About Our Cruise Ship Accident Firm

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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

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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.

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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:

Florida Bar Member in Good Standing19941/30/2017
U.S. District Court, Southern District, FloridaMember in Good Standing
U.S. 11th Circuit Court of AppealsMember in Good Standing

Honors & Awards:

AwardGrantorDate Granted
Invited to receive Charter Membership/Top 1% Practicing LawyersDistinguished Justice Advocates2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008 – 2017
Miami Area, Top 100 LawyersSuper Lawyers2014 – 2017
Florida Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2011 – 2017
Florida Top 100 LawyersSuper Lawyers2015 – 2017
Lifetime MemberMillion Dollar Advocate’s Forum2001 – Present
Top South Florida LawyerDaily Business Review2016
Invited to Receive Top 100 Trial Lawyers AwardNational Trial Lawyers2016
Top LawyersSouth Florida Legal Guide2016
Top Florida LawyerMiami Herald2015
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2011 – 2017
Golden Eagle AwardFlorida Justice Association2012
Membership Drive AwardBroward County Justice Association2005
Homeless AppreciationCOSAC Foundation2000
Top Personal Injury Attorney 10.0 Out of 10.0 SuperbAVVO
Featured in The Wall Street JournalTop Attorneys in Florida2011 – 2017
Featured in Florida Trend MagazineThe State’s Legal Leaders2011, 2012
Selected for Top 1% Car Accident Lawyer  www.CarAccidentLawyer.org2012
Top 5% America’s Most Honored ProfessionalsThe American Registry2011, 2012, 2014


Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law CenterLawJD – Juris Doctor1994
Temple University – Graduated Cum Laude, with HonorsEnglishBA – Bachelor of Arts1990

Work Experience

PartnerThe Winston Law Firm2016 – Present
Managing PartnerThe Law Office of Andrew Winston2015 – Present
Managing PartnerLawlor, Winston & Murphey2009 – 2014
Managing ShareholderLawlor, Winston & Justice, P.A.1998 – 2009
Sole PractionerAndrew Y. Winston, P.A.1997 – 1998
Associate AttorneyPeterson Bernard1995 – 1997
Associate AttorneyPyzka, Kessler, Massey, Catri, Holton, Douberly et.al.1994 – 1995

Professional Associatons & Memberships

Broward County Justice AssociationOfficer2004 – 2010
Broward County Justice AssociationPresident2009
Trial Lawyers Section – Florida BarMember2000 – Present
Broward County Bar AssociationMember
American Association for JusticeMember2000 – Present
Florida Justice AssociationEagle Member1999 – Present
Florida Justice Association Broward Vanguard CommitteeMember2010 – Present
Florida Justice Association Broward Vanguard CommitteeChair2011 – Present
Florida Justice Association Nominating CommitteeMember2012 – 2014
Broward YMCA Charity Outreach CommitteeMember2008 – Present
Florida Bar Fee Arbitration ProgramAttorney Fee Arbitrator2005 – Present
Florida Bar 17th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee 17DMember2008 – 2011
Florida Bar 17th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee 17AChair2003 – 2005
Broward County Guardian Ad Litem ProgramGuardian Ad Litem for Abused/Neglected Children1993 – 2004


Broward County Justice Association Member NewsletterPresident’s Message2009

Speaking Engagements / Lectures / Presentations

Florida Justice Association/Broward County Justice Association 2009 Joint Seminar, Fort Lauderdale, FloridaModerator: Medical Malpractice, Class Actions, Qui Tam Panel Discussion2009
Florida Justice Associaton 2012 Auto Insurance Seminar, Fort Lauderdale, FloridaPractical Implications in Representing Plaintiffs in Auto Liability Cases under “New PIP”2012
Florida Justice Association 2012 Annual Convention, Marco Island, FloridaAdvanced Trial Skills Seminar: Managing a Small Personal Injury Firm in Today’s Social and Economic Environment2012
Florida Justice Association 2012 Masters of Justice, Boca Raton, Florida, October, 2012Masters of Justice2012
Nova Southeastern University Law Center, Davie, Florida, November, 2012Launching a Legal Career in the Current Economy: Job Hunting, Networking, Hanging your Own Shingle2012
Nova Southeastern University Law Center, Davie, Florida, November, 2013How to Differentiate Yourself From the Competition (Tips on Resumes, Writing Sampes, Interviews and Branding)2013


Florida Bar Grievance Committee 17DMember2003 – 2005
Florida Bar Grievance Committee 17AMember2008 – 2011
Florida Bar Grievance Committee 17AChair2011
Florida Bar Fee Arbitrator/Grievance Mediator 2005 – Present
Broward County Guardian ad litem for abused/neglected childrenVolunteer1993 – 2004
West Broward YMCA’s Charity Outreach CommitteeMember2008 – 2009
West Broward Masonic Lodge No. 253Member2009 – Present
Scottish Rite, Valley of Miami, FloridaMember2009 – Present
Florida Bar Grievance Committee 17BMember2014 – 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