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Tim Akpinar

Tim Akpinar

A dedicated attorney who fights hard for the rights of injury victims
  • Maritime Law, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice ...
  • New Jersey, New York
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Biography

Tim handles motor vehicle accidents, slip & fall accidents, medical malpractice, boating accidents, cruise ship accidents, and complex hull/machinery/cargo cases. Tim represents commercial mariners, recreational boaters, cruise ship passengers, and other injury plaintiffs. As a former shipboard officer, he understands the importance of the Jones Act and other maritime laws.

Tim taught law at SUNY Maritime College and in the MBA program at Southern New Hampshire University. On a limited basis, he tutors law school graduates for the New York State Bar Exam. He is referenced in Wikipedia - Seaman’s Manslaughter Statute. Tim was asked to cover the subject of limitation of liability for the American Trial Lawyers Association (Defeating Limitation of Liability in Maritime Law).

Tim worked as an environmental engineer for an 826 MW generating station where he trained NYC firefighters in first responder plant hazards that included 138,000-volt equipment, high-pressure steam, and bulk chemical storage. He worked as a shift supervisor at a 425 MW station, responsible for steam turbines and auxiliaries.

Tim covers maritime law topics for nationally published maritime and boating magazines, including WorkBoat, The Ensign (US Power Squadron), Offshore, Marine Officer, and LI Boating World. Tim can be reached at (718) 224-9824 or timakpinarlawoffice@verizon.net.

Practice Areas
    Maritime Law
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Medical Malpractice
    Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
    Products Liability
    Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Environmental Law
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
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New York
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Education
St. John's University School of Law
J.D.
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State University of New York - Maritime College at Ft. Schuyler
Bachelor of Engineering (1981) | Mechanical Engineering (Marine)
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Professional Associations
Maritime Law Association of the United States
Member
Current
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New York State Bar  # 2621100
Member
- Current
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Gulf Coast Mariners
Member
Activities: An Advocacy group for commercial mariners working on the nation's inland and coastal waterways
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Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Defeating Limitation of Liability in Maritime Law
Trial Magazine - The Journal of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Speaking Engagements
Legal Issues for Recreational Boaters, United States Power Squadron - Bayside Power Squadron
Tim spoke about admiralty jurisdiction over pleasure boats, boating accident legal issues, limitation of liability, salvage law, marine liens, and other legal issues related to recreational boating.
Maritime Law Issues for Commercial Mariners, Kingsborough Community College - Maritime Technology Program
Tim spoke about the legal responsibilities of officers and ship's crews, criminal liability, the Jones Act, limitation of liability, salvage law, recent developments in Coast Guard regulations with marine casualty reporting and alcohol testing, marine pollution, and other maritime law topics.
Recent Developments in Maritime Law, St. John's University School of Law
Admiralty Law Society
Tim spoke about salvage law, the law of finds, the Jones Act and legal issues affecting the rights of commercial fishermen.
Certifications
ALARA Training - As Low As Reseasonable Achievable - Radiation Reducing Considerations in Nuclear Power Plant Design
Reliability Engineering Training
Third Assistant Engineer - Steam & Motor Vessels - Unlimited Horsepower
USCG
Lifeboatman
USCG
U.S. Military Sealift Command Shipboard Firefighting School
USMSC
Legal Answers
4335 Questions Answered
Q. what can i do when my lawsuit was stolen
A: A South Carolina attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. It isn't fully clear what you mean by lawsuit being stolen, but one possibility that comes to mind is that someone stole your identity and pursued a lawsuit (or a pending lawsuit you had already commenced) posing as you. If you were represented by an attorney, they would probably be on top of this. If you were handling the lawsuit on your own, you could consult with an attorney to figure out what happened here. In the meantime, check your financial records more closely during this interim. Good luck
Q. How can I file an insurance claim when the police report doesn't have the other guys insurance policy number
A: One option is to see if the insurance carrier can ascertain their policyholder's coverage based on name, address, vehicle license plate, make & model, and other information contained in the police report. If the other driver reported the claim to their carrier, it might already be in their system. Good luck
Q. im being sued by a hospital for not paying back a debt that i have partially paid back. it says i need to write a letter
A: This is something that an Oklahoma attorney is best suited to advise on, but your question remains open for four weeks. If this is something in the lawsuit stage, an ordinary letter might not suffice as a response. There could be more formal legal responses needed. Unfortunately, it's difficult to say without seeing the paperwork you received. If you could consult with an attorney briefly, they might be able to tell you what your options are and whether this is something you might be able to handle yourself, or whether you would be better off with an attorney. If the matter has placed you in financial difficulty, you could look into whether pro bono or legal aid resources are available to you. Good luck
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Contact & Map
P.O. Box 620766
Horace Harding Station
Little Neck, NY 11362
Telephone: (718) 224-9824
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