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Jason Robert Margulies

Admiralty and maritime Attorney at Coral Gables, FL

5.0   22 reviews
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  • State Years
    Colorado - CO < 1 year
    Washington - WA 5 years
    Florida - FL 28 years
  • Licensed for less than one year
    State CO
    Acquired 2023
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2019
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1995
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jason

Learn Jason’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Admiralty and maritime
    I have been involved in litigation against every major cruise line in the world dealing with incidents in almost every major port in the United States as well as internationally. I also have experience in handling cases against the United States of America as the owner of vessels under the Suits in Admiralty Act, Public Vessels Act, and related legislation.

    30 years

  2. Litigation
    All of my cases involve litigation in either Federal or State Courts.

    30 years

  3. Personal injury
    Over 95% of my cases involve personal injury, occurring either on ships or on land.

    30 years

Jason R. Margulies is an experienced, board certified, maritime lawyer and an active trial attorney handling maritime personal injury, cruise line sexual assault and wrongful death claims.  He is a shareholder in one of the most successful maritime personal injury law firms in the world, Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. He has been named to Best Lawyers in America and his firm is named to Best Law Firms by US News & World Report, year after year. With combined experience of over 100 years, his firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Mr. Margulies has ben recognized with an AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 rating, the highest rating for both legal ability and professional and ethical standards, by Martindale-Hubbell. In addition to being an active personal injury and board certified maritime litigator, Mr. Margulies is also certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Court Mediator. Because of his extensive experience, Mr. Margulies is regularly consulted and interviewed by the news media regarding legal and safety issues concerning cruise travel.


AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2012,2011
Client's Choice
2012 2011

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Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.
2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Suite 1480
Coral Gables, FL, 33134
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.
9560 SW 107th Ave,
Suite 207
Miami, FL, 33176
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.
1325 Fourth Ave.
Suite 1744
Seattle, WA, 98101
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.
3379 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 760
Atlanta, GA, 30326
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.
5020 Montrose Boulevard
Suite 700A
Houston, TX, 77006
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.
Colorado Office
Vail, CO, 81657
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  22 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Lawyer
I hired Jason based on the firms reputation as a big guns maritime law firm. I had talked with several other maritime lawyers and Jason was the only one that gave me confidence that he could get the most for me. Though an unfortunate incident that I wish never had occurred, I felt we got as fair a settlement as were were going get without the risks involved in going to trial. Just realize these things can take a couple of years so there can be months of nothing happening. Special thank to Carol Finklehoffe. If Jason wasn't available, she was.
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Posted by Iwona | September 13, 2016
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Great lawyer
On a behalf of my entire family I would like to thank Mr Margulies and his team for what they have done to us. It was really a great pleasure to work with him. He always responded in a very professional way and was eager to explain any detail. He didn't give up even when the case looked rather poor. Thanks to his tremendous work we were able to achieve an unexpected success. I would highly recommend this lawyer to anyone.
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Posted by Connie | June 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
More than amazing
I can't tell anyone enough how great Jason is!!! My mom was able to get a hold of him while I was still on the ship experiencing issues! He was great at giving information and putting me at ease as much as possible!! He def under promises and over delievers!! He got everything done in a fast time frame! The incident happen on Nov 4th and didn't get off ship till the 14th 2015 and I got my check in hand today June 10 2016
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2016
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Professional and hard working.
Jason worked with me through out the whole time of my case and never once gave up. He's very knowledgable and amazing at his job. With out is help I would have never had the results I wanted.
Posted by Catherine | January 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and Professional
Jason Margulies gave me Excellent service ,he represented me with professionalism and explaining to me all the details about my case. He was truly amazing in litigating my case, if anyone needs an attorney this is your man, and his paralegal Maggie is amazing too!! An amazing team that you would be very happy with!! A++++ from me.
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Posted by Mary M Dipper | January 29, 2015
Dipper V Celebrity Cruiselines
It was a pleasure dealing with Mr Marguiles. Together with attorney Jackie Garcell, they were sympathetic totally honest and persistent to achieve the best possible settlement Highly recommended!
Posted by Geneva | March 24, 2014
Slip and Fall Litigation
Mr. Margulies represented me in a litigation against a cruise line. I slipped and fell while on a cruise ship in Alaska. I had a severe break to my wrist which required 3 operations. During the entire process of the litigation I was kept informed by Mr. Margulies. I am so pleased with the results that were achieved. Mr. Margulies knowledge and professionalism were outstanding. I was kept informed of the process every step of the way throughout the year and half that the case was being litigated. Mr. Margulies was able to achieve a settlement that was acceptable. I would recommend Mr. Margulies and his firm to anyone in need of an attorney. Mr. Marguilied always has the best interest of his client in mind when dealing with the other party of the litigation.
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Posted by Annette | February 2, 2014
Great Law Firm
I would like to thank Jason Marguilies and his paralegal, Maggie for all their hard work and support regarding my case. They were extremely helpful and always willing to answer any questions I had throughout the whole process. I would highly reccomend them to anyone needing assistance in a cruise related case.
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2013
Seasoned and astute attorney
I would definitely recommend attorney Jason Margulies. I did not know where to start in selecting an attorney when I needed help and so I did an Internet search. I decided to hire him for my maritime injury case based on my search, and am very happy that I did. He knows what he is doing, for sure. And he will work with you, listening to your needs.
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Posted by Fran | June 25, 2013
Definitely a go to attorney
Mr Marggulies recently transacted and settled successfully in my favor a situation where I had been wronged. His thoroughness and attention to detail as well as keeping me informed of the entire process was exemplary.I highly recommend him.
Posted by Pablo | October 25, 2012
Defend my case against Carnival Cruise Lines because some injuries
Excellent service ,he represented me with professionalism and explainning me all the details about my case.
Posted by Fern | September 25, 2012
Excellent service!
Jason Robert Margulies provided me with excellent service. He was easy to speak with, respected my views and was honest and open in our discussions. He made what could have been a stressful situation very simple and successful for me. I would recommend Jason without hesitation.
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2012
Competent, Compassionate and Professional
My daughter was a victim of a rape on a cruiseship. As a result, she suffered from panic attacks and an eating disorder. She could no longer focus or attend her school classes when she had previously been an excellent student. Because of her anger and frequent outbursts it became apparent that I would need to stay at home full time to care for her, take her to her counseling, doctor and dietician appointments and to deal with her attempts to harm herself. Our family was so fortunate to have found Mr. Margulies and his professional team. He deposed the perpetrator, tirelessly negotiated with the cruiseline and was able to settle our case in a timely manner. The process lasted about a year and a half and was incredibly healing and empowering for my daughter. Over that time, I witnessed the depth of Mr. Margulies character, his honesty, and his sincere committment to helping victims of crimes. Mr. Margulies and his team were honest, supportive, clear and thorough throughout the entire process of the lawsuit. My daughter and I owe him a deep debt of gratitude for the healing, which he had a large hand in facilitating.
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Posted by kathrine | August 23, 2011
i recommend
Mr. Magulies just settled a personal injury claim for me to my great satisfaction. During the whole process Mr. Margulies and his staff has impressed me with their attension to detail - still keeping focus on what was relevant. I had the feeling that I was incompetent hands, sympathetic, efficient and "no nonsense". Lets be honest, what matters at the end is if your lawyer gets you money or not. Mr. Magulies from Lippcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman did, and should I or anyone close to me ever need a lawyer in a similar case (though I hope not), I know whom to choose.
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Posted by Robert | July 19, 2011
On Top of the Details!
I had a hard time finding an attorney to take my case because it was against a sizeable company but Jason Margulies and his associates welcomed the opportunity to represent me. Jason and his assistant kept me informed at every turn. Whenever I had a question or required clarification, Jason and Magdalena immediately responded. At one point opposing counsel asked for (what I felt) was excessive information. When I mentioned this, Jason immediately shut down this line of inquiry. I honestly felt like he was there for me! The process to a settlement was a long one but Jason and Magdalena remained in touch. I appreciated that. By the time the case came to a favorable conclusion, I felt more like a family member than a client. I heartily recommend Mr. Margulies and his firm!
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Posted by Pat | April 19, 2011
Jason Robert Margulies
Jason is a wonderful attorney..He is very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with---great people skills! . During the course that he came to know me & my case, I felt confident that he had a thorough understanding of my case & that my best interests were his priority. He guided me through all of the required stages involving a lawsuit(This was all new to me), and it went smoothly & rather quickly. It was obvious that his honesty & expertise helped to settle my case to my satisfaction.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2011
Posted by Rick | April 19, 2011
Professional, Reliable, Attentive - The Best Route
Rated this lawyer 5 out of 5...was very attentive to my questions and requests, kept me informed as to the progress of the case, was very knowledgeable of the facts. His connections within the industry seem second to none. I was not disappointed in the least.
Posted by Kenny | April 18, 2011
A Job Well Done.
I highly recommend Mr Margulies and his Associates. Outstanding work. Very prompt and attentive to our case. Went well beyond our expectations. Could not have expected a better outcome to our complicated case. Professional and a pleasure to work with.
Posted by L | January 4, 2011
Did a wonderful job representing me. I do not feel we were compensated properly because I was having a serious health condition and could not make the trip back to FL for the final arbitration. Also there was to be 33% taken if it did not go to trial and it did not, but 40% was taken.Overall a wonderful lawyer and would strongly recommend him.
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Response from Jason Margulies April 19, 2011
Thank you for the recommendation and kind words. We were pleased that we were able to negotiate a good settlement in this case; especially in light of our client's inability to attend a trial, because of problems unrelated to the issues in the case. Further, the contingency fee schedule between us and our client, (as drafted by the Florida Supreme Court and contained within the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct), call for a 40% contingency fee after the filing of an Answer to the initial Complaint in the case - something which had occurred in this case long before we were able to obtain a favorable settlement offer.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 500-600 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-50%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Charles R. Lipcon
  • 1997 - 2002
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Philip M. Gerson
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Offices of Charles R. Lipcon
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Law Clerk
  • Judge Patti Englander Henning
  • 1992 - 1992
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  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • New York University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Walker v. FP&L, Danella Construction Corp., et al.
  • $4.4 Million Verdict
  • Involved with over $100 million in recoveries for injured clients since 2000
  • Over $100 million in recoveries


  • Florida Bar, Eleventh Circuit Grievance Committee
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Crime Victims Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Civil Circuit Certified Mediator
  • 2007 - Present
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2002 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2002 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2001 - Present
  • Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association
  • Founding Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2000 - Present
  • Florida Justice Association
  • 1996 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • 1995 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Hungarian
  • Turkish
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Honors and Awards

  • Best Law Firms
  • US News & World Report
  • 2024
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Best Lawyers
  • US News
  • 2024
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2014
  • Board Certification in Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • The Florida Bar
  • 2013
  • Advocate
  • American Association for Justice National College of Advocacy
  • 2011
  • Faculty Member
  • Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies
  • 2010
  • Most Outstanding Third Year Member
  • University of Miami Inter-American Law Review
  • 1994
  • Associate Editor
  • University of Miami Inter-American Law Review
  • 1994
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  • Inside Counsel
  • Cruise Ship Victims Can't Sue in the U.S.
  • 2012
  • Reuters
  • Cruise ship victims can't use U.S. courts: experts
  • 2011
  • Daily Business Review
  • Jury Awards $4.3 Million to Injured Miami Port Worker
  • 2010
  • Time
  • When Adventure Tourism Kills
  • 2008
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Trouble At Sea: Free-Agent Doctors
  • 2007
  • Sun Sentinel
  • Ecstasy Back At Sea, But Questions Remain About Fire A Year Ago
  • 1999
  • Reuters
  • US Couple Sues Over Ecstasy
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Morning Show WSFL-TV
  • Cruise Ship Safety
  • 2010
  • Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies
  • Maritime Law Review
  • 2010
  • CBS Radio
  • Cruise Ship Sexual Assaults
  • 2009
  • CBS Morning Show
  • Cruise Ship Crimes
  • 2009
  • George Smith Case
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (7)
Endorse Jason
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Margulies on several cruise ship injury claims. His knowledge and understanding of maritime law is unparalleled and he leverages that knowledge to obtain top recoveries for his clients. If you are looking for an attorney to represent you for an injury you suffered aboard a cruise ship, look no further. He represents client's with passion and determination."
Personal injury Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. During law school, I clerked for Jason. He is a phenomenal attorney who is truly passionate about his cases. He is knowledgeable, strategic and highly effective. You cannot go wrong with Jason Margulies or any of the attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Jason. Mr. Margulies is very professional and an extremely well qualified attorney. I look forward to our next opportunity to work together on a case."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have opposed Jason on numerous cases over the years. He exemplifies zealous, ethical, professional advocacy. I endorse/recommend him unconditionally"
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason is an outstanding lawyer in the specialized area of maritime personal law. He has represented passengers and crew members from literally around the world. He has a reputation of being highly skilled, hard working and experienced. His firm has handled some of the highest profile cases against the cruise lines. I enthusiastically endorse Jason as one of the best maritime lawyers in Miami."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Jason is the type of lawyer that we all strive to be like: intelligent, creative, hard working and passionate. I had the pleasure of conducting a jury trial in October of 2010 with Jason, where we obtained a $4.4 milliion verdict for our client. Quite simply, Jason's talents, in and out of the courtroom, put him in a league of his own."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jason is a fine Admiralty lawyer, at the top of this challenging field. Though we are in the same specialty and in a sense competitors, i know i can always rely upon Jason for his experienced input and vast knowledge of Maritime law and the right consultants to improve our cases. I am confident that Jason works very hard to apply all of his training and experience to his clients interests and gives them the same care and attention as he does when consulting with fellow lawyers in the community. I highly recommend Jason Margulies, and am proud to call him a learned colleague and friend"
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has an extensive background in maritime matters and is a highly effective litigator who works hard for his clients."
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