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Carol L. Finklehoffe - Coral Gables, FL

2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd.Suite 1480 Coral Gables, FL 33134

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Updated: 03/21/2024

Coral Gables Maritime Lawyer

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Carol L. Finklehoffe is an “AV” rated trial attorney with over 20 years of experience practicing throughout the State of Florida in both state and federal courts. She is also admitted to practice in California and Massachusetts.

The main concentration of her practice relates to complex personal injury, resort law, wrongful death, sexual assault and medical malpractice...

Carol L. Finklehoffe is an “AV” rated trial attorney with over 20 years of experience practicing throughout the State of Florida in both state and federal courts. She is also admitted to practice in California and Massachusetts.

The main concentration of her practice relates to complex personal injury, resort law, wrongful death, sexual assault and medical malpractice. Ms. Finklehoffe is also a skilled maritime lawyer who has developed an expertise in cases involving cruise ship passengers and maritime crew members on various types of commercial and private vessels. She is a Certified Specialist in Maritime and Admiralty Law and Board Certified in Maritime Law. Ms. Finklehoffe is also the Chair of the Cruise Line and Passenger Ship Committee for the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

Before specializing in protecting the rights of the wrongfully injured, Ms. Finklehoffe spent over a decade working as a defense attorney for the cruise lines, as well as ship owners and operators. Her experience gives her a unique insight into the maritime industry and provides her with an advantage in advocating for the rights of the injured passengers and crewmembers.

Ms. Finklehoffe lectures to maritime industry groups speaking on various issues, including Prosecuting and Defending Sexual Assaults Occurring Aboard Cruise Ships, Liability for Medical Malpractice Occurring on Cruise Ships, and Liability for Cruise Ship Tour Operators. She is also a frequent commentator on national news.

She is also a trained Civil Circuit Court Mediator.

Ms. Finklehoffe was raised in Florida. She graduated from Boston College (‘91 magna cum laude) and the University of Miami School of Law (‘94 cum laude).

About Carol L. Finklehoffe

Practice Areas

  • Maritime

Languages

  • English

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1994
  • Massachusetts, 1996
  • California, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1995

Specialties and Certifications

  • Admiralty & Maritime Law Certified Specialist (CA)
  • Civil Circuit Court Mediator (certification pending)

Other Affiliations

  • Maritime Law Association, 2013 - Present (Proctor & Chair Cruise Line and Passenger Committee)
  • Florida Maritime Lawyers Associations (Treasurer, Board of Directors & Charter Member)
  • Cruise Line International Association (Executive Partner & Lecturer)
  • Women’s International Shipping & Trade Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Miami Dade Bar Association
  • North Dade Bar Association
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, 1994
    J.D.
    Honors: cum laude
  • Boston College, 1991
    B.S.
    Honors: magna cum laude

Classes and Seminars

  • Anthem of the Seas, Rudy Maxa’s World
  • A Plaintiff’s View on Death on the High Seas (DOHSA) and Maritime Damages, Maritime Law Association, Bermuda
  • Time has Passed Barbetta By: Washing Away Over 100 Years of Outdated Precedent, Admiralty Law Institute
  • Your Legal Rights, KALW 91.7 FM radio, a part of NPR Digital Network
  • Traps and Pitfalls Under the New Medicare Lien Law, Maritime Law Association, Passenger and Cruise Line Committee
  • Prosecuting and Defending Sexual Assaults, Maritime Law Association, Passenger and Cruise Line Committee
  • Food Poisoning and Cruise Ships, Cruise Line International Association Legal & Insurance Seminar
  • Liability for Independent Contractors, Maritime Law Association, Passenger and Cruise Line Committee
  • The Effects of Medicare/Medicaid on Settlements, UK P&I Club Bodily Injury Team Conference

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Carol L. Finklehoffe

Honors

  • Martindale-Hubble Peer Review, AV – Rated attorney

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Office Information

Address

2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd.Suite 1480 Coral Gables, FL 33134

Office Hours

9am - 5pm M-F, or by appointment

Publication

Articles

  • Time has Passed Barbetta By: Washing Away Over 100 Years of Outdated Precedent, Tulane Law Journal, March, 2015
  • Cruise Line Passenger Bill of Rights, Maritime Law Association Report, Document 812, Page 17894 , 2013
  • Navigating Obstacles Created by Cruise Lines in Shore Excursion Tragedies, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Journal, Vol.6, No.3, 2013
  • Cruise Ship Passenger Litigation: An Ocean of Opportunity, Bill of Particulars, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, Vol. 1, 2012
  • Update on the Implementation of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 (CVSSA), Maritime Law Association Report, Document 804, Page 16514, 2011
  • Shipboard Releases – The Next Battle Ground, Maritime Law Association Report, Document 800, Page 16247, 2011
  • Enactment of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, The Maritime Law Association Report, Spring/Fall, 2010
  • Medicare’s Mandatory Reporting Program, The Maritime Law Association Report, Fall 2009/Spring 2010
  • Sea Food – Who is Liable for a Bad Catch? An Analysis of a Ship Owner’s Liability for Claims of Food Poisoning, University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal, Vol. 19, Page 119, 2006

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