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Michael A. Winkleman

Michael A. Winkleman

Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.
  • Maritime Law, Personal Injury, Appeals & Appellate
  • Florida
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Michael A. Winkleman is one of the nation’s top maritime lawyers. An active trial and appellate attorney, Mr. Winkleman is also a frequent contributing expert on maritime and cruise ship law. He has made more than 100 national television appearances regarding cruise ship law, including The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, 20/20, Inside Edition, OutFront with Erin Burnett, Fox News Channel’s ‘American’s Newsroom,’ ‘Fox & Friends,’ ‘America Live,’ ‘Happening Now,’ ‘Justice with Judge Jeanine’; and ‘Imus in the Morning.’

Mr. Winkleman has received numerous honors and accolades in recognition of his contributions to the field of maritime law

St. Thomas University School of Law
J.D. (2006) | Doctor of Law
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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Professional Experience
Trial and Appellate Attorney and Partner
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.
Speaking Engagements
Cruise Ship Accidents Involving Children
ABC10 News
Atlantis Paradise Island Resort Victim News Coverage
CBS4 News
Cruise Ship Lifeguards to Reduce Drowning
NBC6 News
Carnival Cruise Drowning
FoxNews Channel 13
Things to Look Out For While Traveling the Holiday Season
Best Law Firms
US News & World Report
Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Top Attorneys Under 40
Florida Trend Magazine
Professional Associations
The Florida Bar  # 0036719
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Appellate Committee of the Florida Justice Association
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American Bar Association
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Dade County Bar Association
Activities: Appellate Practice Committee and Judicial Outreach Committee
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Miami Dade Justice Association
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Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association
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Southeastern Admiralty Lawyers Institute
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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11th Circuit
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  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
Maritime Law
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Additional Practice Areas
  • Boating Accidents
  • Cruise Ship Injury Law
  • Cruise Ship Rape
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Maintenance and Cure, Jones Act applicability. Need Help
A: Were you working for Thriller Powerboats at the time? I've had several cases against them over the years. Any case against them would need to be brought in Miami, Florida. You are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Whether or not the Jones Act applies will depend on certain factors which we can dig further into. But even if the Jones Act does not apply, you are still entitled to be compensated.
Q. We were told we have a strong case against a cruise line. Not sure how to proceed.
A: The best thing you can do is contact an experienced maritime lawyer. Depending on the cruise line, you are required to file any case in a specific location. The vast majority of cruise lines cases must be filed in Miami, Florida (Carnival, Royal, NCL). Princess cases have to be filed in California and Holland America cases have to be filed in Washington State. Feel free to email me directly at and i'm happy to give my advice directly.
Q. Cruise ship injury from wind tunnel effect in stateroom.
A: We’ve handled dozens of injury cases on cruise ships involving the wind tunnel effect just like yours. As such the cruise line is on notice of the danger. Feel free to email me at and we can likely help.

Note that any case has to be filed in miami within one year of the injury per the terms of the cruise ticket contract
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Florida Office - HEADQUARTERS
2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
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Miami, FL 33134
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Miami, FL 33176
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Atlanta, GA 30326
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