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  • One Battery Park Plaza
    New York, NY 10004 US
Tel: 212-574-1533
Cell: 917-837-2685
Fax: 212-480-8421
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Bruce G. Paulsen


Main Biography

Bruce G. Paulsen is a member of Seward & Kissel’s Litigation Group.  Bruce has practiced law since 1985, and has been a partner since 2002.

Described as a "true professional” (Legal 500 2013), "up to date” and “astute” (Chambers USA 2014), Bruce specializes in handling complex commercial disputes.  He recently won or settled a series of securities litigations against publicly-held companies.  He has achieved landmark victories in trial and appellate courts in a variety of business litigations.  He obtained the largest sanctions award in New York history.  Bruce has no fear of taking cases to trial when a reasonable settlement cannot be obtained, and is comfortable before judges, juries, and arbitrators.  Commercial disputes handled by Bruce have included contract disputes, fraud, trade claims, securities, commodities, derivatives, international disputes (including international arbitration), insurance, reinsurance, banking, investment funds, real estate, bankruptcy, regulatory disputes, and others.  He has substantial expertise in the area of international trade sanctions and has been deeply involved in handling piracy issues before U.S. government agencies.  He is an expert in the recognition and enforcement of arbitration awards.

Bruce also handles finance and securities-related disputes in the shipping industry.  Bruce has successfully defended significant securities claims brought against publicly-financed shipping ventures, including claims brought in offshore jurisdictions.  He has represented bondholders, bond issuers, secured lenders and other creditors in matters arising from some of the most significant financing defaults in the shipping business.  Further, he has acted for shipowners, charterers, lenders, borrowers, marine insurers, shipyards and others in litigations and arbitrations involving more traditional maritime disputes, including environmental matters. 


Bruce is a member of the Committees on Commercial Litigation and Business Litigation of the American Bar Association and the Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association.  He is a Proctor member of the Maritime Law Association.

Described as an "excellent communicator," Bruce has written and lectured frequently on litigation, arbitration, piracy and sanctions issues and is highly engaged, on a pro bono basis, in non-profit governance.

Rankings and Awards

  • Chambers (USA) 2014 (transportation litigation)
  • Who's Who Legal: Transport 2015
  • One of InterContinental Finance Magazine’s top 500 lawyers in the world today, 2014
  • Lawyer of the Year, New York, 2014, for Transportation Finance, Corporate LiveWire
  • New York Super Lawyers 2014 (business litigation)
  • Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers Edition 2014
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rated “Superb” (10.0 out of 10.0) by 






  • J.D., Tulane University School of Law, cum laude, 1985
  • B.A., Columbia University, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
  • U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
  • U.S.C.A., Second Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., Third Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., Fourth Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., Fifth Circuit