Our Maritime Lawyers
Michael A. Winkleman
Mr. Michael A. Winkleman is an active trial and appellate attorney handling all personal injury, cruise line sexual assault and wrongful death claims, as well as complex business disputes, such as Bad Faith Insurance disputes.
As featured in the Daily Business Review, Mr. Winkleman's recent trial success includes a $4.4 million dollar verdict in a third party Longshoreman's personal injury claim. Mr. Winkleman's recent appellate success includes winning opinions from both the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Third District Court of Appeals. In addition, Mr. Winkleman successfully argued in an Amicus Curiae brief before the United States Supreme Court in the landmark case of Atlantic Sounding v Townsend, which affirmed that maritime workers denied maintenance and cure may recover punitive damages under general maritime law.
As an experienced maritime lawyer, he has made numerous national television appearances regarding cruise ship law, including Fox News Channel's 'American's Newsroom,' 'Fox & Friends,' 'America Live,' 'Happening Now,' and 'Justice with Judge Jeanine'; as well as 'Imus in the Morning' and 'Studio 11 LA.' Mr. Winkleman has also served as a faculty instructor to the judiciary of the State of Florida at the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, teaching Florida judges about Maritime Law.
Mr. Winkleman is admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Winkleman is a member of the Appellate Committee of the Florida Justice Association, as well as a member of the American Bar Association, the Dade County Bar Association and its Appellate Practice Committee and Judicial Outreach Committee, the Miami Dade Justice Association, the Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association, and the Southeastern Admiralty Lawyers Institute.
Mr. Winkleman graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Thomas University School of Law with his Juris Doctorate. Mr. Winkleman graduated ranked third in his class and gave the commencement address. After graduating, Mr. Winkleman interned with the Honorable Judge David M. Gersten, then Chief-Judge of the Third District Court of Appeal. Mr. Winkleman is also the Assistant Editor of the Cruise Line Law Reporter, which publishes information relevant to pertinent issues in Admiralty and Maritime law.