“Our challenge goes beyond simply resolving claims; it extends to protecting the ongoing business interests of our clients.  We make favorable law for those we serve.” 

As one of only a handful of Florida lawyers certified in both civil trial law and admiralty & maritime law, Richard McAlpin combines his unique qualifications with over thirty years of trial experience. Richard’s rare, real world experience in the industry – everything from marine salvage to commercial towing to professional yacht operations – has proven valuable in defending a wide range of maritime disputes at both the state and federal level. 

Richard holds the highest attainable rating, “AV”, from Martindale-Hubbell. His considerable trial experience includes Jones act, wrongful death, complex multi-party litigation as well as scores of successful appeals in both state and federal courts. Richard has authored numerous works including the Practice & Procedure chapter of the Maritime Law & Practice manual published by The Florida Bar. He has been named a Florida Super Lawyer every year since 2007 and has appeared as a guest speaker at many educational seminars sponsored by marine industry groups like the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). 


University of Florida, B.S./B.A., cum laude, 1979
Stetson University College of Law J.D., cum laude, 1984; Articles and Symposium Editor, Stetson Law Review, 1983-1984


Defense trial experience includes: 

Jones Act and Passenger Claims
Collision/Allision Cases
Maritime Liens
Recreational Boating and Diving
Product Liability Claims
First-Party Marine Insurance Coverage Disputes
Marine Salvage
International Arbitration


AV® rated by Martindale Hubbell
Florida Super Lawyer, 2007-present
Florida Bar board certified in Admiralty & Maritime Law and Civil Trial


Maritime Law Association of the United States, Proctor Member
Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee, Member
Florida Bar Admiralty and Maritime Law Certification Committee, Member and Former Chair

Bar & Court Admissions

Florida Bar
U.S. District Court for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
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