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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 Akpinar represents commercial mariners, recreational boaters, cruise ship passengers, and other injury plaintiffs throughout the entire United States, including inland rivers. As a former shipboard officer, Tim understands the operation of commercial vessels and the legal rights of people who serve aboard them. Such rights can materialize under the Jones Act, Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and other laws. He has owned several vessels over the years and handles maritime collision, maritime salvage, boating accidents, cruise ship accidents, and complex technical cases. He also handles general injury (motor vehicle) and medical malpractice cases.

Tim taught law at SUNY Maritime College and in the MBA program at Southern New Hampshire University. Tim fights hard for the legal rights of clients who have sustained injury or other damages. Tim’s work 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, for which he wrote "Defeating Limitation of Liability in Maritime Law." This concept arises in litigation involving commercial and recreational vessels.

Tim worked as an environmental engineer for an 826 MW generating station where he was responsible for regulatory compliance, remediation, and oil spill response. He trained NYC firefighters about first responder power plant hazards that included 138,000 volt electrical equipment, high-pressure steam, bulk acid, caustic, and no. 6 heavy fuel oil storage. He worked as a shift supervisor at a 425 MW station, responsible for steam turbines, generators, boilers, diesels, 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. For a free consultation, contact Tim at (718) 224-9824 or

Practice Areas
  • Maritime Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Environmental Law
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance Claims
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
New York
St. John's University School of Law
State University of New York - Maritime College at Ft. Schuyler
Bachelor of Engineering (1981) | Mechanical Engineering (Marine)
Professional Associations
Maritime Law Association of the United States
New York State Bar # 2621100
- Current
Gulf Coast Mariners
Activities: An Advocacy group for commercial mariners working on the nation's inland and coastal waterways
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
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.
U.S. Military Sealift Command Shipboard Firefighting School
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
Websites & Blogs
Admiralty & Maritime Attorney Tim Akpinar
Maritime Attorney Discusses Legal Rights of Cruise Ship Passengers Injured in Accidents at Sea

Maritime Lawyer Tim Akpinar Discusses the Legal Rights of Passengers and Guests Injured in Accidents Occurring Aboard Cruise Ships or Shoreside in Connection With Their Voyages. He Describes Jurisdictional Issues and Other Stipulations Imposed by Cruise Lines Within the Contract Conditions of Their Tickets. He Also Briefly Touches Upon SOLAS, The Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, in Terms of Safety Compliance by Cruise Lines.

Maritime Attorney Discusses Legal Issues with Boating & Jet Ski Accidents

Maritime Lawyer Tim Akpinar Discusses the Legal Rights of Recreational Boaters Injured in Accidents Occurring in on Navigable and Non-Navigable Waters of the United States. He Discusses How Arcane Elements of Maritime Law Can Apply to Pleasure Boat Accidents, from Limitation of Liability to Certain Presumptions Observed under Federal Maritime Law in the United States.

The Jones Act Maritime Attorney Discusses Legal Rights of Commercial Mariners Under Federal Mariti

Maritime Lawyer Tim Akpinar Discusses the Legal Rights of Mariners Injured in Accidents Occurring in the Course of Their Employment on Commercial Vessels. This Includes Deckhands, ABs, Oilers, Wipers, DDEs, QMEDs, Tankermen, Cooks, Stewards, Bartenders, Deck Officers, Engine Officers, and Other Ship's Crew Injured in the Course of Their Employment, Whether Shipboard or Shoreside. Tim Describes Coverage Under the Jones Act, Maintenance and Cure, and Outlines How Jones Act Coverage Differs From Traditional Workers' Compensation Coverage.

Maritime Attorney Talks About the Jones Act and Legal Rights of Injured Commercial Fishermen

Maritime Lawyer Tim Akpinar Discusses the Legal Rights of Commercial Fishermen Injured in Accidents Occurring in the Course of Their Employment. He Describes Coverage Under the Jones Act and Describes Distinctions from Conventional Employee Coverage Under Workers' Compensation Insurance.

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1061 Questions Answered

Q. I’ve been flooded by a lake that is not put in right. I can’t find who it belongs to but I live in white Cypress 39573
A: In terms of finding out who a property belongs to, that could generally be accomplished in most jurisdictions through the county clerk's office. Some county office's have their records online, and some, you have to go to the physical building. You could do that yourself, or contact a property attorney in Mississippi to help you. But in the bigger picture, maybe an elected official in your county/city could help you, particularly if other residents are impacted by the flooding you describe. You could also ask for the official's assistance in exploring whether the flooding condition qualifies you for any type of government relief on the federal or state level. Good luck Tim Akpinar
Q. My mother passed away willing her home to my brothers. The will was notarized, but no witness on it. Is the Will valid?
A: I'm very sorry for your loss. Your question was probably overlooked all this time because it wasn't in the Probate or Estate Planning categories, where an attorney knowledgeable about wills might have seen it. 'Sorry for this inconvenience, but you could repost and include those categories, or you could consult with an attorney in Virginia who handles wills and estate-related matters. Good luck Tim Akpinar
Q. can a car dealership choose which customer gets warranty on vehicle
A: Your question appears to involve Texas consumer law (Texas appears at the end of the question, but Albuquerque, New Mexico appears at the beginning). If you are in Texas, a Texas attorney would be the best person to advise. However, your question remains open for three weeks. As a general matter, dealerships don't personally care which customer gets a warranty. But it sounds like your question could possibly be asking whether a warranty purchased by an original vehicle buyer could be enforced by someone who later buys the car from them. If that's the case, those rights would depend on the terms of the warranty. If the warranty is not transferrable, then the latter purchaser in the chain of sale would not enjoy the benefit of the warranty. But again, you should really consult with a Texas attorney if you are having issues with a warranty. Good luck Tim Akpinar
Q. Under this situation has a contract been made between Mary and Apple Hypermarket at this moment? Please give reasons.
A: This sounds like a hypothetical question for a business law or contract law class. If that's the case, go to the section of your textbook that covers Implied Contracts. That should provide you with some of the issues you could use. Good luck Tim Akpinar
Q. Is it against the law to be on the beach in honolulu. Hi at anytime of the day in honolulu. Hawaii
A: If the person has the right to be on the beach during the hours it is open to the public or to residents and isn't violating any beach/park regs, it would seem to be within the law. Good luck Tim Akpinar
Q. Is it fraud or mistake
A: Your question involves elements of employment law, so you'd need to pose it to an employment attorney for the most meaningful direction. But it remains open for four weeks. In general terms, regardless of the area of law, fraud or mistake can be distinguished from one another by the state of mind of the person. If a person's actions are committed knowingly and deceitfully with the intent of cheating someone out of something, that would be consistent with fraud. If the actions are an innocent oversight or careless error, not made with the intent of deceiving someone or depriving them of a right or benefit, that would be consistent with mistake. In terms of the employment law significance of this with regard to your particular situation, you could consult with an employment law attorney. Good luck Tim Akpinar
Q. Is it unlawful to place church invitations on doors in Indianapolis Indiana?
A: In the past, it would have been no big deal. However, some communities and associations have rules prohibiting flyers, brochures, or similar materials. It could be worthwhile to confirm there are no local rules against it. Good luck Tim Akpinar
Q. My car
A: Repossession rights to the car would be generally be determined by the terms of the underlying loan agreement. You could consult with a Louisiana attorney if your agreement has any conditions to be concerned about. But as a general matter, if the agreement is legal and valid, focusing on complying with its terms should be the priority. Good luck Tim Akpinar
Q. If someone clearly is the cause of an accident and has insurance, hits an uninsured person and causes injury and totals
A: Yes. The fact that the victim didn't have insurance does not absolve the driver who was at fault. However, depending on the jurisdiction, remedies of the victim could be limited if they did not carry insurance. Also, they could face penalties for driving uninsured. You would need to consult with an Arkansas attorney to learn more about the operation of law regarding those elements. Good luck Tim Akpinar
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