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Robert Louis Gardana

Robert Louis Gardana

also known as BOATLAWYER (TM)

About me

Robert L. Gardana, P.A., Focus - Admiralty and Maritime


As a U.S.C.G. Licensed Captain-Master and Attorney for over 30 years, member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, Southeast Admiralty Law Institute, Robert L. Gardana, P.A., located in Miami, Florida, home to the largest passenger port in the world, is available to handle cases against cruise lines for injuries, death, missing persons, rape, assault and excursion related injuries or death.

Our firm represents boat builders, repairers, marinas, boat yards, and many marine trades. We work with marine surveyors and other qualified marine related experts depending on the nature of the case. We provide consultation and analysis for many types of marine related clients. We have conducted marine insurance defense for multiple marine insurers. 

OUR CLIENT LISTS INCLUDES: ■ Hydra-Sports Boats - Manufacturer ■ Glass-Tech - Yacht Repair/Renov/New Builds ■ Key Largo Harbour Marina - Marina ■ Interglobal Yacht Sales and Managment ■ A-Sea Marine, Inc. - Refrigeration ■ South Diesel Group, Inc. - Propulsion ■Navatech Electronics, Inc. - Electronics ■ Plantation Boat Mart - Boat dealer ■ Antago Yachts Shipbuilders ■ Key Tow/SeaTow - Assistance/Salvage ■ B & F Marine, Inc. ■ Nautical Management Insurers ■ Northland Insurance Companies - marine underwriters ■ Washington International Insurance - Brokerage Coverage ■ Hartford Insurance - Brokerage Coverage ■ Miami Yacht Sales, Yacht Brokers ■ Reel Deal Yachts-Yacht Brokers



Supreme Court of the United States
-Admitted 2006


Florida State Bar
-Admitted September 19, 1979

United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
-Admitted General Bar 1979
-Admitted Trial Bar 1985

United States District Court, Middle District
-Admitted 1979

United States District Court, Northern District
-Admitted 1984

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
-Admitted 1979

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
-Admitted 1985



University of Florida
-Bachelor of Arts 1975

St. Mary's University of San Antonio Law School
-Juris Doctor 1979 



Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute


The Maritime Law Association of the United States
-2006 - Present


Association of Trial Lawyers of America
-1979 - 1986

American Bar Association

-Member Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee

Florida Bar Association
-1979 - Present



U.S.C.G. Licensed Captain-Master 


BoatLawyer™ is a registered Trademark of Robert L. Gardana, P.A.



Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Admiralty & Maritime: 90%
    36 years, 500 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 10%
    36 years, 250 cases



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Reshard Juquin Alexander

    I endorse this lawyer. He is well known in the maritime industry as one of the premier minds in Florida admiralty law.


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  • John M O'Brien

    I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community.


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Contact info


12350 SW 132ND COURT
MIAMI, FL, 33186


FLMember in Good Standing197909/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rated - AV PreeminentMartindale Hubbell2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerBoatLawyer.com2002 - Present
Founder and PresidentRobert L. Gardana, PA1987 - Present
AttorneyGardana & de la Puente1982 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesProctor2015 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
American Bar AssociationVice Chair 2014-2015 Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee2012 - Present
Florida Bar, Admiralty Law CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesSavalge Law Committee Member2009 - Present
Southeastern Admiralty Law InstituteMember2009 - Present
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesMember CRUISE LINES AND PASSENGER SHIPS2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Universal Medical Center of South Florida v. FortuneReversed
DODICH v. WASHINGTON INTERN. INS. CO.,Suit against yacht broker dismissed.
In re GUARDIANSHIP OF Joseph Enrique YUEN-CHON, Incompetent.Successful appointment of Grandmother
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Publication nameTitleDate
All At Sea - SoutheastWhat To Do When Your Boat Is Arrested2013
American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section newsletterTHE CHANGING WATERFRONT - AFTER LOZMAN: THE PLAINTIFF LAWYER'S PERSPECTIVE2013
All At Sea - SoutheastIf It Floats Like a Duck2013
All At Sea - SoutheastLearn The Law Before Adding Guns On Board2013
All At Sea - SoutheastMarine Insurance, What’s Covered and What’s Not?2013
All At Sea - SoutheastUnderstanding Your New Boat Warranty2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St Mary's University of San Antonio School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of FloridaSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Vessel Arrest Maritime Symposium 2015Navigating Supplemental Rule C & E2015
Florida Bar, Admiralty Law CommitteeSeaman Status - The 30% Rule of Thumb2015
American Bar AssociationMcBride - Availability of Punitive Damages in Unseaworthiness Cases2015