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 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 & …
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Award-Winning Boating Accident Lawyers Recreational boating and water sports can be fun but serious injuries can result. The majority of …
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Most very accountable and accommodating law firm to help my case to be successful..I am very grateful and big thanks to Winkleman’s Team, especially Mr. Marc Weiner and Ms Sylvia Grimaldi. Bless You and Love You.
I’m highly thankful and appreciative of Sylvia Grimaldi and the whole law firm of LIPCON, MARGULIES & WINKLEMAN, P.A.. Sylvia Grimaldi highly supportive during my very difficult time and through the process of my case. Sylvia Grimaldi always remained responsive to all my emails and calls. I appreciate how she fought for me the whole time; she battled for me and helped me during a tough period. I highly recommend anybody in need of a great law firm to give them a call, they are very professional and experienced.
Very satisfied with the company, especially the person that was signed to my case, Sylvia Grimaldi.
They helped me a lot with the issues that I had, and they were available 24/7.
Everything that I requested, they managed to help me with and make that possible and happen as soon as possible. They are very professional and work very hard so my wishes and requests become a reality.
I can totally recommend to anyone that needs some kind of help regarding the services that they provide.
After extensive research, we picked Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. to represent us in our maritime lawsuit. The positive results of our case is indicative of the choice we have made. We were exceptionally fortunate to have Attorney Alex Perez and his team, particularly Kim Cuellar, advocate our case to an amazing and rewarding completion.
From the beginning of our case, Attorney Alex Perez and his team made us feel that our case and getting the desired results were the absolute priority of the firm. They promptly addressed our concerns, which were many; they immediately responded to our incessant “what ifs” and presented appropriate alternatives that would be most beneficial to us and to keep the case on an active trajectory; most importantly, Attorney Alex Perez provided extremely important legal guidance and answers. It was so refreshing to have an attorney reflecting honesty. As an example, on a few occasions we asked questions to which Mr. Perez did not have immediate answers but he would always assure us that he would research and get us the answers. Sure enough the answers were always provided. This human element made dealing with Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. so refreshing. We were not just given advice and answers to keep us quiet or given legal terminology that was hard to understand. Everything was clear, concise, simple, and straightforward.
Perhaps the most important element of having Attorney Perez and Ms. Cuellar was the open line of communication that was established from the beginning of the engagement. We always had immediate responses from the firm. It really didn’t matter what time of the day or what day of the week, Mr. Perez would always call, text or email us. In fact, my wife and I often wondered out loud, “Does he have time off?” Moreover, we were always involved in all decision making. We were always given the appropriate legal advice and possible outcomes to seriously analyze the next step before jointly coming to a decision. This amazing effortless dedication to our case encapsulated our rewarding relationship with Alex Perez and we, my wife and I, without any reservation, would highly recommend Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. especially Attorney Perez and Ms Cuellar to anyone who wants painless, stress free, successful, and rewarding representation.
I am absolutely satisfied with the service provided by Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman.
They represented me to my best interests and the final outcome exceeded my expectations..
They are a very professional and knowledgeable team that answered all my questions and they were able to explain everything in a timely manner. My special gratitude to Sylvia Grimaldy for her outstanding service and kindness.
I would definitely recommend it!
In my opinion, the first team of lawyers from Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman PA is for service, where I got a discussion service with very good arguments, the second one can be invited to negotiate well, and furthermore, there is a patient attitude to deal with clients. In my opinion, for the service that I got was very good and hopefully in the future the team of lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman can help the crew who got into a disaster like me. I am very grateful for your team for winning the case that I experienced well and smoothly, hopefully in the end then I can work with your team Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman.
I hope this experience is very useful for the future for everyone, specially those who work as a seaman.
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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.