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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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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

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/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
    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
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
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New York
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St. John's University School of Law
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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
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New York State Bar  # 2621100
- Current
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Gulf Coast Mariners
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
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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.
ALARA Training - As Low As Reasonably Achievable - Radiation Reducing Considerations in Nuclear Power Plant Design
Reliability Engineering Training
Third Assistant Engineer - Steam & Motor Vessels - Unlimited Horsepower
US Coast Guard
US Coast Guard
U.S. Military Sealift Command Shipboard Firefighting School
Legal Answers
5307 Questions Answered
Q. Where can I find a constitutional lawyer that will do contingency in Virginia or Washington dc
A: An attorney in those jurisdictions could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. If you don't have someone recommended professionally, you could run searches by going online, using the tab above (Find a Lawyer), or through attorney referral services of local bar associations. That's outside this forum, and any arrangements made are between you and attorneys you reach out to. Without knowing the details of your case, it could be difficult, as contingency arrangements are more common in property and casualty claims. But the only way to be certain is to ask around. Good luck
Q. Average settlement amount?
A: It could be difficult to offer an "average settlement amount." There are too many variables involved. Liability appears to be clear-cut, based on your description. That makes things easier. Now it will be a matter of reviewing the medical records in detail. Those findings, and the impact of the injuries on one's life, will be major factors in determining a settlement. There are other factors - the opposing attorney, the carrier, the court system where the matter would go to trial if it came to that, and more. Good luck
Q. I'm looking to start non-profit and need help with my 501c3
A: Your question might continue to be overlooked under the "Trademark" heading, which is more about intellectual property rights involving brand names and related issues. You could repost under "Business Formation" and "Business Law." But because your question appears to be more about requesting legal help (instead of a quick legal question), it could be difficult for attorneys who are experienced with forming 501(c)(3)s to offer their services within the protocols of this forum. It isn't set up like an attorney referral site. You could repost with the added categories and see if that helps get a response. If you're already actively searching for attorneys to assist you, there is also a tab above (Find a Lawyer) and the attorney referral services of local and state bar associations. Those resources are outside this Q & A forum and any arrangements made are between you and attorneys you reach out to. Good luck
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P.O. Box 620766
Horace Harding Station
Little Neck, NY 11362
Telephone: (718) 224-9824
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