Lawlor, White & Murphey – Cruise Accident Lawyers You Can Trust

Though Florida boasts 1,197 miles of coastline and more than 900,000 registered boats, the average Florida resident is unfamiliar with maritime law. Indeed, even many attorneys are inexperienced in this complex and highly specialized area of the law.

But maritime law is incredibly important to Florida residents, tourists, and employees, as it governs all incidents that occur on the water. Whether you are taking a vacation on a cruise, renting a yacht for the afternoon, or working on a commercial sea vessel, maritime law will affect you if you are on or near any body of water.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or harm on a cruise ship or other vessel, you need an experienced maritime attorney to protect your rights. Since maritime law is complicated and different from traditional personal injury laws, a standard attorney is unlikely to be able to provide you with the guidance and representation you need. Only a maritime attorney has the education, experiences, and resources you need to seek justice for your cruise ship injury or maritime accident.

At Lawlor, White & Murphey, our cruise ship accident attorneys have more than 40 years of experience with cruise law litigation. We have helped countless clients and their families through cruise ship accident cases, working tirelessly to protect their rights & securing fair compensation. Over the years, we have gained a reputation as a leading authority in maritime law due to our fierce determination, high moral standards, and innovative strategies.


A Florida SuperLawyer for the last three years in a row, John K. Lawlor started the firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey in 1998, and has been practicing in South Florida since 1995. Mr. Lawlor has been admitted to practice before all Florida courts and the United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals & has an incredibly varied legal background, but his focuses are in complex personal injury, medical malpractice, & wrongful death cases. He heads up the firm’s litigation and trial practice division, and has a passion for taking on large organizations that harm Florida’s citizens and do damage to our communities.


Mr. White has been practicing law in South Florida since 1994. An honored member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Anthony B. White has handled all kinds of civil litigation cases and was a founding member of Botsford & White before becoming a partner at Lawlor, White & Murphey in 2009. He has extensive experience in wrongful death, car accidents, personal injury, cruise ship injuries and premises liability, and his goal is always to do his best to help wronged individuals and families in Florida.


Mr. Murphy’s experience includes personal injury, auto accidents, maritime injuries and labor disputes, Mr. Murphey is a fantastic person to have in your corner whether you have been harmed on a cruise as a passenger or an employee. Since graduating from law school cum laude in 2006, Mr. Murphey has been able to help countless people in the community while being admitted to practice before all Florida Courts, the United States District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Experienced Cruise Injury Lawyers Define Maritime Law

Maritime law—often referred to as admiralty law—is a body of laws that incorporate international law and govern matters involving business, crime, and injuries that occur on the open water. This includes incidents occurring on ocean, inland, and coastal navigable waterways on vessels such as cruise ships, yachts, ferries, and fish boats.

Maritime law can trace its roots back to 1920, when Congress passed a measure to protect workers injured at sea called the Jones Act. Today, the protective provisions of the Jones Act have been expanded to include anyone who is injured on open water, including:

  • Cruise ship passengers
  • Merchant marines
  • Cruise ship employees
  • Harbor or dock workers
  • Ferry passengers
  • Offshore oil workers
  • Yacht guests
  • Commercial fishermen
  • Passengers on crashed airplanes
  • Any kind of worker on a commercial sea vessel

After falling victim to an accident, injury, or crime at sea or other body of water, families and individuals can fight to protect their rights in court. A maritime attorney will be an invaluable ally throughout your case, helping you understand your options and the unique nuances of maritime law.

With more than 40 years of experience in maritime law and cruise ship accidents, the cruise injury attorneys at Lawler, White & Murphey are in a unique position to help cruise ship passengers and other victims who have suffered injury or harm aboard a vessel. Our attorneys have been recognized for being some of the best maritime attorneys in the nation—a reputation that is backed by countless successful cases. We take great pride in the defending the rights of the victims of cruise ship accidents and other maritime injuries, driven by a goal of defending public safety and upholding justice.

What to Look for in a Maritime Accident Attorney

It cannot be stressed enough—when you are seeking justice for an injury or wrong that occurred at sea, a standard personal injury attorney will not suffice. Such a case requires the knowledge, guidance, and experience of seasoned maritime attorney.

A competent cruise ship accident attorney will be able to handle your case with both compassion and professionalism. Your attorney should communicate clearly, thoroughly explaining your options, answering questions, and addressing your unique needs. Your attorney should be intimately familiar with cruise ship accident cases and admiralty law so they can offer the exceptional representation and counsel you need.

More than anything else, the Law Office of Lawlor, White & Murphey values integrity, honesty, and communication with our clients. We have worked hard to get to where we are today, fearlessly and relentlessly pursing justice against major cruise lines and committing ourselves first and foremost to our clients and their families.

We are backed by a top support staff, and partnerships with experts in the fields of medicine, health, law enforcement, security, economics, and engineering, who help us support our client’s cases. We are known for our unparalleled resources, innovative strategies, and dedication to clients and our community.

Cruise Injury Attorneys Committed to Florida Families and the Community

At Lawlor, White & Murphey, we consider it a privilege to be able to help the families of our community pursue compensation for medical treatment and support for recovery. We are guided by a passion for public safety and a strong sense of responsibility to our state and country. We strongly believe that everyone should be able to secure the medical treatment and support needed to heal after suffering injury or harm.

We stand against massive cruise ships that attempt to bully passengers and employees into accepting unfair settlements, or frighten them into silence. At Lawlor, White & Murphey, our cruise accident attorneys strive to make our clients’ voice heard, standing up for their rights in the face of even the biggest and most influential cruise lines.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury, harm, or wrong on a cruise ship, you may be feeling angry, upset, and unsure of your next move. After seeking medical treatment, you should contact Lawlor, White & Murphey—we will take it from here. We will help you understand your rights and file a claim against the negligent party who caused your accident. If it becomes necessary, we will defend your rights in court to ensure you receive the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other costs related to recovery. We will take care of the legal part, while you and your family focus on healing.

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