About Us

Florida admiral and maritime lawSince 1982 Gerald McGill’s firm has limited its practice to the representation of injured persons and their loved ones. We do not represent corporations, employers, insurance companies or hospitals. We only represent people who are victims of someone else’s negligence.

We accept serious injury and death cases from maritime injuries, motor vehicle accidents and injuries from any type of defective product. All cases are accepted on a contingency contract where attorneys’ fees are paid at the end of the case from the settlement or judgment award. The cost of litigation, like the fees, are recovered at the end of the case from the settlement or judgment award. If we do not recover a settlement or judgment for you, you owe us nothing.

Our maritime law practice is dedicated to representing injured passengers, crew members and their families for recovery of money damages for injuries and deaths related to accidents involving commercial vessels and recreational boats of all types. “Vessels” include tow boats, crew boats, harbor tugs, cruise ships, casino boats, blue water cargo ships and tankers, trawlers, ferry boats, oil field jack-up rigs, semi-submersibles, drill ships and dredges. Recreational boats include houseboats, yachts, ski boats, personal water craft such as jet skiis and ski-doos, fishing boats, sail boats, parasails, and any other type of boats used for recreation.

Our firm is dedicated to competent, courteous, effective and timely representation. All initial inquiries are without charge or any obligation and are strictly confidential. In appropriate cases we will travel nationally and internationally to meet with potential clients. We frequently associate with lawyers in other states where we participate as co-counsel with local attorneys.

Gerald A McGill

Gerald A. McGill is Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law by the Florida Bar and heads up the maritime law section of the firm. Click here to view additional information about Board Certification in Admiralty and Maritime Law by The Florida Bar. He is licensed to practice in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. He frequently associates with Louisiana and Texas attorneys as well as attorneys in other states when a client’s case requires court appearances in other jurisdictions.

Mr. McGill is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Mr. McGill was a U. S. Coast Guard line officer, commanding vessels patrolling the Florida Keys and the coast of Vietnam. He also served as a law specialist at the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Following his release from the Coast Guard, Mr. McGill accepted a position as an Assistant State Attorney for Palm Beach County, Florida, as a Felony Prosecutor. After two years in the State Attorney’s Office, he entered private practice. He joined a large firm in West Palm Beach and represented doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice cases and Ford Motor Company and General Motors in product liability cases.

For the past 30 years Mr. McGill has devoted his practice solely to representing injured victims in personal injury cases, with an emphasis on maritime claims. Mr. McGill is a member of the Trial Lawyers Associations for Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. Mr. McGill is a published author, and he has also served as an Adjunct Professor on the faculty of the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida, teaching forensic science.

Published Articles

  • The Florida Bar Journal
  • The Journal of the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association
  • Journal of the Escambia County Bar Association
  • The Alabama Lawyer, the official journal of the Alabama State Bar
  • Trial Magazine, The Journal of ATLA, the American Trial Lawyers Association