Verdicts and Settlements

First Class Action in Admiralty Allowed

Error in Medical Negligence Case to not Allow Interrogatories Regarding Textbooks Regarded as Authoritative by Defendant Physician

Error to Allow Proof of Receipt of Workers Compensation Benefits into Evidence at Trial

Even Though Seaman Settled Injury Claim Prior to His Death, His Family Could Make a Second Recovery for the Same Accident

Seaman Did Not Need an Expert Witness at Trial

Physician with Staff Privileges had Claim Against Hospital for Tortious Interference, Breach of Contract and Good Faith Claims Where Hospital Interfered with Patient Referrals

Seaman had Retaliatory Discharge Claim Against Vessel Owner by Reason of Being Fired for Refusing to Lie Under Oath for the Shipping Company

Federal Court Rules Seafarers who Become Sick or Injured While Working on a Ship are Entitled to Lost Tips as Part of Their Sick Wages Under Maintenance and Cure

State Medical Malpractice Presuit Procedures Did Not Apply to Claim of Medical Negligence by Passenger Against Doctor and Nurse on Cruise Line Vessel

Seafarer Injured in Separate Accident on Land While Getting Maintenance and Cure From the Shipowner or Employer Was Entitled to Received Continued Maintenance and Cure for the Separate Accident

Supreme Court rules that seaman can recover punitive damages in admiralty for maintenance and cure situations.

Casenote on Carlisle v. Carnival – cruise passenger Carlisle was the first or one of the first cruise passengers to have a successful medical malpractice claim against a cruise line.

Cruise Lines Held Liable to Passenger for the Negligence of Ship’s Doctor, Even Though Doctor is an Independent Contractor

First Asbestos Trial Against Cruise Line Yields $3.6 Million Awarded to Estate of Shipboard Electrician

Read about our Landmark Cases

See a list of some of the cases we have settled

Willie R. Walker vs. Florida Power & Light Company: 4,300,000

Andersen vs. Sky Cruises: $6,100,000

Sosa vs. M/V Lago Izabal: $25,843,903

Honors and Awards

Lead Counsel Rated

American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys- 10 Best in Client Satisfaction, 2015-2016

Global Law Experts- 2015 Awards Winner

Top Attorneys in Florida, Miami Herald, 2015

Avvo Client Choice, 2014

Avvo Superb Rating- Top Attorney Maritime

Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell (26 consecutive years)

Super Lawyers, 2008-2016

Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2017

The “Top Law Firm Protecting Seafarer Rights” 

Best Lawyers Best Law Firm

Best Lawyers Best Law Firm

Bar/Professional Activity

Multi-Million Dollar Associates Forum

The American Association for Justice.

Million Dollar Associates Forum

Florida Bar


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