If you have been injured or victimized in a maritime-related case, finding an experienced attorney to represent you is very important. Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A offers experienced legal services spanning all types of maritime litigation. The attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience handling accidents relating to all types of watercraft including cruise ships, boats, yachts and commercial vessels. The legal team can help you determine the extent and feasibility of your case. We will evaluate your case free of charge and the exclusive team of award-winning lawyers service clientele from all over the world.
The legal team represent a broad spectrum of clients around the globe, including passengers, crew members, seafarers’ unions, cruise line employees, and seamen. Our scope of practice encompasses legal and administrative rights, medical treatment, cruise ship sexual assault cases and maritime accident compensation available under United States law. We have helped plaintiffs in cases against most of the major cruise lines.
At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., the attorneys are experienced at what they do. Our veteran team includes some of the most experienced crewmembers and lawyers in the industry and we are often consulted by media professionals for information and advice.
The trial team consists of eight full-time legal professionals. No matter what your circumstances or injury, if you seek an experienced attorney, there is a lawyer at this firm with the necessary knowledge and skill to assist in your case.
We have handled thousands of maritime matters in our 10+ years of practice and are industry-shaping advocates for ship safety, seamen’s rights, responsible cruising and the accountability of professional mariners who hold themselves out to the cruising public as common carriers. With over 100 years of combined experience, they have brought over 200 trials to verdict in state and federal courts and recovered millions on behalf of clients injured or victimized in cases related to the sea.
The law firm takes great pride in their high quality of client care. They consider client service to be an essential part of the excellence in their firm’s pledge of, “integrity first, compassion, and excellence in all we do.”
Our firm represents clients internationally. In that vein, we are also a multi-lingual practice. We help plaintiffs who reside domestically in the United States, as well as those who live abroad.
If you or someone you love has been searching for an attorney, please do not hesitate to contact our firm at Phone: (786) 352-8913 in Miami USA and Phone: +40 723 613 779 in Brasov, EUROPE, for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation today.
Charles R. Lipcon
Charles R. Lipcon is the firm’s founding maritime lawyer and has been handling personal injury, cruise line sexual assault and wrongful death claims for more than 40 years. Mr. Lipcon has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1971 and has been operating his own law practice since 1972. He has earned a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV – the highest rating for legal ability and professional and ethical standards in the industry – for 26 consecutive years. Mr. Lipcon is the president of Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A.
As president, Mr. Lipcon focuses on litigation strategy for the complex maritime legal matters in which the firm is engaged. While his team of maritime lawyers focuses primarily on admiralty, maritime and personal injury litigation against cruise ship lines, Mr. Lipcon also has significant experience prosecuting and settling legal matters related to aviation disasters, automobile accidents, commercial torts and class action lawsuits. He is frequently consulted for his expertise as a sexual assault attorney and is regarded as a valuable resource for victims who have been raped or injured on a cruise ship.
Mr. Lipcon graduated from the University of Miami in 1968. He is a National Merit Scholar. He received his juris doctorate degree in 1971 and is also a graduate alumnus of his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Miami.
Publications and Media Appearances
Mr. Lipcon is a versed authority in transportation accident litigation and the author of several popular books and publications including “Help for the Auto Accident Victim“, “Seaman’s Rights in the United States When Involved in an Accident“, The Cruise Line Law Reporter and his newest release, “Unsafe on the High Seas.” “Unsafe on the High Seas” is available on Amazon.com, Itunes and Nook as an e-book and has remained among the top 30 best-selling books in Amazon’s travel section.
Mr. Lipcon is frequently interviewed by national print and television media outlets for his analysis of transportation accidents, cruising industry developments, cruise ship rape and injury matters in the news.
Florida Bar Association
American Bar Association
Dade County Bar Association
American Association of Justice
Florida Justice Association
Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association
Dade County Trial Lawyers Association
Mr. Lipcon is also a member of Mensa, the international high intelligence quotient society.
Charles R. Lipcon is one of the most experienced maritime lawyers in the State of Florida. He is admitted to practice in various areas and hierarchy of courts. He has received a bar admission in all state and federal courts in the State of Florida; the Supreme Court of the United States; the United States Court of Federal Claims; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; and, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.
View our maritime attorney Charles Lipcon’s interviews on major news channels covering cruise ship accidents, deaths, rapes and more.
Jason R. Margulies
Jason R. Margulies is a board certified admiralty and maritime lawyer and shareholder of Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. As an active and experienced trial attorney Mr. Margulies handles personal injury and wrongful death claims. He is also one of the most experienced cruise ship sexual assault attorneys having represented many minor and adult passengers who were sexually assaulted during a cruise.
Board Certified in Admiralty & Maritime Law
Mr. Margulies is board certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in Admiralty and Maritime Law. To achieve this status, Mr. Margulies had to demonstrate a substantial background in handling maritime cases and maritime law continuing legal education. In addition, Mr. Margulies was rigorously evaluated by the board as to character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism and was required to pass a written examination on all areas of admiralty and maritime law.
Mr. Margulies is admitted to practice before all Florida State and federal courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Supreme Court. He has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell, the premier legal profession ranking organization in the world, with an AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 rating, the highest possible rating for legal ability and professional and ethical standards. He also has received a 10.0 out of 10 rating from Avvo.com and has achieved an average of 5 out of 5 stars from former clients reviewing him at Avvo.com.
In addition to being an active personal injury and maritime attorney, Mr. Margulies is also certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Court Mediator. Because of his extensive experience, Mr. Margulies is regularly consulted and interviewed by the news media regarding legal and safety issues concerning cruise travel.
Mr. Margulies has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1995. He is a founding member of the Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Federal Bar Association. Jason Margulies served on the Florida Bar Eleventh Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee.
After studying law and public policy at Cornell University while still in high school, Mr. Margulies graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1992 and from the University of Miami School of Law, cum laude, in 1995. While in law school, he was awarded the Most Outstanding Third-Year Member of the Miami Inter-American Law Review (1995).
Jason Margulies has served as a faculty instructor to the judiciary of the State of Florida at the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies. He has been selected on numerous occasions as one of the “Florida Legal Elite” in the annual list published by Florida Trend magazine. Furthermore, he has repeatedly been included on the Super Lawyers’ yearly list of the top lawyers.
View our maritime attorney Jason Margulies’ interviews on major news channels covering cruise ship accidents, deaths, rapes and more.
Ricardo V. Alsina
Ricardo V. Alsina is an active trial lawyer and maritime attorney at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. Mr. Alsina has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1991 and has been a member of our elite team for over 16 years. Mr. Alsina has earned a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV – the highest rating for legal ability and professional and ethical standards in the industry.
As an experienced maritime lawyer he has litigated robustly in the areas of cruise ship personal injury, cruise ship rape matters and wrongful death claims. Although both the law firm and Mr. Alsina focus on maritime related matters, he is also experienced and proficient in handling a number of personal injury areas including aviation disasters, automobile accidents, medical malpractice and class action civil lawsuits. He takes great personal pride in the level of professionalism he provides to his clients, often providing his own personal telephone and email contact information so that clients are able to access him whenever necessary.
Education and Background
Mr. Alsina graduated from the University of Miami with a B.S. in 1984. He graduated from the St. Thomas School of Law after earning his juris doctorate in 1990. Since 1984, Mr. Alsina has been a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Honor Society. He is actively involved in the local community and regularly participates in efforts to help the community.
Mr. Alsina embraces a diverse international background, having spent a better part of his formative years in Argentina, Venezuela and Thailand, among other international cruising hotspots. In this regard, Mr. Alsina is a key asset in our maritime law firm practice. He brings the experience, language and culture of those regions of the world to bear for our international clients from the Pacific and South America, and clients injured aboard ships in those parts of the world, offering our clients a unique advantage in their cases.
Mr. Alsina is a member of the Florida Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association, the American Association of Justice and the Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association. He is certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Court Mediator.
Mr. Alsina is a central figure in our team of maritime lawyers and is admitted to practice before all state-level courts in the Florida State Judiciary, and to all the United States District Courts for the State of Florida as well as the Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Alsina summed up his philosophy towards representation succinctly in a recent interview:
“There is no greater satisfaction for a trial lawyer than to go in with all the odds against you – the big name firm on the other side, the case law supposedly “black-and-white” that you are supposed to lose – and your argument and your creativity and your hard work turns it all around and you make new law and you are able to help your client. That is always the best day in the life of a trial lawyer.”
View our maritime attorney Ricardo Alsina’s interviews on major news channels covering cruise ship accidents, deaths, rapes and more.
Michael A. Winkleman
Michael A. Winkleman is an active trial and appellate attorney and is also a frequent contributing expert regarding maritime and cruise ship law.
Mr. Winkleman has made dozens of national television appearances regarding cruise ship law, including the Today Show, 20/20, Inside Edition, Outfront with Erin Burnett, Fox News Channel’s ‘American’s Newsroom,’ ‘Fox & Friends,’ ‘America Live,’ ‘Happening Now,’ and ‘Justice with Judge Jeanine’; as well as ‘Imus in the Morning.’
Mr. Winkleman was recently selected as a ‘Top 20 under 40 Professional’ by Brickell Magazine. He was selected as a “Superlawyer” in 2016 and 2017. Mr. Winkleman was also recently selected by Florida Trend Magazine as one of the Top Attorneys Under 40.
As featured in the Daily Business Review, Mr. Winkleman’s recent trial successes include:
A $3.6 million dollar verdict against Carnival Corporation on behalf of the family of a deceased Italian crew member. Click here to review the article.
A $2.36 million dollar verdict against Maersk Lines on behalf on an injured crewmember. Click here to review the article.
A $4.4 million dollar verdict in a third party Longshoreman’s personal injury claim. Click here to review the article.
A $970,230 verdict plus lifetime medical care against Royal Caribbean Cruises on behalf of an injured crew member.
A $828,524 Verdict in South Florida Jet Ski Accident Case, where the accident victim suffered extensive injuries after being allowed to operate a personal water craft (PWC) without prior experience or instruction.
A $658,983 Verdict against Carnival Corporation for a cruise ship passenger who was badly injured in the water park on the ship.
A $3,342,440.00 award to a Honduran seaman who was denied adequate medical care after injuring his left foot aboard a cargo vessel. Click here to review the article.
Mr. Winkleman’s recent appellate success includes winning opinions from both the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Third District Court of Appeals. In addition, Mr. Winkleman successfully argued in an Amicus Curiae brief before the United States Supreme Court in the landmark case of Atlantic Sounding v Townsend, which affirmed that maritime workers denied maintenance and cure may recover punitive damages under general maritime law.
Mr. Winkleman also served as a faculty instructor to the judiciary of the State of Florida at the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, teaching Florida judges about Maritime Law.
Mr. Winkleman is admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Winkleman is a member of the Appellate Committee of the Florida Justice Association, as well as a member of the American Bar Association, the Dade County Bar Association and its Appellate Practice Committee and Judicial Outreach Committee, the Miami Dade Justice Association, the Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association, and the Southeastern Admiralty Lawyers Institute.
Mr. Winkleman graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Thomas University School of Law with his Juris Doctorate. Mr. Winkleman graduated ranked third in his class and gave the commencement address. After graduating, Mr. Winkleman interned with the Honorable Judge David M. Gersten, then Chief-Judge of the Third District Court of Appeal.
View our maritime attorney Michael Winkleman’s interviews on major news channels covering cruise ship accidents, deaths, rapes and more.
Carol L. Finklehoffe
Carol L. Finklehoffe is an “AV” rated trial attorney with over 20 years of experience practicing throughout the State of Florida in both state and federal courts. She is also admitted to practice in California and Massachusetts.
The main concentration of her practice relates to complex personal injury, resort law, wrongful death, sexual assault and medical malpractice. Ms. Finklehoffe is also a skilled maritime lawyer who has developed an expertise in cases involving cruise ship passengers and maritime crew members on various types of commercial and private vessels. She is a Certified Specialist in Maritime and Admiralty Law and Board Certified in Maritime Law. Ms. Finklehoffe is also the Chair of the Cruise Line and Passenger Ship Committee for the Maritime Law Association of the United States.
Before specializing in protecting the rights of the wrongfully injured, Ms. Finklehoffe spent over a decade working as a defense attorney for the cruise lines, as well as ship owners and operators. Her experience gives her a unique insight into the maritime industry and provides her with an advantage in advocating for the rights of the injured passengers and crewmembers.
Ms. Finklehoffe lectures to maritime industry groups speaking on various issues, including Prosecuting and Defending Sexual Assaults Occurring Aboard Cruise Ships, Liability for Medical Malpractice Occurring on Cruise Ships, and Liability for Cruise Ship Tour Operators. She is also a frequent commentator on national news.
She is also a trained Civil Circuit Court Mediator.
Ms. Finklehoffe was raised in Florida. She graduated from Boston College (‘91 magna cum laude) and the University of Miami School of Law (‘94 cum laude).
Boston College (B.S., 1991, Magna Cum Laude)
University of Miami School of Law (J.D., 1994, Cum Laude)
Florida Bar Association
Vice Chair Admiralty Law Committee (2018-2019)
Maritime Law Association
Chair Cruise Line and Passenger Committee (2013 – 2017)
Florida Maritime Lawyers Associations
Board of Directors
Cruise Line International Association
Women’s International Shipping & Trade Association
American Association of Justice
Federal Bar Association
Miami Dade Bar Association
North Dade Bar Association
National Association of Professional Women
Florida Association of Women Lawyers
Admitted to Practice
Florida Bar, September 1994
Massachusetts Bar, January 1996
California Bar, 2002
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, September, 1995
United States District Court Southern District of Florida, April 1995
United States District Court Middle District of Florida, October 1995
Admiralty & Maritime Law Certified Specialist (CA)
Civil Circuit Court Mediator (certification pending)
Martindale-Hubble Peer Review
AV – Rated attorney
Time has Passed Barbetta By: Washing Away Over 100 Years of Outdated Precedent, Tulane Law Journal, (March 2015) (co-author)
Cruise Line Passenger Bill of Rights, Maritime Law Association Report Document 812, Page 17894 (Fall 2013)
Navigating Obstacles Created by Cruise Lines in Shore Excursion Tragedies, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Journal, Vol.6, No.3 (February 2013) (co-author)
Cruise Ship Passenger Litigation: An Ocean of Opportunity, Bill of Particulars, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, Vol. 1, 2012, page 89 (co-author)
Update on the Implementation of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 (CVSSA), Maritime Law Association Report Document 804, Page 16514 (Fall 2011)
Shipboard Releases – The Next Battle Ground, Maritime Law Association Report Document 800, Page 16247(Spring 2011) (co-author)
Enactment of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, The Maritime Law Association Report, Spring/Fall 2010
Medicare’s Mandatory Reporting Program, The Maritime Law Association Report, Fall 2009/Spring 2010
Sea Food – Who is Liable for a Bad Catch? An Analysis of a Ship Owner’s Liability for Claims of Food Poisoning, University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal, Vol. 19, Page 119 (Winter 2006) (co-author)
Anthem of the Seas, Rudy Maxa’s World, February 13, 2016 (guest panelists)
A Plaintiff’s View on Death on the High Seas (DOHSA) and Maritime Damages, Maritime Law Association, Bermuda, October 2015.
Time has Passed Barbetta By: Washing Away Over 100 Years of Outdated Precedent, Admiralty Law Institute, New Orleans, March 11, 2015
Your Legal Rights, KALW 91.7 FM radio, a part of NPR Digital Network, May 1, 2013 (guest panelist)
Traps and Pitfalls Under the New Medicare Lien Law, Maritime Law Association, Passenger and Cruise Line Committee, Hilton Head, SC, November 2009
Prosecuting and Defending Sexual Assaults, Maritime Law Association, Passenger and Cruise Line Committee, New York City, May 2009
Prosecuting and Defending Sexual Assaults, Maritime Law Association, Passenger and Cruise Line Committee, Long Beach, CA, November 2008
Food Poisoning and Cruise Ships, Cruise Line International Association Legal & Insurance Seminar, Washington, D.C. July 20, 2007
Liability for Independent Contractors, Maritime Law Association, Passenger and Cruise Line Committee, New York City, May 2007
The Effects of Medicare/Medicaid on Settlements, UK P&I Club Bodily Injury Team Conference, Miami, November 2005
Sorrels v. NCL (Bahamas) LTD, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 13541 (11th Cir. August 4, 2015)
Gibson v. Norwegian Cruise Line, 2012 WL – (S.D. Fla. June 28, 2012)
Perciavalle v. Carnival Corporation, 2012 WL 2412179 (S.D. Fla. June 26, 2012)
Gibson v. Norwegian Cruise Line, 2012 WL 1952667 (S.D. Fla. May 30, 2012)
Ozarslan v. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, 1627 AMC 2008 (11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida, May 15, 2008)
Gabriel v. Celebrity Cruises, Inc., 2005 AMC 1617 (S.D. Fla. 2005)
Bird v. Celebrity Cruise Line, Inc., 428 F.Supp 2nd (S.D. Fla. 2005)
Doe v. Celebrity Cruises, Inc., 145 F.Supp. 2d 1337 (S.D. Fla. 2001)
Jacqueline Garcell is an active trial attorney and maritime lawyer, handling passengers’ personal injury, sexual assault and wrongful death claims as well as non-maritime personal injury claims.
After graduating from the University of Miami, Ms. Garcell began her career in the legal industry by working as a paralegal. She remained working as a paralegal/law clerk throughout law school while attending the Florida International University College of Law. At FIU’s College of Law, Ms. Garcell was on the Dean’s List and received the book award for the legal research and writing course.
Ms. Garcell began working with Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. as a summer associate in 2010 before joining as a maritime lawyer. She remained with the firm since then. She has been involved in numerous trials on behalf of individuals and families who suffered serious injuries and/or the loss of a loved one.
Ms. Garcell is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She is a member of the Florida Bar, the Dade County Bar Association, and the Cuban American Bar Association. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Adria G. Notari
Adria G. Notari was first exposed to maritime law while studying at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, where she received her degree in marine transportation, with honors. Prior to becoming a trial lawyer, she was a crewmember aboard merchant vessels and made several international voyages as captain. She simultaneously served as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant.
While earning her juris doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law, she was a staff editor of the law review and a national competitor on the moot court team. After spending the first 6 years of her legal career defending vessel interests and insurance companies, Adria dedicated herself to helping individuals and businesses against those who wrong them.
As a member of the Admiralty Law Committee of the Florida Bar, she stays on top of recent developments in the field of admiralty law. She is a frequent presenter at maritime seminars on topics including shipboard incident investigation, marine salvage, bodily injury litigation, and marine insurance. Adria is admitted to practice in all Florida state and federal courts, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Her diverse maritime background—afloat, ashore, and in the courtroom—imparts specialized value to the firm’s clients. She also speaks Spanish, Italian, and French to assist our international clientele.
A native Miamian, Marc earned his undergraduate degree from American University in Washington D.C. graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He attended law school at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, FL. While in law school, Marc earned the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award and studied abroad at Nankai University located in Tianjin, China. The semester abroad allowed Marc to have a wider outlook on life and appreciate cultural differences which has come in handy when working with clients.
After graduating from law school, Marc has practiced in state courts throughout Florida and was admitted to practice law in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 2017. Marc has always been dedicated to community service serving as a Big Brother, a volunteer at several community law programs in Florida and has assisted in many builds with Habitat for Humanity. He is an avid traveler, enjoys fly-fishing and spending time with his family and friends.
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