Michael D. Eriksen

Michael D. Eriksen

Respected (recognized) South Florida maritime injury trial attorney, Michael D. Eriksen, prosecutes major lawsuits arising from severe injuries or deaths occurring during foreign, domestic, or cruise ship travel. His practice also embraces significant product, resort, boating and auto liability cases.

  • Born in Pensacola, Florida in 1950
  • Graduate of the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1972
  • U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Officer from 1972 to 1977. Served overseas and aboard several U.S. Navy Vessels
  • Graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, 1980
  • Editor of Law Review
  • Board certified by the Florida Bar in both Civil Trial Law and Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • Thirty years of trial experience (or Over 30 years of trial experience)
  • Highest AV rating possible by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • One of only 60 lawyers to become a Life Member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Named Florida "Superlawyer" by Florida Trend Magazine 2006 – 2009
  • Happily married for over 27 years, with 4 children

Accomplishments include:


  • 1994 - Mr. Eriksen wrote and obtained passage of a sexual assault law governing attack and rape cases on the high seas.
  • 2005 - Mr. Eriksen wrote and obtained passage of a law governing cruise line responsibility in the disbursement of alcoholic beverages.
  • 2011 - Mr. Eriksen currently has a brief pending before the Supreme Court of the United States which states that cruise lines cannot be forced into Federal Court; maritime plaintiffs should have the chance to be tried in …..more?

Mr. Eriksen's expertise spans 30 years, and he has successfully tried over 150 significant (large) cases. He has never been sued and has never been fined or reprimanded. Mr. Eriksen is a problem solver. And, as a sole practitioner, he handles every case personally.

He represents individuals, not corporations; he defends everyday people against extraordinary circumstances. Mr. Eriksen knows his clients personally and is in direct communication with them throughout the entire legal process.