About Our Cruise Ship Accident Firm

What should you look for in a cruise ship accident law firm? We believe that any good personal injury firm will offer you both the compassion and professionalism you need during this difficult time in your life. The members of your legal team should also communicate well with each other and with you, so that you understand what’s happening with your case every step of the way.

You should be able to easily contact the firm when you need legal counsel or have questions about specific aspects of your case, and they should be able to provide you with clear answers and sound advice. And, of course, the lawyers at the firm need to be well-versed in the intricacies of maritime law and cruise ship accident cases so that they can provide you with the best possible chance of winning your case and getting the compensation that you deserve.

The Winston Law Firm prides itself on striving to meet or exceed all those qualifications. Our talented team members are passionate about serving clients who have suffered cruise ship injuries and all our partners – as well as Of Counsel Mark J. Leeds – are qualified to practice maritime law in Florida. In fact, we collectively have more than 70 years experience handling cruise ship injury cases just like yours.

We, also, handle many other types of cases, and you can obtain more information about our practice at the Winston Law Firm.

Andrew Y. Winston

2924 Davie Road, #201
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

Not Just Any Attorney Can Practice Maritime Law

Maritime law, also known as admiralty law, is completely distinct from the “regular” U.S. legal system. It incorporates international law and governs criminal offenses, commercial activities, and injuries that occur at sea. Cruise ship injuries fall under this branch of the law, and cruise ship accident cases can be particularly complex.

You can’t just walk into any personal injury law firm in Florida and expect their attorneys to be qualified to handle cruise ship accident cases.  At Lawlor Winston, all four of our partners and Of Counsel, Mark J. Leeds have been handling cruise ship injury cases for decades.

We have learned the ins and outs of this complex area of the law by going up against large cruise lines, and we are able to look at your case from many different angles to come up with the strongest possible arguments in your favor. Our lawyers have also helped both passengers and cruise ship crew members fight for the monetary compensation they need after an accident, so we understand how to litigate both kinds of cases.


Serving Clients throughout South Florida

The Winston Law Firm is more than just a firm; we are an active part of our community and truly care about the people who live and work around us. We are dedicated to serving South Florida residents and visitors to South Florida who were injured aboard a cruise. We believe that whenever someone is injured as a result of the negligence of a cruise line, that cruise line needs to be held accountable and compelled to provide the compensation the injured party needs to move on with their life.

Many cruise lines, despite the fact they sail from ports around the United States and the world, have contractual “venue” provisions in their tickets that require you file suit, if at all, in Federal Court located in Miami-Dade, Florida.  That is why you need a South Florida cruise accident firm like Lawlor Winston.

Our office is located in Davie, Florida, but we are proud to serve the entire state of Florida, including:

  • Broward County
  • Cooper City
  • Coral Springs
  • Dade County
  • Dania
  • Davie
  • Deerfield
  • Fort Lauderdale 
  • Hallendale
  • Hollywood
  • Lauderdale Lakes
  • Lauderhill
  • Margate
  • Miramar
  • Miami
  • Oakland Park
  • Palm Beach County
  • Parkland
  • Pembroke Pines
  • Plantation
  • Pompano Beach
  • Sunrise
  • Weston

We Work on a Contingency Basis – Here’s Why

Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer Andrew WinstonIf you or someone you love has recently suffered a cruise ship accident, you have enough to worry about. You may still be recuperating in the hospital, struggling with large medical bills, and wondering how you are going to move on from all this. You shouldn’t have to worry about attorney fees and the cost of representation on top of everything else.

That’s why at the Winston Law Firm, we are committed to working on a contingency basis. That means that we do not ask our clients to pay anything unless and until we recover them the compensation that they deserve. This allows us to provide a high-level of representation to folks who would not otherwise be able to afford expensive legal fees.  This levels the playing field with the cruise lines, who have nearly unlimited resources. With our contingency policy, you stand much to gain by working with the Law Office of Andrew Winston.

Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by calling us at 954-606-6606, or toll-free at 866-306-9606, or fill out our quick and easy online case review form and one of our attorneys will get back to you promptly.

Bar Admissions:

State Status Acquired Updated
Florida Bar  Member in Good Standing 1994 1/30/2017
U.S. District Court, Southern District, Florida Member in Good Standing
U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Member in Good Standing

Honors & Awards:

Award Grantor Date Granted
Invited to receive Charter Membership/Top 1% Practicing Lawyers Distinguished Justice Advocates 2016
AV Preeminent Rated Martindale-Hubbell 2008 – 2017
Miami Area, Top 100 Lawyers Super Lawyers 2014 – 2017
Florida Super Lawyers Super Lawyers 2011 – 2017
Florida Top 100 Lawyers Super Lawyers 2015 – 2017
Lifetime Member Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum 2001 – Present
Top South Florida Lawyer Daily Business Review 2016
Invited to Receive Top 100 Trial Lawyers Award National Trial Lawyers 2016
Top Lawyers South Florida Legal Guide 2016
Top Florida Lawyer Miami Herald 2015
Legal Elite Florida Trend Magazine 2011 – 2017
Golden Eagle Award Florida Justice Association 2012
Membership Drive Award Broward County Justice Association 2005
Homeless Appreciation COSAC Foundation 2000
Top Personal Injury Attorney 10.0 Out of 10.0 Superb AVVO
Featured in The Wall Street Journal Top Attorneys in Florida 2011 – 2017
Featured in Florida Trend Magazine The State’s Legal Leaders 2011, 2012
Selected for Top 1% Car Accident Lawyer   www.CarAccidentLawyer.org 2012
Top 5% America’s Most Honored Professionals The American Registry 2011, 2012, 2014


School Major Degree Graduated
Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center Law JD – Juris Doctor 1994
Temple University – Graduated Cum Laude, with Honors English BA – Bachelor of Arts 1990

Work Experience

Position Company Duration
Partner The Winston Law Firm 2016 – Present
Managing Partner The Law Office of Andrew Winston 2015 – Present
Managing Partner Lawlor, Winston & Murphey 2009 – 2014
Managing Shareholder Lawlor, Winston & Justice, P.A. 1998 – 2009
Sole Practioner Andrew Y. Winston, P.A. 1997 – 1998
Associate Attorney Peterson Bernard 1995 – 1997
Associate Attorney Pyzka, Kessler, Massey, Catri, Holton, Douberly et.al. 1994 – 1995

Professional Associatons & Memberships

Association Position Duration
Broward County Justice Association Officer 2004 – 2010
Broward County Justice Association President 2009
Trial Lawyers Section – Florida Bar Member 2000 – Present
Broward County Bar Association Member
American Association for Justice Member 2000 – Present
Florida Justice Association Eagle Member 1999 – Present
Florida Justice Association Broward Vanguard Committee Member 2010 – Present
Florida Justice Association Broward Vanguard Committee Chair 2011 – Present
Florida Justice Association Nominating Committee Member 2012 – 2014
Broward YMCA Charity Outreach Committee Member 2008 – Present
Florida Bar Fee Arbitration Program Attorney Fee Arbitrator 2005 – Present
Florida Bar 17th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee 17D Member 2008 – 2011
Florida Bar 17th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee 17A Chair 2003 – 2005
Broward County Guardian Ad Litem Program Guardian Ad Litem for Abused/Neglected Children 1993 – 2004


Publication Title Date
Broward County Justice Association Member Newsletter President’s Message 2009

Speaking Engagements / Lectures / Presentations

Conference Title Date
Florida Justice Association/Broward County Justice Association 2009 Joint Seminar, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Moderator: Medical Malpractice, Class Actions, Qui Tam Panel Discussion 2009
Florida Justice Associaton 2012 Auto Insurance Seminar, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Practical Implications in Representing Plaintiffs in Auto Liability Cases under “New PIP” 2012
Florida Justice Association 2012 Annual Convention, Marco Island, Florida Advanced Trial Skills Seminar: Managing a Small Personal Injury Firm in Today’s Social and Economic Environment 2012
Florida Justice Association 2012 Masters of Justice, Boca Raton, Florida, October, 2012 Masters of Justice 2012
Nova Southeastern University Law Center, Davie, Florida, November, 2012 Launching a Legal Career in the Current Economy: Job Hunting, Networking, Hanging your Own Shingle 2012
Nova Southeastern University Law Center, Davie, Florida, November, 2013 How to Differentiate Yourself From the Competition (Tips on Resumes, Writing Sampes, Interviews and Branding) 2013


Association Position Duration
Florida Bar Grievance Committee 17D Member 2003 – 2005
Florida Bar Grievance Committee 17A Member 2008 – 2011
Florida Bar Grievance Committee 17A Chair 2011
Florida Bar Fee  Arbitrator/Grievance Mediator  2005 – Present
Broward County Guardian ad litem for abused/neglected children Volunteer 1993 – 2004
West Broward YMCA’s Charity Outreach Committee Member 2008 – 2009
West Broward Masonic Lodge No. 253 Member 2009 – Present
Scottish Rite, Valley of Miami, Florida Member 2009 – Present
Florida Bar Grievance Committee 17B Member 2014 – Present


Date of Birth: April 6, 1968

Married, two children

3° Master Mason, West Broward Lodge No. 253 F.&A.M.

32° Master Mason, Scottish Rite, Vale of Miami

Noble of Mahi Shrine, Miami Shriners International

4th Degree Black Belt, Chung-Do Kwon Karate

3rd Degree Black Belt, ITF Taekwon-Do

Member, Fort Lauderdale Flamingos Masters Lacrosse Team