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!
America’s Top 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 & …
Our Maritime Lawyers Handle Accidents, Injuries and Assaults at Sea Admiralty and maritime law is a highly-specialized area of the …
Whether you’re a passenger on a cruise ship or a member of the crew, pursuing a claim for an onboard …
Nation’s Leading Law Firm in Handling Cruise Ship Rape and Sexual Assault Cases Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., is a …
Work with a maritime lawyer who will fight for your rights. We will determine your Jones Act seaman status during …
Offshore Accidents & Injury Lawyers Ship and rig owners and operators have a duty to provide the safest environment that …
Each Jones Act lawyer at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A has extensive experience defending the rights of seamen who are …
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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See What Our Clients Have To Say
I want to say thank you to the company, especially to Jackie and Mike. They helped me settle my case, they really are amazing. Thanks so much for their support and I will really recommend them to everybody, from my friends to the crewmembers I know.
I worked with this law firm for a long period of time and I thought I was treated very personally. I mainly worked with Jackie and she treated me a lot like a friend rather than a client. I really felt like she understood my case and my story and was there for me whenever I needed her. I would definitely recommend this law group to my friends and my family.
I was very appreciative of the help that the law firm was able to do for me and my family when we had a tragic accident at sea. Alex Perez and Michael Winkleman were professional, they were responsive and they were very supportive of my family and myself. Thank you.
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Designed and launched exclusively by our firm, the app offers every feature you need if you are injured on your next cruise ship excursion — even a built-in flashlight if you are caught in the dark. Download it for free today.
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 want to thank LM&W, P.A., especially Mr. Michael Winkleman and Ms. Sylvia Grimaldi for their great support, understanding, and consideration. Anybody in need of legal assistance should contact the LM&W team without hesitation!
First of all I thank God because what He promised me was fulfilled because He is faithful and true; and what he promises he delivers and I am grateful for the work that Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman P.A. have performed; especially Marc Weiner, Ana Mari Cueto, Sylvia Grimaldi who have done an excellent job. Do not hesitate to contact this team, they will help you in your case. God bless you.
A really friendly and professional service. Mari was great from day one and she really made the experience as smooth and easy as possible. Highly recommended!!!
I am grateful to this wonderful people who helped me through this oath and difficult times, they have been very professional and lead me along the way with my case.
Special thanks to Ms. Cueto and Grymaldi who have followed my case and have shown their commitment and kindness.
I would recommend this firm if you ever need a lawyer in the US.
I am highly pleased with the service provided to me by Lipcon, Nargulies & Winkleman. Alex Perez who was my attorney, and his assistants Kim Cellular and Karla Alphonso, were very professional. They always returned my calls and emails in a timely manner and worked hard to get my case settled quickly. Great firm!
I was pleased with the service I received from Sylvia Grimaldi and Michael Winkleman in negotiating a fair settlement in my case against the cruise line, thank you all.
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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.