Theodore L. Shinkle - Attorney at Law

Theodore L. Shinkle Attorney At Law

Theodore L. Shinkle - Attorney at Law


T 321-727-8100
F 321-984-4122
Melbourne 1795 West NASA Blvd. Melbourne, Florida 32901

Ted is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He is board certified by The Florida Bar in admiralty and maritime law.

During his career, Ted's maritime practice has involved the representation of shipowners, cruise lines, dredging companies, maritime suppliers, small-boat owners, yacht owners, marine salvors, international protection and indemnity associations, marine insurance companies, and lending institutions in a variety of litigation matters. He has handled numerous personal injury claims under the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, and general maritime law. His practice also includes collision cases, maritime lien claims, vessel mortgage foreclosures and proceedings before the U.S. Coast Guard.

Ted also handles a wide variety of nonmaritime cases involving insurance defense, insurance coverage, general liability, professional liability, employment discrimination and contract claims. He regularly represents insurance companies in first- and third-party litigation and employers in a variety of contract and discrimination cases. He has represented employers in cases under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Florida Civil Rights Act, and other state and federal employment laws.

  • Education
    • Miami University, B.A. (international studies, cum laude, 1983)
      • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
    • University of Miami School of Law, J.D. (cum laude, 1986)
  • Admissions
    • Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (Trial Bar)
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • Professional Associations & Memberships
    • The Florida Bar
      • Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law
    • American Bar Association
    • Brevard County Bar Association
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Maritime Law Association of the United States
      • Proctor in Admiralty Law
    • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
    • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Awards & Recognitions
    • AV Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2021
    • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2010
    • Orlando Magazine, Best Lawyers, 2009
  • Reported Cases
    • Complaint of American Dredging Co., 873 F. Supp. 1539 (S.D. Fla. 1994)
    • American Dredging Co. v. Lambert, 81 F. 3d 127 (11th Cir. 1996)
    • Proudfoot v. Seaescape Ltd., Inc., 620 So. 2d 1096 (Fla. 3d DCA 1993)
    • Nadeau v. Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc., 634 So.2d 649 (Fla. 4th DCA) 1994)
    • Gomez-Bonilla v. Apollo Ship Chandlers, Inc., 650 So. 2d 116 (Fla. 3d DCA 1995)
    • Nastase v. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 836 So. 2d 1065 (Fla. 5th DCA 2003)
    • Sterling Casino Lines, L.P. v. Plowman-Render, 902 So. 2d 938 (Fla. 5th DCA 2005)
  • Languages
    • Spanish
  • Presentations & Seminars
    • "Evaluation of Maritime Bodily Injury Claims & Risks of Bad Faith," Springfield, Virginia, October 11, 2019