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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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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.

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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.

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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 866-627-3676, or through our online form.

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Brett Rivkind is a leading national renowned maritime personal injury and wrongful death attorney. He has been handling Maritime/Admiralty cases for over 25 years. After graduating from the University of Florida College of Law with honors, and being selected to the Florida Chapter of the Order of the Coif based on being in the top five percent of his graduating class, Brett Rivkind started his career at a large maritime firm, where he handled cases on the defense side. Within the first five years of handling hundreds of maritime and personal injury cases involving the cruise ship industry, Brett Rivkind decided he wanted to help the victims of accidents and crimes, and decided to represent only the victims in maritime and personal injury cases. Since leaving the defense side, Mr. Rivkind has only represented individuals or families who have been the victims of crimes and accidents onboard all types of boats and ships, focusing mainly on incidents occurring aboard passenger cruise ships. He has used his invaluable experience obtained while handling cases on the defense side to benefit his clients who have been victimized due to an accident or crime aboard a cruise ship.

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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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  • $6.3 MillionBack Injury
  • $2.9 MillionCruise Ship Injury
  • $2.7 MillionCrewmember Injury
  • $2.1 MillionSlip & Fall
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  • $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”

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