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Kimberly Adams

Levin Papantonio Rafferty Proctor Buchanan O'Brien Barr Mougey, P.A.
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Kimberly Adams
Levin Papantonio Rafferty Proctor Buchanan O'Brien Barr Mougey, P.A.

Mrs. Adams has been a litigator and shareholder with Levin Papantonio Rafferty for over a decade, and is currently serving as General Counsel for the firm.  Over the last several years, Mrs. Adams has made it her passion to pursue civil litigation for survivors of human trafficking.  She works hand in hand with national anti-trafficking organizations and survivor-advocates to support her clients and frequently speaks publicly to raise awareness about trafficking. She is committed to changing the perception about victims of trafficking and forcing accountability against those who take advantage of our most vulnerable children. Currently, she has cases filed throughout the country and she is working with a team of lawyers involving litigation against national hotel brands, tech giants, and other businesses who have profited from victims of sex trafficking. Mrs. Adams firmly believes that through litigation will we begin to see a genuine effort by businesses to take action to combat human trafficking.  She along with her team have made unique and novel arguments that she hopes will empower other victims and legal minds to join in the fight.  

In addition to litigating trafficking cases, Mrs. Adams manages the Levin, Papantonio, Rafferty legal call center and manages the firms co-counsel relationships throughout the country helping many lawyers and firms develop new cases and manage client acquisition.   

Since 2011, Mrs. Adams has been AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, which is the highest rating achievable by attorneys. Additionally, Mrs. Adams has been selected for inclusion into the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers since 2013. She is past President of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 and National Women Trial Lawyers Association and a current member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences involving all aspects of mass tort litigation and women’s rights. For many years, Mrs. Adams handled single event cases involving catastrophic injuries due to faulty products, car crashes, wrongful death, and admiralty/maritime cases. Mrs. Adams has also litigated complex product cases involving defective heart devices, anti-depressants leading to birth defects, defective UTVs, Zyprexa, Rezulin, Asbestos, and FenPhen, and was the firm’s lead attorney in an antibiotic drug litigation resulting in a large settlement for her clients.  

She is currently licensed to practice law before all Florida courts, including the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida.   

In her free time, she is a Girl Scout leader, children’s bible school teacher, and she loves taking short getaways with her husband and children - even if it is only to the back yard for a picnic. 

Year Joined Law Firm


Present Position with Law Firm


Areas of Practice

Human Trafficking

Mass Tort Litigation

Products Liability Litigation

Wrongful Death

Admiralty/Maritime Law

Bar Admissions


U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida

U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida


Juris Doctorate; Loyola University New Orleans School of Law; New Orleans, Louisiana

Honors:Stephen & Schezy Barbas Scholarship

Honors: Recipient of the Dean's Endowment Scholarship

Honors: Loyola Trial Team, secretary

Honors: Loyola Law Clinic, student practitioner

Honors: Law Journal: Journal of Public Interest Law, managing editor

Honors: Law Journal: Maritime Law Journal, editor

Bachelors of Art in Psychology; University of West Florida; Pensacola, Florida; Honors: President's List

Associates of Science in Paralegal Studies; Pensacola Junior College, Pensacola, Florida

Published Works

Help Stop Trafficking Through Civil Litigation, co-Author, MTMP; Fall 2018

Providers' Rico Claims Fail To Solve The Hmo Problem: The Need For Federal Legislation, 5 Loy. J. Pub. Int. L 135; Spring, 2004

Pharmaceutical Litigation Recent Trends and Developments, Florida Justice Association Journal; August, 2007, Number 522

Antidepressants & Birth Defects: How the Past Should Guide the Future, Florida Justice Association Journal; October, 2011

Honors and Awards

Received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Rating (2011-present)

Florida Rising Star, 2010 - 2015 Super Lawyers

Named Martindale-Hubbell’s Preeminent Woman Lawyer (2013 - present)

Named the 2012 President of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40

National Women Trial Lawyers

Managing editor, Journal of Public Interest Law

Managing editor, Maritime Law Journal

Named in the Twenty-Fourth Edition of “Who's Who: American Law Students”

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Association for Justice

American Inns of Court

Circuit 1 Human Trafficking Task Force

Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association / Young Lawyers Division

Florida Association of Women Trial Lawyers

Florida Bar

Florida Justice Association

Pensacola Young Professionals

Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (2013 - present)

President of the National Trial Lawyers Women's Caucus (2013)

Guest Speaker

Alliance of Women Trial Lawyers

America’s Lawyer, International TV Program

Florida Justice Association, Conference

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Harris Martin Conference

Mass Tort Made Perfect, Conference

Ring of Fire

Trial Lawyers Summit, Conference

Trial School

World Without Exploitation

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