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Board Certified Maritime Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyers Protecting You!


The firm’s Miami based board certified Admiralty & Maritime accident attorneys handle a wide array of personal injury, wrongful death and assault claims. We most often are called upon to assist cruise ship passengers suffering slip & falls, victims of sexual assault and rape, as well as crew members injured while serving aboard cruise ships, cargo & tanker vessels, yachts, ferries and tug and barge. We also routinely represent those injured in recreational boating accidents and PWC (Jet Ski & WaveRunner) accidents. Our attorneys also have vast experience handling diving accidents (both snorkeling or scuba), including those run-over by powerboats, often referred to as “prop-strike” cases.

In the case of a catastrophic personal injury, you have lost or are on the verge of losing, your health, mental and emotional well-being, a career, and perhaps even the ability to pay for needed future medical care. These circumstances can lead to an inability to support yourself and your family, both near and long-term. In the case of wrongful death, all of the foregoing equally apply but there is also the grief associated with the loss of a loved one. These are dire circumstances, requiring you to hire the best and most accredited maritime attorneys in South Florida, including Miami, Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys.

All too often, your injuries are the result of negligence caused by carelessness, indifference, corporate "penny pinching" or outright greed, a consequence of which safety was compromised. The sad fact is corporate "bean counters" accept the inevitability of accidents but calculate that the cost of preventative measures exceed the expense associated with a resulting lawsuit. While this thinking may not be true of every defendant, you need only turn on the evening news to be reminded how often individuals suffer due to corporate indifference and an emphasis upon “profit over people.” We represent only individuals, not insurance companies, cruise lines, corporations or marine employers.


No attorney can guarantee a large award in every case or that a particular case is a "sure winner." Each case is different and results vary. That said Brais Brais & Rusak is a leader in the field of maritime injury law with a proven record of obtaining million and multi-million dollar recoveries (settlements or verdicts) on behalf of firm clients. In fact, the firm’s recoveries total nearly 40 million dollars from 2012 through 2015, with millions more since. A sample of the firm’s recoveries are available for your review on this website by clicking Results.

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We dedicate our practice to helping individuals and loved ones left behind as a result of catastrophic personal injuries and wrongful deaths, involving: cruise ship passengers, crew members, tug & barge crewmembers, yacht passengers, ferry and tour boat passengers, commercial fishermen, oil rig workers, longshoremen, as well as scuba divers & snorkelers. We are routinely called upon to represent victims of sexual assaults and rapes aboard cruise ships and private yachts. In a recent cruise ship sexual assault / rape case, the cruise line was required by court order to disclose the existence of 53 prior sexual assaults / rapes occurring aboard their vessels within a three year period.

The firm’s attorneys offer more than seven-five (75) years of combined trial experience handled all types of Maritime and Admiralty accident claims, including yacht and recreational boat collisions, personal watercraft (“Jet Ski” and “Wave Runner”) injuries from collisions and allisions (impact with a fixed object, e.g., fixed bridge), diving & snorkeling prop strike injuries, unsafe marine products and marine commercial disputes which often times lead to liens & vessel arrests of a yachts or commercial vessels by a Federal Marshall.


Your choice of a law firm in the highly specialized field of Admiralty and Maritime law will have the single greatest impact on the outcome of your claim and, in many instances, your financial future. In this regard, the firm’s attorneys possess an impressive list of credentials and qualifications, including: Board Certification in the field of Admiralty and Maritime Law, “AV” Preeminent rated with Martindale-Hubbell, Member of Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Members of Super Lawyers, Member of Legal Elite, Three U.S.C.G. Marine Engineer Licenses (Inactive) and recoveries totaling nearly 40 million dollars from 2012 through 2015 with millions more since. To see an entire list of the firm’s credentials and qualifications please click Credentials and Qualifications.

Brais Brais & Rusak commits to providing each client with needed emotional support and zealous representation with the goals of holding a defendant legally responsible and financially accountable. Financially accountable means appropriate compensation. No defendant ever willingly agrees to pay "appropriate compensation" out of kindness, a sense of morality or regret. Corporate risk management departments and insurance companies defend injury and death claims with two purposes in mind: to eliminate or greatly reduce compensation paid to a personal injury or wrongful death claimant. Appropriate compensation is extracted only when a defendant is in peril of likely suffering a worse outcome at trial. This is why Brais Brais & Rusak prepares each and every case as if it were going to trial. Then and only then, is a defendant inclined to offer appropriate compensation failing which the case proceeds to trial.

With more than 75 years of combined trial experience, Brais Brais & Rusak has the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve your needs, and the skill to obtain the compensation you deserve. The firm’s mission statement is “Protecting Rights” and “Restoring Lives.” These are not merely words but a philosophy we live by.


Our firm’s primary office is located in Miami, FL, although we routinely handle claims throughout the state of Florida and from satellite offices located in Houston, Texas and Boston, Massachusetts on an appointment basis. To reach our lawyers call (305) 416-2901 from within Florida, 1-800-499-0551 within the U.S., or click Contact Us to complete a form for a free evaluation of your case and learn how Brais Brais & Rusak might be able to help you today.

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