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Four LM&W Partners Named to Best Lawyers® in America for 2024


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Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. is made up of attorneys who are nationally recognized industry leaders in the field of maritime and admiralty law. Our team of cruise lawyers has well over two centuries of combined experience, has successfully handled over 3,000 cases, and has recovered over 300 million dollars in damages for our clients. Several of our attorneys have even been selected to “Best Lawyers” ® by US News & World Report every year as far back as 2016.

It is with great honor we announce that attorneys Charles Lipcon, Jason Margulies, Michael Winkleman and Jacqueline Garcell have all been named Best Lawyers® in America for 2024. All four attorneys—LipconMargulies, Winkleman and Garcell — received recognition for their specialization in Maritime Law. This is the 9th consecutive year that Mr. Lipcon has received this prestigious award, the 8th consecutive year for Mr. Margulies, the 5th consecutive year for Mr. Winkleman and the 2nd consecutive year for Ms. Garcell.

Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. (LM&W, PA) is the only maritime firm representing injured passengers and crew with four attorneys named to Best Lawyers® in America and the firm named to Best Law Firms® (in prior partnership with US News & World Report), consistently year after year.

The firm celebrates this prestigious award of each of their partners while the firm’s founder, Charles R. Lipcon has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Admiralty & Maritime (Miami) by US News & World Report for 2020. This powerful and experienced team has been variously recognized by top-tier regional and national organizations for their valuable contributions to the legal profession.

“The recognition is great; however, the reward comes from successfully helping our clients,” said President, Charles Lipcon.

Our four Best Lawyers® are often sought out by national media outlets on a local, national and global level to discuss maritime law issues and have been featured on hundreds nationally broadcasted television programs for their trusted expertise and strong reputation.

About Best Lawyers in America®

Best Lawyers® in America was founded in 1981 with the first ever publication released in 1983. The publication currently has over 17 million readers and is published in over 70 countries. In 2009, the publication joined forces with U.S. News and World Report and has ranked over 14,000 law firms each year for the prestigious title of “Best Law Firms in America.” Just last month, “Best Lawyers” ended their partnership with US News & World Report, however the prior recognitions stand and the “Best Lawyers” reputation remains stronger than ever.

In order to be named and be part of Best Lawyers® in America, a lawyer must first be nominated by their clients, fellow colleagues, marketing teams or other references. The entries are then submitted and reviewed carefully by the Best Lawyers team. A final decision is then made.

Receiving awards—such as Best Lawyers®—allows clients who are in need of help, find excellent attorneys who specialize and succeed in a specific industry and practice area.

Award Winning Maritime Firm

In addition to being named Best Lawyers® in America year after year, the firm has received the highest forms of recognition and awards in the industry including:

  • “Lawyer of the Year” for 2020 in Admiralty & Maritime (Miami)
  • “Best Law Firms” by US News & World Report (2016-2023)
  • “Super Lawyers”
  • “Top Law Firm Protecting Seafarer Rights” by the ISU
  • “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell

Let Us Put Our Experience to Work for You

Since 1971, LM&W has provided best-in-class service and exceptional results for clients. With over $300 million recovered and successfully handling over 3,000+ cases, the LM&W team goes above and beyond to represent passengers and crew members on ships worldwide with integrity, compassion and excellence.

From our headquarters in Miami, Florida, we represent passengers and crew around the world. If you have questions about a potential maritime law claim, please contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. LM&W is here 24/7 to provide comprehensive, high-quality advocacy that clients can trust.  To contact us, please call (877) 233-1238 or visit

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