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, …
America’s Leading Maritime Lawyers Handling Accidents, Injuries and Assaults at Sea If you or someone you love has been injured …
When you are injured on a cruise ship, you might feel like it’s impossible to obtain compensation, whether you are …
Nation’s Leading Law Firm in Handling Cruise Ship Rape and Sexual Assault Cases Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., is …
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, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A has extensive experience defending the rights of seamen who …
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, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have handled a significant number of …
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 …
As a leading maritime and admiralty law firm, we represent individuals and families throughout Florida in scuba diving and snorkeling …
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See What Our Clients Have To Say
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.
Start to finish, I have got to say that Andrew went above and beyond what he needed to do. The firm that you guys have is very professional, it’s outstanding, they go above and beyond. It’s just incredible. I’m glad I went with you guys.
The whole team was amazing, very helpful, very supportive. I would definitely recommend them to any of my family members but also to all of my friends and colleagues in the near future when dealing with any legal issues.
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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, Alsina & 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
If you are in need of a maritime law firm, this should be your choice. The attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina, and Winkleman, PA, along with their support staff, are the best in their field. My team of Mr. Marc Weiner and Mr. Jason Margulies, supported by Ms. Daime Paz, were excellent. I was kept informed at every step of the process, and the entire process went very smoothly thanks to Marc Weiner and Daime Paz. The entire team was very supportive and responsive. Marc and Mr. Margulies did an outstanding job of handling my case and fighting to obtain the best settlement possible for me. My thanks to all of you for a very professional job.
Thank you so much for your help!
I want to thank Mr. Marc Weiner, Mr. Margulies, and Ms. Paz, and their team for the wonderful job they did. They worked very hard to resolve my case. Always there for me when I needed help. Thank you all so much for all you do for the injured. The situation was very stressful for me and they eased it all.
Thank you so much again for your personalized time and attention.
I really want to thank my attorney Mr Alsina and his team for their wonderful job! Thank you very much for everything you do for injured seafarers! I appreciate your help very much! Especially would like to acknowledged the great support of Ms Sylvia Grimaldis.
Wish you and your team prosperity!
When you need a lawyer you want the best. I can confidently say my husband and I found the best with Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina and Winkleman, P.A. Marc Weiner took on my case and walked me through every aspect with knowledge and care. Marc listened to me, and made me feel supported in a process which was different from anything I have had to do before. I am so grateful to Marc and his whole team who helped me receive closure and navigate the American Maritime Law. If you have a case, and need a lawyer, there is nowhere else to look, but this firm.
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.
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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.