Because We Care
In 1971, Charles Lipcon founded this law firm because he wanted to help people who were treated unfairly by the cruise ship industry. We know how it feels to have been mistreated and we are here to listen and to help
A Record of Success
Over $300 Million recovered for our clients*
3,000+ Cases concluded successfully
165 Years combined experienceRead more
Trusted for our Expertise
The firm national media outlets turn to for cruise ship and maritime matters.
LM&W is Celebrating 50 Years!
LM&W was founded in 1971, making this our 50th year of service focused on maritime personal injury law. When Charles Lipcon founded the firm in 1971, he was a sole practitioner. Now in 2021 the firm has grown to include 12 full time maritime attorneys, making us the largest and most experienced maritime firm in the United States, if not the world. In our 50 years of service we have helped over 3,000 injured clients and victims of rapes and sexual assaults, winning for them over $300 million dollars and taken countless cases to trial. We take great pride in our achievements over the decades, but we are most proud of the results we have achieved for so many deserving clients. Our legacy over the past 50 years speaks for itself, and we are primed and ready to continue this legacy for the next 50 years!
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.
America’s Leading Maritime Lawyers
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. is comprised of attorneys that are nationally-recognized industry leaders in the field of maritime and admiralty law. Our team of lawyers has over a century of combined experience, has successfully handled over 3,000 cases, and has recovered over 300 million dollars in damages for our clients! Our is a tradition of excellence and integrity that dates back to 1971.
By focusing exclusively on maritime and admiralty personal injury claims against cruise lines and other boat owners, our maritime injury attorneys have been able to provide aggressive legal representation to passengers and crew members that have been injured on ships all over the world. The fact is, all of our cruise ship accident lawyers have a diverse and unique legal skill set that they have employed to initiate and resolve a plethora of different types of maritime and admiralty claims across the United States. In fact, our attorneys have successfully represented a wide array of passengers and crew members who were injured due to accidents, assaults, or illnesses on cruise ships, tankers, motorboats, personal watercraft, and many other types of vessels.
Award Winning Attorneys
Moreover, we are the only plaintiffs maritime and cruise ship firm in the United States that has been named in the “Best Law Firms” by US News & World Report on a national level, and we are proud to announce that US News & World Report has named four of our attorneys as “Best Lawyers.” It’s achievements such as these that have earned us the reputation as America’s leading maritime lawyers.
A Record of Success
Our willingness to take cases to trial and our proven track record of success has allowed our attorneys to gain a reputation as aggressive, results-oriented legal advocates in the legal community. This unwavering pursuit of justice has given our lawyers the ability to prevail against entities with significant resources at their disposal, so if you or a loved one have been injured or assaulted at sea, let us put our experience to work for you.
Lawyer of the Year: Charles R. Lipcon
Attorney Charles R. Lipcon has been named Lawyer of the Year in Admiralty & Maritime by US News & World Report for 2020. This achievement culminates a long career of successes, honors and accolades as one of the preeminent maritime attorneys in the United States. An extremely experienced maritime lawyer, Mr. Lipcon is responsible for numerous landmark cases, has been featured on national news more than 50 times, and has written a top 30 travel book on Amazon – Unsafe on the High Seas.
Mr. Lipcon has also been named to Best Lawyers in America, his firm is named to Best Law Firms by US News & World Report, he is a SuperLawyer as well as a member of the Multi-Million Advocates Forum and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Trust Your Case to Trial Attorneys Named to “Best Lawyers” in America
Charles R. Lipcon
Charles R. Lipcon is the firm’s founder and one of the preeminent maritime attorneys in the United States. Mr. Lipcon …
Jason R. Margulies
Jason R. Margulies is a board-certified admiralty and maritime lawyer, as well as a co-managing partner of Lipcon, Margulies & …
Michael A. Winkleman
Michael A. Winkleman is one of the nation’s top maritime lawyers. An active trial and appellate attorney, Mr. Winkleman is …
Jacqueline Garcell is a partner and active trial attorney in maritime law for Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. She routinely …
Our Award Winning Maritime Lawyers Handle Accidents, Injuries and Assaults at Sea Whether you are crew or a passenger …
Cruise Ship Accidents
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. are the nation’s leading cruise ship injury and accident lawyers. We have been fighting for …
Cruise Ship Rape
Nation’s Leading Law Firm in Handling Cruise Ship Rape and Sexual Assault Cases There is a hidden epidemic going on …
Work with a seaman’s rights lawyer who will fight for your rights. We will determine your Jones Act seaman status …
If you’re a seaman and you’ve suffered an on-the-job injury, it is critical that you immediately contact an experienced Jones …
Commercial Fishing Accidents
Commercial fishing is one of the more dangerous occupations one can undertake. In our more than 50 years of helping …
Barge, Cargo, and Tanker Accidents
Commercial shipping on barges, cargo ships, and tankers can be extremely dangerous. In our more than 50 years of helping …
Award-Winning Boating Accident Lawyers Recreational boating and water sports can be fun but serious injuries can result. The majority of …
Award Winning Florida Yacht Accident & Injury Lawyers Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have handled a significant number of injury …
Our Jet Ski Accident Lawyers Are Ready to Assist You A jet ski accident lawyer can help you obtain compensation …
Parasailing is one of the most common activities for beachgoers, especially for those who are traveling and looking to try …
Scuba Diving Accidents
As a leading maritime and admiralty law firm, we represent individuals and families throughout Florida in scuba diving and snorkeling …
Swimming Pool Drowning Accidents
If you are in need of legal representation, contact us to speak with a nationally-recognized pool drowning lawyer today. Swimming …
Each year, millions of people around the world travel on ships for business and pleasure. With so much activity, inevitably, …
Class Action Lawsuits
Our firm has extensive experience in bringing class action lawsuits against maritime corporations as well as land-based companies. Class action …
Hotel, Resort & Vacation Accidents
If you have been injured or harmed in an incident at a hotel or resort, you need an experienced and …
Hotel Rape and Sexual Assault
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have successfully represented many rape and sexual assault victims worldwide where the rape occurred at …
Uber and Lyft Sexual Assault
In recent years, the popularity of rideshare services like Uber and Lyft has exploded. These services are widely available and …
Window Fall Accidents
Few things are as terrifying as the idea of falling out an open window. Even worse is the thought of …
Bars Over-Serving Patrons
Dram Shop Laws Hold Bars Responsible For Over-Serving Patrons If you or a loved one have been injured or killed …
See What Our Clients Have To Say
Cruise Ship Crew Member Injury
I’m from Indonesia. I am a crew member in a celebrity cruise ship. Everybody is satisfied with the work of …
Cruise Ship Passenger Injury
I worked with this law firm for a long period of time and I thought I was treated very personally. …
Cruise Ship Crew Member Injury
Hello, my name is Ardis Tiawan, I’m from Indonesia. I was a crew member in the cruise ship. First of …
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Contact Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. today for a free, no-commitment consultation with a maritime lawyer. You can contact us by completing the submission form on our homepage or by calling our toll-free number at 1-877-233-1238.
Hear What Our Clients Have To Say
I have been very pleased with the service received from my attorney Ms.Sylvia Grimaldi. Great job and thank you again for your help.
I worked with Sylvia and she treated me a lot like a friend rather than a client. I really felt she understood my case and my story and was there for me whenever I needed her. I would definitely recommend her and law group to my friends and my family who would be in a situation like any of us.
Sylvia thank you so very much once again for always being there for me until my case came to an end.
I am very happy with the Lipcon maritime lawyers words are simply not enough to express my feelings, they are the best in what they do, Special thanks to Mr. Michael and Mr. Brett for their kind and friendly behaviour. Please do not hesitate to approach them they can turn the impossible to possible and I am the witness.
Mr. Winkleman, Ms. Paz, and Marc Weiner were awesome to work with. If you need a maritime lawyer- look them up!!!
5 full stars are not enough to be able to express the entire activity of Lipcon’s maritime lawyers.
Do not hesitate to contact them because they will turn the impossible into remarkable results as maritime lawyers.
I would like to mention the professionalism and humanity of two ladies, about whom I could write endlessly, Ms. Carol Finklehoffe and Ms. Sylvia Grimaldi.
A company that deserves first place, with a team whose values speak through results.
Extraordinary service from Sylvia Grimaldi, who was supportive to me more than 3.5 years. She was always kind, supportive and always positive. Also, HUGE thanks to my attorney Mr. Geoff Probst for closing my case to mutual benefit. I am very pleased for everything this duo did for me and I will recommend LMW to everyone who might need their service.
Great job and might God bless you all!
It was a professional process and many thanks to Mr. Andrew Freedman for helping me with the post injury case. LMW is doing a fine job.
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Frequently Asked Questions
As award-winning maritime attorneys, we are happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding your rights and options following any maritime law issue you find yourself in. If you have been injured, harmed or assaulted, we will fight to make it right. The following are just some of the questions that we commonly answer during initial consultations with potential clients, and central questions to the case as we fight for our clients’ rights.
Where do I file my case?
Most cruise ship passenger cases have to be filed in Miami, Florida, as set out in the passenger ticket contract. This enforceable contractual provision is called a forum selection clause and with all cases against Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL and most other cruise lines, the clause calls for all cases to be filed in Miami, Florida (our primary base of operations). Other cruise lines such as Princess Cruises call for all cases to be filed in California, and Holland America Cruises cases call for all cases to be filed in Washington State. That is why is we have attorneys licensed in California and Washington on our team of 11 attorneys, so that we can handle any and all major cruise ship injury cases.
For a non cruise line injury case, most typically, the case has to be filed in the location of the incident or accident, unless there is a written agreement for the case to be filed elsewhere.
How long do I have to file?
With all cruise ship passenger cases, there is a strict one year time limit to file the case from the date of injury. There is also a 6 month notice provision which means the cruise line must have notice of the incident within 6 months of the incident. This is the main reason why it is so critical to immediately contact a maritime attorney after an incident.
With most other maritime related injury claims, there is a 3 year period of time to bring a case. This is known as a statute of limitation and it is a critical date to abide by otherwise the case can be thrown out of court.
How much do you charge?
As far as our fees, we work exclusively on a contingency fee basis. This means if there is no recovery, there is no fee. We are only paid when we win for you. There is no charge for any consultation so contact us immediately so we can clearly and simply explain your rights.
How much is my case worth?
The answer to this common question is always fact specific. But simply stated, the law generally affords you the right to be compensated for the harm done to you. There are two main ways to calculate this: economic and non economic damages. Economic damages are fairly easily calculated. For example, if you are hurt and you miss a year of work and you make $30,000 per year, then you have a lost wage loss of $30,000. Conversely, non economic damages, such as pain and suffering, are not as easy to calculate but ultimately it is a jury that decides what is a fair amount of money to compensate you for what you have suffered. Of course, many cases settle or resolve prior to trial and this is one of the primary reasons to hire an experienced maritime attorney to give you advice regarding a fair settlement amount.