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Winner of the Verdicts Hall of Fame Award: $6.3 Million Verdict Dolcin v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, LTD Learn More

Awards & Recognition

In order to decide which law firm is best suited to represent you or a family member it is important to gather information regarding your law firm’s history and qualifications.

Our lead trial lawyer Brett Rivkind has an international reputation for dedication and excellence. His hard work and success has been recognized extensively through awards and special recognitions. On this page, you will be able to read about key awards and recognition Miami injury attorney Brett Rivkind and his firm Rivkind and Margulies, P.A., have obtained.

Here are some highlights:


AV Martindale-Hubbell AV- Rated Law Firm

The cruise ship and boating law firm of Rivkind and Margulies, P.A., is rated AV by the Martindale- Hubbell Peer Review Ratings System, which is the highest rating a law firm can receive regarding their legal ability and ethical standards. An AV rating is achieved by maintaining the firm’s mission to provide dedication and excellence to their clients.


Million Dollar Advocates Million Dollar Advocates Recognition

The prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum has honored Miami maritime lawyer Brett Rivkind of Rivkind and Margulies, P.A., with membership. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is known as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the country. Membership is limited to the top trial lawyers in the United States, with less than one percent of the nation’s attorneys as members. Only attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements can qualify for membership. Mr. Rivkind has obtained numerous million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.


Hall of Fame Trophy Winner of the Verdicts Hall of Fame Award

The Daily Business Review has honored Rivkind and Margulies, P.A. with the Florida Verdicts Hall of Fame Award in 2015. This was in recognition of Miami cruise ship attorney Brett Rivkind’s $6.3-million-dollar jury verdict in the crew member case Dolcin v. Royal Caribbean Cruises. The case involving a back injury suffered by a crew member who was working for a cruise ship company at the time.


Attorney Gets $6.3M award for Injured Janitor Brett Rivkind’s Case Featured in the Verdicts and Settlements Section of the Daily Business Review: “Attorney Gets $6.3M award for Injured Janitor”

In the Verdicts and Settlements section of the Daily Business Review, a detailed article on Miami cruise ship accident lawyer Brett Rivkind’s recent victory was featured. The article, which was titled “Attorney gets 6.3M award for injured janitor,” chronicles the litigation which led to the securing of a $6.3 million judgment against Royal Caribbean Cruises.


Jury Awards Cruise Janitor $6.3M for on-the-job injuryDaily Business Review’s Front-Page Article Features Brett Rivkind Regarding his Record Verdict: “Jury Awards Cruise Janitor $6.3M for on-the-job injury”

The Daily Business Review’s front-page article discusses Florida injury attorney Brett Rivkind’s recent record jury verdict against Royal Caribbean. A jury awarded Brett Rivkind’s client, a cruise ship janitor from Haiti, $6.3 million dollars.


Largest Admiralty and Maritime Verdict in Florida in 2013

Brett Rivkind not only was published in the top Florida Verdicts & Settlements of 2013, but also was listed as the #1 highest jury verdict award in the area of Admiralty and Maritime cases. This was for a case in which he received $6.3 million dollars for a back injury suffered by a crew member.

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Attorney Attains $2.14 Million for Injured Steward Brett Rivkind’s $2.14 Million Dollar Verdict featured in the Daily Business Review: “Attorney Attains $2.14 Million for Injured Steward”

The Daily Business Review article details the litigation which led to South Florida maritime attorney Brett Rivkind’s $2.93 million judgment against Royal Caribbean Cruises. The case involved a cabin steward who injured her knee during her employment, but did not have a specific accident she could attribute her problem to. Brett Rivkind brought a case against the cruise line company for causing a cumulative trauma disorder involving the knee, and then failing to provide her appropriate medical care and treatment for the condition. The jury awarded $2.93 million, concluding that the cruise line was 73 percent responsible, leaving Mr. Rivkind’s client with a $2.14 million award.


av preeminent logo Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell

Brett Rivkind achieved AV Preeminent® rating by the Martindale- Hubbell Peer Review Ratings System, the highest rating to be achieved. The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ is considered the “gold standard” in attorney ratings. It is designed to help people seeking legal representation. The ratings are a way to identify, select and evaluate the most suitable lawyer for one’s legal needs. It is an objective measurement of the lawyers professional and ethical background.

In order to achieve AV Preeminent rating, the highest rating to be achieved, Lawyers must score from 4.5 to 5.0 to be Brett Rivkind earned a score of 5.0


Top Lawyers - 2016Top Lawyers Award in 2016

Brett Rivkind was awarded the “Top Lawyers” award, as published in the Miami Herald, in recognition for his excellence and achievements by the legal community.


superlawyers logo Super Lawyer Distinction

Miami and Fort Lauderdale maritime attorney Brett Rivkind has been selected to Florida’s Super Lawyers list for 2017. This is the 9th year Mr. Rivkind has been selected. Super Lawyers is a rating service for outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of professional achievement and peer recognition. This honor is limited to only 5% of Florida attorneys. The selection process for being selected to the Super Lawyers list entails independent research by Super Lawyers as well as peer evaluation and peer nominations.


Daily Business ReviewBrett Rivkind Featured Again in Daily Business Review Article for His Win in a Major Maritime Case: "Brett Rivkind Helps Get A $6.3M Award For Royal Caribbean Janitor's On-The-Job Back Injury.”

Another article in the Daily Business Review, South Florida’s legal and business newspaper, discussing Florida boating accident attorney Brett Rivkind’s successful case, Willy Dolcin versus Royal Caribbean Cruises. In this case, a cleaner from Haiti on board a Royal Caribbean cruise ship suffered a cumulative trauma disorder involving his back, and then was provided with negligent medical care treatment. Mr. Rivkind received a jury verdict of 6.3 million dollars, the top maritime verdict and settlement in 2013.


Top Lawyers - 2015Miami Herald’s Top Lawyers Award in 2015

Brett Rivkind named by the legal community as one of the Top Lawyers of Florida as published in The Miami Herald.


who's who award Inclusion into the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who

Based on Florida’s boating accident attorney Brett Rivkind’s accomplishments and achievements in maritime and personal injury legal services, he has received inclusion into the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who. The Heritage Registry of Who’s Who is a publication that distinguishes and selects those throughout the country who have attained a recognizable degree of success in their field of endeavor and thereby have contributed to the growth of their industry.


Top Lawyers in Florida Award Legal Network’s Top Lawyers in Florida Award 2015

Brett Rivkind is listed in the 2015 annual edition of The Legal Network’s list of “Top Lawyers in Florida.” This list recognizes attorneys deemed to be of the highest in ethical standards and professional excellence.


top attorneys in florida award Top Attorneys in Florida Award 2014

Brett Rivkind is named by his peers as one of the “Top Attorneys in Florida” in 2014 as published in the Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Magazine & Orlando Life. This award was based on Mr. Rivkind’s professional achievements.


8vo Congreso Jurídico de la Abogacía Malagueña Speaker for "8vo Congreso Jurídico de la Abogacía Malagueña"

Mr. Rivkind was invited as Speaker for "8vo Congreso Jurídico de la Abogacía Malagueña" with the topic of "La Responsabilidad Civil derivada del transporte marítimo de pasajeros y tripulantes"


Maritime Blog Cruise Brett Rivkind is dedicated to bringing boaters and cruisers the latest industry news and informative articles. In his blog, Mr. Rivkind shares his vast knowledge and experience in the maritime legal field, reporting on cruise ship and boating law issues.Learn More
8 THINGS TO DO IF YOU ARE INJURED OR
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  1. The rules of the international maritime organization apply
  2. Assumption of the risk forms
  3. Be careful what you say
  4. Be careful what you write
  5. Be aware
  6. Be investigators
  7. Report immediately
  8. Month deadline so contact a maritime lawyer ASAP
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A Super Lawyer, a Lawyer of Distinction, a Top Attorney in Florida, and a Best Lawyer in America: Brett Rivkind has been recognized as each of these! However, he prides himself most as being known as a lawyer who cares and makes a difference in his clients' lives!

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!
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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
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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, 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
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