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
200 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 & …
Michael A. Winkleman is one of the nation’s top maritime lawyers. An active trial and appellate attorney, Mr. Winkleman is …
Our Award Winning Maritime Lawyers Handle Accidents, Injuries and Assaults at Sea Whether you are crew or a passenger …
Nation’s Leading Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., headquartered in Miami, FL, are the nation’s leading cruise …
Nation’s Leading Law Firm in Handling Cruise Ship Rape and Sexual Assault Cases There is a hidden epidemic going on …
Our Award Winning Seaman’s Rights Lawyers Will Fight for Your Rights Our seafarer’s rights attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, …
If you’re a seaman and you’ve suffered an on-the-job injury, it is critical that you immediately contact an experienced Jones …
Our Commercial Fishing Accident Law Firm Demands Liable Parties Pay for Their Negligence and Compensate Victims Fairly for Their Damages …
Our Maritime Personal Injury Team Demands Liable Parties Compensate Victims Fairly and Protects Crew Member Rights After Barge, Cargo, and …
Our Award-Winning Boating Accident Attorneys Help Boat Accident Victims Fight for Maximum Compensation for Their Suffering Our Miami boating accident …
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. are the nation’s leading maritime lawyers, and we have earned this reputation for good reason. …
Our Jet Ski Accident Lawyers Fight for Victim’s Rights and Total Financial Compensation The nation’s top-rated Jet Ski accident attorneys …
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. is well-known throughout the country for our expertise in handling parasailing accident injuries. If you …
As a leading maritime and admiralty law firm, we represent individuals and families throughout Florida in scuba diving and snorkeling …
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Our Compassionate and Nationally Recognized Sexual Assault and Hotel Rape Lawyers Will Help You Hold Your Abuser Accountable and Recover …
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Hear What Our Clients Have To Say
3 years ago I contacted Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. and they did amazing job for me. So many firms rejected me but they did not. In the start I was given one lawyer not to be named, because he is not with them anymore. He guided me as much as he could, but suddenly I was given another lawyer and when it comes to lawsuits this is your men to look for without any doubt. His name is Mr. Alex Perez. He won, what I would say, was an impossible case for me. So many times I wanted to give up but I believed in Mr Perez and his capabilities, he even gave me his personal phone number and said whatever you need and any time call me. What else is there to say about this great company and the fine people that work for them. I wish them all the best in future and many success.
When I became sick and company turned their back on me, they did not. When I tried to contact my company they did not answer but Mr Perez made them regret that.
To any seafarers out there with problem please contact Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. and look for Mr Alex Perez because this man won’t give up on you.
Cheers Alex, god bless
Best lawyers always answered my questions the best in maritime lawyers very polite and I will recommend them to anyone. Thank you
I worked with this legal firm after my injury on my cruise.
My experience was that my case was expedited and I was more than satisfied to have this matter resolved in a timely manner by Mr. Weiner, Mr. Winkleman and Ms. Paz. They kept me well informed and the process from start to finish was easy on me. This team surpassed my expectations. I would recommend them to anyone searching for an attorney after any cruise issues.
I had an issue and Geoffrey Probst and the law firm took care of the situation fast and quick I feel as I did receive what my case was worth and GP was always quick to respond to emails, I would for sure use them again. Thanks guys
Best Lawyers you can find! Very professional Charles Lipcon & Alsina ! Sylvia Grimaldi always beside you,to assist, anytime you call, she is there ! Thank you all, now in 2023, after 16 years since you handled my case!
Regards from UK
In 2007 as a Romanian crew member on technical department, I was very badly injured on my right forearm – open wounds, double fracture ulna and radius. During working hours on board of cruise ship Costa Romantica! Mr Charles Lipcon took my case! I was the first crew member who had enough courage to bring the case in court against Costa Crociere! I got some compensation after 2011 from a Insurer company representing Costa Crociere, but very stubborn insurer! But the injury I have will be for entire life. Thank you Mr Charles Lipcon! I still remember you! Regards from 🇬🇧
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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.