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.
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.
America’s Top Maritime Lawyers
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & 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.
The Only Cruise Ship Law Firm in America with Four “Best Lawyers”
Charles R. Lipcon is the firm’s founder and one of the preeminent maritime attorneys in the United States. Mr. Lipcon …
Jason R. Margulies is a board-certified admiralty and maritime lawyer, as well as a co-managing partner of Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina …
Ricardo (Rick) V. Alsina is an accomplished maritime attorney at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. An active trial lawyer, …
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Each Jones Act lawyer at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A has extensive experience defending the rights of seamen who …
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Hear What Our Clients Have To Say
I got Andrew's name from a friend of mine and gave him a call,I couldn't be any happier that I did.
A true professional. He was available any time I needed to ask his advice and was very prompt with any and all information. This whole process was extremely professional from start to finish. I would recommend this firm to anyone who needs an attorney. No fake promises just realistic results. Thank for all of you help.
I worked with Jacqueline and Kim. Both were very kind, personable and professional. I was very impressed with how responsive they were, no matter what time I messaged them. I always felt like they cared about me and my individual case. The whole situation was pretty stressful for me at times and their personalized attention to detail made it much easier to deal with. I am extremely happy with the representation I received from Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman and would highly recommend them to anyone who needs this type of service.
I would like to thank Mr. Weiner and Mr. Winkleman for their dedication in resolving my case. I am very satisfied the results. They were friendly and available every time I had questions. I would highly recommend anyone needing a lawyer to contact this firm for assistance. Once again thank you!
I hold Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. in the highest esteem and would highly recommend them. They demonstrated incredible legal expertise and were incredibly approachable.
My case was quite peculiar as I live in Europe but even with the distance and the time difference the collaboration was incredibly easy. Stefanie Black was always available for questions and she was incredibly thorough in every aspect of the case.
Miss Black and Mr Margulies made an incredible team with the perfect balance of experience and case knowledge.
I am incredibly grateful for all their efforts in this case and am very pleased with the outcome.
Thank you so much!
I would like to express my great gratitude to Mr. Grammes and Mr. Winkleman for the necessary and timely managed legal assistance while fighting for my rights due to the employer’s negligence. Great dedication, around the clock availability and core professionalism at work for every recommendation. Thank you so much for everything! You people rock!
Many thanks to Jackie Garcell for handling my case. She was very professional and helpful, always ready to answer on any of my questions and she made me feel protected from day one until now. She proved that justice is equal to everybody! Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina and Winkleman are more then recommended from my side.
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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.
What Is Maritime Law?
Maritime Law, also referred to as admiralty law, is focused on legal issues that arise in navigable waters such as the ocean. In many cases, this could include crimes and injuries that take place in international waters, which adds an additional level of complexity to the case. Maritime and Admiralty Law — interchangeable terms in today’s language — covers various categories and offshore circumstances including cruise ships, cargo vessels, marine commerce, sea navigation, negligence, unseaworthiness, and civil marine torts or injuries.
When should I hire a maritime lawyer?
The moment that you are injured, harmed or assaulted while aboard a vessel like a cruise ship, cargo ship, maritime commerce vessel, or another sort of ocean vessel, you should contact a maritime attorney who can help you understand your rights and remedies. Understanding what immediate steps to take after an injury on one of these vessels can be extremely confusing, and hiring an attorney without experience with maritime or admiralty law can cause some serious miscommunications and improper legal actions. The sooner you have experienced maritime legal representation, the stronger your case will be.
What does a maritime lawyer do?
A maritime lawyer handles any legal matters, criminal or civil, that are dictated by maritime and admiralty law. These areas of law apply towards seafaring vessels including, but not limited to, barges, ferries, cruise ships, personal watercraft, jet skis, fishing boats, and more. It is important to work with a maritime lawyer if you are involved in a sea accident or other maritime issue because the laws are extremely specific and hypertechnical. Even determining where in the world your case must be heard can be complicated for an attorney who is not familiar with these types of cases.
Who or what controls Maritime Law?
The specifics of which country or jurisdiction has precedence over a maritime legal case depend on a variety of specifics, but there are 174 countries who are members of the IMO or Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization that work together in order to ensure that all maritime conventions are kept current and that all those who are subject to maritime law are able to determine the appropriate steps to take when legal action is required.
The specific laws that your vessel and incident fall under are highly specific to the situation, including where the vessel was registered, where the legal issue took place, and more. This is why it is so important to partner with a maritime attorney as soon as possible — so that you will have clarity and confidence from the start.