Why Choose Us?

Our lead trial lawyer Brett Rivkind has an international reputation for dedication and excellence. His hard work and success have been recognized extensively through awards and special recognitions.

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At Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A., a maritime law firm based in Miami Florida, we are led by nationally renowned maritime attorney Brett Rivkind with over thirty-three years of experience in exclusive maritime work. Our lawyers are members of major Trial Lawyers Associations and Maritime Law Associations, and we stay active in keeping informed of all relevant legislation that may affect the rights of maritime victims, and important developments in the Admiralty and Maritime Law.

Experience With Every Kind of Cruise Ship, Boating, and Maritime Accident Case

Miami maritime attorney Brett Rivkind started his legal career as a defense attorney for cruise ships companies, handling hundreds of maritime and personal injury cases. After five years working for the defense side, he decided to do exclusive plaintiff maritime injury and wrongful death cases. This has allowed him to use his invaluable experience obtained while handling cases on the defense side to benefit his clients who have been injured or harmed in an accident on the water.

Brett Rivkind has not only been a very successful trial attorney, obtaining numerous million dollar verdicts and settlements and winning the Verdicts Hall of Fame Awardbased on a record 6.3-million-dollar jury verdict,  but he has also handled many appeals involving very important maritime issues, both at the state appellate levels and the federal appellate levels. He has been sought out and hired by other maritime attorneys worldwide to either act as co-counsel with them, or to handle appeals in cases involving important admiralty and maritime legal issues.

Exclusive Work With Maritime Accident Cases

Brett Rivkind has been a maritime personal injury and wrongful death lawyer since 1983. After graduating law school in the top five percent of the graduate class from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, which earned him the prestigious award of Order of the Coif, Brett Rivkind was hired by a very prestigious law firm in Miami, Florida.

Since maritime law is such a specialty, the law firm he was hired by normally did not hire someone in that department right out of law school. However, Brett Rivkind was hired to start his legal career in the admiralty and maritime department, making him one of the youngest attorneys at that time to be assigned to that department at the firm. Brett Rivkind has been handling maritime personal injury and wrongful death cases since the day he graduated law school and became a member of the Florida Bar in 1983.

A Maritime Safety Advocate

During his career, Brett Rivkind has been recognized as a leading maritime attorney. He has been President of the Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee, and a lecturer and speaker at several seminars on maritime law topics.

Brett Rivkind has also been an invited speaker at Congress on issues of cruise ship law and safety. He has been hired in many high profile cases involving admiralty and maritime law and is continuously consulted by attorneys all over the world when they need assistance regarding maritime issues. He has helped thousands of victims of accidents obtain fair and just compensation, serving as a safety advocate for those injured or harmed at sea.

Maritime Expertise Sought by Judicial and Professional Organizations and Major Media Outlets

Brett Rivkind’s expertise is routinely sought by judicial and professional organizations. Mr. Rivkind has been a frequent lecturer on maritime topics, and has written several articles on maritime law. He was invited to appear before Congress, sharing his legal insight and knowledge. He was also invited by the Florida Judicial College to be a speaker to judges throughout the state of Florida regarding admiralty and maritime legal issues. Additionally, he has been asked for his legal wisdom by various newspapers and TV stations including the Larry King Live show.

Relationship That Lasts Forever

We appreciate any time a client chooses our law firm, and we value the relationship we have with our clients. We have a fully bilingual staff, and we do our best to make sure that someone is always available to answer any of your questions. It is our philosophy here that no question is a bad question. We encourage our clients to ask questions throughout their case, and we advise all clients that any decisions regarding the settlement of their case or trial of their case will be made by them, after they are fully consulted with. We enlist the assistance of our clients in helping make sure that their case is presented in the best possible way in order to receive the fair and just compensation the client is entitled to.

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Again, the hiring of an attorney is extremely important decision. You should carefully consider all of the qualifications of the attorney you are thinking of hiring. You should speak with that attorney and make sure you feel comfortable with your choice. At our firm, we know the hiring of an attorney is a very important decision, and respect greatly that decision.

Feel free to contact us to speak with one of our lawyers at our toll-free number: 866-627-3676. We also are available to personally meet with you in our Miami office. If you are unable to meet with us here at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A., we can utilize skype or other methods, such as a visit at a place most convenient for you.


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Brett Rivkind is a lawyer that not only cares but also a lawyer that makes a difference. Whether its speaking in congress to help promote safety awareness in legislation or representing clients in court seeking compensation for their injuries, Brett Rivkind is passionate about his dedication toward both promoting safety at sea and helping clients in need who have been harmed at sea.

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Jury verdict obtained by Brett Rivkind selected to hall of fame of jury verdicts. This case is believed to be a record verdict of this particular type of case.

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Real Case Results

  • $6.3 MillionBack Injury
  • $2.9 MillionCruise Ship Injury
  • $2.7 MillionCrewmember Injury
  • $2.1 MillionSlip & Fall
  • $1.2 MillionCruise Ship Injury
  • $1 MillionSeaman Back Injury
  • $980,000Cruise Ship Injury
  • $610,000Workplace Injury
  • $375,000Shoulder Injury

Real Client Testimonials

“My only regret is that I did not turn to Brett Rivkind for help sooner.”

“After struggling for more than a year to get the cruise line to take responsibility for a series of medical blunders on board that nearly killed me, I got offered a settlement within weeks of turning to acclaimed Maritime Attorney Brett Rivkind for help”

Chris, a Crew Member on a Cruise Shiptop maritime lawyer
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We serve clients nationally and internationally including, but not limited to, those in the following localities: Miami-Dade County including Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Doral, Hialeah, Homestead, Kendall West, Miami, Tamiami, The Hammocks, and Westchester; Orange County including Orlando and Winter Park; Osceola County including Kissimmee, Poinciana, and St. Cloud; Palm Beach County including Belle Glade, Lake Worth, and West Palm Beach; and Broward County including Cooper City, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, and Weston.


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