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Brett A. Rivkind

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66 W Flagler St
7th Floor
Miami, Florida 33130

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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.

World's Leading Maritime LawyerBrett Rivkind has been a frequent lecturer on maritime topics, including an invited lecturer to the State of Florida Judges at their Annual Judicial College on the topic of Maritime Law. He testified before the United States Congress as a maritime expert, and authored a paper addressing questions posed to him by the United States Congress involving passenger safety and security aboard passenger cruise ships. He has handled many high profile cases, including representation of more than a two hundred families who lost loved ones in a fire aboard a cruise ship, a case where families lost their loved ones due to the disappearance of a passenger cruise ship during a hurricane, as well as representation of the parents of George Smith in the high profile case that received national and international attention when George Smith was lost overboard during his honeymoon while a passenger aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. He has been referred internationally as a “World’s Leading Maritime Lawyer.”  He has appeared on the Larry King Live show on three different occasions. He has also appeared on numerous television shows, including,  MSNBC, Good Morning America, The Today Show, 20/20, Court T.V., Nancy Grace, Scarborough, Rita Cosby Show, Montel Williams, The Early Show, Abrams Report, Geraldo at Large, Fox News, local news channels, and Prime Time.

He is past President of the Florida Bar Admiralty Committee, and a member of the Admiralty Committee of the Association of America for Justice. He is a member of the following associations:

  • American Bar Association
  • United States District Court Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of the State of Florida
  • The Florida Bar
  • The Florida Bar Admiralty Committee
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • National College of Advocacy
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Maritime Law Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America Admiralty Committee

Mr. Rivkind has handled all types of cases: personal injuries, wrongful deaths, sexual assaults, rapes, catastrophic injuries, involving both passengers and crewmembers. His cases have included all types of injuries including brain damage, stroke, heart attacks, herniated discs, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, factures, cancer, kidney failure, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator-cuff tears, broken hips, knee replacements, and psychological and psychiatric injuries. He has also been active in handling cases on appeal involving complex issues of Admiralty and Maritime Law. He is well respected by his peers, and other Admiralty and Maritime attorneys have retained his services to argue Maritime issues on appeal.

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

Education

J.D., University of Florida, 1983
With honors

B.B.A., University of Miami, 1980

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Florida, 1983
U.S. District Court of Florida
Southern District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals
Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Dade County and American Bar Associations

The Florida Bar

Maritime Law Association of the United States

The Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Inc.

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

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
★★★★★
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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