Virginia Buchanan is a shareholder at Levin, Papantonio, Rafferty, Proctor, Buchanan, O’Brian, Barr & Mougey, P.A., having joined the firm in 1989. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida in 1985, and received her Juris Doctorate Degree, with honors, from the University of Florida in 1989.
She has served as lead/co-lead counsel in more than 50 jury trials, with results exceeding $500 million. She has a national practice and works extensively in her local Pensacola and surrounding community. She is a member of Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Legal Elite, and listed by Martindale-Hubbell as a Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury. She has been repeatedly designated as a Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Top Consumer Lawyer.
Ms. Buchanan is a member of the American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), as well as the Florida Justice Association (“FJA”) (formerly Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers). She is a Distinguished Fellow and Eagle Member of FJA, and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2021. She has served on the Board of Directions of the Florida Bar Foundation and has been Treasurer of ABOTA, Chairperson of the Civil Process Server Grievance Committee and has been a member of the Chief Judge's Council on Children. She currently is a member of the Women's Caucus of the Florida Justice Association, and serves on The Florida Bar Ethics Committee.
Ms. Buchanan is a member of the American Bar Association, and has served as a member of the subcommittee of the American Bar Association on legislation affecting litigation and was appointed to a special committee of the American Bar Association on health care.
Ms. Buchanan has served on the Judicial Liaison Committee of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association and as a member of the Escambia-Santa Rosa County Bar Association Grievance Committee for attorney complaints, and has also been a member of the First Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee. She has served on the Women's Life Center Advisory Board to the West Florida Regional Medical Center and to the Board of Directors to the Shands Home Care Project.
While attending the University of Florida, Ms. Buchanan was a Bickel Scholar, Scripps-Howard Scholar and received several jurisprudence awards. She was selected to the University of Florida Moot Court Team and was a Finalist in the Florida Annual Moot Court Competition and Finalist in Benton National Moot Court Competition in Chicago, Illinois. She was selected to the Order of the Coif and to Phi Delta Phi, an honors fraternity, while in school.
|AL||Occupational License - Authorized to Practice||1997||04/28/2022|
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1989||02/23/2022|
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|Nominee for the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award||Public Justice Association||N/A|
|Florida "Legal Elite"||Florida Trend Magazine||N/A|
|Florida Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers Magazine||N/A|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
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|Academy of Trial Advocacy||Member||N/A|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||Former Treasurer, Current Member||N/A|
|Florida Justice Association||Member||N/A|
|International Society of Barristers||Fellow||N/A|
|The National Trial Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|The Ring of Fire Network||Surgical Malpractice Associated With Surgeons Inexperience||2013|
|The National Trial Lawyer Magazine||American Cancer Society Issues Controversial Guideline to Try to Reduce Lung Cancer Deaths||2013|
|The Ring of Fire Network||Recent Study Shows Malpractice Claims Decreasing||2012|
|The Ring of Fire Network||Judge Finds Dirty Medical Equipment Caused Vet’s Illness||2012|
|The Ring of Fire Network||Severe Injuries From Patients Falling Out of Bed Due in Part to Inadequate Prevention Methods Used by Hospitals||2012|
|Florida Justice Association Journal||Jury Verdicts: Please Don't Take My Sunshine Away||2007|
|Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers||Kids Will Be Kids...Legal Liability for the Misdeeds of Minors: Who Pays for Junior's Torts?||2006|
|Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers||Judicial Misconduct - Is the Judge Misbehaving?||2006|
|Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers||I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me||2006|
|Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers||The Florida Bar's Legal Fee Arbitration Program: Is it Right for You?||2006|
|Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers||When Defendant's Seek to Recover Private Information From Plaintiff's Non-Party Family Members; What We Should Do To Fight It||2005|
|Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Journal||A Fresh Look at Anti-Dumping Claims: Why It Is Worth Your While||2005|
|Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Journal||Discovering Personnel Records: Who Can Object?||2004|
|The Summation||Summary of the 2003 Medical Malpractice Legislation; Major Impacts from the Plaintiff Perspective and From the Defense Perspective||2004|
|Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Journal||When Defendants Don't Pay on Time||2003|
|Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Journal||When the Hospital Has to Pay for a Doctor's Mistakes||2003|
|Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Journal||Perils and Pitfalls; Moving into the 21st Century Computer Software and other Jury Selection Aids||2002|
|Trial Diplomacy Journal||False Claims||1993|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|University of Florida, Journalism College||BS - Bachelor of Science||1985|
|Symposium on Medical Malpractice||Medical, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Pain Management in Florida||2016|
|Best Practices in Medical Malpractice||Expert Requirements||2015|
|Masters of Justice||Medical Malpractice||2014|
|Mass Torts Made Perfect Annual Conference||BCBS MDL: History, Status, Future, Discovery Planning & Cost Management||2013|
|Symposium on Medical Malpractice||"History of Medical Malpractice," "Ways to Avoid Litigation," and "How a Plaintiff's Attorney Approaches a Medical Malpractice Case."||2008|
|Florida Justice Association seminar||Ethical Considerations for the Paralegal||2007|
|Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers||Preparing and Presenting Your Expert Witness in a Contested Liability Case||2005|
|Northwest Florida Paralegal Association||Professionalism and Ethics||2004|
|Inner Circle of Investigators||The Essential Role of the Legal Investigator In The Development of Damages for Mediation and Trial||2004|
|Association of Operating Room Nurses||Nursing Malpractice||1998|