Our Firm – Crew Advocacy Center

our firm

The Crew Member & Maritime Advocacy Center was started in 2004 by Julio J. Ayala. Mr. Ayala started his legal career in 1993. Having acquired vast experience in handling crew member personal injury claims, Mr. Ayala started his own practice in 1997 dedicated exclusively to representing maritime personal injury victims against the major cruise lines and cargo ship operators headquartered in Miami, Florida. On July 2010 the Crew Member & Maritime Advocacy Center reorganized and Mr. Ayala assumed full control over the firm.  Presently the Crew Member & Maritime Advocacy Center counts on the support of 4 attorneys and 10 support staff dedicated to offering the personalized attention each client expects and deserves. Our firm has offices less than one mile from the Port of Miami directly across from the Miami Dade County Courthouse and another in Coral Gables. Strategically near the hotels and hospitals that house and treat crew members, clients are within a short distance from our offices.

113 Almeria ave Coral Gables, Fl 33134 | 954-759-9994 | 305-965-1406 (for emergency)

Fees & Costs

We represent clients on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee means that you as the client do not have to pay any attorneys fees until and unless we win your case. If nothing is recovered, there is no attorney fee, regardless of the amount of time spent on your case.

The contingency fee does not apply to amounts recovered for maintenance and cure, medical reimbursement or retirement benefits. Typically, we will agree to obtain these benefits for you as part of our fee agreement, without charge, as long as you are represented by us.

The contingency fee is calculated based on the amount we recover for you for general damages, which includes compensation for pain and suffering, loss of earnings and earnings capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, and other amounts for future compensable injury paid as a part of settlement.