Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. was founded in 1971 and is a preeminent maritime and admiralty law firm with a full-time team of 11 maritime lawyers and a complete support staff. The firm continues to have an international reputation for integrity, compassion and excellence with 165 years of combined experience in maritime and admiralty law. The firm's focus is to serve passengers and crew who have been injured while at sea.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION: We have received the highest forms of recognition in the industry including the“Top Law Firm Protecting Seafarer Rights” by industry leaders and Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. Many of our lawyers have been nominated for various awards such as SuperLawyers and are among the highest rated maritime lawyers on Additional recognitions include membership with the Million Dollar Associates Forum, the Multi-Million Dollar Associates Forum and the American Association for Justice.

CRUISE SHIP RAPE & SEXUAL ASSAULT: We also routinely represent cruise ship sexual assault, rape and statutory rape cruise ship cases. We regularly represent both minors and adults who have been sexually assaulted aboard cruise ships by either crew or other passengers. Additionally, our attorneys are at the forefront of overboard accidents and cruise ship negligence cases, including cases involving the over-service of alcohol to cruise ship passengers.

FEATURED ON NATIONAL TELEVISION OVER 50 TIMES: Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., has been featured on over 100 nationally broadcasted television programs covering cruise ships disasters, cruise ship rape and sexual assaults as well as other cruise ship crimes. When major media outlets seek a cruise accident lawyer or cruise ship sexual assault attorney to interview as an analyst, they frequently rely upon our firm. We have been on the go-to list for a number of major news programs including: CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, Court TV, and more.

EXPERIENCE HANDLING MATTERS WORLDWIDE: Our local office is located in Florida, but we represent passengers and crew injured anywhere in the world. Our maritime law firm serves international clientele from countries around the globe, including North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. We have made appearances in courtrooms worldwide and are equipped to assist clients who speak any language.


• Admiralty & Maritime
• Cruise Ship Accidents & Claims
• Cruise Ship Sexual Assault
• Cruise Passenger Disappearances
• Seaman's Claims
• Offshore Accidents & Injuries
• Jones Act
• Shore Excursions
• Boating Accidents
• Parasailing Accidents
• Jet Ski Accidents
• Limitation of Liability
• Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
• Catastrophic Injuries
• Limb Loss & Amputations
• Impaired Vision & Blindness
• Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Burn & Scald Injuries
• Paralysis & Spinal Cord Injuries
About Our Clients

Our attorneys focus on maritime and admiralty personal injury claims against cruise lines and other ship owners. Generally, our clients are passengers, masters or crew members from a dynamic range of commercial vessels. We also represent private party plaintiffs injured in smaller vessel incidents.

We represent passengers and crew injured or assaulted on supertankers, cruise ships, tugs, pilot boats, motorboats, sailboats, personal watercraft, kayaks and any other type of vessel. The scope of our representation includes people injured aboard any kind of vessel capable of navigation on the water and subject to the rules of marine navigation. While we are based in Florida, we represent passengers and crew injured on boats and vessels worldwide.

Our maritime law firm also advises seafarers unions, cruise line employees, and seafarers in general with respect to their rights to medical treatment, employment rights and wages under maritime law. We are highly experienced in handling seamen’s rights, “maintenance and cure” issues, and cases involving the Jones Act and other legal areas encompassed by admiralty and maritime laws.

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  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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Unwelcome Guests

by Michael Winkleman

Evidence indicates that, like cruise ships, hotels are home to a “hidden epidemic” of rape, sexual assault and other crimes. Much more needs to be done to combat this scourge.

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Think Globally, Act Safely

by Michael Winkleman

As the pandemic (fitfully) recedes at last, is it once again safe to travel internationally? It is—if you take a few common-sense steps ahead of time.


How Injury Lawyers Can Keep Their Heads Above Water by Referring Maritime Cases

by Justin Smulison

The maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. are ready to help injury lawyers fight for their clients in catastrophic cruise ship injuries.


The Reality the Cruise Ship Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know

by Justin Smulison

These cruise ship passengers planned for vacation and celebration, but their voyages ended in tragedy and catastrophe. Learn from their stories before buying your next ticket.


How the Death on the High Seas Act Factors in to Cruise Lines Having Lifeguards on Cruise Ships

by Charles R. Lipcon

However, despite the emphasis on a family-friendly environment, one major issue has historically dominated the discussion of cruise ship safety: the presence (or lack thereof) of lifeguards on cruise ships.

Death on the High Seas Act

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