David S. Shrager Award Conferred to Mark Proctor and Mike Papantonio of Levin, Papantonio

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Levin, Papantonio law firm is pleased to announce that two of its shareholders, Mark Proctor and Mike Papantonio, were presented today with the David S. Shrager President's Award from the American Association for Justice (AAJ). The Award is considered the highest honor from the AAJ, the nation's largest association of trial lawyers who work on behalf of the public, not corporations.

"I am honored to have been conferred this award from the AAJ. The work of the Justice association is of the utmost importance," commented Mark Proctor.

"It's a great privilege and a humbling experience to have been recognized by such a respectable and important organization," added Mike Papantonio.

Attorney Chris Paulos, who was present at the conference in San Francisco where the award was bestowed commented, "I know Mike and Mark to have an unswerving commitment to their clients and the pursuit of justice. The honor being shown to them here is well-deserved."

The award is named after the late attorney general from Philadelphia. It recognizes an AAJ member who has demonstrated Mr. Shrager's passion for the law and for the trial bar, in addition to making an outstanding contribution to civil justice and the work of the AAJ, according to the association's website. The David S. Shrager Award is conferred annually. Prior award recipients include:

2012: Peter Kraus

2011: Sol H. Weiss

2010: Mike Eidson

2009: John Eddie Williams, Jr.

2008: Howard Twiggs

2007: Ronald Motley

2006: Richard Bieder

2005: Anthony Tarricone

2004: Kenneth M. Suggs

2003: Fred Baron

For more information about the AAJ, or to support the organization, please visit their website at http://www.justice.org.

CONTACT: M. Robert Blanchard Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. 850 435-7000 www.levinlaw.com

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