Lipcon Partners Distinguished with AV Preeminent Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®


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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.

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Our Lawyers Awarded for Having The Highest Level of Legal Ability and Ethics

Our firm is proud to announce that three of our attorneys have received an AV Preeminent Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest achievement available for legal ability and the highest achievement available for ethical standards. The AV Rating™ from Martindale Hubbel is a peer-reviewed award based on the quality of ethics, diligence, and conduct of the attorney, as judged by fellow lawyers.

The AV Preeminent Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell is an extremely prestigious recognition in the legal field, recognizing the highest level of professional excellence as assessed by peers. It is based on evaluations by other attorneys and judges who are familiar with the lawyer’s work and ethical standards. Achieving this rating demonstrates a strong combination of legal ability, integrity, and professional conduct, making it a significant accolade for attorneys. To qualify for the AV Preeminent™ award, our lawyers must achieve some of the highest scores in their rating process. That means our attorneys’ peers rank them among the top-quality attorneys in terms of professional excellence. Meet our AV-rated attorneys below.

When you need a powerful legal team on your side for a complex claim, do not hesitate to reach out for the support of Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. With our 200 years of combined experience over seven locations, we offer high-quality legal guidance from award-winning attorneys. Our team has received countless honors, such as members of our team being named “Lawyer of the Year” ® in Admiralty & Maritime by US News & World Report in 2020 and being recognized as one of the “Best Law Firms” ® by US News & World Report.

Charles R. Lipcon Receives AV Rating for 37th Consecutive Year

Charles Lipcon, the firm’s founder and one of the top maritime attorneys in the United States, is one of our attorneys who have received this honor. Attorney Lipcon has more than 52 years of experience, specifically focusing on maritime law cases. During these decades of experience, he has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients of the firm, including in landmark cases.

One of these notable cases includes a $25.8 million verdict for an engine room worker burned in an engine explosion on a freighter ship. Mr. Lipcon has also built a number of landmark cases against major cruise lines such as Carnival, some of which have established or changed past maritime law. These changes have since improved the rights of workers and passengers to receive compensation following an accident. Not surprisingly, Mr. Lipcon has achieved this award every single year consecutively since 1987.

Jason R. Margulies Receives AV Rating for 21st Consecutive Year

Our firm is proud to announce that Mr. Margulies has again received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV rating — an award he has received annually since 2003. Attorney Jason R. Margulies is a named partner of our firm, beginning his tenure as a law clerk for Charles Lipcon in 1992. Attorney Margulies is a board-certified expert in admiralty and maritime law and has over 30 years of experience litigating maritime personal injury cases. He specializes in handling cases seeking compensation for victims of  cruise ship rape and sexual assault, personal injury and wrongful death of cruise ship passengers and crewmembers, as well as recreational boating cases.

One of Jason Margulies’ most notable cases involves the sinking of the Tote cargo ship, El Faro. Those cases arose from the 2015 tragedy when the El Faro encountered Hurricane Joaquin while sailing from Jacksonville, Florida on its way to Puerto Rico and sank, killing all 33 crew members, including the captain. Mr. Margulies was entrusted by the crew’s families to  represent more of  the deceased crew members than any other lawyer in the world.

Carol L. Finklehoffe Receives AV Rating for 16th Consecutive Year

We are also excited to announce Carol Finklehoffe as a recipient of this honor. She has received this award consecutively since 2008, exhibiting that the attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. are highly regarded for their level of professionalism and ethics. Carol L. Finklehoffe is one of our partners,  bringing 30 years of experience in state and federal court across the US. Attorney Finklehoffe is not just an AV-rated trial attorney but is also certified as a specialist in maritime and admiralty law. Her expertise includes co-authoring the chapter on personal injury and wrongful death for maritime workers in the 7th edition of the Florida Bar maritime law and practice manual.

Attorney Finklehoffe has won massive verdicts for personal injury cases, including a $15.5 million verdict, but one of the critical strengths of her experience is the decade she spent as a defense attorney for cruise lines, ship owners, and operators. While acting in defense of these groups, she gathered specific experience learning the strengths and weak points of the maritime industry, which has since helped her advocate for the rights of injured passengers and crew members. Attorney Finklehoffe has since provided her experience to major professional organizations, publications, and presentations.

AV Rated ® Attorneys Have The Highest Level of Legal Ability & Ethics

If you are facing an admiralty or maritime law case, you need quality representation on your side to get the compensation you need for a full recovery. The maritime industry can be dangerous, meaning you may have suffered significant injuries whether at work or when acting as a passenger. Seeking care from our firm can give you an advantage against the maritime industry that may try to protect its own interests.

With AV Preeminent-rated attorneys, you can also expect the highest level of professional excellence from our law offices. That means you can expect our conduct, standards, and work ethic to stand above many other attorneys in this field. When you choose Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., you are selecting attorneys with experience, expertise, and dedication.

Our law firm also provides legal guidance for crew members and passengers. Each group may be subject to different laws and regulations, which can impact how your case is handled. Our team works hard to maintain our decades of success and high standards.

Hire AV Rated® Attorneys That Are Not Afraid to Take Your Case to Trial

Our team at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. is here to provide our 200 years of combined experience and more than 50 years as a firm to help claims like yours succeed. We have secured more than $300 million for clients like you and have been recognized in prestige publications, such as being named among the “Best Law Firms” ® by US News & World Report since 2016 and multiple attorneys named “Best Lawyers” ® since 2016.

Our team is honored to announce our three attorneys who have received the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and we are already working hard to put that standing to use. We want to provide the best possible support for our clients as they navigate disaster or even the death in the family. Our trial attorneys have the top rated experience and tools you need to best navigate this situation.

When you are ready to work with our team and pursue compensation, we are prepared to help. Our law firm offers free consultations, so you can speak with us about your personal injury or maritime law case before you choose to work with us. To learn more, simply reach out by calling 877-233-1238 or filling out our online contact form.

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