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in Maritime Claims Against:

  • Carnival Cruise Ships
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  • Norwegian Cruise Ships
  • Princess Cruise Lines
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Charles R. Lipcon Named to Best Lawyers in America for 2016; While His Firm is Named Shipping Law Firm of the Year

September 9, 2015

We are proud to announce that our firm’s founder, maritime lawyer Charles R. Lipcon, has been named to Best Lawyers in America for the second consecutive year. To be recognized by Best Lawyers, is one of the highest accolades and honors for an attorney. In order to achieve the distinction, a lawyer or firm must be nominated by fellow attorneys – a most impressive and significant feat. Only a small number of legal professionals actually make the list. If the individual or firm achieves recognition, they become part of an elite group that comprises the top four percent of practicing... Read Article

LMAW Obtains $828,524 Verdict for Jet Ski Accident Victim

August 27, 2015

Our maritime lawyers Jason Margulies and Michael Winkleman have obtained an $828,524 verdict in favor of plaintiff Karen Kohnke, who was seriously injured in a Jet Ski accident March 1, 2012 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After a two-day bench trial before the Honorable Judge Robert N. Scola of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the judge made the following findings of fact. Kohnke was operating a Jet Ski owned by Tamer and Farideh Gozleveli at the time of the accident. The court found that the PWC owners’ son, Aydin Gozleveli, negligently... Read Article

Our Maritime Attorney Michael Winkleman Discusses Passenger Rights and Important Safety Tips on FOX & Friends

May 26, 2015

Cruises are among the most popular types of vacations. They offer an array of activities for all ages to enjoy – many of which, like entertainment and dining, come at no additional cost to the passenger – making cruises ideal for anyone from single travelers looking to have a good time and meet new people, to families with young children who are hoping to spend quality time together. Though cruising has been a top choice for vacationers, these days, the fact that cruise ships are getting bigger and offering tons of additional innovative features, like zip lines, Broadway-style shows, and... Read Article

Our Maritime Lawyer, Michael Winkleman, Exposes Cruise Industry Secrets on Today Show

April 6, 2015

This past Friday, LMAW maritime attorney Michael Winkleman appeared on the Today show to discuss the recent near-drowning of our client, a 4-year-old boy from Italy on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas ship, along with another controversial issue regarding the cruise industry as a whole: the fact that the majority of cruise lines don’t hire trained lifeguards. Although the cruise industry markets itself as a family-friendly, promising guests the time of their lives, the truth is that cruise vacations can often be far from fun – or safe. What not many people may be aware of is the fact... Read Article

11th Circ. Told Cost-Splitting Sinks Seaman Arbitration Clause

March 31, 2015

By Nathan Hale Law360, Miami (March 27, 2015, 8:18 PM ET) — A former seaman for Celebration Cruise Operator Inc. presented the Eleventh Circuit with an issue of first impression Friday, arguing that an order compelling foreign arbitration of a worker injury dispute should be reversed because of a clause requiring him to share costs. The appeals court said it did not believe this argument had previously been raised regarding an arbitration agreement under the Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, but counsel for appellant Jorge Escobar, told the court that much is at stake beyond just his... Read Article

11 reasons you should never, ever take a cruise

February 17, 2015

DANGERS AT SEA It’s the dead of winter, and there’s no better time for a refreshing and relaxing cruise. Let the kids enjoy rock climbing, surfing, zip lining, ice skating and swimming while you savor crisp blue skies, warm sea mists and wine coolers on your balcony as you cuddle together and scan the whitecaps for a glimpse of an acrobatic whale. A lush buffet dinner awaits you all in a couple of hours; until then, there are many options for fun on your personal vacation menu. Unfortunately, although a cruise ship may seem like a getaway from daily life... Read Article

Charles R. Lipcon Featured in the Daily Business Review

February 4, 2015

This week, our firm’s maritime lawyer, Charles R. Lipcon, has been featured in the Daily Business Review. This article discusses a recent fire on an Oceania cruise ship and the steps to prepare yourself for a similar situation. Please see below for the full article. Cruise Ship Fire Highlights Need to Revisit Safety Issues The recent tragedy onboard an Oceania Cruises ship in which three people lost their lives after an engine room fire took place while the ship was docked at Port Castries in St. Lucia brings to light the need for yet another discussion about cruise ship safety.... Read Article

Our Firm Obtains $3.6 Million Award for Seafarer in World’s First Cruise Ship Asbestos Case

January 12, 2015

We’re excited to announce that our firm has obtained a $3.6 million award in favor of a seafarer who suffered from an occupational disease he developed while working aboard Carnival Cruise Line ships. This is a landmark decision for our maritime lawyers, as the case is the first cruise ship asbestos trial case in history. The Plaintiff, a shipboard electrician from Italy, worked aboard several Carnival Cruise Line ships from 1985 through 2000 and was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2001, a result of exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that was commonly used by manufacturers, builders, and... Read Article

Charles R. Lipcon Named to Best Lawyers in America for 2015

December 10, 2014

We are proud to announce that our maritime lawyer Charles R. Lipcon has been named to Best Lawyers in America for 2015 by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most trusted legal peer review guide in the world. The legal professionals featured in the 2015 “Best Lawyers” list are among the top four percent of practicing attorneys in the United States. Attorneys who are recognized by Best Lawyers have been rigorously evaluated and rated by both their peers and clients for their level of legal expertise, the quality of their law practice, and their professional excellence. Mr. Lipcon is the president... Read Article

Jason Margulies and Michael Winkleman Named Florida Legal Elite Lawyers

June 24, 2014

We are proud to announce that two of our firm’s maritime lawyers, Jason R. Margulies  and Michael A. Winkleman have been selected as “Florida Legal Elite” Lawyers, a distinction recognizing the top attorneys of the state. This is Mr. Winkleman’s first and Mr. Margulies’ sixth consecutive selection since 2009. We are also proud to announce that Mr. Winkleman was chosen as a Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer, a distinction awarded to attorneys under the age of 40. The selection process for Florida Legal Elite recognitions is a rigorous one. Each year, attorneys in the state of Florida are evaluated... Read Article

Charles Lipcon and Jason Margulies Recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine for Superior Legal Services

June 21, 2014

We are proud to announce that two of our firm’s maritime lawyers, Charles R. Lipcon and Jason R. Margulies, have been selected to receive the prestigious Super Lawyers distinction for their continued superior legal services in the field of maritime and admiralty law in the 2014 edition of the Super Lawyers publication, which rates outstanding attorneys across 70 different practice areas. This is Mr. Lipcon’s eighth and Mr. Margulies’ third consecutive selection. Super Lawyers magazine annually selects attorneys on a state-by-state basis using a rigorous rating process. Attorneys are rigorously evaluated and rated by their peers for their level of... Read Article

Michael A. Winkleman Discusses an Astonishing Overboard Accident on ABC’s 20/20

January 18, 2014

Over 18 million people went on cruise vacations in 2013. That’s millions of lives that could have been injured or killed in accidents caused by negligent cruise lines. Though we don’t always hear about the gruesome details of each and every tragedy on the high seas, the story of one cruise passenger, Sarah Kirby, has made headlines around the world. What’s even more frightening is what the headlines don’t show. Ms. Kirby’s tale is certainly a terrifying one, but it could have ended much worse. Last Friday night, ABC’s “20/20” took a look at her story and interviewed Kirby and... Read Article

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  • Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman

    I would like to thank all of the staff at LMAW, P.A., especially Michael Winkleman, Eric Morales and Charles Lipcon, for their support and hard work during my lawsuit. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone needing legal adv

    - Brian Torchin

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