of votes are vetted by the organization, then the results are released to all the selected lawyers.
The result is a list of less than 2% of practicing attorneys, each of whom stands among the most highly regarded legal practitioners in Florida.
Mr. Levine’s commitment to the law doesn’t just benefit his clients. It benefits everyone who lives and works in Florida, creating a better legal community and a safer state for everyone. His inclusion on the Legal Elite Up & Comers list is well deserved, and we look forward to seeing what more he accomplishes in the next few years.