Areas of Practice
Admiralty & Maritime Law
The admiralty lawyers at the maritime law firm of Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A have extensive experience in litigating admiralty and maritime cases.
Admiralty Lawyers at our Maritime Law Firm
If you have been searching for a qualified team of admiralty lawyers at a maritime law firm you have come to the right place. Maritime and Admiralty law, for the most part, deals with the application of law to events that occur on navigable waters. Navigable waters generally include the oceans of the world as well as large lakes or rivers that can be used for commercial shipping. These waters are divided into territorial waters and the high seas. Territorial waters are close to land while the high seas are those waters that are further away from land. There is no hard and fast rule for determining territorial waters. For some states, its territorial waters extend three miles from land but the boundaries of territorial waters in other states may be dynamic and, thus, more difficult to determine. In Florida, for example, the boundary between territorial waters and the high seas are determined by the ever-moving Gulf Stream.
Because of the unique nature of Admiralty and Maritime law, our attorneys have been involved in litigation in almost every major port in the United States as well as internationally. We have served as lead counsel in foreign litigation where we have selected and worked along with a maritime law firm from the foreign country. The admiralty lawyers of our maritime law firm have been involved in major litigation arising in foreign ports, such as the sinking of the largest drill ship in the world, the Ocean Ranger, near Canada, and arising in domestic ports, such as the fire on the Carnival cruise ship Ecstasy, near Miami, Florida. The admiralty lawyers at our firm have also brought claims against the United States of America as the owner of vessels under the Suits in Admiralty Act, Public Vessels Act, and related legislation. Our experienced attorneys have also initiated and handled litigation against the government of the Bahamas and the country of Iran. The Bahamas was sued by reason of one of its gunboats attacking a United States based fishing boat causing a crew member to be shot and severely injured. Iran was sued for launching a Silk Worm missile against a U.S. flagged vessel in the gulf waters near Kuwait causing severe injuries to a crew member from the explosion.
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