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If you have been injured or victimized on a cruise ship, yacht, boat or any other type of watercraft, our law firm of Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A., can help you. Partners Brett Rivkind and Bruce Margulies combine over 60 years of practice to form a highly specialized firm that focuses exclusively on maritime law. We have successfully represented clients with any conceivable type of accident or injury that occurs aboard a cruise ship or other type of watercraft, including but not limited to yachts, tugboats, sailboats, barges, oil rigs, oil platforms, commercial vessels and personal watercrafts.

Our firm not only handles cases all over Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and the rest of South Florida, but also represents people from around the world who have been injured or victimized on the water. Our legal practice includes those involved in yachting and boating accidents, jet ski accidents, cruise ship disappearances, sexual assaults and rapes aboard cruise ships, drownings, shore excursion injuries, and much more. We have successfully represented our clients in cases against the top cruise lines in the world including Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney.

At Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A., our Florida maritime accident attorneys offer personalized attention to every case we handle. Our experienced lawyers are very experienced in all types of admiralty and maritime cases resulting in personal injury or death.

Million and Multi-Million Dollar Verdicts and Settlements

Our cruise ship and boating accident lawyers have earned the respect of clients and peers based on our numerous million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Our verdicts have secured the top verdicts in Florida for admiralty and maritime law and won us the Verdicts Hall of Fame Award in 2015 for our 6.3-million-dollar jury verdict.

High-Profile Cases

In addition, our boating accident lawyers have been a part of many high profile cases. For example, our firm represented the parents of George Smith, who disappeared during his honeymoon while onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Brilliance of the Seas. We have also handled many other case involving man overboard incidents, including representing the parents of a young man who fell overboard while on a vacation aboard a passenger cruise ship with his friends. Daniel DiPiero, was only 21 years old at the time of his death, and it was believed the service of an excess amount of alcohol contributed to his death, as well as the failure to timely conduct an appropriate rescue effort.

The parents of Daniel DiPiero have become close friends of our firm, and continue with their efforts to see positive changes in the cruise ship industry as a result of the tragic events that occurred. Along with the Smith family, and other victims of cruise ship crimes and incidents, including disappearances, they have been instrumental in causing positive changes in the cruise ship industry.

Miami-Based Boating Attorneys

Additionally, our location in the state with the most registered boaters has not only given our Miami and Fort Lauderdale boating lawyers vast experience with any type of boating and yachting accident on the water, but also has enabled us to fight for change and safety on the waters.

Meet Our Partners

Our firm is led by leading maritime attorney Brett Rivkind, who was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. He is the son of Leonard Rivkind who was a well-known attorney for many years, and one of the most highly respected judges in the Circuit Court of Dade County, Florida, and was the Chief Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court for many years until his retirement.

Brett Rivkind has been exclusively handling maritime cases since he first became a lawyer in 1983. Based on his experience and extensive knowledge, Mr. Rivkind was invited by the United States Congress to appear as a maritime law expert regarding safety and security issues aboard passenger cruise ships. He also assisted in the formation of the group called the International Cruise Victims, which is an organization comprised of victims of crimes and other incidents aboard passenger cruise ships, with their leader Kendall Carver being an active spokesperson on their behalf seeking legislative change.

Bruce M. Margulies, a veteran attorney with over 30 years of practice, has practiced his entire career in Miami, Florida, and has handled all types of commercial law cases, family law cases, personal injury and wrongful death cases, in addition to his admiralty and maritime cases. He along with Mr. Rivkind have the compassion, skill, experience and knowledge to help fight for your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve in any type of boating or cruise ship accident, injury, rape or assault case on vessels worldwide.

Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation.

We know the decision when hiring a lawyer should take time and be given serious consideration. Our lawyers have the highest forms of recognition in the maritime and admiralty industry to represent and guide you before, during and after trial or arbitration proceedings.

If you or a loved one has been injured or harmed in any kind of boating or cruise ship accident, call us today and we will evaluate your case free of charge. You can reach us at 305-375-0565, or toll free at 866-621-2142, or through our online form.

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Client Reviews
Mr. Rivkind and his team are outstanding and clearly some of the best in the field of maritime law, based on our experience. I appreciate their office for being approachable, extremely professional and pushing relentlessly for the success of my case. Can't thank them enough. Highly recommended! Sherma Noel George
This is the best maritime law firm in my opinion. If you want the best lawyer working on your case, this is the place. This firm is a good professional team with outstanding leadership and talented professionals. Once your case has been settled, you'll likely still continue to hear from Mr. Rivkind. His genuine warmth and kindness makes it near impossible not to become his friend. Thank you Brett for changing my family's life and mine. Willy Dolcin
Mr. Rivkind is highly talented and a very good lawyer. I believe Mr. Rivkind is absolutely the best maritime attorney in the United States. He fought for my rights, and never gave up. He is truly an example to all. The words don't exist to express my gratitude for having him represent me in the battle of my life. Mr. Rivkind you are eternally loved by your client. Virginia Walton
I was a former client of Mr. Rivkind, and I can honestly say that he had a tremendous impact on my life, a very positive one! Mr. Rivkind has exceptionally broad knowledge and experience with maritime law, and he's a great guy who is dedicated to helping people. Always focused, determined, and dedicated to achieving the best results for his clients. Vonda Lewis
I've nothing but love for Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A.. Mr. Brett Rivkind has been there for me more than once and gotten me through some rough times. He gave me a new start, a new life. Mr. Rivkind fought for my medical treatment, for my well-being and to make sure I was given what was owed to me. No one like the best maritime lawyer in the world. Roger Mitchell Hilton