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Michael A. Winkleman

Michael A. Winkleman

Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A.
  • Maritime Law, Personal Injury, Appeals & Appellate
  • Florida
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An active trial and appellate attorney at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. He has been featured in the Daily Business Review and has made dozens of television appearances including The Today Show, 20/20, Inside Edition, Fox News, and various others. He handles all personal injury, cruise line sexual assault and wrongful death claims, as well as complex business disputes, such as Bad Faith Insurance disputes.

Practice Areas
  • Maritime Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Appeals & Appellate
Additional Practice Areas
  • Boating Accidents
  • Cruise Ship Injury Law
  • Cruise Ship Rape
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
11th Circuit
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Trial and Appellate attorney and Partner
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A.
St. Thomas University School of Law
J.D. (2006) | Doctor of Law
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Top Attorneys Under 40
Florida Trend Magazine
Professional Associations
The Florida Bar # 0036719
Appellate Committee of the Florida Justice Association
American Bar Association
Dade County Bar Association
Activities: Appellate Practice Committee and Judicial Outreach Committee
Miami Dade Justice Association
Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association
Southeastern Admiralty Lawyers Institute
Speaking Engagements
Cruise Ship Accidents Involving Children
ABC10 News
Atlantis Paradise Island Resort Victim News Coverage
CBS4 News
Cruise Ship Lifeguards to Reduce Drowning
NBC6 News
Carnival Cruise Drowning
FoxNews Channel 13
Things to Look Out For While Traveling the Holiday Season
Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered

Q. My wife slipped on a wet deck recently on a cruise down to Mexico - how long would we have to file a lawsuit?
A: I hope your wife is doing OK. The answer to your question will depend on the fine print of your cruise ticket contract but with most major cruise lines: Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL, there is a 6 month notice requirement (which means you must give written notice within 6 months of the date of the incident), and a one year statute of limitations (which means any case must be filed within 1 year of the date of the incident. Most importantly, this same fine print requires that any case be filed in Miami, Florida. This is a called a forum selection clause and they are enforceable. Feel free to contact me directly at as the entirety of our legal practice is devoted to helping cruise ship passengers and crewmembers recovery for injuries sustained while at sea.
Q. What is the statute of limitations under the Jones Act for injuries at sea?
A: 3 years from the date of the incident
Q. If I was injured while at sea but the boat owner isn't a US citizen, can I still sue in US court?
A: It depends. It doesn't really matter whether the shipowner is a US citizen, what matters is how much contact the boat has with the US or any particular state, in order to determine whether there is jurisdiction. Are you a passenger or a crewmember?
Q. Is the Death On The High Seas Act a claim a family member can file in addition to a wrongful death claim, or instead of
A: They are practically the same thing. If a death occurs on the high seas you must file a lawsuit under the death on the high seas act. There are very few exceptions to this.
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Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A.
2 S Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1776
Miami, FL 33131
Toll-Free: (877) 233-1238