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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.

Former Cruise Ship Lawyer Turns Tables on Industry, Registers big Wins for Plaintiffs

Brett A. Rivkind has been practicing for 23 years. He turned his early experience and insight gained while defending cruise lines into a tremendous benefit for victims of accidents and crimes aboard cruise ships, amazing multiple million-dollar settlements and verdicts.

Passengers and crew members from around the world seek Brett Rivkind’s representation when they have been injured or victimized on a cruise ship, yacht, boat or other water craft. Whether the case involves an injury, assault, food poisoning, rape, wrongful death or a disappearance, clients know Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A. will protect their rights and vigorously pursue just compensation through aggressive negotiation and litigation.

Other attorneys also seek Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A. counsel on maritime injury cases and appeals because of the firm’s exceptional skills and expertise in this complex area of law.

This expertise has led to multiple successes on behalf of clients, some in high-profile cases, including:

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$10 million lawsuit filed after man falls from Royal Caribbean ship's Sky Pad ride

A passenger who said he fell from a new bungee trampoline feature on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas has filed a lawsuit against the Miami-based cruise line. Casey Holladay, 25, was trying out the cruise ship’s new SkyPad last month when he suddenly fell about 20 feet from the ride, according to WTVJ-Ch. 6.

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Man sues Royal Caribbean for $10M after fall from ride

Casey Holladay broke his pelvis on the Mariner of the Seas’ new trampoline attraction, Sky Pad,
in February when the bungees attached to his harness snapped as he was in midair. Now he’s
suing Royal Caribbean.

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Man Plummets to Deck From Cruise Ship Adventure Ride

A man was seriously injured when he crashed to the deck on a cruise ship. NBC 6 investigates
what went wrong and his warnings to other people looking for an adventure on a cruise.

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Passenger Sues Royal Caribbean Over Bungee Trampoline Nightmare (Newspaper article)

Miami maritime injury lawyer Brett A. Rivkind has filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. on behalf of a man whose harness failed when he took part in an onboard bungee trampoline activity that sent him onto the deck floor.

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Passenger Sues Royal Caribbean Over Bungee Trampoline Nightmare

Miami maritime injury lawyer Brett A. Rivkind has filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. on behalf of a man whose harness failed when he took part in an onboard bungee trampoline activity that sent him onto the deck floor.

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Passenger who broke pelvis on Royal Caribbean attraction sues

A 25-year-old man is taking legal action against Royal Caribbean because he hasn't bounced back from an injury suffered aboard one of its cruise ships, according to reports.

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Royal Caribbean passenger suing for $10 million after breaking pelvis during 20-foot trampoline fall

One Royal Caribbean passenger is suing the cruise line $10 million after he broke his pelvisin a 20-foot fall from the Sky Pad bungee trampoline aboard the Mariner of the Seas ship. The Washington man has reportedly suffered permanent injuries and a disability as a result of the incident.

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Brett Rivkind featured in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Internationally renowned attorney Brett Rivkind selected by his peers for the 2019 Edition of
The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Maritime Law.

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Are Cruise Ships Liable if Something Goes Wrong
During an Excursion

Passengers of cruise ships injured or killed during shore excursions: Is the cruise ship company liable if something goes wrong the excursion they promote and sell to the passenger?

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Teen's Assault on Cruise Ship Caught on Surveillance Camera

Passengers of cruise ships injured or killed during shore excursions: Is the cruise ship company liable if something goes wrong the excursion they promote and sell to the passenger?

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Miami-Based Admiralty and Maritime Attorney Brett Rivkind Recognized in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers In America

Best Lawyers is one of the oldest legal ranking services worldwide. In order to be recognized by Best Lawyers, an attorney must be evaluated and rated by both their peers and clients.

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Deaths of American couple aboard riverboat put spotlight on decades-old law

The deaths of an American couple aboard a riverboat cruising on the Amazon River last year has put a spotlight on a decades-old law that critics say limits the liability of boat and cruise companies operating in international waters.

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Obscure 1920 Law May Prevent Cruise Ship Company From Paying Up In Wrongful Death Case

Larry and Kristy Hammer, ages 74 and 72 respectively, stepped on a brand new cruise ship in Peru last year, operated in Alabama company International Expeditions, excited to experience the natural beauties the Amazon River had to offer.

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Couple seeks millions alleging negligence caused husband's injuries on Carnival water slide

Kieran Michael Gulas and Cecilia Gulas field a complaint on March 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against NCL (Bahamas) LTD, doing business as Norwegian Cruise Lines, alleging negligence.

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Maritime Law Firm Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A. Brings Lawsuit in Excess of $5 Million on Behalf of Cruise Ship Passenger for Serious Injuries

A passenger on a Norwegian Cruise Line Cruise Ship has hired nationally renowned Maritime attorney Brett Rivkind, lead attorney of the Miami-based law firm Rivkind and Margulies, P.A., to file suit on his behalf.

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Report on Gretna couple's death in cruise ship fire finds fault with ship's safety features, crew's training

A Peruvian Navy report on the deaths of a Gretna couple during a cruise on the Amazon has confirmed the worst fears of their family, their two daughters say.

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Tragedy at sea- Cruise ship responsible for couple's death, report finds

A year ago this week, on the first night of a long-planned cruise in the Peruvian Amazon, Larry and Christy Hammer, retirees in their early 70s, were killed in a fire that broke out in their cabin on the 31-passenger La Estrella Amazonica.

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Attorney Gets $6.3M award for Injured Janitor

A year ago this week, on the first night of a long-planned cruise in the Peruvian Amazon, Larry and Christy Hammer, retirees in their early 70s, were killed in a fire that broke out in their cabin on the 31-passenger La Estrella Amazonica.

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Cruise Industry Counts Cost of Costa Concordia Sinking

The Costa Concordia tragedy, in which at least 11 people died when the cruise ship hit rocks off the italian coast, will dampen the prospects of the cruise line industry, already reeling under the pressures of the eurozone crisis and the global economic slowdown, experts have warned.

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“Jury Awards Cruise Janitor $6.3M for on-the-job injury”

A Miami jury awarded $6.3 million to a Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. janitor who was injured on the job and then sent to the Dominican Republic for back surgery.

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In 2009, plaintiff Willy Alphonse Dolcin, 38, worked seven days a week, 10 hours a day, as a janitor on the Royal Caribbean Cruises' Jewel of the Seas, a schedule he had maintained since 2007.

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Cruise ship victims can't use U.S. courts: experts

NEW YORK Victims of the Italian cruise ship disaster who might seek to sue in the United States, where damages lawsuits are a virtual industry, may be barred from doing so.

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Cruise ship safety training, enforcement varies

With all the reports of confusion during the evacuation of the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship in Italy, CBS News correspondent Mark Strassman decided to look into the training the crews receive.

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Good Question: What's Keeping Us Safe At Sea?

WCCO-TV is part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corp. and one of the largest network-owned station groups in the country.

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Lawyer says overboard cruise passenger could have been saved

The mother of a 21-year-old woman who fell overboard from a cruise ship last month has hired a lawyer who specializes in such cases.

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Mother disappointed in cruise ship's search efforts

The mother of a 21-year-old woman who fell overboard from a cruise ship last month has hired a lawyer who specializes in such cases.

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Attorney attains $2.14 million for injured cruise-line steward

It was the end of a routine voyage aboard Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas in May 2005 when cabin steward Virginia Walton had an accident that would change her life.

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Cruise disaster firm linked to legal fight over Irish girls death

The cruise company behind the crash off Italy's coast was previously embroiled in a legal battle over the death of an Irish schoolgirl, it has emerged.

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Clear Negligence in Costa Concordia Accident, Miami Maritime Lawyer Says

Days later, it's still a surreal image: a modern cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, listing on its side off the coast of Italy.

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Woman Who Fell Off Allure of the Seas Could Have Been Saved

The Tennessee woman who fell off the Allure of the Seas recently could have been saved if crew members had begun searching for her immediately, her mother said.

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Cruising into Turbulent waters

If MARITIME superstition is to be believed, the Costa Concordia was destined for disaster - the champagne bottle didn't break against its hull when it was christened.

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More cruise lines add liquor to one-price drink packages

Cruise lines are starting to sell mixed-drink packages that cover an entire cruise, helping travelers avoid sticker shock when they get their final onboard bill.

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Maritime Attorney Brett Rivkind Expresses Shock Over Costa Concordia Deadly Crash

Brett Rivkind has been handling maritime cases for almost 30 years and thought he had seen it all. “I am shocked a modern day cruise liner like this can strike rocks in shallow waters and then almost sink.

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Prominent maritime attorney speaks out about the capsized Costa Concordia

Brett Rivkind has been handling maritime cases for almost 30 years and thought he had seen it all. “I am shocked a modern day cruise liner like this can strike rocks in shallow waters and then almost sink.

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Was it Murder - Author of new book on disappearance of George Smith says "Yes"

The disappearance of George Smith IV of Greenwich on his honeymoon cruise in the Mediterranean six years ago is the subject of a new book, "Man Overboard -- Inside the Honeymoon Cruise Murder (Lyons Press, $14.95)," by author Joan Lownds of Naugatuck, a former reporter for Greenwich Citizen.

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Man Overboard a Tragic Tale

Area author provides insight, compassion in her story of the young Greenwich man who vanished on his honeymoon cruise. Her labors are captured in Man Overboard: Inside the Honeymoon Cruise Murder (Globe Pequot Press; $14.95), which was published on Sept. 1 and is available online and at bookstores.

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Naugatuck Author Publishes Man Overboard About 2005 Murder in Greenwich

Author Joan Lownds provides insight, compassion in her story of the young Greenwich man
who vanished on his honeymoon cruise. When one writes a book review, it’s a good idea to be
objective. Or at least pretend to be impartial.

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Maritime Attorney Brett Rivkind Speaks to Australian Newspaper About Costa Concordia Disaster

Brett Rivkind was quoted in the Australian press about the Costa Concordia incident, which has raised many concerns about cruise ship safety. There were more than 25 passengers aboard the Costa Concordia that are from Australia.

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Lynsey's Parents Hire Top Lawyer to Sue Cruise Line for Millions

The family of a teenager who fell to her death on a cruise has hired the world's leading maritime lawyer to take a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the cruise company.

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Local lawyers command law on the high seas

In the past year cruise lines have certainly captured the headline — but not in a way the like. Reports of missing persons, especially the high-profile case of George Smith.

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Law on the High Seas

How many lawyers does it take to sue a cruise line? Only one, or one too many if you're a cruise line.

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100M Suit Rams Into Cruise Line

The CRUISE SHIP rocked by a 70-foot wave in April was put into harm's way when its owners ordered it to race back to New York for a photoshoot with “The Apprentice”, according to a $100 million lawsuit filed on passengers' behalf yesterday.

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$100M-24 demand payout for hell cruise

Two dozen passengers sued the Norwegian Cruise Line for $100 million yesterday after one of its ships was battered by a fierce storm while racing back to New York for a tv shoot for “The Apprentice”.

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Cruise Ship Crime Jurisdiction Often Murky

Utah construction worker Kade McRae sat alone in his cruise ship stateroom enveloped in uncertainty.

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Lawyer Suggests Missing Cruise Passenger's Wife Was Drugged

An attorney for the parents of a man who disappeared from a cruise ship suggested
Thursday that the man's newlywed wife, who was found unconscious far from their cabin, may have been
drugged.

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NCL Negligent, Passengers Say- Cruise Line Sued Over Encounter With Rogue Wave

Did the cruise ship Norwegian Dawn sail into a heavy storm to keep an
appointment to appear in the TV show The Apprentice in April? Norwegian
Cruise Line denies it.

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Interview with Family of George Smith

Tonight, exclusive, Hedda Nussbaum 18 years ago in a crime that shocked America, her live-in lover Joel Steinberg beat her brutally and killer their adopted daughter.

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The Art of Piracy

Say your industry's biggest image problem used to be the notion that all of your customers were newlyweds and nearly deads hoping to find themselves in a buffet line with Kathie Lee Gifford.

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Screwed If By Sea

Doran McDonald reached Miami International Airport at dawn, limping and hopping to a pay phone after his third flight in 24 hours. His right leg had been boiled, and the odor of decay oozed from his burned flesh.

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THE LAWYER THAT CARES AND MAKES A DIFFERENCE

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 HALL OF FAME

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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