Carlos Felipe Llinás Negret


Mr. Llinás is an active appellate attorney who routinely handles claims in federal and state appellate courts. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Admiralty and Maritime Law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Llinas’ practice focuses on complex commercial vessel litigation. Some of his notable representations include: seafarers’ rights and Jones Act cases, cruise ship passenger personal injury and wrongful death, boating and jet-ski accidents, wage claims, limitation of liability, United States Coast Guard negligence, and shipboard medical malpractice. A distinguished promoter of seafarers’ rights, Mr. Llinás was featured in a 2012 episode of the investigative series Dispatches for the British public service network, Channel 4. Entitled “Cruises Undercover: The Truth Below Deck.” The documentary went undercover to reveal what life is really like for the crew that lives below deck of some of today’s most luxurious ocean liners. Seen by an international audience, the documentary received worldwide attention as it exposed disparate pay and horrific work conditions.

Mr. Llinás is fluent in Spanish and assists with bilingual representations and court dealings for the firm and he is licensed to practice law in Florida, California, and Washington D.C.


  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Miami 2005
  • Juris Doctorate, St. Thomas University School of Law


  • Profiled in President of the University of Miami Donna Shalala’s Annual Report as one of five “students primed for greatness.”
  • Recipient Dean’s Merit Scholarship, St. Thomas University School of Law


  • Chair Passenger and Cruise Vessels Committee, Maritime Law Association of the United States.
  • Member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Admiralty Committee
  • Florida Bar Admiralty Committee
  • Alumni Los Angeles County Bar Association Trial Advocacy Program.


  • California Bar
  • Florida Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States


Vasquez v. YII Shipping Company, Ltd., (11th Cir. 2012)—winning opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (reversing the district court’s dismissal and holding that collateral estoppel did not bar a seaman’s claim against a shipping company under the Jones Act and federal maritime law)

Fitzpatrick v. Club Mediterranee, (3d DCA 2015) — winning opinion from the Florida Third District Court of Appeal in the matter (holding that employee was not required to arbitrate sexual assault claims against employer, because the claims did not fall within the scope of the arbitration agreement)


October 2016–Mr. Llinás was featured in the National Public Radio investigation, Troubled Waters: How a Private Justice System Exploits Workers on the High Seas.

January 2016– the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce published Mr. Llinás’ law review on flags of convenience, and its impact on international shipping, pollution and seafarer working conditions.

December 2014–Los Angeles Lawyer published one of Mr. Llinas’ articles on Seafarers’ rights under United States law.

Fall 2004–the University of Miami’s Confluence, a student-run academic journal, published Mr. Llinás’ examination of the human rights violations in the Darfur region of Sudan entitled, The Killing Fields of Africa.