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James M. Walker

James M. Walker

Plaza 57, Suite 430
7301 S.W. 57th Court
South Miami, Florida 33143
United States

Telephone: 800 256-1518
Facsimile: 305 995-5310
Firm: Walker & O'Neill, P.A.
Practice Overview:
Walker & O'Neill, P.A. are engaged in admiralty and maritime personal injury law in Florida. Based in Miami, Florida, the firm’s lawyers represent passengers and crew members injured due to accidents and assaults on cruise ships.

The firm's attorneys advise cruise line employees regarding their rights for wages, medical treatment, and the full range of compensation available in the United States legal system.

The firm represents passengers sexually assaulted by crew members on cruise ships. Cases currently handled by the firm are pending against Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival, and Norwegian cruise lines.
CruiseLaw News

James Walker interviewed on Inside Edition Regarding Sexual Assaults on Cruise Ships

James Walker Interviewed Regarding Cruise Medical Care (.pdf)

Firm Featured In International Shipping Magazine "Tradewinds"(.pdf)

More Cruise Law News

The firm's clients reside throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia. Most clients are injured during cruises originating from ports in Florida, California, and the Caribbean. The firm is available to assist passengers and crew members world wide.


Professional Profile:
James M. Walker attended Duke University and graduated cum laude in 1980. He attended Tulane University School of Law, graduating in 1983 after taking Tulane's internationally renown admiralty curriculum. Mr. Walker practiced maritime and personal injury law for four years in New Orleans, Louisiana and for the past fifteen years in Miami, Florida. He served on the Admiralty Law Committee of the Florida Bar, and has been a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States since 1984. Mr. Walker is a member of the Florida Bar Association, the Southeast Admiralty Law Institute, and the Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Walker previously represented several cruise lines operating out of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral before devoting his maritime personal injury practice to representing exclusively passengers and crew members. Mr. Walker has experience in sexual assault and sexual harassment cases and represents passengers and crew employees victimized on cruise ships and private yachts.

Mr. Walker was recently consulted regarding maritime personal injuries issues in an article entitled "Passenger Rights and Wrongs". The firm was featured in a documentary produced by Investigative Reports, entitled "Cruise Ships in Troubled Waters", which aired on the A & E Channel. The documentary was based on the New York Times' investigation into crime, inadequate medical treatment, and other issues involving passenger and crew member safety on cruise ships. Mr. Walker was also consulted regarding CBS's in-depth investigation on the issue of medical care aboard the foreign flagged cruise ships which sail from Florida ports, entitled "A Dream Cruise - An Unexpected Death. View and Listen to the CBS Report

Cases handled by the firm on behalf of injured clients have been reported in the national and international press. Recent articles include "Rape Suit Filed Against Celebrity Cruise Line" (Bahamas B2B.com); "U.S. Courts are Getting Tough on Cruise Lines" (Miami Herald), "Cruise Worker Alleges Rape, Sues Over Handling," (St. Petersburg Times); "English Channel Collision Turns into Norwegian Nightmare" (Salt Lake Tribune); "When the Fun Stops - Sexual Assaults are the Cruise Lines' Dirty Secret" (Miami's Daily Business Review and American Law Media); and "Cruise Line Settles in Boys Alleged Rape" (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel).

Mr. Walker is a resident in the firm's office in Miami (Dade County). The firm has handled cases for clients from throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and the Philippines.